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Windows 7: Display adapter disappeared

11 Aug 2010   #1

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Display adapter disappeared

Hey, I have been looking around and cant find a solution to this problem.

Just this morning I turned my laptop on and realised the resolution was at its lowest and when I went into the device manager of my computer the display adapter had gone realising the computer had no graphics driver. I went on to the Nvidia website and downloaded the latest driver for my graphics card the Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT, and as I was installing it, an error came up saying 'the nvidia setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware'.

I think its using my integrated graphics cards but I don't no how to get the other one to work again.

Hope someone can help, thanks.

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11 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Welcome to Seven Forums Your post is a little bit confusing at least to me. You say that the laptop display adapter is missing in device manager a 8600m gt.
Then you say you think it's using your integrated graphics card(S) but don't know how to get the other one to work again.
Please provide your laptop manufacturer and model number so we can look up the specs and drivers, also which version of Seven your using 32 or 64 bit.
As far as I know your laptop unless it is running in SLI or Xfire you only have the one graphic card the 8400m Gt which is a integrated card.
Maybe it's me but your post is very confusing. Fabe
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11 Aug 2010   #3

windows seven

Yea sorry I should have been more specific.

I have windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
Dell Alienware M15x

I'm not to sure what the integrated graphics card is but the one which is being used now which was automatically installed after I restarted my laptop which is the Mobile Intel(R) 965 express Chipset Family and it was orginally the Geforce 8600M GT.
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11 Aug 2010   #4

Vista Business x64

Im not sure if there are service tags on alienware products but, I would go to dells website and type in your service tag and it should list all video drivers for your machine. I would also consider calling dell to point you in the right direction for the correct driver. They can also troubleshoot the machine to see if there is hardware failure (it maybe possible your video card went out and switched to integrated graphics). Just some things i would try.
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11 Aug 2010   #5

windows seven

I tried installing the video drivers which the dell website gives you but it still says the same thing as before with the nvidia driver.
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