Jul 22, 2008
Here’s another esoteric tech tip that may help a soul or two who are currently ripping their hair out and cursing Asus with a fury.
If you have Asus’s P5N-D Motherboard, which is based on NVIDIA’s 750i chipset, and are getting a Blue Screen of Death referencing an NVGT.sys error on Windows XP, dispair not! There is hope!
The problem is a crappy driver for the SATA drive controller, and as of yet, Asus (in their Heart Touching wisdom) has not fixed the problem. The cure is simple though.
Surf on over to NVIDIA.com and select Download Drivers. Under Option 1 select:
Product Type: nForce
Product Series: 7 Series
Product: nForce 790i (yes, the 790, NOT the 750)
and, the rest of the stuff that fits your needs.
For quick reference, the English XP version of the above download is here.
The long and the short of it is that you need to install the “Media Shield” portion of the 790i drivers on top of your 750 board. DO NOT INSTALL EVERYTHING! Just the Media Shield portion.
After doing that with my own P5N-D, I haven’t experienced a single BSOD.
Maybe Asus will fix this eventually, but I wasn’t going to suffer through the headache while they take their sweet time. With the advent of the 790 chipset, I don’t expect them to be rushing to fix things on the older/cheaper set.
You can read more about this topic on the NVIDIA forums here.
Melle dropped a note to say that NVIDIA has released new WHQL drivers for nForce that are compatible with the 750i. Early reports say that this driver fixes the BSOD problem with the P5N-D.
Check out the dirvers here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_winxp_15.23.html
I haven’t installed these on my system yet so I can’t vouch for them personally, but given NVIDIA’s common architecture I would expect them to work anyway. This is great news! Thanks Melle!
IMPORTANT UPDATE #2
The latest 750i drivers from NVIDIA take care of this problem entirely! No need for the 790 chipset drivers. Just update your drivers from the NVIDIA website, and you’ll be all set. The latest drivers as of this update are still the 15.23 drivers available here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_winxp_15.23.html