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Without opening the case, how do I know which video card I have?

By jimflint1
Jun 9, 2005
  1. I don't pay attention to the graphics all that much--I just made sure I installed a card that would be good for my kids to play their games with. That was a couple of years ago. Now, I have to re-install the driver for the graphics card, but I've misplaced it, so I'll need to download one. Without taking the case apart, how can I find out which card is inside there?

    Shane
     
  2. Molson316

    Molson316 TS Rookie Posts: 67

    Right Click a clear area on your Desktop, click Properties

    Click the settings tab and it should be there. If not, click the advanced button and then the adapter tab.
     
  3. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212


    Okay, I did that and under the heading "Adaptor Information", every category is listed as "unavailable". Also in the "conflict" box was this:

    Input/Output Range 03B0 - 03BB used by:
    VIA CPU to AGP2.0/AGP3.0 Controller
    Input/Output Range 03C0 - 03DF used by:
    VIA CPU to AGP2.0/AGP3.0 Controller
    Memory Range 000A0000 - 000BFFFF used by:
    VIA CPU to AGP2.0/AGP3.0 Controller


    So what does that all mean? The CPU isn't recognizing the card because of a conflict with the MB? How do I solve that?

    Shane
     
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  5. Molson316

    Molson316 TS Rookie Posts: 67

    It's coming up like that because the correct drivers aren't installed. If you have nothing kicking around your house that can tell you what company and model the video card is, then you might have to look in the case. Maybe some1 else here will have a suggestion.
     
  6. BigJames54

    BigJames54 TS Rookie

    Right click my computer then go to properties click on hardware/device manager/display adapters. Should be there.
     
  7. Molson316

    Molson316 TS Rookie Posts: 67

    It won't be there because the correct drivers aren't installed.
     
  8. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie

    You could try going through another way.

    Control Panel,System,Hardware,Device Manger
     
  9. Molson316

    Molson316 TS Rookie Posts: 67

    Do what vnf4ultra says. If it don't work, look at the video card inside the case and see what it says.
     
  10. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    Thanks--all of you. I guess I'll need to open 'er up and look at the card. Now I know at least that it's the driver for the card, and I can go from there.

    Shane
     
  11. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    DL Aida32

    I would suggest downloading Aida. I have used version 3.2 in the past. I'm sure there is a newer version. I never looked to see if it shows graphics cards. It probably does because it shows everything else you can think of about you PC.

    Hope this helps.....
     
  12. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    This is now called Everest as suggested by vnf4ultra.
     
  13. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    hey...thanks for the update! Guess its been longer than I thought since I last used that program...lol
     
  14. bigadm

    bigadm TS Rookie

    In the future u can go to www.pcworld.com and look for belarc advisor its a small program and its free it will tell you everything thats in your computer.I find it handy

    bigadm
     
  15. bigadm

    bigadm TS Rookie

    A Great program

    A good program is at www.pcworld.com search for belarc advisor it will tell you everything under the hood

    bigadm toronto Canada :D
     
  16. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    The Everest did a great job of finding out that I have a Radeon 9200 se card. So thanks for recommending it. I still can't get the card to work. I've tried uninstalling all drivers in safe mode, using Driver Cleaner and Cab Cleaner, then doing a clean reinstall from the web. I've tried the same thing using the original disk, which I finally found.
    I still get the same message before the driver can completely install:

    Setup was unable to complete the installation.
    Try to set up your display adaptor with a standard VGA driver before running setup.

    So if any of you have any other ideas on what's happening, I'd love to hear them.

    Once again, thanks for all your suggestions, including the programs that tell you the various components of your comp. Those should prove most useful in the future.

    Shane
     
  17. Tranq

    Tranq TS Rookie Posts: 70

    maybe you need to install chipset drivers? I'm not sure but that fixed alot of my problems.
     
  18. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    That might be it. How do I go about doing that?
     
  19. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Open Everest and on the motherboard page you'll find a link to the makers site. Checkout there and download the latest driver. Then install it, there should be complete instructions on the download page.
     
  20. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    This will probably sound like a stupid question, but, are the chipset drivers the same as bios drivers? I'm thinking yes--but if there's a distinction, I'd like to know.
     
  21. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    Anyway, I installed the new chipset drivers. Still no go with the graphics driver.
     
  22. Vinodkumar

    Vinodkumar TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Install the correct driver

    Hi Shane

    It sounds that you have't installed the correct driver. A good place to search for a driver for your card might be www.driverguide.com .

    Vinod
     
  23. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    I found the driver at driverguide.com, downloaded it, and once again it failed. I've tried drivers from the original disk, from ATI site, and now from driverguide--all with the same result. Now I believe that the drivers themselves aren't bad, but that my Windows xp has a glitch, like a corrupt file or something.
    What do you think?
     
  24. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    No. The bios is the lowest level and the motherboard chipset is above this and specific to the motherboard. It contains drivers and cotrollers for all the features the manufacturer has put on the board.

    If you're still getting nowhere try downloading the driver again from the ATI site (double checking that it is the correct one for your motherboard; you may want to grab the previous one also (can sometiomes be that latest is not the best for you)) make sure you're running in vga mode and try again, selecting have disc and pointing to your downloaded driver.

    If this fails I think it is down to openning up the case, taking precautions - especially for static and cleaning the contacts on the graphic card with an eraser. Make sure you blow off any rubbish and if you have an air can you could blow out the slot.
     
  25. jimflint1

    jimflint1 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 212

    Great--thanks. I'm not sure how to find the second-to-last driver made for this card. When I go to ATI's site, it seems like the Catalyst download is kind of the one-size-fits-all for Radeon products. I'm going to look and try and find out--but I may have to wait until Wednesday (my day off) to get into the case. Thanks again for your help.

    Shane
     
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