Trying to get Win 7 to recognize my GeForce 9500 GT

July 23, 2018 at 17:32:03
Specs: Windows 7 32-bit, Intel dual core 3.2 Ghz
So far, that last step to have the system scanned has come up empty, and I have the 9500 GT plugged in, made sure it's seated correctly and everything. First it told me I need Java, then says Java may not work because I use Forefox, so now I'm trying IE 8. Now it's saying it still can't find my GPU and makes me go to option 1, the manual search and download. I've been hassling with this for three days now.

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#1
July 24, 2018 at 07:36:35
Is this card something you have just come by or was it working on this computer at some previous time?

Have you checked in BIOS to see if you have to invoke it?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
July 24, 2018 at 09:08:51
Yes, it came out of a working computer. I am in the process of adding all the needed updates, and will be working on the main board updates and BIOS this afternoon. I am hoping, with any luck doing all the updates will solve the problem.

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#3
July 24, 2018 at 13:17:43
You understand that the 9500GT is a 10 year old card, right?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeFor...

If you have the monitor cable connected to the card & you're getting a display, the card is obviously working, so all you need to do is install the latest available graphics drivers. This 2016 driver is as good as it gets: http://www.nvidia.com/download/driv...

If you have other issues, you're going to have to explain in more detail & include the rest of the system specs.


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#4
July 26, 2018 at 07:20:32
I made it through the update phase, but even updating the BIOS hasn't changed anything. All I've gotten that shows anything is in the device manager under display drivers, where it showed two displays. The regular Intel G45/G43 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1). Underneath that the only thing it has shown is the standard VGA Graphics, but it doesn't do that all the time. I've tried setting the primary display to all three settings, onboard, PCI=Express and PCI trying different cards I have and it won't recognize any of them. GeForce 5500, GeForce 8800 GT, and the GeForce 9500 I just bought. I know they are older cards, but I cannot afford all the new stuff on my retirement income. I am going to try one other thing, and that is to switch my working GeForce 8400 GS to the other system. If it doesn't work there, I will have to believe it is something to do with the main board, which is a Vostro 220. If that doesn't work, I will post all my system info for you.

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#5
July 26, 2018 at 10:23:15
Is the GeForce 9500 showing in BIOS?

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#6
July 26, 2018 at 14:00:02
I didn't see anything listed there as far as video. I have the three choices of primary, but no ID for anything but the main HDD and the two DVD ROM drives. The BIOS version changed to the new 1.3.1 that I upgraded to. I've tried all of the PCI express cards I have, and none of them show up anywhere. I am at the point of believing I will need to invest in a new main board to rebuild the other machine again.

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#7
July 28, 2018 at 15:56:05
You still haven't listed your system specs. Plus you didn't answer my question. Do you have the monitor cable connected to the video card? If you do & you're getting a display, the next step is to install the video driver. Windows isn't going to do it for you. You have to decide on a card & then download & install the appropriate driver.

Of the cards you listed, here's how they rate for performance - FX5500, 8400GS, 9500GT, 8800GT. The 8800GT was a high end gaming card back in its heyday (2007) & sold for about $300. It's also a power hog, consuming about 100W under full load. If you're not a gamer, I'd advise against the 8800GT. And the FX5500 is too old (2003), so that leaves the 8400GS or the 9500GT. Neither are great cards but the 9500GT is the better & newer of the two.

I don't know why you felt a BIOS update was needed, it's also very risky. It sounds like you got thru it OK, but after updating, did you run thru ALL the BIOS settings & tweak them as necessary to best accommodate your hardware configuration? Default settings are never the best performance settings. The integrated graphics will have BIOS settings that can be tweaked, but a video card will not be listed in the BIOS. If you're not going to use the integrated graphics, it should be disabled & the primary display should be set to whichever graphics slot you're using (AGP, PCI, or PCIe).

If you'll post the make/model of your motherboard & the rest of your system specs, I'll respond back with the best BIOS settings.

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#8
July 31, 2018 at 06:06:58
I did have the DVI cable hooked to it, and no matter which primary setting I selected, it won't recognize the card, and there is no display when I unplugged the VGA. I finally took the 9500 out, and tried my 8400 GS and the oldest 5500 in their respective slots, one at a time, and it makes no difference. I get the same result every time, so now I am just using the VGA until I can figure something else out. My system is using a DELL Vostro Mother Board G45M03 w/ Intel E7400 SLB9Y 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo. I souped it up with an E8600, so now it runs at 3.2 Ghz. I haven't modified anything else. The only other cards I have on it are a Cmedia 7.1 sound card, and a Rosewill ethernet card. I upgraded the BIOS so now it is the latest v 1.3.1. That's about all I can tell you, outside of the EVGA 430 w Power Supply, and that I have the maximum DDR2 Ram of 4Ghz. I hope that helps, and sorry I didn't get to this one earlier.

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#9
July 31, 2018 at 06:11:27
I missed one question you asked...yes, I did tweak anything I knew how to tweak. Anything I don't understand, I stay away from or ask what to do. I did the BIOS because it was one of the suggestions I found on another site with answers, and it di work all right. Thanks again.

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#10
August 1, 2018 at 07:19:16
I want to thank everyone for their input. It is difficult for me to select any one best answer to the problem I experienced. If it hadn't been for asking me whether the card showed up in BIOS, I very probably would not have looked all that closely. As it is, I was looking in the setup BIOS screen, and not the start up screen. Anyway, My problem is now solved. I looked at the start up screen and it said there was an add on video card plugged in and to try connecting to it. I did that, and worked through the steps, and the GeForce 9500 works perfectly. Thank you both very much for your time and trouble.

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#11
August 1, 2018 at 11:30:32
Good to hear you sorted it and thanks for letting us know.

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