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Windows 7: GeForce GT220 with Asus A8N-E on Windows 7

18 May 2010   #11

Windows 7

ah. 64 bit. I dont think that applies to this problem as A) we're running 32 bit, and B) it's windows 7, not vista, granted they are very similar, but in no way the same OS.

I think we were on to something with the resolution issues though. I hooked up an old LCD monitor to it, and it booted just fine. the dual monitor setup was using two somewhat older CRT monitors.
so basically it would seem that whats happening is that windows is detecting that there are new CRT monitors hooked up, and nVidia is automatically switching to the native resolution default, which is too high for the CRT monitors to display. using the boot option to switch to a lower resolution also isn't helping because it only starts in that lower resolution. windows still detects the new monitors and switches to the native accordingly, so it fails to boot properly.
so what I need to figure out is a way to remove any higher resolutions so that the native can only be as high as what these monitors can display.

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18 May 2010   #12

Windows 7

Alright problem solved, I uninstalled the driver, booted in standard generic display drivers, and edited the driver in the setup folder, also edited the modes file. basically removed every resolution that was higher than the one I want. then installed the driver. got the driver unsigned crap messages and whatnot, but I got around those. had some further difficulties, but I tricked it by booting with the LCD plugged in, then connected the two CRT monitors and changed their appropriate resolutions. so it's all up and running, thanks for the help, but I guess I didn't really need most of it, I just needed people to bounce ideas off of :P
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18 May 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) SP1 RTM

FIXED: Cool. You've fixed it. I was too busy typing this out

Regarding the BIOS update. This is a fix for all Operating Systems regarding some VGA cards not being detected properly. A8N-E Bios version 1013. 2006/3/5. You should install it may be relevant. It only mentions XP & Win2003 because Vista & 7 hadn't been released the last time this BIOS was updated. It may be that your card isn't detecting your monitor as a plug and play and is selecting the wrong native resolution.

You should also check that the Monitor is using the driver supplied by the manufacturer and not Microsofts generic driver. The Monitor driver should tell nVidia's driver the LCDs top resolution and exact timming at that resolution.

You could also edit the nv_disp file yourself and remove any resolution (nv_modes) above your monitors native. This would only cause an issue if you changed monitors for one with a higher resolution, but by that time you will have probably updated the drivers anyway.

Normally, you would also check that the chipset drivers are up to date, as this can affect how the card detects your monitor, but nVidia don't have nForce4 drivers for Win7.
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