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NVIDIA graphics card not detected... anywhere!

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 24, 2013 10:30:14 AM

Hi everyone,
I have a M17x alienware laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M I bought in 2011. I haven't had any problems until now. When I click on the NVIDIA control panel it says 'not detected', it doesn't show up in device manager or the BIOS. I've tried a few things from other threads online and still nothing. I even restored my laptop to factory settings and the same thing is happening. I don't know a lot about computers so if you have any suggestions please be kind and make it easy for me to understand :) 
Any help is appreciated thanks!
a b D Laptop
a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2013 11:28:48 AM

does your laptop have a switch next to the keyboard to change between dedicated graphics and integrated graphics found on the processor?
January 24, 2013 5:56:37 PM

It's come up before to press Fn F7 to switch which I've tried and it does nothing, it doesn't recognize that I have the Nvidia to switch to.