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ChatMod#1 04-04-2006 02:05 AM

Video Card Problem
Hey guys, i can't seem to find a grahpics card on my comp 4 some reason. Can anybody tell me wat i can do to find out which one it is and try to install a driver for it? Thanks for any feedback.

Sami 04-05-2006 02:49 AM

Use this software to find out which Video card you have.

AIDA32 It extracts details of all components of the PC. It can display information on the screen, print it, or save it to file in various formats like HTML, CSV or XML.

William_Wilson 04-05-2006 03:11 AM

It's possible your computer may not actually have a video card, as integrated video is a common feature in many motherboards, even those that support AGP slots as well.

ChatMod#1 04-05-2006 07:27 PM

Thanks for that Sami, i'm downloading it at the moment. William i'm pretty sure i dont have one of those because it will cost extra, which my dad wont buy 4 sure.:( When i start up my comp, it shows for like 2 seconds "NVIDIA GEFORCE2 MX400 BIOS VERSION 3.11.0076.12 . I think that is my graphics card, but it doesn't show anything at all in device manager or anywhere else.:(

ChatMod#1 04-05-2006 08:56 PM

Sami and Willim this is the report i have got. I am putting a link to it. Can either of u plz tell me wat to do, and how to get the driver and make it work properly, and also can u plz check the report and tell me if there is any thing else i should update and from where. Thanks.

report.txt - 0.32MB

William_Wilson 04-06-2006 12:25 AM

Quick question, is there anything wrong with your display? Is there anything which needs fixing or are you just trying to find you card?
It appears you have a Savage card, not a bad choice, do you also have a tuner (tv) card installed? There were refrences to one, and that may be the reason for seeing the nVidia logo on start up.

ChatMod#1 04-06-2006 08:14 PM

I'm pretty sure i dont have a TV tuner. I would like to get my video card fixed and be able to see it normal in my device manager, and also i cannot play a lot of games because it doesn't recgnize a video card, and also the size of my desktop is small so that also affects it. Is there any way u or Smai can tell me exactly wat i need to do and download to get it fixed? Thanks man.

Sami 04-06-2006 08:44 PM

You have savage video card, you can download the drivers from here Legacy Software Archive.

I think this one is the most appropriate driver for your card and OS

ChatMod#1 04-06-2006 10:59 PM

So Sami do i download this one?

Windows 2000 and XP Driver
ID Size Date Description
winxp_v139433.exe 4.9M 2005 Feb 2 S3 GRAPHICS ProSavageDDR DISPLAY DRIVER FOR WINDOWS XP Release Date:09/02/2004 Version Date:08/13/2004 Version: WHQL CERTIFIED for 8D04

Sami 04-07-2006 12:03 AM

Yes you can try those drivers.

ChatMod#1 04-08-2006 05:13 AM

Sami downloaded and did it but it gave an error message and then quit. It told me to read the error message from my windows folder. I have put the file below. Now how do i make my video card work?

s3setup.log - 0.00MB

Sami 04-10-2006 10:50 PM

Then, I guess those are not the right drivers or the video card may be different.

Best option now is to open your PC and manually look inside it, to find out what kind of video card you have.

ChatMod#1 04-11-2006 02:44 AM

I'm willing to do that. How do i do that though? I know how to open it, but how do i find which one is the graphics card, and wat it's name and stuff are?

William_Wilson 04-28-2006 09:14 PM

Best case scenario is to turn your PC off before opening, but... i don't always, lol (do that at your own risk)
there will be a cable from your monitor to the back of your case, the card attatched to that is your video card, it will likely have a fan (but not guarenteed based on the speed of it)
Th card will be perpendicular to your motherboard and based on the lack of extras you have stressed elsewhere, it will likely be the only card of this type.
Plus it should say Savage or Pro Savage somewhere on it, you are looking for a model number, it may also include letters, so be careful when recording it :) Once you have that, getting the specific drivers should be easy, if you need more help feel free to post again if you cannot find the drivers or if they still will not install there are a few tricks that can be implemented to force drivers to be used (incase you have onboard video as well)

William_Wilson 04-28-2006 10:23 PM

To get the information of your video card you can use the windows dump :)
open a command (DOS) prompt and type debug
then when the - appears type: D C000:0040
this will display the dump and to the right some legable info should be available, also type: D C000:0090 for further dump info on your video card.

In windows 98/95 the first dump is: D C000:0010
(this one i already knew, took me some trial and error to find it in XP)

From this method (over msn) i was able to get the following from chatmod1's computer:
C000:0040 33 53 02 91 00 00 00 00-4D 01 01 4E 56 49 44 49 3S......M..NVIDI
C000:0050 41 20 47 45 46 4F 52 43-45 32 20 4D 58 34 30 30 A GEFORCE2 MX400
C000:0060 20 56 47 41 20 42 49 4F-53 20 20 56 45 52 53 49 VGA BIOS VERSI
C000:0070 4F 4E 20 33 2E 31 31 2E-30 30 2E 37 36 2E 31 32 ON
C000:0080 0D 0A 43 4F 50 59 52 49-47 48 54 28 43 29 20 32 ..COPYRIGHT(C) 2
C000:0090 30 30 32 20 4E 56 49 44-49 41 20 43 4F 52 50 2E 002 NVIDIA CORP.
C000:00A0 20 20 5B 36 34 2E 30 20-4D 42 20 52 41 4D 5D 0D [64.0 MB RAM].
C000:00B0 0A 00 00 00 00 00 00 00-00 00 00 30 32 2F 32 35 ...........02/25

meaning your card is a gForce 2 MX400, 64MB video card and XP drivers are available from The nVidia Website

ChatMod#1 04-29-2006 12:22 AM

Thanks for that William, i downloaded it, and when i started it, it gave the error message "The NVIDIA Setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware. Setup will now exit. OK". Could u plz tell me how to get the reall one or could u find it out for me. Thanks man.

William_Wilson 04-29-2006 06:52 AM

Sorry for the confussion... i kinda just assumed that nVidia drivers would work for their own products, lol.
here is a link for a driver which names your card specifically :)
MSI nVidia-based Graphics Drivers (Windows 2000/XP) 31.0

ChatMod#1 05-01-2006 03:09 AM

William i tried that also. I wrote to u what happened in msn, and after i finsihed in device manager, it said "The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software." So, William, is it possible o get a new one to try, or to tell me exactly wat graphics card i am having, cause one said savage, and the comp says it is nvidia, so that's why i am askiing.

William_Wilson 05-01-2006 09:57 AM

Ok, This has got to be the longest i've ever helped someone with such a "seemingly" easy task, lol.
Do me a favor and post an image or list the items in your hardware profile under display adapeters

*right click my computer, select the hardware tab and press device manager

Include all text including anything that says - secondary
Also if you know your motherboard make and model, that could be useful as well, as it seems as though there may be an onboard video issue.

ChatMod#1 05-02-2006 02:30 AM

William i am not sure which was my video stuff, so i am posting all the parts in device manager, and about the motherboard, i have no idea where it is, so i am posting the data i got from using the scanner,

report.txt - 0.32MB

William, i hope this is what u had asked me to get u, if not plz contact me on msn/here as soon as possible. Thanks for trying. Sorry for wasting ur time for this.

William_Wilson 05-02-2006 01:13 PM

It is odd that nothing shows up, but this could be due to missing motherboard drivers.
you can find the drivers for your board at this page of the Intel site.
Your video adapter is listed as a Savage, but in many other places, it lists nVidia. You even read the # off of the card and it matches the nVidia, so i will continue to assume that is your card, and that your motherbaord is not recognizing it fully?
Is your monitor plugged into your video card, or directly to your motherboard?

ChatMod#1 05-03-2006 01:43 AM

Oh k. My monitor is attached to my video card. I'll post if anything happens after i download the drivers for my motherboard. Thanks again.

EDIT : William i downloaded it, but still my motherboard has no drivers in device manager.:(

William_Wilson 05-03-2006 12:25 PM

There is quite often more than one installation for motherboard drivers, my mobo has 6 or 7 different installations for usb2.0, graphics, audio, networking, etc.
If the mobo drivers installed correctly, you can try installing the video card drivers again. If it gives an error saying that it cannot find selected components or somthing to that effect then it still may not be the correct driver.

ChatMod#1 05-04-2006 01:45 AM

i did try that after i installed the driver for the mobo, but it still says it is not right.:(

ragzeeboy 08-26-2006 12:25 PM

one of the easiest
One of the easiest ways for older cards is to go to windows update.after all the garbage is loaded check the left hand pane for hardwae updates, most vendors were so keen to get on the SP2 bandwagon they posted all their driver and firmware updates there, alternatively also in the left pane click on administrator options, this opens up a huge range of hardware updates.If you have no luck there go to the best driver site on the net,,they have a great data base with filters and links to manufactures. Also another great program is Belarc analyses your system and even the freeware version lists all your hardware and software with the version ,driver ,driver version and even your windows product code. Hope this may be of help,
Cheers ragzeeboy

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