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Windows 7: trouble installing drivers


13 Oct 2009   #1
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
trouble installing drivers

I recently bought an Nvidia 7200 GS graphics card for my computer, but it is causing problems. I plugged in the card and booted up, and it somehow found a driver for it (maybe on the driver cd I had inserted). I then enjoyed 20 minutes of dual monitors, but then I had to restart the computer. Ever since, Windows 7 will not load. It displayed the startup animation, then promptly froze. I unplugged the card, and it booted up fine, and I downloaded the latest drivers from the manufacturer's site. However, I cannot install them, because the it could not find any hardware for the drivers! How can I install the drivers in Windows 7, if I cannot start Windows with the card installed?

I am currently using Vista that I have installed on another hard drive. However, I don't know if even this will boot up again if the card is plugged in.


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13 Oct 2009   #2
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Have you tried the latest drivers from nVidia's driver download site?

Kari
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13 Oct 2009   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, those are what I downloaded. I just can't install the drivers without the card plugged in. Are PCIe cards hot-pluggable?
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13 Oct 2009   #4
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Have you tried to boot in safe mode, uninstalling the GPU drivers, then booting normally and reinstalling latest nVidia?

Kari
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13 Oct 2009   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I will try. I will let you know how it works out when I get back from work tonight.
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14 Oct 2009   #6
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Okay, I did a little playing around, and I have a few more details.

First thing I noticed is that I am trying to use dual monitors, one on my onboard ATI Radeon 3200, the other on a nVidia GeForce 7200 GS. They are completely different manufacturers, and they probably don't like that.

Another thing I noticed is that as long as the second monitor (on the nVidia) is unplugged when I boot Windows, things go smoothly. After I am in Windows, I can connect it.

Another thing: when I changed the setting in th BIOS for the primary graphics adapter to my nVidia card, I could load Windows, but it would not detect my onboard adapter.

Does anyone have any thoughts on how to get the nVidia and ATI to coexist?
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14 Oct 2009   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Okay, I have another update. I uninstalled all nVidia drivers, then rebooted and let Windows automatically find drivers. I have had no problems since. My primary video adapter is currently set to onboard.
Thanks for the help, Kari.
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