Work around? Intel doesn't supply a vista driver.

Docellis

New Member
Sorry if I am posting in the wrong forum, I'm not sure if this should be in graphics cards or drivers...or somewhere else entirely.

I have an Intel 845GL Chipset....I can't find a driver to make it work using Vista.

Do I have to buy a new graphic card? Or am I missing something easy, or is there a work around?
 

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Docellis

New Member
Ok, I am resolved to replacing my video card.

I've never replaced a video card before, but I've upgraded memory, installed a hard drive and a modem before...is replacing a video card more complicated than that?

And, where should I start in determining what is compatible for my system/Vista etc?
 

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MrNeeds

PC Geek
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Ok, I am resolved to replacing my video card.

I've never replaced a video card before, but I've upgraded memory, installed a hard drive and a modem before...is replacing a video card more complicated than that?

And, where should I start in determining what is compatible for my system/Vista etc?
first you need to find out what type of port you have for your expansion, 3 choices are PCI (Unlikely)
AGP (More than likely)
PCI-E (Most used in newer systems)
as for a visual representation of these three ports, see below:
first is PCI
Second is AGP(burgundy/brown)
Third is PCI-Ex16(orange)
you need to open your computer and look for which one you have, You will most certainly see a PCI port but this doesnt necessarily mean that you need a PCI card.
as for installation, you need to choose a card carefully as some cards are too big for standard ATX cases, but for actually installing the card, just slot it in and plug in the PCI-E power connector/s to the card and your away.
ive also included a picture of my interior to show you whereabpouts the Graphics card should be situated, its the big green long card.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Q6600 @ 2.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Evga NF78-CK-132-A 3-Way SLI
    Memory
    8Gb DDR2 Corsair Dominator @ 1066Mhz 5-5-5-15
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 560 GTX SC FTW 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC888 7.1 Audio, Logitech G35 7.1 Surround Headset
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2409W 16:9, HDMi, DVI & VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 7200rpm 250Gb SATA,
    Samsung 7200rpm 750Gb SATA,
    WD 7200rpm 1TB SCSI SATA.
    PSU
    Xigmatek 750W Quad sli quad core 80% eff
    Case
    Antec 900 Gaming Case
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9700-NT NVIDIA Tritium, Dominator RAM cooler
    Mouse
    Razor Lachesis Banshee V2 Blue, 4000DPI
    Keyboard
    Logitech generic keyboard
    Internet Speed
    16Mb Sky bb
    Other Info
    Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows, Wireless Xbox 360 Pad, Wireless Xbox 360 Les Paul Guitar

Docellis

New Member
I'll tip the scales once I can see the scales...I'm using the computer right now that has the screwy graphic card. I can't do anything when I click on the scales.

I appreciate your help. I have an older tower, probably 8 years old. I've upgraded everything but the processor - I imagine that means I have the second kind of slot.

Would you recommend buying an XP operating disc or buying a new graphic card?

I don't play video games but I am a graphic designer (needing to use the Adobe Suite for a living).
 

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MrNeeds

PC Geek
Vista Guru
Gold Member
I'll tip the scales once I can see the scales...I'm using the computer right now that has the screwy graphic card. I can't do anything when I click on the scales.

I appreciate your help. I have an older tower, probably 8 years old. I've upgraded everything but the processor - I imagine that means I have the second kind of slot.

Would you recommend buying an XP operating disc or buying a new graphic card?

I don't play video games but I am a graphic designer (needing to use the Adobe Suite for a living).
well you can get a good cheap graphics card, not a problem nowadays.
something like this maybe Amazon.com: GeForce FX 5500 OC Video Card, 8x AGP, 128MB DDR: PC: Software have a look around on any shopping sites(local, not everyone works in dollarydoos) just search agp.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Q6600 @ 2.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Evga NF78-CK-132-A 3-Way SLI
    Memory
    8Gb DDR2 Corsair Dominator @ 1066Mhz 5-5-5-15
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 560 GTX SC FTW 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC888 7.1 Audio, Logitech G35 7.1 Surround Headset
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2409W 16:9, HDMi, DVI & VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 7200rpm 250Gb SATA,
    Samsung 7200rpm 750Gb SATA,
    WD 7200rpm 1TB SCSI SATA.
    PSU
    Xigmatek 750W Quad sli quad core 80% eff
    Case
    Antec 900 Gaming Case
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9700-NT NVIDIA Tritium, Dominator RAM cooler
    Mouse
    Razor Lachesis Banshee V2 Blue, 4000DPI
    Keyboard
    Logitech generic keyboard
    Internet Speed
    16Mb Sky bb
    Other Info
    Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows, Wireless Xbox 360 Pad, Wireless Xbox 360 Les Paul Guitar

stormy13

Member
Vista Guru
If it is an AGP slot that you have, please do not get a card like the FX5500 MrNeeds linked to (sorry MrNeeds). That card (and all the FX5xxx series for that matter) have been pretty much declared EOL (End of Life) by Nvidia and no longer receive driver support, at least as far as Vista goes; the last Vista driver that supported those cards is 2 1/2 years old.

All things considering if the computer is as old as you say it is, you would be better served looking at a completely new computer, not just a video card.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Me
    CPU
    Athlon x2 7750 BE
    Motherboard
    Asus M4A78 Pro
    Memory
    2x2gb Kingston
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire HD 4830
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Xtreme Music
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer P221w and Acer 1916w
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    2x80 GB Seagate 7200.10 in RAID0, 500 GB Seagate 7200.12
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 500W
    Case
    Antec Sonata III
    Cooling
    AC Freezer 64 Pro and a couple of 120 mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G5 v2
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave
    Internet Speed
    10000/1000

MrNeeds

PC Geek
Vista Guru
Gold Member
If it is an AGP slot that you have, please do not get a card like the FX5500 MrNeeds linked to (sorry MrNeeds). That card (and all the FX5xxx series for that matter) have been pretty much declared EOL (End of Life) by Nvidia and no longer receive driver support, at least as far as Vista goes; the last Vista driver that supported those cards is 2 1/2 years old.

All things considering if the computer is as old as you say it is, you would be better served looking at a completely new computer, not just a video card.
its ok man, im not sure what decent GPU there is in AGP format, im PCI-E, last AGP card i used was FX5500 :p i loved this card :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Q6600 @ 2.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Evga NF78-CK-132-A 3-Way SLI
    Memory
    8Gb DDR2 Corsair Dominator @ 1066Mhz 5-5-5-15
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 560 GTX SC FTW 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC888 7.1 Audio, Logitech G35 7.1 Surround Headset
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2409W 16:9, HDMi, DVI & VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 7200rpm 250Gb SATA,
    Samsung 7200rpm 750Gb SATA,
    WD 7200rpm 1TB SCSI SATA.
    PSU
    Xigmatek 750W Quad sli quad core 80% eff
    Case
    Antec 900 Gaming Case
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9700-NT NVIDIA Tritium, Dominator RAM cooler
    Mouse
    Razor Lachesis Banshee V2 Blue, 4000DPI
    Keyboard
    Logitech generic keyboard
    Internet Speed
    16Mb Sky bb
    Other Info
    Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows, Wireless Xbox 360 Pad, Wireless Xbox 360 Les Paul Guitar

Docellis

New Member
From what I've read online about my tower, I need a PCI graphics card...I don't see anything in my tower that looks like the photo you posted...I think I also read that my video card is also my audio card....Is that possible? Would removing my old video card mean I need to buy a new audio card as well?
 

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stormy13

Member
Vista Guru
Disregarding the chipset, what is the make and model number of your computer?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Me
    CPU
    Athlon x2 7750 BE
    Motherboard
    Asus M4A78 Pro
    Memory
    2x2gb Kingston
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire HD 4830
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Xtreme Music
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer P221w and Acer 1916w
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    2x80 GB Seagate 7200.10 in RAID0, 500 GB Seagate 7200.12
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 500W
    Case
    Antec Sonata III
    Cooling
    AC Freezer 64 Pro and a couple of 120 mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G5 v2
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave
    Internet Speed
    10000/1000
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