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Windows 7: Hardware not detected.


01 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Hardware not detected.

Hi - just purchased a Gateway P7902h Laptop on the 30th - it came with 64 bit vista and I decided to upgrade the OS to Windows 7 (64x as well).
Ever since the install the laptop has been unable to detect my graphics card, a Geforce GTX 260M. Every time I open a driver installation program (Gateway site only has the drivers for Vista 64x so I tried those, then the Windows 7 64x ones from the Nvidia website.) I get a 'could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your hardware' error.
Looking through the Device Manager under Display Adapters, it only has the Standard VGA Graphics Adapter and not the actual card itself. Can anyone help?


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01 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

If you would navigate to device manager. click on the display adapter> properties> then details> in the drop down menu hardware ids> snip it and post the identification. And lets see if we can direct install a driver for it. Just in case you need to know. Thanks. Fabe A Preferred Method of Uploading/Posting Screen Shots
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01 Nov 2009   #3

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01 Nov 2009   #4

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Force install the driver from Gateway that you downloaded.

To do so:

Right click standard vga, update driver software, browse, let me pick, have disk, browse. Find the .inf that's part of the driver install. It's where the file you downloaded extracted to.

If you want the latest Win 7 driver from NVidia to work, use this instead: NVIDIA MobilityModder - DriverHeaven.net
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01 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Alright - tried the up-to-date drivers from the invidia site after running the mobility modder - setup didn't give me the error as it usually did and it did run through to the installation complete message, but that didn't seem to resolve anything. I rebooted as I figured it'd need to do so in order to register the new drivers but anything that caused me errors due to lack of a graphics card is still doing the same. Tried the 2nd route then with the force install of the Gateway .inf for Vista 64x but it gave me an error message detailing the lack of support for Windows 7.
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01 Nov 2009   #6

7600.20510 x86
 
 

There's more than one .inf. Try another. Make sure you're actually clicking on it when choosing in the navigation pane.
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01 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

The Vista pack from Gateway only had the one .inf file, nvac.inf - should I try the newer driver versions from Nvidia instead? Said folder has 24 or so and in each .inf there is about 4-5 options with the same name (Geforce GTX 260M - all of which have given me uncompatable windows version errors thus far although I've just started) - am I going to have to go through 125+ trials and errors to get one to work?

EDIT: I deleted the folder this setup had initially created when I tried the Gateway pack and so it wasn't modded. You can prob ignore the above for a bit.
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01 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Am I on the right path? Been trying a bunch of the inf's in random order hoping to get lucky - Once I pick one and go through the installation options it ends up at a page that says

'Windows found driver software for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install it.

NVIDIA GeForce 260M GTX

A service installation section in this INF is invald'
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01 Nov 2009   #9

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Give me a link to the x64 driver from Gateway. I'll look and advise. In the meantime, clear machine of all previous stuff/folders you've been trying so we can start fresh.
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01 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

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