Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Clean install windows 7 cant detect graphic card!

27 Aug 2015   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi Xenoid!
Thans for the information ive already tried installing with the driver from the nvidia website. It said couldnt find any compatible hardware. I will try again with the link youve given me.

Under miss devices there are 2 subs. Both considering an Usb. :-(

I found something about reflashing the bios? Im very wary with that so preferable I wont do It.

Can i give u guys any other information?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2015   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

"reflashing the bios" means updating it with newest version from manufacturer. In order to do so, you would have to download it first. Sometimes it helps to solve certain problems with new hardware and may help in your case too, but I would suggest it as last resort. You could, however, reset BIOS defaults in your "Exit" menu, if you haven't tried that.

If GeForce driver setup utility could not find the device, then it's either disabled, not functioning or missing.
I am more familiar with desktop computers, but I know some notebook models have discrete video cards permanently attached for some reasons. If your old motherboard had it permanently attached, maybe your new motherboard doesn't have one. I am sorry, I couldn't understand whether it was working after motherboard replacement or only before.
In desktop computers, sometimes, cleaning and wiping the card slot helps. If you are uncertain about doing it yourself, you should ask someone you know, who can do it. A friend of mine had problem with memory not working and simple cleaning helped in his case.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2015   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi, and thanks again! Sadly reseting the bios settings didnt do much. The situation was as this. The original laptop w7 did recognize. Nvidia panel was there and so was the Intel One. I wanted to do a clean install because the laptop was full of bloatware and installed programs that made it relativly Slow. The first installation went wrong for a reason I dont know. I thought the laptop was ready to throw away. But I tried reinstalling again and it went alright. Although I couldnt recover to my old settings anymore. I had alot of faulty messages, But After I updated Windows update manually the laptop installed almost 280 updates. Then I install all Dell drivers the Dell website wanted me to with Dell system detect. After all this i still didnt understand why my discrete Nvidia gt 525m 1gb couldnt be found.. and here i Am.. so it DID work before clean installing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Aug 2015   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Ive done some other checks also. Such as a cdhdsk(?) Sfc scannow and a full malware check with anti malware and tried alot of Microsoft fix it's. The motherboard was changed 1 year ago by Dell so I cant imagine that that is benig faulty.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2015   #15

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

There is a certain way to test if it's software or hardware issue by running Linux Live and if it cannot see your GeForce video card, then most likely it is dead and was the reason your first installation failed.
You will require empty flash drive 4 GB or larger, Linux Live USB Creator for Windows and any Linux CD you like. I recommend Linux Mint Xfce for it's small size (1.5 GB) and windows-like design.
If you going to try this here is detailed instruction:
1) Download LiLi and Linux, prepare empty flash drive
2) Install and run Linux Live USB Creator
3) Select your flash drive, Linux ISO file, check "Format the key in FAT32" and configure other options to your liking or leave them as they are
4) Click the lightning icon and your live key will be created
5) Launch your Dell computer using flash drive as boot device
6) Select Start Linux Mint option from menu
7) Configure internet connection in order to download device manager tool
7.1) Start -> Settings -> Connection Manager -> Add
8) Press "Start -> System -> Software Manager" type "sysinfo" and hit Enter, double-click "sysinfo" tool and press "Install" button
9) Press "Start -> System -> Sysinfo" to run the tool and select "Hardware -> Graphic card"

All your video cards should be in the list. If your GeForce missing, then it's hardware issue. Most likely, it means it's dead.

P.S.: By all means, I am not advertising Linux or recommending it's use instead of Windows, but using it as tool to find solution.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2015   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hey again and really wow, thanks for the information

Im so desperate i would try anything.. its just, i've been working on this windows 7 for almost 3 days now, including searching for drivers and understanding a laptop in general. So i have 2 more questions.

1. If i would do this Linux install, can i do it aside windows 7? Like running a dual OS boot or something? So if the graphic card is still not found i can just continue on the windows 7?

2. If i go to system in device manager there are a couple things i dont understand. PCI slots that have no name to it? Or just named Generic.

And also, if it isnt too much (sorry guys!) the dell driver page suggest i install AMD drivers and i already did that 3 times? It keeps not recognizing any Amd or (ATI??) software. Really am in the blue here

The graphics card is one thats connected with the motherboard, if that is failing, wouldnt the pc in general be failing? Its fast as lighting though..

Thanks in advance guys!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2015   #17

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

The method I described will not affect your windows installation at all. Answering your questions:
1) It will run directly from your flash drive and will not affect your current Windows installation. You may boot from Windows after removing flash drive and you can use it like before.
2) These devices either do not require specific drivers or don't have any installed and default windows driver is used. In device properties you should be able to locate driver provided by Microsoft. For example, generic driver is used for any USB drive you connect.

ATI or AMD driver is used for ATI and AMD video cards, just like GeForce driver for nVidia video cards. Unfortunately, I do not know why DELL suggest it's installation. Could be simple mistake by program.

In computer with 2 video cards, when one is failing, another is used, if drivers for both are installed and both are enabled. Most modern notebooks have 2 and use them depending on situation. For example, when you browsing internet - integrated card is used and when you play games, more powerful discrete card used instead. Some desktop computers support this technology too.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2015   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Well Xenoid, thanks for all the big info again. I will download and try it, hopefully i can make it tonight.

The weird thing is that alot of the Dell inspiron R15 N5110 have AMD catalyst or something installed. (from what i see browsing the web).

Well i will update you guys as soon as possible!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2015   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi, im back. Last post for tonight gotta sleep.

So i've tried the linux startup and checked through sysinfo. All i got was a VGA compatible controller with under that a intel corporation 2nd generation core processor famility integrated graphics controller (Rev 09) ( Prog-if00 [VGA-controller].

Subsystem: Dell device 04ca.

Well here are some pictures i took.

I also got some new info i didnt know it would matter, for a while now my AC adapter for the N5110 (130W) isnt functioning as it should. Its plugged in but NOT charging. Ive checked if charging was disabled in bios but it was enabled. The Adapter doesnt get recognized in the bios but my other dell charger does, but thats a 85W ( i think ) so its not good enough.

I really hope the nvidia chip isnt broken or anything, they just replaced it last year!

Well thanks again, i really really do appreciate this help. (And linux looks kinda awesome.)

Attached Thumbnails
Clean install windows 7 cant detect graphic card!-5.jpg   Clean install windows 7 cant detect graphic card!-6.jpg   Clean install windows 7 cant detect graphic card!-7.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2015   #20

windows 7 home 64bit

It is looking as if the Motherboard has become faulty again ....
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Clean install windows 7 cant detect graphic card!

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows 7, can't detect graphic card
Hi, I'm new here because I've been searching everywhere and I can't find an answer. Recently, I bought and downloaded The Sims 3 Supernatural, because I'm a huge fan and have all the games. Well, after I played the first time, and shut it off, my screen resolution went really big, so I adjusted...
Graphic Cards
graphic driver can't detect graphic card
Hi, i'm running window 7 32-bit OS. My graphic card is (ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics) My problem is that after i went to, downloaded,uninstall the old catalyst and installed a new catalyst which matches my OS and yet i got this message whenever i tried to run that catalyst. "No AMD...
windows 7 dont detect my graphic card asus en8400gs
here my system: Résumé Ordinateur: Type de système ACPI x64-based PC Système d'exploitation Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack du système - Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385 DirectX DirectX 11.0 Nom du système DAVE-PC Nom de l'utilisateur dave Domaine de connexion dave-PC...
Graphic Cards
Graphic Card Issue after clean install of Windows 7
first, i'm apologizing for being a computer idiot, but I've never actually messed with / installed a sound card myself. I had it installed by someone who knew what he was doing. :\ okay, so: i just did a clean install of Windows 7. a few months ago, i had a new graphics card installed to...
Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:57.
Twitter Facebook Google+