Why cant my computer detect my graphics card?

November 15, 2014 at 02:24:16
Specs: Windows 7
A few months ago, I tried to install the newest driver for my graphics card which is an nVidia Geforce GTX 670M. But after finishing the installation, my computer suddenly stopped recognizing the GPU and went to use the Standard VGA Graphics Adapter instead. After a few hours of googling, I've found that I could deal with it by installing the driver from Device Manager. I got the computer to recognize my graphics card again. The only problem is that every time I try to update it to the latest driver, my computer will redo the same things again, which prevents me from updating my driver and playing my games. Could anyone help me with this?

Here are my specs:

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
System Model: G75VW
BIOS: BIOS Date: 06/15/12 16:15:26 Ver: 04.06.05
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3610QM CPU @ 2.30GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Card name: Standard VGA Graphics Adapter
Manufacturer: (Standard display types)
Chip type: NVIDIA
DAC type: 8 bit
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1213&SUBSYS_21191043&REV_A1
Display Memory: n/a
Dedicated Memory: n/a
Shared Memory: n/a

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November 15, 2014 at 05:49:29
For starters, you should state that you're working with a laptop because the drivers are different. If you're attempting to install desktop drivers, that's most likely why you're having problems. NVIDIA offers generic drivers but the general recommendation is to get drivers from the laptop manufacturer (ASUS). However, you will most likely find that the ASUS drivers are older than NVIDIA's. Your laptop is going on 3 years old so ASUS support will be waning.



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November 15, 2014 at 16:24:20
OEM computers often use customized hardware that may differ in significant ways from that sold by the manufacturer. The generic drivers may not work properly or at all. Drivers for such computers should usually be obtained from the computer manufacturer, even if they are older thasn the generic drivers. You can't rely on the drivers installer detecting that the hardware is not compatible.

I know that Intel warns about using their drivers with OEM computers.

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November 16, 2014 at 00:15:53
I recently had problems myself with Nvidia's 344.65 drivers on my GT 650M. Having the latest and greatest drivers is overrated IMO; running on older drivers is just fine unless the new driver supplies a massive stability upgrade or is reporting >15% performance increases.

Generally, if a newer driver doesn't work, obtain an older driver from Nvidia (usually just the next one down) and install that. If that doesn't work, try the next older one. If that still doesn't work, try to find Asus-specific drivers.

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