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Vista can't find video card!?!?!

by Nathan1k9 / October 15, 2007 12:32 PM PDT

During mid summer i finally had the cash for a new computer so i got a friend to custom build one:

Nvidia E-GeForce 7900 GS KO video card
Asus M2A-VM motherboard
AMD Anthlon 64X2 4200+ cpu
500 gig hard drive
and 2 gigs of ram

Well i was wanting to run Vista but once i got the OS installed and all but the video card driver installed, i went to install the video card driver and it didn't work. So i went to the Nvidia or evga site for an updated driver the tried a couple of those. Either it would say i'm not running the right type of vista or it says it can't find my video card. Any ideas of what i can do??


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(NT) Hint: Install the motherboard driver package first.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 12:38 PM PDT
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Already done
by Nathan1k9 / October 15, 2007 12:53 PM PDT

All the other drivers where installed first. The only thing not installed is the video card driver.

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Then you have the wrong video driver.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 1:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Already done

Many don't get the motherboard driver right, or the BIOS is not Vista ready. You didn't tell much in your post so all I can do is not the usuals.


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Not 100% sure
by Nathan1k9 / October 15, 2007 1:15 PM PDT

Well i'm not to sure on what you are saying but do you mean like my mother board driver might have been a XP version so it might have stopped vista from "seeing" my video card??

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That's right. I see they offer...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 1:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Not 100% sure

The motherboard driver lets Windows (whichever version...) see the cards, USB ports and all that.

Check with the motherboard maker for latest drivers.

Yup, Vista version appears to differ from the XP version. "Enhanced the compatibility of Vista" is noted in the BIOS releases.

I didn't see the AMD CPU driver. Did you get that installed?


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by Nathan1k9 / October 15, 2007 2:12 PM PDT

Well after popping my motherboard driver cd into my computer it loaded the screen and it had a button to see what the motherboard information was and it showed that my bios was 0302 while the current bios for my motherboard is 0901. Right now i am still on windows xp, but tomorrow i will update my os to vista yet again and give it a try. Thanks for the help. Hopefully it works, if not i will be back.

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"the AMD CPU driver."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 2:24 PM PDT
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It's over at It also fixes issues like yours.


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try this
by Dango517 / October 15, 2007 4:27 PM PDT

start>control panel>device manager>choose display adapter>right click>click,"scan for hardware changes",let it run. Is it there? if yes>right click on the newly found graphics card>choose up "date driver". If this doesn't work then try the vendors web site again after it's been found.

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by Nathan1k9 / October 17, 2007 7:29 AM PDT
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OMG thank you for the help it's working amazingly smooth plus i have aero enabled which just looks great. Again i can't thank you enough.


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