win vista 64bit not detecting ZOTAC pci video card

Zotac Zt-60604-10l gt 610 pci 512mb ddr3...
August 22, 2012 at 20:43:48
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Athlon 64 +3800 2.40Ghz, 3g ram
Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit not detecting my ZOTAC PCI video card, model number ZT-60604-10L nvidia geforce GT 610. I have the card installed on a asus A8V-X motherboard. I have downloaded and installed the newest drivers, and did all the updates for windows vista 64bit, and I even checked the motherboard BIOS settings to make sure the PCI card as primary video card, but windows only will see it as a generic vga save card and will not detect it is the device manager. Any hep would be very welcomed, thank you,

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August 22, 2012 at 23:25:48
Is this a complete new installation or are you just upgrading the video card? If it's a new installation did you install the chipset drivers before any others? Is it listed in Device Manager under 'display adapters' or 'other devices'? Are there any other 'unknown devices' listed?

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August 23, 2012 at 01:09:04
I had to start with a new installation, after windows vista crashed when the agp card went out, and I installed all the chip set drivers I could find for that mother board first before anything else, and in the device manager that is no unknown devices, displace devices or other devices showing up. I am not sure what to check next, I even ruled out a IRQ error possibility from the motherboard.

the motherboard I have is an asus A8V-X with a northbridge: VIA K8T800 Pro
southbridge: VIA VT8251 chip set.

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August 23, 2012 at 04:58:34
Why would you replace an AGP card with a PCI card? Your problem has nothing to do with the BIOS & everything to do with drivers.

"I installed all the chip set drivers I could find"

All you could find? There's only one!

And try installing the drivers that came with the video card.

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August 23, 2012 at 21:07:41
I thank you for your reply, but the driver link you posted is one I have already use,and I also tried downloading the same chip set drivers from the VIA home website

I did that just out of simply trying to figure out the problem, because in some cases a driver for a give hardware will vary from who is providing them or the software company, as an example the Microsoft drives for the LAN 10/100 network port on the motherboard I have vary from the VIA's driver, both may do the same thing, but one will work better than another simple because of how the coding for the driver has coded and written.

I also install the drivers, that came with the ZOTAC video card, and the newest version of the driver from run by nividia to support the hardware that was nvidia chipsets in both cases it did not work,

I change to a pci card from a agp, because the agp slot is mostly obsolete, and the ZOTAC card give me what I needed for a higher capability graphics card. Also graphics cards with a higher capability are no longer made for a agp slot, I needed a card that could run the minimum requirement for eve online, the elder scrolls V Skyrim, and a few of the other games I play. You can only find a agp card now that will only go as high as the nvidia geforce 7950 gt or a 7950 gtx, that meets what I need for one of the games, but not for the rest of the game I play...

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August 24, 2012 at 20:09:48
PCI video cards are older technology and slower than any version of AGP due to the narrower bandwidth. While an AGP card would be more expensive now, anything decent would probably be better.
To use a PCI card on your system you would need to disable your AGP slot and enable PCI for video (possibly the same step) in your BIOS.
Your manual:
From here:
Page 4-21 section 4.4.2
Shows selecting your "Primary Graphics Adapter [AGP] [PCI]" as your choices under your chipset settings.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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August 24, 2012 at 20:30:42
Thank you, for your posting, Fingers

I did setup the BIOS to have the pci card as primary video, that was the first thing I did before starting the new install for windows vista ultimate 64bit, I even checked to make sure that the pci IRQ ID generated by the motherboard and the pci card has not being share with something else on the motherboard.

With windows it will only see's the ZOTAC video card as a generic VGASaved card, with no information being given on the card type, card memory, clock speed for the card, or even the GPU ID, and windows ignores the installed drivers for the card.

I have read and reread the manual checking to see if I may have missed something, but I have not found what I may have miss when configuring the setup or any installs. So I am at a lost to figure out the problem..... thank you again,

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