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November 19th, 2011, 02:59 PM #1
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Huge problem, no games playable thanks to our lovely NVIDIA.
I'm gonna explain this decently, but I'm quite pissed off at the whole NVIDIA thing.
Issue: I got 1 integrated graphic card and 1 NVIDIA card. I played previously with the NVIDIA card and it's worked fine. The first time it happened (from 9) I updated my drivers for NVIDIA. Installation worked flawlessly. Everything installed, and no errors. I didn't did a "clean" install so the settings would have saved, but they didn't. I set the control panel to only run programs with the NVIDIA card and Skyrim, Bioshock, practicly EVERYTHING to use the NVIDIA card. It doesn't work. They can't detect it.
Actions before this happens: Installing an NVIDIA driver update, using sfc /scannow, reinstalling the driver, and there tons more.
Things I did to solve it: Looked on google EVERYWHERE. and there is nothing I could find that is the same as this. Only some stuff with Ubuntu, but I got windows 7 64 bit.
-Reinstalling the NVIDIA driver
-Uninstalling driver > clean up files using mutiple programs (today it was Advanced SystemCare) > Clean registry > restart > install NVIDIA driver. (also tried with "Clean" Installation)
-Trying to turn off Optimus (is impossible) but couldn't find anything.
-Virus Scan > MalwareBytes and VIPRE > Perfectly clean.
-Downloaded an application that checks how good your graphic card is and it couldn't detect the NVIDIA one, only the integrated crap from Intel.
-Tryed re-installing Direct-X using some software I doubt was stable. Didn't change anything.
-Turned off the Intel Graphic card to let Windows 7 force to use my NVIDIA. Unfortunately disabling it makes the NVIDIA not work at all (Control Panel not working and not listed in Device Manager)
-Downloaded the driver and modifed .inf from NVIDIA & Laptop News | Latest NVIDIA drivers and related news | laptopvideo2go.com. Applied the .inf (overwritten) and than installed the driver.
-Looked in BIOS to turn off the integrated chip. No luck
-Upgraded by BIOS
-Upgraded my NVIDIA card
-Upgraded my Intel card and updated
How did I solve it the previous 8 times: Wiping the harddrive and reinstalling windows entirely. For 8 times....
I'm seriously angry at the moment. I do everything to get my computer decent. Two full scans of VIPRE every week, MalwareBytes scans. Defragmentation. Everything to keep it running smoothly. It pays off well, but every time I need to reinstall Windows 7 because of this nonsense. I simply want to play a game with steam and it doesn't work whatever I do.
As a HUGE note: I think it could be a Optimus problem as when I installed Skyrim and got a .dll (from direct-x) in the folder to let a mod work it doesn't use the NVIDIA card but the Intel one. It couldn't detect my NVIDIA card. I removed the .dll (d3d9.dll) and it detected it fine and it ran fine. I couldn't install mods because of this. Now I can't play any game.
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Computer Model: Dell XPS L501X
Processor: Intel Core i5 CPU
Graphic Card: GeForce GT 420M
Direct-X: Direct-x 11
RAM: 4GB DDR
I would be SOOOOO happy if someone could figure out why it doesn't work. This is so annoying. Don't get me wrong NVIDIA is good but this just pretty much pissed me off...
Last edited by Lifell; November 21st, 2011 at 09:53 AM.
November 20th, 2011, 01:53 AM #2
This would be the appropriate Nvidia Drivers for your graphics chip:
NVIDIA DRIVERS 285.62 WHQL
and the most current according to Nvidia's site, unless Dell has there own special versions for that laptop.
November 21st, 2011, 09:46 AM #3
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