Solved

XP Home System doesn't recognize video card

Posted on 2004-08-24
6
215 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
I reinstalled XP Home on a machine and can't get the video adapter driver to install.  When I look at Diaplay Properties -> Settings -> Advanced -> Adapter, the Adapter Type is blank and all of the Adapter Information shows <unavailable>.  When I click Properties it shows the driver is VgaSave, which apparently runs as a service, and there is no option to update the driver.  

The card is labeled MX400L and is an AGP card.  I don't have the original disks, so I downloaded the drivers from http://www.albatron.com.tw/english/it/vga/driver.asp?pro_id=5.  I ran the setup program, rebooted, and nothing changed.  When I look under System->Hardware-Device Manager, there is no Display Adapter section.

I try adding the hardware manually, select Have Disk and point to nv4_disp.inf from the driver download.  The Model window returns empty so there is no hardware to choose for the installation.

I tried swapping the graphic cards and when the system is rebooted there is no indication of the hardware being recognized.

I also reinstalled the motherboard drivers and flashed the BIOS.
Any ideas?
0
Comment
Question by:wmiddle
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 69

Expert Comment

by:Callandor
ID: 11884529
This sounds like a Geforce card.  Perhaps the nVidia Detonator drivers?  http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_61.77
0
 

Author Comment

by:wmiddle
ID: 11884789
Those are the drivers that I installed.
0
 

Author Comment

by:wmiddle
ID: 11884895
I tried installing both 61.77 and 53.03
0
Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

 
LVL 8

Accepted Solution

by:
eccs19 earned 500 total points
ID: 11885780
I would download this utility, and make sure that your video card is properly detected, then if it's not a Geforce card, try to locate the drivers.  Also make sure you have all the drivers installed for the motherboard. (this program should help you idenify the make of the MB as well.

http://www.lavalys.com/products/download.php?pid=1&lang=en&pageid=3
0
 

Author Comment

by:wmiddle
ID: 11886927
I fixed my problem by doing a new install/repair of windows XP.  I have no idea why this was required.  I am accepting your answer because the EVEREST utility was instrumental in ensuring that I had the correct drivers on the system, so indirectly it helped with this problem.  Thanks.
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:eccs19
ID: 11890972
Glad that i was able to help.
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Windows 10's blank icons (drag to desktop) 6 145
*NEW* Titan x possible bandwidth issues 3 135
COM Port 37 77
Mouse freeze on PC 10 82
Like many organizations, your foray into cloud computing may have started with an ancillary or security service, like email spam and virus protection. For some, the first or second step into the cloud was moving email off-premise. For others, a clou…
Windows 7 does not have the best desktop search built in. This is something Windows 7 users have struggled with. You type something in, and your search results don’t always match what you are looking for, or it doesn’t actually work at all. There ar…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to censor certain areas of your screen. The example in this video will show a little boy's face being blurred. This will be demonstrated using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
With the power of JIRA, there's an unlimited number of ways you can customize it, use it and benefit from it. With that in mind, there's bound to be things that I wasn't able to cover in this course. With this summary we'll look at some places to go…

863 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

26 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now