Subscriber Roger wrote with a strange graphics card problem — Windows XP would no longer recognize it:
Hi Terry. I am having difficulty in getting my motherboard to detect my card. I have a Micro Star International CO LTD MS 6734 board with a bus clock of 166 BIOS Phoenix Tech Ltd 6.00 PG 7/10/2003. I have just reinstalled XP widows SP 3 and prior to that all was well. After downloading drivers for the card which is a MSI MS StarForce GeForce FX 5200 ( Nvidia GeForce FX 5200) I am told that the drivers are not compatible with the system. Can you help.
I responded to Roger that he might have downloaded 64-bit drivers or drivers for Vista or Windows Me instead of Windows XP, if they make such. Or, he might have downloaded the wrong drivers. I had that problem when I had to download Vista drivers to use with Windows 7 on my 2004-vintage Dell notebook. Still using it as my main computer, too.
I advised him to use Belarc Advisor to confirm your video chip, he might be surprised and find that he doesn’t have the chip he thinks he does.. Or, he could open the case, take out the card and examine the model number on it.
If he’s overclocking to a bus clock of 166 MHz instead of the more standard 133MHz, that may be the problem. I assume he was talking about the PCI bus.
I advised him to go to MSI’s web site and look in the Archives section. The video cards all have numbers, not names, such as “FX5200-T128” I didn’t find any Mainboard with number like that — there are only 3 with “67” in the model number.
His motherboard and video card may be customized models for the manufacturer, assuming his computer wasn’t home-built.
He could also try going to the NVidia web site to download the generic GeForce FX 5200 drivers. Those might work for him.
Roger wrote back to say:
Hello Terry. Thanks for the input. I do believe I have some motherboard problem as it or Windows fails to detect the presence of a display card. I tried another working card and downloaded the correct manufactures drivers ( ATI Rage 128) but once again comes back to me and indicates not suitable for the display adapter installed. Got me beat. Perhaps it is only seeing the VGA. There is no video controller or display adapter in the Device Manager either. All this has occurred only after reinstallation of Windows.