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Windows 7: Default Graphics Card / Drivers

27 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Hey there,

I'm 13 & new to the Seven Forums, I live in Australia. I have been taking apart computers for parts and am learning some things about computers. I understand a fair bit about computers.

I was just wondering how I can identify my graphics card as in Device Manager, it displays "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter". I am sure it displayed something different before I upgraded to Windows 7. I think I may be missing a driver.

Either way, I used to have Windows XP and the game I wish to play worked then, now I have upgraded, it no longer works. This could be because the driver for the graphics card was erased. I am using whatever card comes with this computer, as I have left it unaffected since the purchase of the computer, and all I have altered is the disc drive and hard drive.

Ever since I upgraded to Windows 7, the game won't start and it gives me a graphics error "We are sorry, but the operating system failed to provide the window to render the game graphics in. Please consult the game manual for known workarounds that might improve the game's compatibility with your hardware.". This is for the game "18 Wheels of Steel: American Long Haul". I have checked and this game is compatible with Windows 7.

My specs are below, if you need to know anything else, or know how to help then please comment.


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27 Jun 2011   #2

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Go to control panel/system and security/system/check windows experience/view and print detailed performance and system information.

You may have to run it if you never have.....just a heads up don't start obsessing about the get a 7.9 will take LOTS of money, and great overclocking skills....

I've never knew Dell made CPU's....
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27 Jun 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

If it is the Dell listed in your specs and a video card hasn't been added, it has the Intel 915G graphics in it,


If that is the case then you can stop looking for a Windows 7 driver for it as there isn't one as Intel no longer supports that chipset/graphics and never released one,

Graphics — Older Intel® graphics controllers and Microsoft Windows 7* operating system

The best you're going to get for it for a driver is the last XP driver.

If it is an actual card this tutorial,

Device Manager - Finding Unknown Devices

will show you how to identify what it is. That or if it is a card you can always just pull it out and find what it is on the labels on the card.
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