Nvidia talks nForce2, nForce3 Vista support

Last week, we learned about a compatibility problem with Nvidia nForce3-based motherboards involving Windows Vista, ATI graphics cards, and dual-core processors. Nvidia informed us that its only chipsets certified for Vista were the nForce4, nForce 500, and nForce 600 series, suggesting that nForce3 users suffering from compatibility problems in Vista would have to suck it up and either stick with Windows XP or buy new hardware.

However, the company seems to have changed its mind somewhat. Nvidia Platform Products PR Manager Bryan Del Rizzo has e-mailed us saying, "There is a known issue with ATI AGP cards and nForce3 and Vista. This is currently being looked into and will most likely be resolved with a MCP driver update." Del Rizzo adds that nForce3- and nForce2-based systems can run Vista using built-in Microsoft drivers and third-party audio chipset drivers. There is one notable exception, though: storage support. Nvidia RAID is just plain not supported, and Del Rizzo says there are "known Vista issues with some ATAPI devices."

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