I recently upgraded to Win 7 but the Win 7 upgrade advisor said "possible" problems with my graphics card (ATI Radeon X1300 Pro) as there was no 64 bit driver for Win 7.
The ATI (AMD) website said this was now a legacy product and no longer supported but 64 bit drivers existed for Vista.
Further investigation lead me to get the Vista drivers for the card.
I also found out that the reason for Windows upgrade advisor giving a warning was that the CCC (ATI Catalyst Control Centre) application used dotNET framework 1 which is not supported on Win 7. The later versions of CCC use dotNET 2 so are ok on Win 7 but keep telling me my driver is incompatible with them.
Anyway, as the X1300Pro was a bit old I decided to buy a new graphics card.
The card is an ATI Radeon HD5450 and is fully compat with Win 7 and has 64 bit drivers.
So I uninstalled the old Graphics card by going to device manager and right-click uninstall.
The uninstall worked OK because my screen immediately went to VGA resolution.
I pulled the power plug, changed over the graphics cards (usual ESD precautions taken) and rebooted.
I loaded the CD that came with the card and ran the set up but half way thru it crashed with a BSOD.
Further investigation shows that the new card is not showing up in Device Manager.
I've checked the main BIOS and it's set to use PEG (PCI Express Graphics) for the video.
I also checked on the AMD website and found later versions (v12.10) of the software and drivers but still got the BSOD halfway thru the install.
I am right in thinking that the card should show in device manager even though the drivers aren't loaded? Possibly with a yellow exclamation mark, yes/no?
So, why should a new card not show in Device Manager?
The spec says its requirements are 1x16 PCIe slot, which I've got. (It's PCIe 1.0, not 2.0 could that be a problem? )
Needs a PSU of 350w and mine is 375w
I don't have another PC around to try it in to make sure it's not a faulty card, so any ideas please.
Mobo Intel OCT017 P965 chipset, BIOS v2.5.3 (latest)
Memory 6GB 2x1GB DELL, 2x2Gb Corsair XMS2
Power Supply id DELL XPS410 rated 375watts
Display is DELL E207WFP connected by DVI
CPU is Intel Core2Duo E6600 2.4GHz
I'm using a 120GB SSD boot drive (OCZ Agility 3)
Data HDD is Western Digital 1TB Sata II
Also have 2 Silicon Image Sata2 controllers (E-SATA) in the PCIe x1 and x4 slots.
HD5450 is in the x16 slot.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Driver and CCC version 12.10 (10/22/2012)