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07-15-2009 01:06 PM - edited 07-15-2009 06:55 PM
I have a Pavilion a6400f and I would like to use my PNY GeForce 8500 GT card in it. I have been fooling around with this for about 7 days now and its about time that I either declare the card DOA and buy another card, or throw my hands up in disgust and buy another card.
I do not want to spend any money however, so I am here with proverbial tail between legs. I have an aftermarket Thermaltake 430 psu, so I know that I have enough power. The computer is completely stock otherwise.
The problem is that Vista does not 'see' the card. I disabled the stock integrated GPU, installed the 8500 GT (leaving the monitor hooked to the stock VGA out) and rebooted. The computer boots and displays normally. However like I said Device Manager does not see the new hardware.
I have tried the drivers from Nvidia, but they say that they cannot find drivers for the hardware on my system. I have tried a number variations of the aforementioned process with no luck. Any help would be awesome.
07-16-2009 03:41 PM
BJ, did you use the drivers that came on the disk? If not, I would try them to see if that helps. Make certain that the card is seated fully. If not, this can cause the problem that you are experiencing.
I certainly can't believe nVidia doesn't have drivers that are compatible with the PNY 8500 GT. In fact, here is a link to nVidia's website and the drivers for the GeForce 8 Series cards:
Let us know if this helps.
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07-16-2009 09:31 PM
TeacherGeekster, I have tried the current driver from Nvidia. I have even tried 10 other drivers for the 8 series in decreasing levels of "newness".
The card is properly seated, If I push any harder on the card I might push it through the case.
I think that the drivers work and are compatible but they do not "see" the card.
I am not sure that this is even a HP specific issue, it may be Vista issue, or even a dead card.
However it seems to me that since the fan on the card spools up when the computer boots that it isnt dead.
Any other ideas? I have no problem with esoteric answers, ritual sacrifice has not been ruled out.