So I just put Windows XP Professional on my computer. — Totseans

So I just put Windows XP Professional on my computer.

MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
edited December 2010 in Tech & Games
And I can't get the drivers installed for my video card. It's an NVIDIA card, and when I downloaded the drivers from the Acer website it tells me that it's only compatible with Windows Vista which is bullshit because I had it working just fine with Windows 7. How the fuck can I fix this!?

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  • edited December 2010
    That Vista thing may be true, as Vista and 7 share quite a few driver compatibilities.

    Download the drivers from the Nvidia website instead, and select the correct OS.
  • SlartibartfastSlartibartfast Global Moderator -__-
    edited December 2010
    Try windows update. It offers to install the drivers for you.

    What kind of graphics card do you have?
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited December 2010
    A) http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
    B) Select your card [GT8500 etc]
    C) Select Operating System [Windows XP 32bit]

    Download and install.
  • LSA KingLSA King Regular
    edited December 2010
    Dfg wrote: »
    A) http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
    B) Select your card [GT8500 etc]
    C) Select Operating System [Windows XP 32bit]

    Download and install.


    This. FYI Tid Bit: When downloading drives try to go to the SOURCE ie. the hardware manufacturers website when downloading, installing, and updating drivers or any kind if you can. Microsoft tends to give you the "basic" or "general" drivers for the device which can be highly inefficient if it is a dedicated hardware piece such as a non-built in Video Card (Nvidia/AMD).

    This goes for add-in NIC cards, Video cards, Sound Cards, RAID cards, etc. Usually on-board built into the MOBO hardware doesn't require you to search out the manufacturer because they don't come with a lot of options that can be affected by a general driver.


    /end of Captain Obvious moment.
  • MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
    edited December 2010
    How do I find out which card it is? I have the link from the site scanning my computer but shit is taking foreverrrrrrrrrr
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited December 2010
    How do I find out which card it is? I have the link from the site scanning my computer but shit is taking foreverrrrrrrrrr

    Try this: http://www.hwinfo.com/
  • MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
    edited December 2010
    Dfg wrote: »

    You're the shit Dfg. I'll run this once I finish Windows Update.
  • edited December 2010
    Try Speccy - it's lightweight and awesome.
  • MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
    edited December 2010
    I ran Speccy and all that comes up under graphics is Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family

    I am now attempting to update this driver from the Intel website.
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited December 2010
    I ran Speccy and all that comes up under graphics is Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family

    There you go: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=19412&ProdId=2991&lang=eng
  • edited December 2010
    Damn, sorry bro. Try what DFG posted.

    It's possible the card isn't showing because the drivers aren't installed, so you're running off your integrated graphics chipset.

    Surely you know which GPU you have in your computer?
  • MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
    edited December 2010
    I got it working! Installing the drivers from Intel worked, and things look sooooooooooooooooooo much better on my computer. Thanks for the help guys!
  • MayberryMayberry Regular
    edited December 2010
    I got it working! Installing the drivers from Intel worked, and animal porn look sooooooooooooooooooo much better on my computer. Thanks for the help guys!

    fix'd, yw :o
  • MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
    edited December 2010
    Mayberry wrote: »
    fix'd, yw :o

    You caught me... :o
  • DysgraphiaDysgraphia Locked
    edited December 2010
    LSA King wrote: »
    This. FYI Tid Bit: When downloading drives try to go to the SOURCE ie. the hardware manufacturers website when downloading, installing, and updating drivers or any kind if you can. Microsoft tends to give you the "basic" or "general" drivers for the device which can be highly inefficient if it is a dedicated hardware piece such as a non-built in Video Card (Nvidia/AMD).

    This goes for add-in NIC cards, Video cards, Sound Cards, RAID cards, etc. Usually on-board built into the MOBO hardware doesn't require you to search out the manufacturer because they don't come with a lot of options that can be affected by a general driver.


    /end of Captain Obvious moment.
    Generic drivers?

    Vista picked up my 260 GTX as a "display card" some year ago.
  • fanglekaifanglekai Regular
    edited December 2010
    I didn't realize it was 2003. Get a current OS.
  • MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
    edited December 2010
    fanglekai wrote: »
    I didn't realize it was 2003. Get a current OS.

    Well so far I'm noticing a large increase in performance with XP rather than 7.
  • fanglekaifanglekai Regular
    edited December 2010
    Performance increase? Well obviously it's less resource-intensive, but that doesn't matter if you have decent hardware. Why were you wanting to downgrade anyway?
  • MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
    edited December 2010
    fanglekai wrote: »
    Performance increase? Well obviously it's less resource-intensive, but that doesn't matter if you have decent hardware. Why were you wanting to downgrade anyway?

    Well I had 7, but a nasty nasty virus got a hold of it the other day and pretty much killed it. Then someone told me about how less harsh XP is on a system than 7 (I'm on a laptop that isn't all that fantastic) so I figured why not try it since I was going to need a new OS anyways. So far I'm loving it.
  • fanglekaifanglekai Regular
    edited December 2010
    That makes sense. If you have 4 gigs DDR3 and core i5 like I do then Win 7 isn't slow at all. You need to avoid viruses :o
  • MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
    edited December 2010
    fanglekai wrote: »
    That makes sense. If you have 4 gigs DDR3 and core i5 like I do then Win 7 isn't slow at all. You need to avoid viruses :o

    No fucking idea where it came from man. A whole year+ without virus protection (I would do a scan every month or so) and be completely clean. Out of nowhere a virus from hell finally gets me.
  • fanglekaifanglekai Regular
    edited December 2010
    Yeah, this is why you need to have an AV that passively scans. I have a lot of protection on my comp just to make sure that nothing happens. Try switching to clearcloud dns. Use noscript, adblockplus and flashblock in firefox along with web of trust. These things will help you avoid some exploits and bad sites. That's where most of the shit comes from. The other thing you can do is make sure windows requires your permission to launch apps or make changes to registry (Spybot S&D and ad-aware have the latter feature). XP doesn't have the UAC feature, but Vista and 7 do, which makes them much more secure if you use UAC. Also get a good free firewall like Comodo. It has the ability to run programs sandboxed (in a virtual environment).

    Leave an AV program like Avira open to passively scan all the time.

    If you don't do this shit, you might get hit out of the blue. I haven't had a virus in years, and it's because I don't visit shady sites, don't download from questionable sources, and I keep an AV program on my comp. If your comp can't handle an AV program, it's time to get a job, save money, and buy new gear.
  • MasturbatronMasturbatron Regular
    edited December 2010
    fanglekai wrote: »
    Yeah, this is why you need to have an AV that passively scans. I have a lot of protection on my comp just to make sure that nothing happens. Try switching to clearcloud dns. Use noscript, adblockplus and flashblock in firefox along with web of trust. These things will help you avoid some exploits and bad sites. That's where most of the shit comes from. The other thing you can do is make sure windows requires your permission to launch apps or make changes to registry (Spybot S&D and ad-aware have the latter feature). XP doesn't have the UAC feature, but Vista and 7 do, which makes them much more secure if you use UAC. Also get a good free firewall like Comodo. It has the ability to run programs sandboxed (in a virtual environment).

    Leave an AV program like Avira open to passively scan all the time.

    If you don't do this shit, you might get hit out of the blue. I haven't had a virus in years, and it's because I don't visit shady sites, don't download from questionable sources, and I keep an AV program on my comp. If your comp can't handle an AV program, it's time to get a job, save money, and buy new gear.

    I don't visit any shady sites, and I only do my downloading from Demonoid. I probably will end up putting an AV on here though. Oh, and I use Mozilla if that helps any.
  • fanglekaifanglekai Regular
    edited December 2010
    You need the addons. You have to do everything possible to protect your computer.
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited December 2010
    Dfg if you were OP what would you do?

    Install Linux I guess?

    No, Dfg WHAT WOULD YOU FUCKING DO?

    Chill man, I will check my specs.
    If RAM >= 2 GB && Processor Pentium 4 3.0Ghz > && GPU 128MB than Install Windows 7.
    If RAM <= 1 GB && Processor Pentium 4 2.4Ghz < && GPU 64MB than Install Windows Xp.

    I will always go with Windows 7 when it comes to Laptops. It has more features and it supports newer hardware but if my hardware is old and I don't really use newer softwares I will stick with Windows Xp SP3 and svae some money for an upgrade.
  • fanglekaifanglekai Regular
    edited December 2010
    Yeah I'd do that too. If I had an old shitty system I'd leave xp on it and just buy a new laptop with win 7 already on it.
  • edited December 2010
    Ubuntu is where it's at OP. If you're looking to be safe from viruses, run a lightweight OS which is fully customizable and has some awesome software, then Ubuntu all the way :D
  • AmieAmie Regular
    edited December 2010
    Ubuntu sucks. It's not lightweight, it's not very customizeable and it's less stable than windows XP. Use OpenSuse instead.

    But seriously: Do what DFG said. And install Avast!
  • edited December 2010
    Amie wrote: »
    Ubuntu sucks. It's not lightweight, it's not very customizeable and it's less stable than windows XP. Use OpenSuse instead.

    But seriously: Do what DFG said. And install Avast!

    Explain :confused:
  • AmieAmie Regular
    edited December 2010
    trx100 wrote: »
    Explain :confused:

    I really, really, really hate Ubuntu. It tries to make linux as easy as windows, but fails, and while doing that it ruins the best properties of linux. Updates often break essential stuff (you try fixing a remote server when a security update kills all internet access), it's slow, it's bloated. Ubuntu often puts a lot of non-standard code in configuration files to make things "easier" or "end-user friendly", making it a bitch to tweak your system / change parts of your system if you don't know scripting languages.

    OpenSuse is clearly aimed at both the novice and the experienced user, and tries to teach it's users about linux instead of dumding linux down (and thus removing functionality). It's my favorite plug-and-play distro.
  • edited December 2010
    Interesting stuff. I might check out that distro especially after noticing that my computer is running 10 degrees hotter when using Ubuntu over anything else I've tried. Strange, but eh.

    I'll have a look.
  • fanglekaifanglekai Regular
    edited December 2010
    trx100 wrote: »
    Interesting stuff. I might check out that distro especially after noticing that my computer is running 10 degrees hotter when using Ubuntu over anything else I've tried. Strange, but eh.

    I'll have a look.

    It's probably not regulating the fans correctly.
  • LSA KingLSA King Regular
    edited December 2010
    Dysgraphia wrote: »
    Generic drivers?

    Vista picked up my 260 GTX as a "display card" some year ago.



    Yeah but most of the time when you first install Windows it will give you nothing but Generic driver support for your hardware even with the Windows Updates it just updates those Generic ones. I don't know these days, Microsoft is getting better lending out their hand to 3rd Parties (Windows 7 for instance was developed almost hand-in-hand with hardware/software companies) so every now and then I've seen nVidia drivers in those Windows updates, but usually even when I see those they are many many many months old driver versions.
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