It had to go away for the very reasons you noted. I gifted it so I'm sure that it lives on making trouble for others.
My advice is to get something made from 2000 and onwards.
I've recently set up a dual monitor on my old PC and I'm having a problem getting it to work just right. I've got Windows 7 32-bit on it and the two video cards are a GeForce 5500 FX and ASUS V7100 PRO which I think uses a GeForce 400MX GPU. But, I've got everything set up right now so that both monitors are displaying but my problem is that I have to choose between having dual monitors or Aero. The reason for that is because after I've updated the drivers for my 5500 to support Aero my secondary monitor doesn't display and the computer doesn't recognize the display as being connected due to the drivers for the 5500 apparently don't support the drivers for the 400.
Does anybody know a work around? The 400 is being displayed in Disk manager but when I try to update the card manually through device manager (pointing the Search for drivers to the NVIDIA folder where it extracts) it doesn't find any drivers and simply says that card is up-to-date. Do I have to search for the .inf file (might be wrong on the extension) or what can I do? I really don't want to trade off my dual monitors to have Aero or vice-versa.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!