Unable to access nvidia control panel-

I have a geforce-gtx-260 in my computer. I currently am playing the game Pool of Radiance:Myth Drannor (2001 I think). I believe it's normal aspect ratio is 4:3 which means there are black bars on the sides. Recently though, the screen has been stretched out and I can't get it back to the 4:3 ratio even when using a system restore.

I had this problem before and was easily solved by going to the Nvdia control panel and and select
"use Nvidia's scaling with fixed-aspect ratio". But when I click on the nvidia display control panel now it says, "the Nvidia display panel extension cannot be created.
Possible reasons include: Version mismatch. Reinstalling display drivers may solve the problem".


I've uninstalled my drivers, deleted the nvidia folder from the C drive rebooted and tried reinstalling the most up-to-date drivers and it failed. I tried the same thing with the previous driver and even tried it again with the newest beta driver from 2 days ago. All of them had a nvidia screen saying that installation failed.

I'm at a loss because I cannot access that nvidia control panel. Any suggestions for this extremely frustrating problem would be helpful.
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  1. Try running the driver cleaner I think you can find it on guru3d.com Then try a reinstall of the newest .70 drivers otherwise you will have to search through your application logs to see what is casuing the install problem thats never fun...

    Thent
  2. thank you, I will give it a shot when I get home and post a reply.
  3. I contacted a nvidia rep and told me to wipe out the driver with something I think called driver fusion which it did. then i tried a fresh reinstall and still got an error. The rep was thinking that I may have to reinstall my OS.
  4. What computer and gpu do you have? Not all cards can use the reference driver.


    You may just need to take ownership of the FileRepository folder if permissions have gotten whacked.
  5. popatim said:
    What computer and gpu do you have? Not all cards can use the reference driver.


    You may just need to take ownership of the FileRepository folder if permissions have gotten whacked.



    I have no idea what taking ownership of the file repository means but here are my specs:

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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 12/7/2012, 22:09:22
    Machine name: JIM-PC
    Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: MSI
    System Model: MS-7522
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
    Memory: 6144MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 6134MB RAM
    Page File: 2263MB used, 10002MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode


    ---------------
    Display Devices
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    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GTX 260
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_05E2&SUBSYS_0CDD19F1&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 3684 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 873 MB
    Shared Memory: 2811 MB
    Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor Name: ACER X223W (Analog)
    Monitor Model: Acer X223W
    Monitor Id: ACR0050
    Native Mode: 1680 x 1050(p) (59.883Hz)
    Output Type: DVI
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