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December 5, 2009 5:35:37 PM

Hi
I purchased an 8400gs for a pc that is used primarily for web browsing. The card is perfect for me but for some reason I cant run gta san andreas anymore, it worked on my old intel integrated video but now, when I click on it, windows 7 theme changes to basic and the game does not run
I tried reinstalling, running it in XP compatibility mode and "as administrator" no luck.
Specs:

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
CPU P4 2.8GHz HT
2.5gb DDR2
160gb sata HDD
500W PSU
8400gs GPU

I am not planning to upgrade this system, and I know for a fact that 8400gs, while a super low end card is still more then powerful enough to run san andreas.

Any ideas??? Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance

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December 5, 2009 6:51:38 PM

If it worked on the integrated graphics and it's working no more on the new Nvidia... then the new fish is the culprit. I will go ahead and assume it's the drivers that are causing trouble for the game.

I say your system is capable of running it.
It might be the OS... try different compatibilities such as Vista SP2 and others... it might work.
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December 5, 2009 7:40:49 PM

Thanks for your reply,
Tried different compatibility modes but same issue.
Just to make sure I disabled 8400gs and switched to integrated, the game ran no problem but my windows experience rating dropped from 5.0 (3d business and gaming graphics performance) to 1.0 and Desktop aero got disabled.
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December 5, 2009 9:05:02 PM

I'm not sure how to get the GS to work with the game but if you do do some gaming you may want to consider a real video card. An HD4650 isn't great but should make any current game playable at low resolutions and can be found for as low as $30 after rebate lately;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or for $20ish more dollars the HD4670 is a good bit better.
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December 5, 2009 9:05:37 PM

Sounds like a driver problem. Uninstall both the nVidia and the Integrated video card drivers. Go into the BIOS and disable the onboard video. Install drivers for the 8400GS, reboot, and you should be good to go.
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December 6, 2009 1:22:48 AM

definitly a driver problem - 1.0 score and no aero are a tell tail sign there
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December 6, 2009 3:30:03 AM

jyjjy said:
I'm not sure how to get the GS to work with the game but if you do do some gaming you may want to consider a real video card. An HD4650 isn't great but should make any current game playable at low resolutions and can be found for as low as $30 after rebate lately;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or for $20ish more dollars the HD4670 is a good bit better.


I agree, 8400gs isn't the greatest but this pc is not meant for gaming, its an old dell. I do not want to spend more money on this pc but it works great as it is. Its a browsing pc. Either way I'm sure 8400gs can handle san andreas just fine, my ancient ati radeon 9250 could run it on max resolution... The only games I play on this pc:
NFS Most wanted/Carbon
GTA Vice city/gta III (trying to run San andreas)
Doom 3

It runs all of them maxed out with no problems

I cant get this card because this pc has 2 PCI slots and 1 PCIe X1 (no x16) my 8400gs is pcie x1
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December 6, 2009 3:47:10 AM

Hi,

Lots of possible software culprits. First load the most recent version of directX then run DXDIAG (loads with directX). If all the DX apis work then look for patches for the game. Play with the games. graphic settings (the game is *not* doing the same thing with the 8400GS as with the integrated graphics -- settings are different). IF the DX apis fail a test then look for the culprit. For example, years ago an ATI card I was using failed because .net didn't install correctly and the ATI control panel used it.

The X1 PCIe slot 8400GS will be a rare card. Make sure you try (1) the driver that came with the card (rarely recommended, but this will be a weird card with x1 slot) (2) the driver from the card manufacturers web site, could have fixes (3) the reference nvidia driver from www.nvidia.com.
One of these may work for you.

Good luck. I have an 8400GS in a HTPC. Works great, uses x16 pcie slot.
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December 6, 2009 5:18:24 AM

apache_lives said:
definitly a driver problem - 1.0 score and no aero are a tell tail sign there
That was when they reverted to the IGP, it says nothing about the problem with the 8400 GS.
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December 7, 2009 7:27:51 PM

Thanks for the help everyone, I reinstalled the drivers and the game runs without any problems, I am running on max resolution and max details, about 30fps+.
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December 7, 2009 8:43:04 PM

Congratz =)

Glad to hear everythings running smoothly.
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January 15, 2010 10:49:22 PM

alex14469 said:
Thanks for the help everyone, I reinstalled the drivers and the game runs without any problems, I am running on max resolution and max details, about 30fps+.

can you please explain exactly what you did??? cause i just bought the same exact graphics card and my san andreas doesn't work either!!! :(  HELP!!!!!!
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January 16, 2010 12:07:00 AM

brtchida said:
can you please explain exactly what you did??? cause i just bought the same exact graphics card and my san andreas doesn't work either!!! :(  HELP!!!!!!


I uninstalled the drivers completely, restarted my pc and let windows (windows 7 ultimate 32 bit RC 7100) install the drivers for me and the game ran without any problems, then I went to Nvidia site and downloaded the real drivers and installed them. After that I used Ntune to overclock the card. I was very surprised but it actually improved my FPS. The only problem is that overcklock settings reset after each restart for some reason >_>
Good Luck.

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January 16, 2010 1:24:48 AM

alex14469 said:
I uninstalled the drivers completely, restarted my pc and let windows (windows 7 ultimate 32 bit RC 7100) install the drivers for me and the game ran without any problems, then I went to Nvidia site and downloaded the real drivers and installed them. After that I used Ntune to overclock the card. I was very surprised but it actually improved my FPS. The only problem is that overcklock settings reset after each restart for some reason >_>
Good Luck.

Would it be any different if im on Windows Vista? cause i don't have windows 7
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January 16, 2010 2:00:22 AM

brtchida said:
Would it be any different if im on Windows Vista? cause i don't have windows 7


no, I don't think it would make any difference
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January 16, 2010 2:11:08 AM

alex14469 said:
no, I don't think it would make any difference

Aight! thanks alot man! hopefully it'll work! how well does that card play GTA SA??
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January 16, 2010 2:44:59 AM

alex14469 said:
no, I don't think it would make any difference

wow this blows...... still didn't work.... i click on it and it just loads for half a second then does nothing........ >:/
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January 16, 2010 3:31:34 AM

brtchida said:
wow this blows...... still didn't work.... i click on it and it just loads for half a second then does nothing........ >:/



did you try to reinstall the game? maybe it will work
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January 18, 2010 10:15:24 PM

alex14469 said:
did you try to reinstall the game? maybe it will work

I GOT IT!!! thanks for all your help!
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January 18, 2010 11:40:23 PM

brtchida said:
I GOT IT!!! thanks for all your help!


no problem
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