If you're going to do the screen resolution changing and are comfortable with a little tinkering, you might want to take a look at Multires
and read about the batch file usage at the bottom of the page. I used to use this program years ago, and it still works on my Windows 7. If you're going to try it, let me know and I might have a few tips to make it easier.
Thanks for all that work, but I got the same results as I did with the 196.21:
"The NVIDIA Setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware. Setup will now exit."
I don't think that finding any old drivers that work is going to be possible. Thanks again for trying.