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Windows 7: How do I install 32-bit drivers on a 64-bit system?

25 Jan 2012   #1
pooketz

 
 
How do I install 32-bit drivers on a 64-bit system?

Dear all,

I'm writing with regards to my Ez Capture V1A3-D PCI capture card which arrived in the post today. Much to my disappointment, there were only 32-bit drivers provided with it and I face a similar restriction searching online too. The most relevant one I can find is the 32-bit XP driver.

I've tried installing the drivers I do have through Device Manager, but I get the message asking me to ensure my drivers are designed for a 64-bit operating system. Without the driver, it seems that no video capture software will detect the device because I don't think it's ''plug and play''.

Any help here would be most appreciated.

Best regards!
Pooketz




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25 Jan 2012   #2
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you find out how to do that - please let me know.

One of the problems of using 64 bit windows I am afraid.

If you really need that software - install 32 bit windows .
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26 Jan 2012   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

As you rightly say, the device has no drivers for Windows 7 64-bit.

AVerMedia AVerTV Global - TV Tuners, Media Player, IPTV and Multimedia Products - EZCapture

I'd be inclined to return the card and explain it is incompatible with Windows 7 then see if you can find a 64-bit version of something similar.

However, if you really do want to use it you could use XP Mode under a virtual machine.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir...c/default.aspx

XP Mode only uses 32-bit drivers even if the host machine is 64-bit.

Alternatively, you could dual-boot Windows XP and Windows 7, but that will mean you incur more cost to buy XP.
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26 Jan 2012   #4
Pete4

win7hp64
 
 

Sometimes Vista 64 drivers work ok in Win 7 64bit, but if this is a new card you just received, I would return it right away, it's just too much hustle, without drivers the card is useless and pretty much most of new computers come with 64bit, not even sure if Win8 will have 32 bit version at all, so going forward this will only get worse. Running this under XP, dual boot or virtual, you need license etc., even if the card is free, it just not worth it. I'm assuming you looked on internet and couldn't find 64 drivers at all?
BTW capture card is one of few devices or programs that actually could greatly benefit from extra memory available in 64 bit system, making this even more strange.
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28 Jan 2012   #5
pooketz

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
As you rightly say, the device has no drivers for Windows 7 64-bit.

AVerMedia AVerTV Global - TV Tuners, Media Player, IPTV and Multimedia Products - EZCapture

I'd be inclined to return the card and explain it is incompatible with Windows 7 then see if you can find a 64-bit version of something similar.

However, if you really do want to use it you could use XP Mode under a virtual machine.

Windows Virtual PC: Home Page

XP Mode only uses 32-bit drivers even if the host machine is 64-bit.

Alternatively, you could dual-boot Windows XP and Windows 7, but that will mean you incur more cost to buy XP.

Actually, nice suggestion, I'll try this tonight!
Interestingly enough, you live in the same city as me, perhaps I should invite you over to check this out.
Haha, thanks a bunch.
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28 Jan 2012   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Both of us live in Peterborough and meet up on a world-wide forum!

If you do need help with XP Mode you can PM me as giving out personal details on here is perhaps not a good idea.
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