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My computer deleted my video card drivers, can't reinstall

big lbig l Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So, I've got an nvidia 6800 that I installed a couple years ago. It was one of the cheap ones from a crappy manufacturer. Just out of nowhere, my computer uninstalled the drivers for the card. I go into device manager, and it's "video controller (vga compatible)" listed under other devices, but it says the device is not configured properly and it can't find drivers. I tried using the CD that came with the card to reinstall drivers, but the CD install system doesn't think I have a video card installed that needs drivers. The manual for the card on the CD is in 4 languages, none of which are English. I tried downloading drivers from the nvidia website, but nvidia's driver install system can't find drivers for my card.

This is super weird - the card was working fine for over 2 years, and all of a sudden the monitor went black and I had to plug in to the crappy card that came with the computer.

How can I install drivers for a card which I know should work, but all driver install programs claim doesn't exist?

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    embrikembrik Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Have you tried right-clicking on the card and choosing "Roll Back Drivers"? Maybe it will revert back to using the proper drivers. (I'm not optimistic, but it's easy enough to try)

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    I don't believe it - I'm on my THIRD PS3, and my FIRST XBOX360. What the heck?
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    AurinAurin Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Are you sure the computer is even detecting the 6800 anymore? Or is it just seeing the crappy card on the motherboard? Your 6800 might have finally given up and died.

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    pacbowlpacbowl Los AngelesRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Don't use the drivers that came with the card. Chances are they are very old. Here's a direct link to the nVidia drivers for your card.

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    big lbig l Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    pacbowl wrote: »
    Don't use the drivers that came with the card. Chances are they are very old. Here's a direct link to the nVidia drivers for your card.

    Yeah, I tired both those drivers (version 175.19) and version 169.21, the installer for which I already had downloaded a while ago. Both installers say "The NVIDIA Setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware. Setup will now exit." on start-up with no further explanation.

    The computer seems to know that there is something plugged into the PCI slot - there's the card on the device manager - but it can't seem to recognize it for what it exactly is. Next, I plan to take the card out of the slot and put it back in. Maybe there is a bad connection in there or something. I have also started to investigate the possibility that the card will need to be replaced.

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