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NVIDIA/Intel Hybrid Graphics driver trouble on ASUS UL50VT laptop running Vista.

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January 20, 2014 3:48:17 AM

Hi, I just recently installed Vista on my ASUS UL50VT laptop, only to find out that ASUS doesn't seem to support vista drivers for it (the only options on the driver page are XP and 7 32/64.) Despite that, I went ahead and attempted to install a few of the XP drivers (the 7 drivers wouldn't work at all) and luckily, the chipset, Lan, and wireless drivers all installed and seem to work perfectly. The NVIDIA VGA driver on the other hand... it won't even attempt to install after it sees that I'm not running one of the supported operating systems. To make matters worse, because this laptop uses that Nvidia/Intel hybrid graphics system, it seems like you're pretty much forced to use the driver from the ASUS page, and nothing else -- at least to my knowledge.

That said, since I can't find a vista version of this driver from the manufacturer, and the G210M driver from Nvidia's site won't install either (I guess because this laptop uses the hybrid version), is there something I can do to bypass the OS restriction and install the XP version on Vista? Or anything else I can try? The default VGA driver is really slow and choppy so It's barely even useable in it's current state.

If any of you guys can help me out, I'd really appreciate it.

January 20, 2014 3:59:52 AM

I would really recommend you go back to XP from Vista. Vista keeps churning the harddrive endlessly and is a painful experience on a laptop. Alternatively you can install windows 7 instead.

For the drivers you can select your device from the Device manager and click properties. Then you can select update driver and somewhere there you can click specify location. Then you can force the driver to be used.
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January 20, 2014 5:14:32 AM

gaborbarla said:
I would really recommend you go back to XP from Vista. Vista keeps churning the harddrive endlessly and is a painful experience on a laptop. Alternatively you can install windows 7 instead.

For the drivers you can select your device from the Device manager and click properties. Then you can select update driver and somewhere there you can click specify location. Then you can force the driver to be used.


Well, I really like how similar Vista feels to 7, and since I've had this unused Vista key sitting around for years, I wanted to make use of it. It just feels more fluid than XP. If I had an extra 7 key I would have went with that, but it wasn't an option.

About the HDD issues with Vista -- could you elaborate a bit on that? I've been looking and I haven't seen much about it wearing out HDDs any faster than 7. I found a few threads that mentioned it being rough on HDDs but they were all from 2007 and I had heard that Vista had improved considerably since then. Wouldn't turning off the indexing and stuff like that solve that kind of problem anyway?

As for forcing the driver manually, I tried that a little earlier and it kept telling me that the "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" is currently up-to-date, so I guess it's not even seeing the NVIDIA drivers (or it's skipping it.)

Thanks for the response, by the way.
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January 22, 2014 12:06:49 AM

I had Vista on my laptop about 2 years ago, and the harddrive was constantly working. I am not worried about it wearing out as such but Vista has a well known problem vs 7 in terms of resource management. I have turned off indexing and superfetch and still it would be loading something for about an hour after booting up every day. It really disturbs performance in that time. I have eventually had enough and replaced it with 7 and everything was much faster. You could also try win 8.1 which seems to be by far the fastest OS for me. Only logging in takes time but my laptop boots up in about 3 seconds.

As an addition to this, hybrid SSHDs can really fix harddrive performance problems while keeping the drive relatively large. 1-2tb. I have googled "g210m driver windows 7" and got lots of results. Not sure if any would help but they say it has windows 7 compatibility (which should work with vista)
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