need a videocard compatable w/direct 3d

January 12, 2011 at 12:08:42
Specs: Windows 7, 2.20GHZ/512MB
Since I've upgraded from windows xp to 7 I have no screensavers. I get the message need a newer video card or one that's compatable with Direct 3D. I have a HP Pavillion Desktop a800n. Can you help me?

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#1
January 12, 2011 at 13:00:10
You don't need screen savers. They were used years ago to prevent etching on a monitor screen if an image stayed on the screen too long. Why spend money on something that is useless.

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#2
January 12, 2011 at 15:03:41
Thanks I do agree.Do I need it for videos?

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#3
January 12, 2011 at 17:28:54
There are screen savers in Windows 7 - they're in a different place than in XP.

RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen -
select Personalize
then Screen Savers .
You can set it to Blank if you like.

If you go to Control Panel - set the display as Large icons, or Small icons, rather than Categories, Control Panel will look similar to the way it does in XP when you have it display in Classic mode.
You can set your Power settings there so that the monitor display is shut off after xx time.
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"I get the message need a newer video card or one that's compatable with Direct 3D"

That's probably DirectX 3D. Your video adapter probably already supports it, but you probably must install the specific video drivers for it.

RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen -
select Personalize
then Display Settings .

What does it show there ?
What monitor on what display adapter ?

Look at the downloads available for Windows 7 for your model on the HP web site. If video drivers are listed, you must download them and install them. If they're not listed you may have to find them elsewhere.
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Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

Load the main chipset drivers first.
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#4
January 12, 2011 at 18:09:50
Hp Pavilion a800n Desktop PC main support page
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Apparently it has a fairly old mboard, and HP has no Vista or Windows 7 drivers for it.

The Windows 7 DVD MAY have installed all the drivers for it already, but in case it hasn't....

Motherboard Specifications, A7V8X-LA (Kelut)
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Memory 2 x 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets

Support up to maximum 2 GB memory (PC manufacturer's maximum memory may differ)

Supports unbuffered PC2700/2100 non-ECC DDR SDRAM memory


Chipset VIA KM400A

VIA VT8237

Integrated Graphics VIA UniChrome graphics
(drivers list - Via/S3G UniChrome IGP)

Audio Realtek AL658 six-channel AUDIO CODEC

LAN Southbridge integrated 10/100 Mbps

VT6103 LAN PHY (that's a Via chip)
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For the Via main chipset, onboard graphics, and wired network adapter drivers....

Go here:
http://www.viaarena.com/driveragent...

Click on Scan Now below this:

Scan your PC to identify your hardware and find the

latest VIA and other hardware drivers.
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Windows 7 may already have installed the drivers for these....

(from the drivers list) Agere Systems PCI Soft Modem

Realtek AL658 six-channel AUDIO CODEC

If the sound works the sound adapter drivers are already installed.
If it doesn't....
http://www.realtek.com/downloads/do...



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#5
January 12, 2011 at 19:37:20
It say I have a generic pnp Monitor on standard VGA Graphics Adapter. Is that what you mean?

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#6
January 13, 2011 at 08:04:58
"It say I have a generic pnp Monitor on standard VGA Graphics Adapter. Is that what you mean?"

Yes.

That indicates the specific video drivers for the mboard's onboard video have not been installed by running Windows 7's Setup.

For the Via main chipset, onboard graphics, and wired network adapter drivers....

Go here:
http://www.viaarena.com/driveragent...

Click on Scan Now below this:

"Scan your PC to identify your hardware and find the

latest VIA and other hardware drivers."

Download the ones it finds and install them.
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If that doesn't find Windows 7 video drivers...

go here and run this:
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

If that says no video drivers are available for the onboard video for Windows 7 , and that they're not built into Windows 7, then you will need to buy a video card that does have a video chipset that is Windows 7 compatible.

Your mboard has a 4X / 8X compatible AGP slot.
You will get the best video performance from an AGP video card that supports 8X AGP specs.

Some mboards that support 4X or 4X / 8X AGP specs cannot use a video card that has a video chipset that also supports 2X AGP specs.

E.g. Go here, scroll down, to see ATI video chipsets that support 4X or 4X / 8X but not 2X specs.
http://support.amd.com/la/kbarticle...


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