My computer is telling me I do not have a graphics card

By KelseyKillgasm
Dec 28, 2008
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  1. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    We should be able to find the NVIDIA driver needed and get your problem fixed..

    But should first start by cleaning up all other devices and drivers we can. This is, in general, good practice as one can sometimes find dependencies between two devices without drivers such that you won't be able to get device B to work until you first get device A installed and running correctly.

    As for the method i'm going to use for your current situation (as fyi for yourself or anyone else reading)...

    1. Let's start with DirectX diagnostics i had you run earlier
    Start->Run, typing dxdiag then clicking Saving Information to file. Here's the data you'll find it had reported under System Devices (note i've highlighted devices which appear to not have a driver and I’ve “snipped” the full driver file list for those devices that DO have drivers)
    Code:
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    System Devices
    --------------
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_266F&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&F9
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\intelide.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:40:29, 5504 bytes
    <snip>
    
    [COLOR="Magenta"][B]     Name: SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_266E&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&F2
       Driver: n/a
    [/B][/COLOR]
    [COLOR="Magenta"][B]     Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM SMBus Controller - 266A
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_266A&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&FB
       Driver: n/a[/B][/COLOR]
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2662
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2662&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&E1
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:36:44, 68224 bytes
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2660
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2660&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&E0
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:36:44, 68224 bytes
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_265C&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&EF
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbehci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:35, 30208 bytes
    <snip>
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265B
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_265B&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&EB
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:35, 20608 bytes
    <snip>
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265A
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_265A&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&EA
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:35, 20608 bytes
    <snip>
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2659
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2659&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&E9
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:35, 20608 bytes
    <snip>
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2658
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2658&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&E8
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:45:35, 20608 bytes
    <snip>
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2651
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2651&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&FA
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\intelide.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:40:29, 5504 bytes
    <snip>
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801FB LPC Interface Controller - 2640
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2640&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&172E68DD&0&F8
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\isapnp.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:36:41, 37248 bytes
    
         Name: Intel(R) 915G/P/GV PCI Express Root Port - 2581
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2581&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_04\3&172E68DD&0&08
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:36:44, 68224 bytes
    
    [COLOR="Magenta"][B]     Name: Intel(R) 915G/P/GV Processor to I/O Controller - 2580
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2580&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_04\3&172E68DD&0&00
       Driver: n/a[/B][/COLOR]
    
         Name: Intel(R) 82801 PCI Bridge - 244E
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_244E&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_D3\3&172E68DD&0&F0
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 10:36:44, 68224 bytes
    
         Name: Intel(R) 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1080&SUBSYS_10001028&REV_04\4&10416D21&0&10F0
       Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\IntelC51.sys, 2.15.0036.0000 (English), 3/5/2004 21:14:42, 1233525 bytes
    <snip>
    
     [B][COLOR="Magenta"]     Name: Ethernet Controller
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4401&SUBSYS_01991028&REV_01\4&10416D21&0&18F0
       Driver: n/a
    
         Name: Video Controller
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5B70&SUBSYS_03031002&REV_00\4&166AB6CD&0&0108
       Driver: n/a
    
         Name: Video Controller (VGA Compatible)
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5B60&SUBSYS_03021002&REV_00\4&166AB6CD&0&0008
       Driver: n/a[/COLOR][/B]
    
    2. To resolve these driver issues, go back and start with kimsland’s original advice
    3. For our purpose, confirm step 2) above
    It should have lead you to: Dell Drivers and Downloads for Dimension 5000 running Windows XP

    4. Our first set of driver download/installs
    We’ll install stuff not specific to NVIDIA Graphics driver. We use the Dell web site drivers.
    Notes:
    a) You could install from the CD (if you have the Dell CD) but drivers on Dell’s web site will aways be same if not newer drivers from whichever ones Dell burned your CD
    b) fyi, The motherboard for your Dell Dimension 5000 includes an onboard graphics controller (that’s what you see referred to as Intel 915G graphics controller). And I see in Everest Report the Intel 915G is disabled. This makes sense because you want to be using the “add-on” NVIDIA card. So we skip installing any driver for the intel 915G
    First, download/install these Dell drivers in this order
    => Chipset - Software Installation Utility
    => Video - 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
    => Audio - ADI 198x Integrated Audio
    => Network - Broadcom - Driver

    You can run
    => a new DirectX report and look for its list of System Devices and also
    => re-run msinfo32 looking for problem devices

    If all well, the only thing that should be show up as problems devices or devices without drivers are VGA, graphics, video devices.

    In which case you can try the Dell NVIDIA driver again but it still might not install. Give me an update as to all the above and then can finally address getting the right graphics driver.
  2. KelseyKillgasm

    KelseyKillgasm Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    after much looking at,
    i still only got to the video driver until it said
    "your system requirements do not meet the minimum,
    installation will now terminate"

    does this mean i can't play any games on my computer anymore?
  3. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

    'does this mean i can't play any games on my computer anymore'

    edit: you need to check out what your specs presently are against the minimum specs of the game and the way to do that is get a Summary:

    Download and run Everest Home (it is free):

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html

    Once you download it, click on it and let it install and then run it from the icon on your desktop. Click on file, preferences, report and uncheck the 'include debug information in the report' box. People rarely want to see that stuff.

    Click on the + sign beside 'Computer', then on 'Summary', then go to the VERY Top of the screen and click on 'report'.

    Note: the 'Very Top' isn't one line down, it means what it says.

    Cursor over 'quick report-summary' and then click on 'plain text' and then click on 'save to file' and change the 'save in' folder to 'Desktop' and then click 'Save'.

    Clear all your open windows and on the Desktop click on that 'report.txt' icon - this will open it in a text editor (probably Notepad) and then copy and paste it to here.

    Take your time and read the above directions.


    :)
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    It's not clear from your post if you have yet installed any or all of the other drivers noted before
    And MOST IMPORTANT exactly which video driver did you finally try installing that gave you that error message? Can you point me to where you found it?
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