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Windows 7: GeForce 8400m gt problem

02 Jan 2011   #1
James41090

windows 7 32bit
 
 
GeForce 8400m gt problem

Hello

Ive just went from ubuntu to windows 7 everything seems to work fine except the graphics card which shows up as a standard vga graphics adapter and 14mb?, I downloaded nvidias driver agent and that didnt find any compatable hardware? i know the graphics card is geforce 8400m gt

Laptop is a Sony Vaio vgn nr38s

Any help is much appreciated

James


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02 Jan 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James41090 View Post
Hello

Ive just went from ubuntu to windows 7 everything seems to work fine except the graphics card which shows up as a standard vga graphics adapter and 14mb?, I downloaded nvidias driver agent and that didnt find any compatable hardware? i know the graphics card is geforce 8400m gt

Laptop is a Sony Vaio vgn nr38s

Any help is much appreciated

James
Hi James and welcome

Have you tried here GeForce 8400M - Notebook and Laptop
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02 Jan 2011   #3
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums. You may want to follow this driver guide to install a modded driver for your laptop as some manufacturers modify their .inf files for their graphics cards.
NVIDIA MobilityModder
The mod tool can be found at the bottom of the page.

Once you have modded the graphics driver you may want to go to device manager>display adapter> update driver software>browse my computer> have disk> browse to where you have the driver file located and install from their by clicking the setup.exe file. If this won't work you might want to try following the same steps then click or double click the .inf file.
Fabe
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02 Jan 2011   #4
James41090

windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums. You may want to follow this driver guide to install a modded driver for your laptop as some manufacturers modify their .inf files for their graphics cards.
NVIDIA MobilityModder
The mod tool can be found at the bottom of the page.

Once you have modded the graphics driver you may want to go to device manager>display adapter> update driver software>browse my computer> have disk> browse to where you have the driver file located and install from their by clicking the setup.exe file. If this won't work you might want to try following the same steps then click or double click the .inf file.
Fabe
Got me further but when i click on update driver>browse computer>have disk> then browse for the file ive been selected nvam.inf but there are atleast another 20 with diferent names, it then shows about 8-10 8400gt drivers that i can install so i select one and click install, gets so far then sais its not for this operating system? yes i did download the windows 7/vista 32bit driver setup file from nvidia
oh and thanks for the VERY quick reply.

James
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02 Jan 2011   #5
James41090

windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Hi James and welcome

Have you tried here GeForce 8400M - Notebook and Laptop

Thanks for the reply yes this is where i first tryed and downloaded the one big setup file and came up with the "no compatable hardware found" error.
Thanks

James
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02 Jan 2011   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

One word with what is wrong, Sony. They are one of a few (the others are Toshiba and Panasonic I believe) that won't allow for the use of reference video drivers from either Nvidia or AMD, hence why modded INF's are required to get them to install.

As far as modding the INF goes, not sure how well Mobility Modder will work with the latest drivers, but seeing as it hasn't been updated in over a year it probably doesn't work (or work properly) with the latest drivers. A better option of modded Nvidia laptop drivers is to get them from here,

NVIDIA & Laptop News | Latest NVIDIA drivers and related news | laptopvideo2go.com

where they come with the INF already modded.
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02 Jan 2011   #7
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James41090 View Post
Hello

Ive just went from ubuntu to windows 7 everything seems to work fine except the graphics card which shows up as a standard vga graphics adapter and 14mb?, I downloaded nvidias driver agent and that didnt find any compatable hardware? i know the graphics card is geforce 8400m gt

Laptop is a Sony Vaio vgn nr38s

Any help is much appreciated

James
Sounds like you've run into a problem that's common in laptops: Sony may have used a nonstandard device ID for the onboard graphics.

Something that may work: install the Vista drivers:

VAIO : Sony Europe

They'll probably function under Win7 without any additional work. Once they are installed, you'll probably receive newer drivers through Windows Update, and you may be able to download and install the latest drivers directly from nVidia.

I went through that with my cheap Compaq laptop, with 8200M graphics.
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