Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: m9700 - WIN 7 - SLI 7900 GS - Issues

21 Oct 2009   #1

7 32-64Bit Ultimate
m9700 - WIN 7 - SLI 7900 GS - Issues - (Solved)

I have an Alienware m9700 with SLI 7900 GS.

After installing Windows 7 32bit (Retail) I am able to install every driver with no issues except the video drivers. Sound works, web-cam works...

The strange thing is when I install the (vista 32bit) drivers they install fine it restarts and I get a black screen. I have found that plugging in a monitor works.

So the cards work the driver loads, it boots fine, it just refuses to display on the laptop screen. I reboot in safe-mode and the screen shows up and I can uninstall the driver and restart just fine. But the process repeats itself upon reinstalling a driver.

Windows update has a go 7900 GS driver that fails when it tries to install. I am curious if this is a Hardware fault. Or if its a laptop SLI issue. Is there anyway to disable the SLI via BIOS or does anyone have any Ideas. I have found forms where people say they have gotten windows 7 to run fine on their m9700. But I don't know if they have SLI in theirs.


My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Oct 2009   #2

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

If your running Windows 7 32BIT - it says in your specs your running 7 64 bit ultimate - anyhow here's a link to the alien site with the sli driver for vista 32 bit whql or a beta driver - to get it to install correctly you may need to install it in compatibility mode with vista because of the OS mismatch :
To install a driver OR program in compatibility mode - right click the setup.exe file - click properties - click compatibility - check run in compatibility with vista/xp etc - check run as administrator - leave the rest blank. Start setup.exe and install.
Link : Alienware : The Ultimate Gaming Machineā„¢

Hope you havent already tried these drivers - good luck!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Oct 2009   #3

7 32-64Bit Ultimate

Yeah, I have Windows 7 on 4 diffrent computers. This laptop is my wife's.

I tried two drivers using compatibility mode. One was the latest Vista 32 driver for the 7900 GS version 179 I think and the other was the one from the Alienware site. Both drivers blue screened when installed via compatibility mode.

I installed the 179.76 driver regularly and the computer booted to an external display flawlessly. SLI enabled and AERO Glass... However it did not see my laptop display listed anywhere. Device manager, NVIDIA Panel...

I closed and reopened my laptop and the display switched from the external to the laptop, for a second, then popped up something about driver unstable and the screen flickered on and off and then blue screened. So it would appear I am very close, but I need the correct driver.

Nvidias site doesnt list a windows 7 driver for the Go 7xxx cards. But I knowticed that the nvidia panel stated it was running DirectX10 (being a vista driver). I was wondering about a hacked windows 7 driver.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Their is a third party site for laptops most people will tell you to go to the nvidia site or the manufacturers site for the drivers I agree. But when this has failed before sites drivers have succeeded it's Worth a shot IMO Fabe Download NVIDIA drivers | drivers for mobile cards and laptops | do you know where to find your video card ID? Go to My computer right click the manage> device mngr> display adapter>properties>details> drop down menu click hardware Id.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Oct 2009   #5

7 32-64Bit Ultimate

Yeah, I had used that years ago.

I installed a modified 186.81 and forced it to install.
It did the same thing at first where it still only showed up on the external display. But It showed DirectX 11 this time and when I closed and opened the screen it didn't crash. I don't know if it will remember the screen is there or if I will need to close and reopen the screen every time. I might try a newer driver and see if it fixes it.

So far so good. At least it runs fine with tweaking. Does anyone know a good driver version to try. Or whether nvidia will develop windows 7 drivers for the GO7xxx series cards. They aren't that old.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 64bit

i have the same issue and when i close and open it, it doesn't freeze, the screen works but my keyboard and touch pad do not. i'm using 64bit
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 64bit

[QUOTE=mrkuenning;321613]Yeah, I had used that years ago.

I installed a modified 186.81 and forced it to install.

what method did you use to modify it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Oct 2009   #8

7 32-64Bit Ultimate

I am using 191.07
v191.07 Windows 7/Vista 32bit | NVIDIA - NVISION

I used the modified INI file to install. I still have to close and open the list after the initial boot. Everything works fine after that unless it goes to sleep, then the keyboard and mouse die.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Oct 2009   #9


Don't use that driver version. Apparently people are having a lot of problems with this driver.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 64bit

where did you get sound drivers for the m9700?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 m9700 - WIN 7 - SLI 7900 GS - Issues

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: m9700 - WIN 7 - SLI 7900 GS - Issues
Thread Forum
Aurora M9700 no audio Sound & Audio
Alienware M9700 problems.. Drivers
Win 7 and Nividia 7900 GT Graphic Cards
nVidia 7900 GT - SLI'd? Graphic Cards
Alienware m9700 with SLI Go 7900 GS problems Graphic Cards
alienware m9700 no sound Sound & Audio
7900 GT/GTO driver Drivers

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:46 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33