May 3rd, 2011  |  

Fix Latest nVidia Mobility Driver to Fit Your Notebook

Well you just bought yourself a new notebook with nvidia graphic card and you found out that the driver on the manufacturer’s support/download page (asus, acer, sony, msi, hp..) hasn’t been updated for some time and now you can’t run your newly bought game for your powerful notebook graphic card (gt 460m, gt 540m, gt 550m or gt 550m ..) or your graphic card performance is compromised. Out of desperation you go to the nvidia support page hoping to find the latest nvidia driver for your notebook. You download it and snap! There’s the error: “NVIDIA Installer cannot continue” – “This graphics driver could not find compatible graphic hardware”.


Nvidia Installer cannot continue

Nvidia Installer cannot continue


Don’t worry there is always a way with drivers, that is if you search long enough :) If you have changed a few notebook generations with nvida mobility graphic card through the years, you already know that nvidia doesn’t care particularly about updating their mobility drivers for specific manufacturers which is kind of frustrating. In fact I don’t know if there was a notebook ever built which the official nvidia mobility drivers do support. I’ll show you how to modify the nvidia mobility drivers to make them support your specific hardware. I have done this the easiest way possible for my Asus K53SV and it worked perfectly. It should work for other manufacturers as well, at least it’s worth a try :) .


* If for any reason you cannot do the steps below (lazyness doesn’t count :P ) please just write your notebook model and the Hardware ID from the first step of this guide and I will do my best to modify the driver for you.

** I reserve the right to feel lazy myself :)


Things you’ll need:

  • Latest Official nVidia Notebook Drivers from nVidia Support Site (choose your model and operating system)
  • Latest Official nVidia Notebook Drivers from your manufacturers website (Asus, Sony, Acer, HP, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba) in my case Asus.
  • Winrar – Install this free archiver for extracting the driver files
  • Notepad++ – If you ever edit files for reason other than “post it” notes I recommend this file editing software. This is optional but it’s pretty handy

Ok let’s begin.


Step one: Copy Hardware ID


Find your hardware ID of your nvidia grahpic card for notebooks. TO do that right click on My Computer select Manage. Next choose Device Manager on the menu on the left. A list of all of your hardware will appear in your right window. Click on the Display adapters and depending on that if you have previously installed your driver you will find either: Standard VGA Graphic Adapter or your nvidia GT XXXM model.


Standard VGA Graphic AdapternVidia Hardware ID Copy


Whichever it is, right click on it and select Properties, Details from the tabs on top, and finally choose “Hardware Ids” from the Property menu. Now if you look at those phrases it looks like klingon, but it actually is wookiee :). Select the one which ends with the SYBSYS string, something like this:




It should be the longest of them all. If there is a longer phrase than that which has another & sign after that SUBSYS string (..&REV_A01) after that something like:




That’s not it. So right click on the correct hardware ID and select copy. Now it is stored into your clipboard and you can paste it any time. Don’t copy anything until you paste this one!


Step two: Extract


Extract both of the drivers that you have downloaded. The one from your manufacturer’s website and the latest version from nVidias Download page. I will use as an example the asus nvidia driver for the gt 540m on my Asus K53SV notebook which I downloaded from the Asus Download page. So right click on it and choose: “extract to …” and your driver files will be extracted to a folder where your file resides.


Extract nVidia Notebook Driver


The same goes for the nvidia mobility driver for notebooks. Right click on the file (probably something like: 271.61-notebook-win7-winvista-64bit-international-whql.exe) and choose: “Extract to 271.61-notebook-win7-winvista-64bit-international-whql.exe\“. You will have two different driver folders correspondingly.


Step three: Copy Some Klingon Text


Now we will need to open two inf files with identical filenames from both drivers. Go to your newly created folder, the one where the asus driver was extracted, and you will notice more driver folders inside like: Display.Driver, Display.Optimus, Display.Update NV3DVision and some files like setup.exe etc. Navigate to Display.Driver folder and here you have to find out which of the *.inf files (nvaa, nvac, nvam, nvao, nvar..) contains your Hardware ID. You can do that with notepad++. Edit any inf file with it (let’s say nvaa.inf) and press Ctr+Shift+F to Find in Files. Then paste your hardware ID from step one into the “Find what:” and click the … button to navigate to the Display.Driver folder from the asus driver and choose that as a “Directory:” .


Edit navm Inf

Find Hardware ID in File


You will find a bunch of Klingon there as well, but don’t worry we only need to find and copy a few lines from there. Press Ctrl+F to search for a term, and in the search field Paste(Ctrl+V) the phrase we copied from Step one. If you have downloaded your correct driver you should find two lines(maybe more or less) with that phrase. Now copy the line where your term is contained, it should look something like this:


%NVIDIA_DEV.0DF4.01% = Section083, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15E21043


and scroll up to the begining of that section to see what section it was copied from. It should be something like:




Remember that section name.


modify nvidia noteboook driver


Step four: Paste Klingon Text


Now navigate to the folder where the official nvidia driver was extracted(271.61-notebook-win7-winvista-64bit-international-whql). You will notice the same folders as in the previous driver. Again find the nvam.inf file in the Display.Driver folder and edit it. Now find the section from which you copied your line, add a new line by pressing enter and paste the one you copied from Step three.


*If there are more than one lines found containing the PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15E21043 phrase you will have to copy those lines from the Asus nvidia driver in to the latest official nvidia notebook driver which we are modifying by repeating step 3 and step 4 for the other lines as well. In my case the line:


%NVIDIA_DEV.0DF4.01% = Section069, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_105C1043

from section [NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1]


Step five: Add VGA Name


Now after you added those few lines into the corresponding sections in our modified driver, copy the phrase whithin the % sings:


NVIDIA_DEV.0DF4.01 from


%NVIDIA_DEV.0DF4.01% = Section083, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15E21043


and then do again a search in the Asus driver nvam.inf file for that term: NVIDIA_DEV.0DF4. Understandably you will find both of the lines which you already copied into the modified nvidia driver:


%NVIDIA_DEV.0DF4.01% = Section083, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15E21043

from section [NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.0]


and the


%NVIDIA_DEV.0DF4.01% = Section069, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_105C1043


from section [NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1]


the next find however should look something like this:


NVIDIA_DEV.0DF4.01 = “NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M”


modify nvidia notebook driver 2


Copy this whole line, and then copy it in the same section in the nvidia driver, under [Strings] . If you scroll down a little in that section, you will a list of nvidia graphic card names like:

NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M
NVIDIA GeForce 310M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M


And here you can find your graphic card model, and paste the one we copied on a new line, next to the same graphic card name for estetic reasons.


Step six: Replace CatalogFile


And finally compare the first section in the beginning in both nvam.inf files, [Version]. There is a value in that section called Catalog File and in the original nvidia driver looks like this:


CatalogFile = NV_DISP.CAT


BUT in the Asus driver in the nvam.inf file we have:


CatalogFile = nvam.CAT


modify nvidia notebook driver 2


If these two values are different as in my case with the asus k53sv nvidia driver, copy the value from your manufacturer driver (asus in my case) into the nvam.inf in the official nvidia driver, the one which we modify. And that’s it.


Now beofre you run setup and reward your nvidia notebook graphic card with the latest nvidia notebook driver, uninstall your current nvidia driver (if any) maybe run driversweeper to clean any left overs and restart your machine.

If you have questions or any misunderstandings, you know how to use the comment box below :)

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157 Responses

May 4, 2011

Thanks so much for the info. I’m hoping you can also help below:

I’m hoping more users can help test and improve since many newer laptops could be similar to mine.

History: Got HD5870 working w/ Setup 1.x 3DMark06 = 18024

Now I’m using only 2GB RAM,
Device Manager recognizes GTX460 fine but using Nvidia Property says:
“Nvidia Display settings are not available”
“You are not currently using a display attached to an NVIDIA GPU”

W7-64-Ult sometimes can output 1080p from GTX460 but cause BSOD.

W7-64-Home Prem (shipped w/ system) doesn’t ever output 1080p from GTX460 and no BSOD. However, using new 270.61 from laptop2go Nvidia Property recognizes GTX460 only as PhysX. I tried all 4 previous versions of drivers notebook, desktop, and Nando modded inf. I can use MSI Afterburner to control GTX460 fanspeed.

We appreciate any ideas.

Much thanks again.

May 4, 2011

Thank you so much for this! Dell removed the 267.?? version of there driver after I had to have the hard drive in my 2 week old computer replaced. the version they had would not run WoW properly. I followed this tutorial and was able to install the 270.61 Version this time without a problem. <3

May 5, 2011

Actually…. I take it back… WoW will not even start with this fix. Back to square one trying to figure out what to do.

May 5, 2011

@Wicked20 to tell you the truth, I have little experience with ViDock, but sounds like an interesting topic that I might do some experiments in future on, thank you for your comment!

@Regina I’m really sorry it did not work for you. Could you maybe provide me with some info about your notebook model, the hardware ID of your graphic card and a link to the official driver from Dell you have previously tried? I may investigate this and help you.

May 7, 2011


thanks for you tutorial, but I have a question : where did you find the win 7 nvidia GT540 drivers for K73SV on the asus website ? I search everywhere at this page but i have just found bios or wireless update…

Thanks for your help.

May 7, 2011

Hello Eric,

I noticed that there are only drivers available for the 64-bit version of Windows 7/Vista. Maybe you should try to install the 64-bit version, you will get better performance anyway. But if you are still unable to find the drivers, I will try to find them for you and will update you.

May 7, 2011


Thanks for giving out a solution to this Nvidia update/non-update issue. Unfortunately, I’m failing to get past the “extraction” phase. There’s been no laziness on my part. I’ve tried and tried with no success.

Would you be able to modify the driver for me?

I have a Sony VPCL138FX/B. The link for the original driver installed on my machine is found at the following Sony website:

The hardware ID (Nvidia GeForce GT 330M) is:




I’m running Windows 7 64 bit.

Thanks in advance.

May 8, 2011

Hi. Author please help me. I have notebook ASUS N53SV with nVidia GT 540M 1GB. Can you send me on mail your modify driver? Your ASUS K53SV have same nVidia GT 540M as my ASUS N53SV. Please!

May 8, 2011

My mail –

May 8, 2011

and to me please send
My mail –

May 8, 2011

Hey Fred,

It seems that Sony makes their drivers as an executable file which is not extractable by winrar. But to run, the driver files must be extracted somewhere on your hard drive.

If you have currently installed the driver from sony, can you please check if you have a file named nv.disp.inf file in this folder: C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_disp.inf_amd64_neutral… ? If you do you could use that to modify the driver.

May 8, 2011

@Dima and @Zhenya I currently don’t have the driver, but I will modify it and publish it to my website for download tomorrow. Regards!

May 9, 2011

Write here when driver is ready? OK? Please! And can you modify driver for notebook ASUS N53SV, please. Video card – nVidia GT 540M 1GB
ID video card:

May 9, 2011

Thank you to you for your labour, look forward to .

May 9, 2011


I don’t have the exact folder & file you mentioned. The most similar I have is folder


with file nv_LH.inf

Within file nv_LH.inf, I don’t see my hardware ID when I do a notepad++ search.

What can I do now?

May 10, 2011

ASUS к53SV с nVidia GT 540M
do the prepared driver, please

May 10, 2011

Here is the link to the new modified for every Asus notebook nvidia 270.61 driver for windows 7 64-bit:

Please write here after you try it if everything works fine. Thanks!

May 10, 2011


If it doesn’t contain your hardware ID inside it isn’t. Can you do a “File Search” in the folder C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\ for your hardware ID ? There has to be an INF there from your old driver. You can also do a search inside of multiple files in a given folder with notepad. Just choose Edit -> Search in Files.

Tell us your result, regards!

May 11, 2011

Goce. Can you do driver for ASUS N53SV (nVidia GT 540M) for Windows Vista 64-bit? Please! It is very important for me!

May 11, 2011

@Dima have you tried the latest driver from the nvidia website version 270.61 ? It seems that yor hardware ID is already included in the latest driver from nvidia, so just download it and install.

If not, try the one I just posted in my previous comments, it is modified for every new asus notebook. And please share with us if it did work for you.

May 11, 2011

@Goce, I can not to download your modify driver:(
Download stop on 60 MB and no resume. Can you send this driver on my e-mail, please!
My e-mail: or
I am waiting:)

May 11, 2011

Hello, Goce! Thank you for efforts. A driver was set, but a problem remained: a driver flies from Intel HD Graphics 3000 it can you it will help, and when starting a game, started and Geforce 540m, a current is inscription:

May 11, 2011

Hey Zhenya, I did a little research about your problem, and it seems that it is caused by old drivers on some notebooks with the optimus technology.
I didn’t have that problem with the Asus K53SV whatsoever.
But I believe that the optimus overlay is probably already solved with the latest drivers.

Is this is what comes up at the top of your screen?

Optimus Demonstration
Nvidia Confidential
not for release or distribution

Try the following:
1. Uninstall both intel and nvidia drivers
2. Restart
2. Run CCleaner and delete any leftovers (google for ccleaner you’ll find it)
4. Restart again
5. Download latest drivers from Intel and nVidia(the latest supports your model without having to be modified)
6. Install the Intel Driver
7. Install the NVidia driver

If that doesn’t help, you can download the Optimus Tools from here:

And try disabling the overlay.

And please tell us whether any of this helps.

May 11, 2011


I’m sorry you couldn’t download the driver, but I cannot send it to you through mail, because there is a 25MB per file limitation, and the driver file is about 150MB.

I have uploaded it to rapidshare however, you can grab it here:

Feedback about the driver is always welcomed! :)

May 11, 2011

Goce, how Zhenya can do step 7, if nVidia driver do not install without modify? I can not understand. I also try your reccomendation, but after restart PC i see: Video adapter is disabled because of incompatibility with the driver graphics driver VGA. It is because Intel HD Graphics or no?

May 12, 2011

Worked like a charm! I had to do some minor modifications, but no big deal, THANK YOU!!!!

May 12, 2011

Hello, Goce!
nothing turns out and I am sure that a problem is in the graphic arts of intel.
After the load of driver of intel “artefakty” appear lagi fiksy.
Help me.

May 12, 2011

@Dima I think the driver from nvidia installs correctly at Zhenya without the need to modify, but she has other problems afterwards which is something that isn’t solved yet for those models, not sure why though.
Did you try to install the official nvidia driver to get that message? Because if you followed the steps I provided for Zhenya you should install the driver I modified for you instead of the nvidia official.

@Emilio I’m glad this helped you, can you give some detalis what did you modify and for what model? Thanks!

@Zhenya Why don’t you write to Asus and nvidia? If your notebook is new I’m sure it is still under warrany, maybe you can change it for some other model? I cannot help you because I don’t own a notebook with that particular issue and I can’t do tests to solve it, sorry :(

May 12, 2011

Many thanks, Goce and to appointment.

May 17, 2011

@Goce, why your driver not work correctly on my ASUS N53SV on Vista?

May 17, 2011

@Dima Give me some details, what exactly is your problem? Does it install correctly, do you have any issues in games?

By the way, the official driver from nVidia contains your hardware ID and should work for your Asus N53SV. Have you tried the latest version 270.61 ? If yes, please reply what is your problem with it? Remember it is for 64-bit Vista/7.

May 23, 2011

hi goce, can you help me? i have new asus notebook A43SV with nvdia gt540m, i have download the latest driver, but it’s not work on my notebook with windows 7 32 bit, if i use your tutorial, have my problem clear? and if you have the link for my notebook please share goce..thank you..

May 30, 2011

Hi Goce,

I’m having a hard time understanding your little thread here but I’ve tried everything I can without any luck.. So I was wondering if you could modify my card for me?



Thank you! :)

May 30, 2011

Oh yeah, forgot to tell you that I have the Asus K53SV with the GT540M :)

May 31, 2011

Hey goce,

I’m using the Asus G53SW-A1, with the GTX 460M.

I have tried your method VERY carefully, four times, and with still no luck.

The only driver i was able to install was still the one from Asus…. the Nvidia ones (from BOTH the Nvidia website or laptops2go) still gave me the same message… “This graphics driver could not find compatible graphic hardware.”

I have even tried different versions of them, namely the 270.61 WHQL and the 275.27 BETA… downloaded both from the Nvidia website. Did the modifications as u described as exactly as u said (im not noob), and still… no luck.

Any ideas? Or perhaps since u know my Graphics u can mofidy the “nvam.inf” for me and I can try ur file? Though im positive i did it right T_T

June 1, 2011

Hi Goce,

I downloaded exactly the same drivers as you did in the tutorial and followed your instructions very carefully even though it was a bit difficult since I’m from another country but still it wont install..

I dont have the previous driver which was included with the installation CD installed, I dont know if that makes a difference though but please, I’m very much in need of your assistance! assist me if you can :)

June 2, 2011

what about driver for win xp?

June 2, 2011

i have asus a43sv with corei3 & GT540M 1Gb.
i try to modify with your tips, but it didnt work for win XP

June 2, 2011

Many thanks
Goce and to appointment.

June 6, 2011


I was able to follow the guide exactly until I was supposed to extract the NVIDIA version of the driver. When I right clicked it, I was only given the options to ‘add to archive’ or ‘compress’ not to
extract here.



June 10, 2011

i need help please..
i have asus a43sv with gt 540m i do have the driver for win 7 64 bit. but i’ am looking driver for windows XP 32 bit, hope that you can help…
please contact me…

June 13, 2011

Hi Goce,

I think I need your help,

I have 3 NVIDIA drivers version:

Last time somehow I can update from 258.96 to 259.57
Yesterday I wanted to update my NVIDIA driver to 275.36, but I did a mistake and rolled back to the old one (258.96)
Now I cannot update my driver either to the 259.57 or 275.36

Now I want to update my driver to the latest one, 275.36.
I have found the nv_disp.inf (there is only 1 .inf file in the 275.36 display.driver folder)
But I can’t find the Hardware ID when I search in the inf file.

Notebook model: Dell Precision M6500
Video card – nVidia Quadro FX 3800M
Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_061F&SUBSYS_02EF1028

Could you please modify the driver for me? Sorry to have bothered you.

Here is my email:

Thank u so much :)

June 14, 2011

freaking amazing. thanks a billion! mine was u41sv with the same graphic. so i was blindly following your guide.

Your a genius :D:D:D

June 14, 2011

Oya, I forgot to inform u that my windows version is Windows 7 64bit.

Thank ou

June 14, 2011

I cant find my drivers for Toshiba Qosmio F750 1001X , i got the latest from nvidia site but i cant find it on my manufacturers site. It is rather a new model, any help with it ?
thanks in advance,
Nic~ =)

June 14, 2011

Sry, but u can also contact me via my email;

June 16, 2011


Thank you for sharing. I just bought a Asus K53SV (same as yours). I followed your instructions, however in the “Advanced Settings” under Display -> Screen Resolution, the Adapter Type is still Intel(R) HD Graphics Family even though I see both the Intel & Nvidia under the Display adapters in Device Manager. Hence, my max resolution is only 1366 x 768.

How can I set the default display adapter to the Nvidia one? Your help is greatly appreciated.


June 23, 2011


I cant find drivers for Toshiba A660 PSAW3C-135017 NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M. My hardware ID dont match with any .inf files in drivers that I get either from toshiba or nvidia. Please can you help me, I try everthing but nothing works. Here my Id of Nvidia: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0A28&SUBSYS_FD311179. Here is my email:

Thank you!,


June 23, 2011


i have Acer TM8573TG with GT540. I tried modify driver but without success. Pls look at this.

Original drivers are there:

My hardware ID is:


June 23, 2011

Hi, my brand-new MSI CX640-071US notebook computer also has the same problem with its nvidia graphics – the drivers from the manufacturer’s and nvidia’s website will not install, citing hardware not detected. My computer came with integrated Intel graphics and an Nvidia GT520M graphics card and it runs Windows 7. The strange thing is, when I go into Device Manager I cannot even find the nvidia graphics card (only the Intel), thus I cannot even find the hardware ID. Do you have any idea what possibly may be going on?

June 26, 2011
Gan Kheen Shern

can you help me out,I can’t modified the file >.<

my notebook : Asus A43SV
Link :
My Hardware ID : PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_16721043
The picture :

Please help me out, I getting DESPERATE!!!!

June 26, 2011

if i know how to do all this ill gunna work in microsoft looooooooooooooooool

July 1, 2011

I have a Lenovo Ideapad u460 with a Nvidia 305m card. Here is the link to the Lenovo Driver page for x64 Windows 7,

I can’t find the display folder after unzipping the Lenovo Nvidia driver. Any ideas?

July 1, 2011

Whoops, for the hardware ID, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0A6E&SUBSYS_395A17AA

July 3, 2011

Hello Goce,
I have the exact problem and I couldnt find nva.inf in my manufacturer Driver.
So, I need your help to do it for me.
My laptop is Acer Aspire 4830TG with NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 2GB and the Hardware Id is PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_05501025.

Email is Thank you in advance.

July 3, 2011

Hello there,

Wow, I don’t know a thing about programming, but wanted to let you know that I followed these steps for my Asus G53SW and it worked out great. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this tutorial, it made all the difference!



July 5, 2011

I have been able to modify and install the latest driver 275.33 but i am not able to find Display and Stereoscopic 3D setup under nvidia control panel. Any one know how to solve this?

July 7, 2011
zain iqbal

i am having problem with my display resolution.
i am using nivida gforce gt 240 with my acer monitor v223hq.
but display resolution is not ok. in screen resolution it says i am having generic non pnp monitor. i install all driver of nivida nad acer. they are up to date. bt still its not working. my screen resloution is fine with my laptop. so i guess there is some problem with my graphic card
please help me….
its been 4 days…
my pc was fine before ….but sudden this problem occur…either it is because of graphic card or driver…????

July 7, 2011
zain iqbal…email me thanks

July 9, 2011

Worked like a charm for me (Asus K53SV, 275.33). Thank you very much for this guide!

July 9, 2011

Everything went fine untill i reached step 3, I cannot find my Hardware ID in display.Driver folder in any .inf file… So i’m stuck there, I have a Medion Akoya with a Nvidia 540GT hope u can help me thanks in advance

July 9, 2011

Thank you!!!! Worked great on DELL XPS L501X, saw immediate improvements in Crysis2. I did have to install the driver twice because I couldnt stop windows from reinstalling the older driver after the initial uninstall and restart, I fixed it by letting the Nvidia installer uninstall the previous version and that did it. Hey thanks again!

July 13, 2011

i have nvidia 8400m gt notebook sovy fz180e
please help me

hardware id = PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0426&SUBSYS_9005104D


July 14, 2011

Well done. Thanks man, it works perfect!

July 17, 2011

I have nvidia GT540M, the original installed driver that sony had for my laptop was not extractable so I found the drivers through C/window/drivers but the only inf file i can find is NVSZF which does not exist in the new drivers that i have downloaded from nvidia so can anyone help,what should i do next?

July 19, 2011

You insane, are you programer can we do eniting izzeyer

July 20, 2011

Really appreciate this guide; i have followed it from start to end, however it still doesnt work for me.

I have a ASUS X73S
Intel Core i7-2630QM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M

In the end when i try to install the latest drivers, it still gives me the “This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware”. my email is, if you could give me some help it would be greatly appreciated.


July 24, 2011
Alberto Oliveira

hi, i was wondering since i have the same model (asus k53vs) as you if you would mind uploading you modified exe files so i can run them don’t know if you need my hw id or not so here it is: PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15F21043

thanks in advance,


July 24, 2011
Alberto Oliveira

our model (yes i have the same as you) comes with 2 graphic cards for power saving features.
what you need to do is activate the nvidia control panel and them change the settings to make the default graphics card be the gt 540M hope that helps

July 26, 2011

I follow ur guide but when i looking for my hardware id in *.inf file i don’t find anything :(
i have an Asus X53SV-SX344V and my Nvidia Id is PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15F21043
What can i do?

July 26, 2011

sir can you help me modifying my ACER ASPIRE TIMELINE x 4830TG

not due to laziness that i can not do it but due to lack of file that i can not finish the whole process.

there is no V_nam in the acer folder :(

hope you help me cause i want to satisfy my self in buying this laptop

thanks information needed:
step one:

July 26, 2011

Hi OP,

Thanks a lot for the thorough guide. I followed it to the letter, but still no success.
Could you upload the modded files for this Hardware ID: PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15F21043

We have a customer breathing in our necks, and your help will be vastly appreciated.

Thank you for the time.

July 27, 2011

Did the trick for me (Asus K73S).

July 27, 2011

installing atm but man i love you^^

July 28, 2011

Worked perfectly, thank you :)

July 28, 2011

Hi guys,
For the ppl that have the hardware ID PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15F21043 like me, i have modify nvam.inf file,, and now it WORKS!
Hope to do something pleasant.

TY for the guide man.

July 29, 2011
Zach W.

Okay, I’m just looking for some clarification as this is my first time ever updating a driver. After doing all these steps and uninstalling the old driver, how exactly will I install this new one? I can’t use the Nvidia installer as I get the error, obviously. Will my computer recognize the new one upon start up and automatically install it? Sorry for the ignorance.

July 29, 2011

It’s ok, you better ask than go astray ;)

Yes it should get pass that error. It should recognize your graphic card if you do it right.

Sorry for not responding here guys, I was on a long vacation and I didn’t check the comment system at all. But here are so many comments, I will try to help the most recent ones when I have some spare time, regards.

July 29, 2011
Barney G.

Hello, I have a problem. the graphics driver that i downloaded from my manufacturer’s website doesn’t have any driver folders in them when i extracted it. theres just this .data file, .RDATA file, and RSRC.1, TEXT and a plain old file. i don’t see any folders like display.driver

July 30, 2011

Hello. I have a Sony Vaio vpcl21me and I tried to install the new nvidia 275.33 drivers for the gt540M. I found an NVSZF.inf file in the old SONY drivers that comprises my hardware ID but I don’t know to which inf file in the new nvidia drivers I should copy it into. Any help will be gretly appreciated.

July 31, 2011

Hey. Its an awesome guide, but i cant make it work… :(
I use an Acer Aspire 5745G with GT 330M that i try to update to 275.33.
Hardware ID: PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0A29&SUBSYS_035B1025
I dont even know what to download from Acer’s site (I guess im a bit of a noob with computor)

Anyway thx in advance.

July 31, 2011

I cant find my hard ware ID PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0DD1&SUBSYS_20471043 in the corresponding .inf file. I know i have the right driver folders extracted. G53SW ASUS is my the notebook im using. :( i just want up to date drivers

August 2, 2011
Joacim Melseth Nerhed

Hi i have tried this on a acer apire 5745G. I suspect the problem lies in that the nvam.inf file that did not contain the line NVIDIA_DEV.0A29.06 = “NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M” (even though i got directed to this through envidias driver browser),

I added that from the original acer drivers and got it to install to the end wihout any error screens.

Another thing that bothers me is that the original Acer driver contains only a nvmac.inf file that contained all that you point out in the steps.

I added that as told in step six and feard it would not agree with it for i can’t find it in the display.driver folder.

After i reboted it does not work. it only says it can’t find whatever file and something must have gone wrong in the installation blablabla im giving up on this now.

Thank you for your support and your time.

I hope that it is a fault on my part for this is not a working way to sell a product of this nature without following through on something so elemental in it’s operation.

Have a good one and sorry about the complainet :D

August 3, 2011

This worked for me on my vaio F series gt 540m. I went to nvidia 275.33 for laptops. Games look amazing much different! But I had to roll back because I could not convert 2d to 3d and my video player would no longer play 3d blu-ray. Is this compatibility issues that Sony needs to work out still?

August 4, 2011

Hey Dude,

first thanks for this helpfull Tutorial. I have the same Notebook like you an install the new Nvidia Driver with your Guide. But now i have very bad FPS in Games. I think the System only use the Intel “GPU”. If i install the Asus Driver i have MUTCH better FPS. I Try too add a Profile in the Nvidia Profilemanager and tell him use the Nvidia GPU but doint work. Do you have the same Problems? Or some Tip for me?

Thanks a lot.

August 4, 2011

You must search it in the .ini File from ASUS. Not in the NVIDIA one !!!

August 4, 2011

Watch first Post plz. Can you help me?

August 4, 2011

It’s in NVMVAC.inf and not nvam.inf

August 4, 2011

Hello, I did everything properly on my Acer 5745G ( video GT330M)
I cleaned the remaining parts of the drivers after uninstalling them with Driver Sweeper. Then I installed the drivers but PhysX failed to install and after rebooting when I try to open nvidia control panel it says “NVIDIA Display settings are unavailable. You are not currently using a display attached to an NVIDIA GPU”

Btw hardware id: “PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0A29&SUBSYS_035B1025″
P.S I’ll try some other methods too and try to solve it meanwhile.

August 4, 2011

I got all of this well-done, and it worked for the installation, and I got actually the same problem as you, “NVIDIA Display settings are unavailable. You are not currently using a display attached to an NVIDIA GPU”. So i’m wondering if the hardware display is not connected to the intel graphics (in my case at least) and not to the graphic Card ? Oo It seems completely stupid.

August 5, 2011

I did it! I knew that the intel onboard video card was the problem.
To make the drivers work you must disable the intel onboard VC from the bios, then install your modified drivers, reboot and everything works like a charm :)

August 8, 2011

there are no nvam.inf in my nvidia(offcial) drivers folders…

August 20, 2011

Hi there, i have tried to follow your guide but run into a problem on step three.
Basically the driver i downloaded from sony has an .inf file that does not appear in the nvidia offical drivers.

Which is NVSZF
This is not included in Nvidias driver folder :/

ive hit a dead end and wonder if you can offer any advice, or still offer to modify drivers for people?

This is the model of the vaio im using > VPCL138FG : L Series Notebook >
its a flat screen all in one, still classed as a notebook.

Here is my NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M Hardware id > PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0A29&SUBSYS_9060104D

i was trying to update the latest nvidia drivers > 280.26-notebook-win7-winvista-64bit

Hope you you can help with this as im completly baffled what to do , what happened to the good old days where u just bought a system , go to gfx cards website, download a driver and install it :(

regards Ian

August 22, 2011

i dont have 2 drivers download cant find one from asus. only downloaded it from nvidia. the numbers i found in my lappy isnt in the driver help me . although i did put in my model and all

September 4, 2011

Thank you… I am able to proceed to the installation… I haven’t done step 6 still it works! Tried step 6, it failed :)

September 7, 2011

does it work in asus A43SV-VX090D? please help me :’(

September 12, 2011

Hi Synd. I think I’m facing the same issue with my ACER 5750G (Video GT540M). After I folloved the instructions on this site, I did manage to pass the installation fine. But got errors when installing the drivers.

I also have the “NVIDIA Display settings are unavailable. You are not currently using a display attached to an NVIDIA GPU” error.

I decided to try your idea on disabling the onboard VC. But once in the BIOS I can’t get to find in which section I can do that.
The only option that seems relevant is:
“Graphic Mode” with two options possible -> Switchable/Integrated

By default it was on Switchable.
Any idea ?

September 15, 2011

Please Help My. My Hardware ID Is PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0DD1&SUBSYS_20471043

September 15, 2011

Model: Asus g53sw

September 21, 2011

I havce an Acer 4755G and there is only one .INF file from download I got from the Acer website: NVAC.INF. When I open it I can’t find PCIVEN_8086&DEV_0166&SUBSYS_05061025 anywhere.

September 23, 2011

I have the same model, tried to do as this guide says, but it didnt work :( stille get the Cant find compatible hardware error :( So any help would be apreciated

September 26, 2011

All Acer Aspire users who have the option of switching graphics from nvidia to integrated, go to your bio and under Main, set your graphics from “switchable” to “discrete”, than you wont have any issues from hardware detection and you wont have to mess with any inf files.

September 27, 2011
Allan Ledgister

I’ve done this once already, a few months ago, when the last Nvidia driver came out. I follow your instructions and it worked perfect! However, the lastest driver for my graphic card came out yesterday and from the looks of it I may have to go thourgh this all over again. Not that I’m complaining, but I didnt realize that winrar was a trial and now it will not allow me to extract files. Is there a another program I can use to extract file or do I really need to go through with this exercise all over again? I also have an Asus G74sx

September 27, 2011
Asw Spam

Get 7-zip, it does amazing things, and it’s free.

October 1, 2011

Hi there. I have just bought a Dell laptop. its inspiron 5110. it said that it supported 1gb Nvidia but i can see that it says intel hd graphics. so does it mean i have to install this Nvidia graphics? and if yes then how. please let me know. thank you

October 6, 2011

I have a MSI GT780DXR with a 570M Nvidia Card. This guide was very informative and helpful to get the beta drivers installed (for BF3). I can’t thank you enough. Had no issues with any part of the install.

October 8, 2011

I just want to say… spiritfly, you da man! I don’t know what chemicals you’re inhaling to know this, but it works! I hope NVIDIA compensates you for doing the job of their “consultants” and actually helping out lost souls.

Tried it with ASUS K43SV win7 64bit, version 268.xx –> 280.xx = awesome

if it doesn’t work the first time, it’s probably your fault. try to follow the steps to the letter. common (my stupid) mistakes were:
STEP 3: the two klingon lines that you paste onto the NVIDIA .inf belong to two SEPARATE sections (NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.0 and NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1, see last number)
STEP 1-6: always copy FROM the ASUS .inf TO the NVIDIA .inf
STEP 1-6: backup both your .inf files BEFORE you do anything, just in case
STEP 7: DO NOT uninstall (and delete) the driver for the hardware, just the software hahaha

thanks a whole lot!

October 9, 2011
Peeter Terehov

Can someone help me with installing beta drivers for my Asus A53SV please. Step three means that i need to copy this Klingon stuff from 280 driver which i have installed right now and working to 285.38 beta driver? Also do they have to be identical, cause i don’t see nvac, nvaa or nvam files in 285 folder. In beta folder there is everything else nv** but these mentioned above. Or should i rollback to older driver like 268 and try update from that to 285 beta?

Anyway my Hardware ID is: PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15F21043

October 9, 2011
Brian Gillings

have a Sony Vaio VGN-SZ680 which uses an Nvidia 8400M GS Video Card

October 9, 2011

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-SZ680 which uses an Nvidia 8400M GS Video Card

October 12, 2011

I Have this same laptop and need that driver update! Think you could email it to me?

October 20, 2011

dude, you are a seriously on something cronic, I dont know what you do for a living but I hope you make a lot of money!!!! Followed your instructions step by step and it works!!! I have an Asus G53SW, so thats tested now everyone and it works. thanks heaps for the guide. your a champ!!!

October 21, 2011
Brian Gillings

i have followed the instructions but cannot find my hardwareID in any of the files, plus, I cant download the drivers from the sony site

i am using a Sony Vaio VGN-SZ680 which uses an Nvidia 8400M GS Video Card

October 22, 2011
tuan ikram

please help me,i can’t understand all the method below, just have a beginners knowledge of computer laptop model is A43SV and my hardware id is PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_16721043..very appreciate if you can help me..=)

October 23, 2011

i can’t find the nvidia on the device manager
how to know what is the hardware id ?

October 25, 2011

GREAT work man….
i have notebook asus vx7 with nvidia gtx460M same problem with official nvidia driver and asus dont realase new driver also :|


i have windows 7 64 bit and i want install new nvidia drivers 285.62 WHQL

can you modify driver for me pls?

October 27, 2011

Hi, this was awesome thank you for posting this. I was stuck once it came to extracting the files from the sony.exe driver. I was able to do so with the Nvidia driver no problem. I have a vpccw21fx…no drivers from sony for almost a year now. Any help with this would be amazing, I’d really like to update my card!

October 27, 2011
tuan ikram

guys!! check out to the latest nvidia 285.62 driver..finally i can install it without facing the confusing method in this page.. i use asus a43sv and have the nvidia gt540m and this latest driver work for my notebook,just go and search on the official nvidia webpage..

October 30, 2011

hi i really dont know how to do that sorry :) well im just a kid ..i also have asus k53sv can u send me the 285.62 driver that will work? tnx

November 1, 2011

what should i do if i want to use windows xp and not windows 7, i use asus k73sv

November 1, 2011

I don’t know if i did well or not but i still got the error; has anyone been able with an Asus VX7, I would like to be able to play Battlefield 3 :’(

November 2, 2011

Hello, I’ve searched s many places fr this problem and nowhere the solution because i want the drivers to be fr WindowsXP not Vista/7, i tried your way several times but it keeps giving me compitability erors, so pls if you couldhelp me i would be very very very thankfull
my laptop: Acer Aspire 5742G with |Nvidia Gefrce GT520M
and the coddy thing is: PCIVEN_8086&DEV_0046&SUBSYS_04881025
Thank you very much,


November 2, 2011

I am trying to update to NVIDIA 285.62 on a Sony Vaio VPCCW21FX.

I am stuck on trying to find the Hardware ID in the driver files. It cannot find any references with my hardware ID.

Any suggestions?

November 5, 2011
Tajinder Sohal

hey bro i have asus k53sv i5 2410 m , nvdiai gt 54m 2 gb same like urs i dont knw wat to do this is my hardware id PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0DF4&SUBSYS_15F21043
. can u make file for me then plz send me plz plz plz at plz bro

November 6, 2011

i have error in the middle of installing please help !!!

add me to messenger

November 15, 2011

dude,. need help,.


November 18, 2011

I also need help…
I stucked at finding the hardware id from the inf files. There is no line such as PCIVEN_8086&DEV_0126&SUBSYS_050E1028.

I have a Dell XPS L502X laptop.

Can someone help me with that?

November 21, 2011

Hey man.
I could complete the actions only for 3rd try but it worth it, now it does work.

The only problem I detedted already is that when I close nvidia control dest it stops like it would have made an error and asks if look for a sollution on the internet or just close. It doesnŰ’t semm like a sirious issue, since other things work fine, but I thougt I’m gonna ask you what can cause this issue.

Thank you very much for the sollution!! You rule!


November 23, 2011

Hi I have a Sony Vaio VGN-AW120D I’m trying to get the Nvdia 285.38 to work this is my Hard ware ID

I can’t seem to get it to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

November 27, 2011

You are an Ultimate guy dude…thanks for the great post….really amazing….

November 28, 2011

First of all great forum!
I did all, but nothing works don´t know why.
Asus n43jm – Gt435m
the old message was: “can´t find hardware”,
now after the mod is:”important files missing”
please HELP!

November 29, 2011

hi, i have a sony vaio ar71j in windows 7 32bit, with nvidia geforce 8400m gt


November 30, 2011

amazing post. works great with my MSI CX640 (GT540m). thx u so much :)

December 1, 2011

Hey Bro,

Pls help me on my ACER 5745G GT330M Graphic


Email :

December 4, 2011

need help
asus k43sv

December 8, 2011

i ant find the copied file

vaio vpccw21fx


December 10, 2011

allora io ho windows 7 e come produttore mobile intel graphics hd. come risolvo?

December 10, 2011
Simon But

need doesn’t work for me…i have Sony Vaio AW11Z/B with Nvidia 9600M GT


pplease help to fix the inf file!


December 10, 2011


I haven’t tried these steps just yet, but before I go ahead:
I have a Dell XPS L502X laptop delivered with a Nvidia Geforce GT 555M graphic card with Windows 7 32-bit..

On Nvidia’s pages the necessary (Win7 32 bit) drivers are easy enough to fin,. but Dell however only provide nvidia-drivers for the 64-bits version of Win 7..!

.. will it cause any problems??

December 13, 2011

Hey i got the same notebook. Can you upload the file pls?

December 13, 2011
Alan Alan

Bro,please help me.I use acer aspire 5935g,nvidia gforce gt240m cuda 1gb.Now my grphics card driver download latest driver for gt240m version 285.62(d/load from nvidia website because acer didn’t have updated driver for this g/card),but i cant install it.It comes message’this graphics driver couldn’t find bla.. bla…i tried like ur post,but when i paste find in to find my hardware id,can’t find i’mt stuck at step 3.Could u help me?


December 13, 2011

December 18, 2011
Russell Bangsil

Great help man! finally updated my nvidia driver! thanks!

December 25, 2011
Nuno Rovira

I can’t find the hardware with PCIVEN_8086&DEV_0046&SUBSYS_1C221043

I have an Asus a52j

December 30, 2011

Thank you !

January 3, 2012

Hi read your post very useful and very confusing for me if you can help me i’d be more than grateful:

Notebook Model: Sony Vaio VGN=NR31J (Graphics Card Geforce 8400GT M)
Operating System: Windows Vista 32-bit
Hardware ID: PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0426&SUBSYS_902D104D

my email

Thanks in advance

January 9, 2012
Alexey Strakh


Thank you for such a detailed post. I beleive it could help me to update video driver and fix issue with video card.

But I wasn’t be able to locate my hardware id at extracted official driver from

hard id: PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0A2B&SUBSYS_905A104D
model: sony vaio vpc z133gx


January 14, 2012
Wiss B

hey bro i have a sony viao pcg-8111L with what i think is a nvidia geforce 8600M GT and formated to win7 32bit and cnt seem to even install the driver!!!! help plz

January 20, 2012

Thank you for the help …. But I have one small proplem !!
I’m using sony vaio, and I downloaded the both driver from the NVIDIA website and the sony website… So I Extract the file from the NVIDIA and I found the ” .inf ” files…. But the driver from the sony website came as “.exe ” so there were no “.inf ” files……

If you can help me to modify the driver for me, please !! Thanks in advance …..

Sony vaio. VPCCW21FX
Hardware Id. PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0A75&SUBSYS_9072104D
Geforce 310M

January 23, 2012
Jaime Segura

Amigo espero me puedas ayudar lo que pasa es que tengo un notebook sony vaio vpceg15fl con una tarjeta de video Nvidia GeForce 410M tengo instalados los controladores de Sony que son la version 267.43 pero me gustaria tener los ultimos actualizados para mi tarjeta de video que si no me equivoco es la version 285.38 ojala me puedas ayuadar de antemano muchas gracias :)

January 24, 2012
Jaime Segura

Friend I hope you can help me it’s just that I have a sony vaio notebook vpceg15fl with a video card I have installed Nvidia GeForce 410M Sony drivers are version 267.43 but I would like to have the latest updates for my video card if you do not is the version I’m wrong I wish I can ayuadar 285.38 in advance thank you very much:)

January 30, 2012

Is it safe?

January 30, 2012

Hey there mate. I am having a bit of difficulty with my new N55SF because the original Nvidia drivers have different inf files than the newly released ones. How do I know where to put those lines or does this method still work?

January 31, 2012

Please someone help me, I can not update the drive, adiconem me on MSN: So I pose to asistencia remote and you can get me please

February 3, 2012

Hey bro. Please help me.
Acer Aspire 4830TG