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August 19, 2003 9:17:47 AM

Hi all

Is there software out that can ID your display card? I'm not talking about extracting the info out of device manager or sysinfo.

What I need to do is ID the display card with only Windows installed, with no drivers loaded. It's a pain installing a client's PC needing to open the box every time.

I've seen some manufactures have something similiar with there CDs, like Chronos. Insert the driver CD and it will detect the model and type of chip (ie ATI, Nvidia, SIS, etc)



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August 19, 2003 10:16:36 AM

Well, I don't know what OS you're talking about here, but you could maybe just type in "dxdiag" & the gfx info should be there.

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August 19, 2003 10:38:10 AM

Well, any Windows version actually.

Would DX be able to view to display card even if the drivers are not installed? Won't it just say "Standard VGA Adapter"???

Because that was my question really.




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August 19, 2003 10:44:07 AM

If it doesn't, then you could install SiSoft Sandra, that should be able to detect your card.

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August 19, 2003 10:56:17 AM

AIDA seems to show more information about the video card like the directx version it supports, core name, clock speed etcc...

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August 19, 2003 11:02:15 AM

I downloaded AIDA.

But it also seems to extract the data from the registry and from the driver files itself, which would be useless in this scenario.

I'll have to test it. Thanks for the input so far.
August 19, 2003 11:48:03 AM

i still can get your point of ID video card.

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August 19, 2003 9:30:05 PM

OK, picture this scenario...

You get about 40-50 PCs from a client, all no-name whitebox specials, all different. They're not write-offs. Some P166, some P2 400, maybe a P3. Install Win 2000 Pro on all. More than half of them the display card needs drivers. (We all know how well Microsoft supports S3, Trident and SiS [smell the sarcasm]) And also we know how many flavours of S3 Trio there are. So, on a fresh install, use the particular software, and it will tell you what driver to install. No need to make your hands dirty opening the cases of 25 PCs and spend the rest of the week on the FCC site, because this one manufacturer decided to glue the heatsink on with crazy glue. Time is money. You get paid more migrating a Linux Sendmail site to a Microsoft Exhange site than trying to get drivers from Jetway because their site is always down.

I hope that is clear enough. The problem is so clear that there must be solution.
August 19, 2003 10:33:58 PM

Outsource it overseas!
Provide whatever info you can read on the graphics card and let other people do the work.

Course the setup may be a bit expensive. :frown:

How about charging the client for a new cheap video card?
Like $30.

Give the other cards away if you can't find the drivers fast or sell by the pound like they do with used books.

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August 19, 2003 10:52:51 PM

$30? Surely those PCs would be requiring PCI graphics which in my experience are far more epxensive than $30. (I'll be honest I work in £ and PCI cards are hard to come across)
August 20, 2003 6:38:40 AM

Gastrian, you're quite right. (I live in a dark place where you find elephants and zebras on our highways.) Where time is critical and your name and company is always under the looking glass, you can't afford to waste time on petty things. It's not a challenge anymore to find a driver anymore. It becomes tedious after 6 years working in this industry.
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