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Windows 7: Graphic Card confusion

14 Nov 2010   #1

Graphic Card confusion

Hello, guys. I'm gonna explain my issue as simple as I can. I bought my PC like 3,5 years ago. So, im not that big expert in hardware and software. On paper of my list configuration under graphic card there stands VGA PCIe Gigabyte GV-NX73G128D-RH
that's actually Gigabyte 7300gs card. Ok. Now when I got PC I got CD with Ati Catalyst drivers for ATI Radeon x1600/1650 pro. My graphic card looks like this.
(check link, pic is too big to show)

I don't understand why does it says in every program like Everest and others that my graphic card is Ati Radeon x1600, when it doesn't look like x1600. So, now I wonder if my card is actually Ati or Nvidia, cuz 7300gs is Gigabyte GeForce.

I know it's confusing. But tbh I'm not sure if I use Ati Radeon or GeForce, my card looks like GeForce 7300gs, but everything else shows that my card is Ati Radeon x1600, even if it doesn't look like that one.

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14 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

Hi FFantasy

Looks like this one to me

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14 Nov 2010   #3


Type Device Manager in the start menu and see what it says in device manager > Display adapters

Unless it's running off the generic VGA drivers, it will show you what card / drivers you are using.

Alternatively download GPU-Z
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14 Nov 2010   #4


@ Ciara
Yes, i just look at mine and it looks the same as that from picture. But the funny thing comes. (read down)

I checked on Device Manager and under Display adapters it stands Radeon X1600/x1650 series.

how the hell can it be radeon x1600 when it looks like nvidia 7300 O_O
please someone kill me. xD

Maybe I should uninstal those ATI Drivers im using now, and try to instal for Nvidia 7300?
But the weird thing is, how the hell I could play all those 3 years games with ATI Catalyst display drivers.
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14 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

If you uninstall the GPU driver then reboot will not Windows 7 install the correct driver ?
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14 Nov 2010   #6


No Windows 7 doesn't instal drivers for Graphic Cards, I have to do it manually.
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14 Nov 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

What are the chances that the shop you bought the rig from just slammed the card in but never configured it with drivers? Have you checked in you Bios to see if it's even the default GPU and not set up for the on board GPU?
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14 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

You could try SIW "System Information for Windows " freeware version > SIW and see what it says.

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14 Nov 2010   #9

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

As Smarteye ball suggested

It shows card in use and exact driver number.
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14 Nov 2010   #10

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Here's mine

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