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Windows 7: Screen Resolution

10 Dec 2009   #1
herculeorama

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
Screen Resolution

I was previously using XP SP3 on a intel 915GAV mobo. It installed the Intel Extreme Graphics which showed many resolutions for my monitor. After installing Windows 7 I only get 3 options of resolution. Any workaround for this? Cannot find any graphic drivers for this mobo.


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10 Dec 2009   #2
RugbyHoe

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm afraid the only options open to you are going to involve buying new gear. I certainly wouldn't recommend spending any kind of serious money upgrading the platform you are currently on though, you'd be better off investing in a new rig.
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10 Dec 2009   #3
herculeorama

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thanks. Does that mean I should buy a graphics card? Since I am not into heavy gaming but more on photoshop and stuff like that, what graphics card would you recommend? Not too expensive.
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10 Dec 2009   #4
lobo6877

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Shop newegg or tigerdirect. There are many high performance video cards that are not good at gaming but are excellent for other applications such as photoshop, or bluray playback, whatever. We need to know what kind of slot is on your mobo though, AGP, PCI-E,...? but something like this is cheap and performs well. something like this Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR SCS3 AX4650 512MD2-S3H Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
just a suggestion, shop around. If you find one you like, make sure it matches your slot and your power supply can support it
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11 Dec 2009   #5
RugbyHoe

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by herculeorama View Post
Thanks. Does that mean I should buy a graphics card? Since I am not into heavy gaming but more on photoshop and stuff like that, what graphics card would you recommend? Not too expensive.
The real problem here is that the Intel 915GAV motherboard is a pretty old platform; I seriously doubt it even has a PCI-e bus so your choices might be pretty limited. Obviously I'm just guessing since I don't have one handy to look at, but given it's relative age I'd say it's probably sporting an AGP 4x graphics bus at best.

The best advice I can give you on this problem, is to do some research and make sure Windows 7 drivers exist for any card you are considering (before you buy one only to find out there are no W7 drivers - like an ATI 9250).

If it were me? I'd save some dough and get a new PC, there are some really good bargains around these days and you could certainly do with an upgrade from the P4 platform...

That said - here's a card that is supported on Windows 7 that you can get for < $30 USD (assuming you have an AGP slot).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143040

FWIW - all nVidia 6xxx series cards have Windows 7 drivers. Be extra careful if you are looking at ATI-based cards, they have had some issues with AGP drivers (http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles...AGPHotfix.aspx).
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12 Dec 2009   #6
herculeorama

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply. Will look into it. BTW the 915GAV has 2 PCIe slots.
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