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Graphics Accelerator - what is it, how to engage it


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#1 Cassiopeia

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:50 PM

My motherboard is a Gigabyte M68MT-S2 with integrated Video NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a.  My monitor is a Dell E173FP.  When playing games online, there is a message at the bottom regarding the graphics accelerator not working or being missing.  "You are playing without graphics acceleration."

 

I searched Gigabyte's and Nvidia's websites, as well as Dell's.  I could not find th answer.  I know, at least I knew at one time, there is a way to enable graphics acceleration, but I cannot recall how to do it.  (Last time I actually did this it was on an XP machine.)

 

I used Easy Tune 6 to adjust settings, but the "Graphics" tab is greyed out.  If I go into System and open the display dialogue box, then Troubleshoot, the option to change settings is greyed out. 

 

The driver for the monitor is up-to-date.  The driver for the integrated graphics is up-to-date. 

 

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32-bit

4GB DDR III SDRAM 1600

Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500GB SATA hard drive (piece of crap)

CPU AMD Athlon II X2 3.2GHz

 

Thanks

 

Cass



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:20 AM

Have a look at this article which hopefully would fix that error message up.


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

As I wrote, the "change settings" is greyed out. 



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 04:29 PM

You can try the following:

 

Uninstall the video driver...it's meaningless as to whether it's "up to date" or not...if it's not working because it's damaged, it needs to be removed and an undamaged driver version installed.

 

Then...you might run the DX diagnostic, just to check functionality.  Start/Run...type dxdiag and hit Enter.

 

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:18 PM

Did all that, 'change settings' is still greyed out.  This motherboard's graphics ability is supposed to able to handle 3D, so I think it is the monitor.  DXDIAG shows no problems in any driver.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:06 PM

Re overclocking with Easy Tune, http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/249185-29-overclocking-gigabyte-easytune6 .

 

I looked at several other review/topics re this utility...I suggest removing it and seeing if things return to normal.

 

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:10 PM

I didn't overclock, but I will still remove Easy Tune 6.  I fear overclocking because the warning reads that it could shorten the life of my processor and/or memory.  (I paid too much to shorten their lives.)

 

I will post results.

 

:)

 

Actually, I read that while searching for an answer.  I will try it, but it doesn't seem to be about my problem.  This person actually wants to overclock something; I just want my graphics to work.

 

The article's links are 404 - cannot be found.  The rest is a little difficult to comprehend, but when I followed the instructions using my AMD motherboard, the changes mentioned are not listed.  For instance, "System Memory Multiplier from AUTO to 2.00B or 2.00D" is not available on my mobo.

 

Any other suggestions?  A new mobo is sounding much easier to handle at the moment.  Could you recomment software to copy my hard drive to a backup in case I do purchase a new mobo?

 

Thanks.


Edited by Cassiopeia, 25 March 2013 - 12:55 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 01:15 PM

Forgot to mention: my pc has Nvidia Control Panel installed.  I just noticed it when doing other work.  Should I remove it, or can I adjust the settings that way?

 

I just want my games to run faster and with better graphics quality.

 

Thanks.

 

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:01 PM

Link was provided only to illustrate that program appears to quite worthy of uninstall.

 

I can't tell you anything about nVidia Control Panel...I'm mostly familiar with ATI/AMD graphics.

 

If you actually use nVidia CP for something...I'd leave it.  If not, I'd probably uninstall it, although I junk from ATI/AMD installed which I don't use.  I've got lots of drive space and systems with no problems...so I don't get too excited about apps  installed with drivers which I do not toy with.

 

I also don't game so I don't have any tips re improving gaming performance.  Just hold on until someone more knowledgeable about such posts to your topic.

 

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:08 PM

Hamluis, I do not know anyone more knowledgeable than you so it will be a long wait.  The NVIDIA panel has to be installed for the driver to work. 

 

Any suggestions for backing up the hard drive for a new motherboard?

 

My father has the same setup and has no problems at all. 



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:30 PM

You are never going to believe this: I found the answer in Mozilla's help section.  Right-click on any video image: choose settings: enable hardware accelleration in the Adobe Flash settings.

 

All this and it was that simple?  Why doesn't it say that somewhere in the game I want to play? 

 

Thanks for all your help.  Hopefully all this will help someone from pulling out his hair!

 

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:20 PM

Very nice work, glad you solved it :).

 

Happy computing :).

 

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