Graphics card and Windows 7

March 22, 2010 at 14:30:48
Specs: Windows 7
Hey all,
For those who gave advice with my last issue, I gave the computer to an uncle who wiped it and uploaded Windows 7 onto it, however I am finding issues with DirectX and the video card now.

After searching I found several other issues and a list of some cards not compatible with 7, however mine was not in there. I have a 1024 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS Turbocache with the latest drivers, as well as DirectX 10/11, and still my games crash on opening or don't open at all, saying it can't initialise the video/graphics card.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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March 22, 2010 at 16:37:22
The GeForce 8400M GS w/Turbocache is not a gaming card. It's a cheap, low end piece of crap. Which games are you trying to play with it?

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March 23, 2010 at 01:12:57
Well before Windows 7 it managed to run Prototype, Assassin's Creed, Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Vegas 2, Dawn of War 1, WA, DC and SS, STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Halo 2 and CNC 3: Tiberium Wars (the most current games I have). I don't see that as too keep in mind this computer is about 5 years old I'd say.

Now it has Windows 7 it can't play Bioshock, DoW DC and SS, or Prototype. I haven't tried any of the others.

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March 23, 2010 at 02:17:52
first man the 8400 gs managed to run em but im so sure u are playing at low settings with below average frams the important thing is now that card will have trouble handiling windows 7 and games so check for a decent card

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March 23, 2010 at 05:19:27
Some were run a bit below average, some higher than average. I forget which were run with which.

Will look out for a better card, although it might be cheaper to switch back to Vista. I doubt the problem is that it's struggling to run 7, just that it's not compatible.

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March 23, 2010 at 09:22:00
yh both ways look for a better card
i'd suggest u post ur PSU specs if u will to buy a new card

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March 23, 2010 at 15:05:14
Windows 7 is an improved version of Vista & *should* run even better. But you're kidding yourself if you think the 8400GS is a decent gaming card. If you had ever played on a system with a *real* gaming card, you would know the difference.

BTW, I just noticed the product info in the OP...are you asking about about a laptop? If so, you don't have a video 'card' at all, you have integrated graphics. Your 'card' is actually an 8400M GS, not an 8400GS. And it does NOT have 1024MB of memory, it has 256MB. The rest is 'borrowed' from the system RAM on an as-needed basis...that's what Turbocache is all about.

I didn't think Vista or Windows 7 even supported turbocache?

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March 24, 2010 at 01:53:09
I thought I did mention it being a 8400M, and I never realised that, thanks for the information.

However the fact still remains it ran perfectly fine before 7. I'm not saying it's top of the range or anything, but it worked just fine for me.

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March 27, 2010 at 09:38:33
Listen to jam, he touched on the most crucial part of your problem. To add to his comment, I suggest:

-- You look for a BIOS update for your machine, if it's that old, chances are; there's an update for it.

-- Make sure you have the latest chipset driver installed.

-- Go to nVidia's site & download the latest display driver for your display adapter.

-- Last but not least, make sure when you are using the machine, the fan (intake & exhaust) outlets are not clogged up & not obstructed, this is to alleviate heat related issues during load.

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