New graphics card help

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  1. kiel379
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    Hi, my friend gave me a nvidia graphics card, it looks pretty good and TF2 is free on steam now so i really want to play it, the trouble is i dont know what the card is, i got it out the box and iv tried typing all the different numbers and codes into google and spent ages looking at the nvidia website to try and find it but i cant, the reason i want to know is so i can get the right drivers for it unless anyone knows of a nvidia driver wizard or something i could use im a bit stuck, i would put a picture up but the idiot girlfriend soaked my camera in ribbena then tryed to fix it by soaking it in water:(
     
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    wait your girlfriend soaked the graphics card with ribena and water or something else? I'm not too sure that card may survive after that :S
     
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    ohh no sorry i said i couldnt take a picture of the card coz my camera was soaked soz

    EDIT: fixed
     
  4. Originality

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    Try downloading and running speccy. Then post the results.

    Alternatively, try typing DXDIAG into the windows search/run bar and looking at what the graphics drivers says.
     
  5. kiel379
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    i havent put the card in yet i just watched a video saying how to install it and it said i need the drivers and to get the drivers i need to know what the name of the card is, all the numbers on it dont seem to show what it is apart from the nvidia logo on the top
     
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    When you first put it in, Windows will install generic display drivers just to be able to output picture. After that you're supposed to install the proper nVidia drivers downloaded off their website. Windows Update will have the drivers too, but they tend to be outdated compared to what you get directly from nVidia.
     
  7. kiel379
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    yea but i need to know the model of the card so that i can download the right drivers, i know its a nvidia card but i dont know if its a gforce or whatever elce they make, when i get back from work ill borrow a camera and upload a pic and you can see what i mean, i was hopeing someone would be able to tell me a way of finding out the model from one of the codes on the card or a way of finding out when its plugged in to the computer with just the generic drivers.
     
  8. BlueStar

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    Just plug it in, Windows will probably detect it and tell you exactly what card it is in device manager.
     
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    download a free program called "unknown devices", its the first link if you search it on google. Give it a run, and it may detect what the product is, if it doesn't it will give you the pci vendor and device codes, theese are 4 digit hex codes that you can then put into google!
     
  10. nutella

    nutella Low Glycemic Index

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    Kinda off topic, but that's not idiotic. Not the soaking in ribena, that was dumb, but soaking it in purified water afterwards is actually a good idea.
     
  11. Zetta_x

    Zetta_x The Insane Statistician

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    Follow Originality's procedure:

    1) Put the card in
    2) Boot up windows (it may look like a very low resolution)
    3)Press Windows Sign + R, then type in DXDiag
    4)Click on the Display Tab
    5)Download Drivers
     
  12. Jamstruth

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    Here's an idea. On my old nVidia VIdeo cards (7900GS and a 6800) both showed the model of card when the computer is turned on before the BIOS logo came up. Not sure if newer cards do it but its an idea.
     
  13. Chhotu uttam

    Chhotu uttam DOH HO HO HO

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    Dxdiag should work but there a screens pops up before BIOS screen (at least it worked for me)
     
  14. kiel379
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    purified??? no it was sat there all night so the ribena had solidified into little purple puddles and was sticky as hell, i myself have managed to do the same thing with many gadgets but only managed to save one (phone droped in toilet=put in a sealed jar of salt and rice overnight).
     
  15. kiel379
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    Problem solved!!!!! Dxdiag worked and i am now playing TF2 and losing badly lol, thanks for all your help, now to download CS:source YAAAAY