Computer not recognizing graphics card!

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Claudius
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Computer not recognizing graphics card!

Postby Claudius » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:37 pm

I looked around on google and I saw that this is usually a drivers issue. I have a program called Driver Reviver that should find this driver.

I went to NVIDIA's website and the auto-detect did not work and I don't know what my graphics card is. Hmmm just thought of something I can check my Mac OS partition.

Any other ideas how to solve a non-recognition of graphics card?

This explains why tutu, NWN diamond, and sacred 2 were not working.

XP OS
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Postby Tricky » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:29 am

Are you sure you don't have an old driver cd left over, that came shipped with your hardware? If you lost track of what's under the hood, best way to check it out is to crack it open and have a look. There may be stickers or other things printed on the individual parts that may give you a clue. Computer manufacturers like Dell and Asus for instance have a pretty vast archives of what comes shipped with what, and give you schematics to further help you identify individual parts. Usually these archives contain driver packages as well.

The driver the computer manufacturer (not the GPU manufacturer) recommends is always a good one to default to when dealing with problems such as these. In fact, should you be able to find out more about your GPU, this also counts double for the GPU manufacturers. The chipset in the GPU may be NVidia, but it could have been put together by Zalman. In that case, go with their drivers before you try out a 'pure' NVidia Catalyst driver (or whatever they are called these days).

So long as you have a recommended, stable driver you can venture into other things. General rule with drivers: if it isn't broken, don't fix it.
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