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Windows 7: Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GS

25 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GS

Ive been running xp for ages now and seeing that windows 7 was going on sale I decided it was time to upgrade.

I have a Dell xps m1710 laptop with an nvidia geforce go 7900 gs graphics card. Before installing windows 7 I thought it best to check that it would run on my machine so I downloaded Microsofts upgrade advisor thingy. It told me all would be ok apart from my graphics card wouldn't be able to run aero. Ok windows will still run with areo turned off, but I wanted to be able to use all the funky bits of aero.

So I decided to search the web to see if I could find a solution or anyone who had tried 7 with this card but as it's so new there wasn't any info. I downloaded various new drivers but couldn't find one which was WDDM and so came to the conclusion this was my problem.

As I'm a student 7 only cost me 30 as an upgrade so I thought I'd go for it anyway and just hope a new driver became available later. I downloaded and installed 7 yesterday and went to select an aero theme expecting some horrible error message, but no. It fired up and works a treat! I didn't een install a driver, windows found it's own one (newer than any I had found on nvidias own website).

So windows 7 has it's first gold star from me (whilst windows upgrade advisor gets a lump of coal).

I just thought I'd post this to hopefully help out anyone who finds themself in the same sitution as I was prior to my upgrade as it looks like th go 7900 gs works just fine

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25 Oct 2009   #2


Thanks! Was wondering the same thing..
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28 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Pro

And now that I've finally got round to having a look at the Windows Experience Index (WEI) it scores a very respectable 5.9 under the aero test
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09 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit build 7600

I have the same video card, one day i turned off my laptop and went to sleep.
The other day when I turned on the laptop (Toshiba Satellite P105-S9337) i noticed it looked a little weird, soon it went black screen and reset itself and there were little squares on the screen aswell. So I boot on safe mode, made a backup and finally switched to Windows 7 Ultimate, though even running a clean formatted HDD install it did not solve the problem.

Ive tried many drivers on but whenever i found a driver that installed, and I could read Nvidia GeForce Go 7900GS under Graphic Adapter instead of Standard VGA Adapter in Device Manager and reboot to complete install it would also black screen when it got to the Loading Windows screen.

Im running hopeless here dunno what else to do, thanks for your help
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09 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

@jotage welcome to seven forums: You can download the latest 179.48 for 32 bit driver from Nvidia here NVIDIA DRIVERS 179.48 BETA And try and install it. If it won't install correctly. You can modify the .inf file from here NVIDIA MobilityModder - Just follow the directions to the T. Take your time and you should have a working driver when your through. As you can see as you scroll down the page your card is listed. Also on the Nvidia page on release notes it states what notebooks are NOT supported by this release and yours is NOT listed as one that isn't supported so your good to go.. Fabe
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10 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit build 7600

Thanks Fabe, another question.

In a last attempt to make stuff work I did a complete clean out of the box install of my winvista 32bit, did not work.

Probably will install Windows 7 again today, not a clean install since i havent done anything to the configs since the winvista reinstall so, I suppose i should go back to the nvidia site and download the 64bit 179.48 beta driver for Windows 7 after im done and then do whats on hardwareheaven?

Thanks for your support once again
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10 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

You can get the newest mobile video drivers here:

Download NVIDIA drivers | drivers for mobile cards and laptops |

Also what do you mean by you havent done anything to the configs in vista. If you have not spent much time installing stuff onto vista and customizing it, I would recommend a clean install of Windows 7. (Actually I recommend a clean install regardless of what has been done to the previous OS, but some people would rather upgrade so they can keep their apps/settings)
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10 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit build 7600

By that I meant I left it just like it came when I bought it, well doesnt matter much, ended up doing a clean Windows 7 64 install anyway.

Downloading the 179.48 beta Windows 7 64bit driver now and will try the stuff on hardware heaven.

Already tried many drivers from, none worked. will keep you posted on how it goes with 179.48 and the hardware heaven stuff.

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10 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit build 7600

@ TheFabe: Just restarted and got a blackscreen again, was able to boot it on F8 and Last Known Good Config. well, aparently the hardwareheaven thing did not work. guess i should just take it to the authorized people and have the Video Card replaced?
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10 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

@K3VL4R did you read his post #4? jotage if your under warranty why not let them sorte it out. It's not unheard of getting a faulty card or one that fails quickly. Fabe
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