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#1 RacefanofJr

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:49 AM

Hi all !
I have a Compaq Presario SR5610F desktop computer, Windows 7 and 5GB RAM.
I bought a video card for the computer. Its a Galaxy GeForce 210 ( 1024MB/MO DDR2 HDMI+DVI+VGA)
I put the card in the computer and fired it up. The computer automaticaly found and installed a driver called " STANDARD VGA GRAPHICS ADAPTER". The monitor screen looked normal. I did as the instructions said and I put the driver disc, that came with the card, in the computer to install the video cards driver. When I got done doing that I rebooted the computer.
The monitor screen looked worse than safe-mode on Windows XP. It's terrible and I can barely read anything on the screen. So I rebooted and went into SAFEMODE with networking and went to the NVIDIA website to get a better driver. I used thier "search" methode so thier website could locate the right driver for me. It gave me a driver and I downloaded it. I went into DEVICE MANAGER and uninstalled the driver that I had already installed. I installed the new driver, rebooted and ended up with another terrible looking monitor screen.
The 1rst driver "STANDARD VGA GRAPHICS ADAPTER" seemed to work the best but I don't think that's what I really needed.
I'm new at video cards so I can use all the advice you can offer.
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:08 AM

Although I think this is a hardware related problem, you could give these steps a try:

1. Download DriverSweeper onto your computer.

2. Download the driver for your Geforce 210 from here:
http://www.galaxytech.com/__en_gb__/ProductDriver.aspx

3. Restart your computer in Safe Mode, use Driver Sweeper to uninstall the current video driver

4. Restart your computer and complete the driver installation using the driver package you downloaded from Step 2.

5. Restart your PC again and check to see if it has made a difference.

Note that the "STANDARD VGA GRAPHICS ADAPTER" is a generic (basic) driver and does not help the card perform to its full potential.

Other things I can think of: PCI-E slot issues, insufficient power for the card

Hope this helps.
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 01:57 AM

I've done everything you said to do and I still get the same results. I even put in a bigger power suppy. It had a 450W and I installed a 600W. I have tried 2 different drivers.
I don't know what to do. Any ideas ?
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 02:04 AM

Should I try a different monitor ?
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Posted 25 November 2011 - 12:46 AM

Just for an experiment, I tried another video card in the computer. Its a little bit bigger, ( NVidia GeForce8400GS). I removed all the old drivers, cleaned with CCleaner, and made sure that the PCIExpress video card was selected in the BIOS.
Something didn't go right with this card either. After the driver was loaded and the computer rebooted, I clicked on the NVidia icon in the lower right corner and a popup stated that "Nvidia display settings not available. You are not currently using a display attached to an Nvidia GPU".In the DEVICE MANAGER, there is a yellow exclamation mark on the NVidia listing. When I open that listing it says under the DEVICE STATUS, " Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems.(code 43).
I'm begining to think that the PCIEXPRESS slot is bad. What are your thoughts ?
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:39 PM

are you using 64 bit drivers? i see you have 5gb ram so perhaps you are trying to use 32 bit drivers? download new drivers manually by choosing your options instead of auto detect.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:13 PM

I am using 64bit drivers. I have also downloaded the drivers manualy. The first card even came with a drivers disc. I get the same results every time. I'm lost with this thing.
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