bad video card

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by j lunis, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. j lunis

    j lunis Guest

    Vista Home Addition
    HP PC
    A while back I began getting a BSOD about a nVidia graphics card driver.
    Finally (kinda) resolved that by going to the nVidia web page and
    Dling/installing the latest driver. However, two problems persist.

    minor - I can not use any Direct3D screensaver - keep getting "The
    screen saver can't run because it requires a newer video card or one
    that's compatible with Direct3D."

    major - my PC is MUCH slower - that is, for example, when I open
    Explorer, it takes ~ 45 sec. to a minute to open as opposed to nearly
    instantly before the BSOD. on startup, icons on the desktop show up as
    white objects and slowly change to the actual icon image a few at a
    time. Before this, icons initially (instantly) appeared as the actual icon.

    HP had me reomve the video card and wait for a beep - none - and remove
    the RAM cards and wait for a beep - one short, one long.
    Now they want me to do a System Restore. I am not at all interested in
    this. Previous attempts have resulted in reinstalling programs/settings
    over several days - time I do not have.
    Any ideas on troubleshooting/resolving this? Can I confirm a good nVidia
    card? Could it be a driver problem?
     
    j lunis, Sep 14, 2009
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    David B. Guest

    Uninstall the current driver and install the latest one from Nvidias
    website, that will determine if it's a driver problem. What brand is the
    video card?
     
    David B., Sep 14, 2009
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  3. j lunis

    John Galt Guest

    Is your video card different than what originally came with the
    computer? If not, then you should have gotten your driver from the HP
    website.
     
    John Galt, Sep 14, 2009
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  4. j lunis

    j lunis Guest

    Yup. OEM. I did get a driver but it allegedly corrupted which is what
    sent me to the nVidia web site.




     
    j lunis, Sep 14, 2009
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  5. j lunis

    j lunis Guest

    I thought nVidia was a brand.
     
    j lunis, Sep 14, 2009
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  6. j lunis

    John Galt Guest

    Go to the HP site, find your computer, get the video driver for it.
     
    John Galt, Sep 14, 2009
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  7. nVidia is a chipset manufacturer. Other companies buy nVidia's chipset and
    make the actual graphic cards.
     
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Sep 14, 2009
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  8. Uninstall the nVidia drivers.. shut down the machine.. remove the video
    card.. reboot the machine.. shut down again.. re-install the video card..
    install the latest video drivers
     
    Mike Hall - MVP, Sep 14, 2009
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  9. j lunis

    David B. Guest

    By brand I meant the mfg of the card, it uses an Nvidia chipset but Nvidia
    doesn't mfg graphics cards, only the chipset.
     
    David B., Sep 15, 2009
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  10. j lunis

    j lunis Guest

    Don't know. How do I tell?
     
    j lunis, Sep 16, 2009
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  11. j lunis

    j lunis Guest

    Just curious. If I have no graphics card driver and boot up, can I see
    the display on the monitor?
     
    j lunis, Sep 16, 2009
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  12. j lunis

    David B. Guest

    Take the card out and look at it.

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    David B., Sep 16, 2009
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  13. j lunis

    Chuck Guest

    If you uninstall & remove the Nvidia driver, the PC "should "use a default
    Microsoft VGA/SVGA driver. Caviats are that a much lower resolution will be
    used.
    Your best bet is to obtain an appropriate driver from Nvidia. Why your HP
    driver copy is "corrupt" is beyond my knowledge, other than to say that this
    does occasionally happen.
    Usually, modern download methods and supporting software keep this from
    occurring. It's possible that you might have additional problems that result
    in file corruption.

    "Just curious. If I have no graphics card driver and boot up, can I see
    the display on the monitor?"
     
    Chuck, Sep 17, 2009
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  14. j lunis

    j lunis Guest

    worked perfectly, thanks
     
    j lunis, Sep 21, 2009
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