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Windows 7: Nvidia Geforce MX/MX 400 card not recognized

28 May 2010   #1

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Nvidia Geforce MX/MX 400 card not recognized

I just installed Windows 7 on an older machine and I'm having the common problem where windows doesn't recognize my Nvidia graphics card (Geforce MX/MX 400).

The nvidia site only offers driver in the Geforce 4 MX series (I'm assuming that's the right one) for Windows XP, no Windows 7 no Vista. Should I try to install those drivers or should I look for a new graphics card?

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29 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Go ahead and install the XP drivers. You may need to run them in compatibility mode.

Compatibility Mode

Just note, your results are not guaranteed. There is a chance the card simply is not compatible.
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29 May 2010   #3


The card is not compatible, it's time to get a new card.
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29 May 2010   #4

Windows 7

Ok thanks. I suspected that the card wouldn't be compatible it must be 5-6 years old. Any advice on buying a decent, not expensive graphic card that is compatible?
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29 May 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Closer to 10 years old.

Before making any recommendations would help to know the rest of the system specs. If the rest of the system is of a similar vintage as the video card, then it wouldn't be worth getting a new card as the card would be worth more than the entire computer.
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29 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Is your card AGP or PCI? It's possible to get both PCI and AGP cards that fully support Windows 7. (For starters, I suggest going to and using their power search for video cards. That's a useful resource even if you can't or won't do business with Newegg.)

If you have a PCI card, and you decide to upgrade it, be sure to NOT get a PCI-Express card. While the name of the interface is similar, the hardware is completely different (physically and electrically incompatible).
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