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video card prob: hardware or software

By princespawn ·
I got an GeForce 5500 with 256 MB video memory. I have installed it on my eMachine W1500(only mobo remains as the original with the cpu). The problem is after my pc was infected with a virus, I did a format on the pc. Upgraded from Windows 98SE to Windows XP Pro. The card is recognized incorrectly and set to default video card settings. Not the settings for the manufactured card. The driver can't be installed correctly due to the machine saying "It's already installed." So... how do I go about fixing my problem?

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by j.lupo In reply to video card prob: hardware ...

First is to uninstall the version that is there. Then try and reinstall it. When you did the upgrade it may have corrupted the driver for the card.So, the uninstall/re-install should work.

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by Mr.Wiz In reply to video card prob: hardware ...

Change the video driver to standard VGA, reboot then install the driver for the video card.

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by zlitocook In reply to video card prob: hardware ...

Have the newest driver ready, on floppy,CD or usb. Then go into device manager and remove the video adapter, click ok to remove and reboot. After reboot your computer will detect a new device and ask how you want to install it. Select install from CD and point to where the new drivers are. If it dose not find it you may have to select it from a list and do the same thing.

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by fungus-among-us In reply to video card prob: hardware ...

Mr. Wiz has the answer that works best for me. I basically do the same thing, but with a twist.

Download the latest driver for your card. Once saved to your hard drive, you should uninstall ALL traces of the nVidia driver so when windows reboots, it won't automatically load the nVidia driver, but instead a microsoft one. Go to control panel, add/remove programs, look for nVidia display drivers, uninstall. When process is complete, do NOT reboot. Go to display properties in the control panel, and change the video adapter. VGA will work fine. When it asks to reboot, go for it. When windows restarts, if it detects your new card, DO NOT let it automatically install the drivers, cancel instead. Then find the file you downloaded from the nVidia site and run it. Reboot, and you should be good to go. Whichever driver you select to download, it's best to make sure it's Windows certified.

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