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Vista Problems with graphics card? RRS feed

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  • Hey all I am having the following problem.
    When I do anything but play a game everything is fine. When I go to play a game, any game at all, at random what will happen is that the monitor will freeze and then go black. It will then go into standby mode and say that it is not receiving a signal. I have tried several different monitors and the same problem happens. Now this has only happened since I upgraded to windows vista.

    I am running the following:
    MoBo: Asus M2V CPU: AD Athlon 64 x2 4400+
    RAM: 4096 MB (4x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM)
    Card: Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
    O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate 6.00.6001 SP1
    DirectX: DX 10
    Power Supply: 550W

    I got the info from PC Wizard - Anyone know what this issue is and how to resolve it?
    Thursday, September 18, 2008 12:17 PM

Answers

  • Hi

     

    The only thing I can suggest is to check for updated, Vista compatible drivers for the video card. The problem is probably not with the monitor, unless the games are trying to change the resolution to a setting that the monitor does not support.

     

    You might also want to post this question on the nVidia User Forums and check for known issues with that video card.

     

    NVIDIA Forums -> Hardware:
    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?s=4fe96287996fa7982db3efc19f03bb60&showforum=24

     

    Hope this helps.

     


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    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Friday, September 19, 2008 12:24 AM
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  • Hi

     

    The only thing I can suggest is to check for updated, Vista compatible drivers for the video card. The problem is probably not with the monitor, unless the games are trying to change the resolution to a setting that the monitor does not support.

     

    You might also want to post this question on the nVidia User Forums and check for known issues with that video card.

     

    NVIDIA Forums -> Hardware:
    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?s=4fe96287996fa7982db3efc19f03bb60&showforum=24

     

    Hope this helps.

     


    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer or Helpful button at the top of this message.
    By marking a post as Answered, or Helpful you help others find the answer faster.

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Friday, September 19, 2008 12:24 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Nwellburn,

     

    I agree with Ronnie that this is a graphic card problem, but not related to the monitor. I suggest that you upgrade the video driver. The latest Windows Vista driver for Nvidia GeForce 8600GT can be downloaded from the following website.

     

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_175.19_whql.html

     

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    After downloading, please uninstall the existed driver.

     

    1. Click Start, click Run, type in "devmgmt.msc" (without quotation marks) and press Enter.

    2. In Device Manager, double click to expand the "Display Adapter" branch.

    3. Right click the entry of the video card and click Uninstall to uninstall the driver.

    4. Click Start, in the Start Search box type "appwiz.cpl" and press Enter.

    5. Find the entry of the video driver, and uninstall it.

     

    Please then install the driver.

     

    If the issue persists, please let us know whether you have a on-board video card. If so, please be assure that the on-board card is disabled in BIOS.

     

    Hope it helps.

    Monday, September 22, 2008 3:16 AM
    Moderator