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A few basic display adapter questions

Q: A few basic display adapter questions

New Lenovo P50 Win10 Nvidia Quadro M1000M (Driver 8/27/15,

The Nvidia was part of the base package--didn't really need it.

1. If I have this fancy adapter why then is the Intel HD Graphics 530 also running per device manager? Shouldn't one or the other be automatically disabled?

It appears that the Nvidia is not the default operator of the two. I needed to load a graphics program by its .exe. I had right clicked for another reason and was given the option to (paraphrased) 'use high performance graphics' which to me indicates the Nvidia otherwise apparently would not have been used. This seems nuts. If there are two display adapters and one is clearly superior, it should always be used?

2. If a second monitor is VGA, DVI can I attach it to the machine's HDMI port with an adapter (machine doesn't have a VGA port) or no? Btw, the machine also has a Thunderbolt? 3 Port.


Preferred Solution: A few basic display adapter questions

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: A few basic display adapter questions

1) Web search for NVidia's Optimus technology. (It uses the Intel graphics for low-performance purposes, and the nVidia GPU for high performance stuff. The point is power saving in a notebook.)

2) Yes, there are adapters from HDMI to VGA and DVI. (I'm a little surprised about the VGA: it's analog, and I didn't think there were any analog video signals on an HDMI port. Judging from the price of an HDMI to VGA adapter, it must be passive.) There are also Thunderbolt adapters: Thunderbolt is a superset of DisplayPort.

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Hey guys, I have nc6400, with ati mobility radeon x1300 and 6 hours ago I've installed win 8.First I wanted to encounter graphics card problem. It doesn't recognize card, it just says Microsoft Basic Display Adapter. I tried updating it with Browse and let me pick option, but without any success. Even tried what this guy recommended, but without luck.

"I had this problem with a Mobility Radeon X1300. My solution was to use a tool called mobility modder.net. I found the most recent version of Catalyst that supported my card and put that setup file and the mobility modder.net setup file on a flash drive. I then went to a different computer that wasn't running Windows 8 and ran the Catalyst setup file, but after the part where it extracts its files I clicked cancel. Then I installed mobility modder.net and navigated to C:\ATI\Support\(your version of catalyst)\Driver and clicked mod. When the tool finished I cut and pasted the entire C:\ATI directory and put it on my flash drive and took it back to my computer that was running Windows 8. I then cut and pasted the ATI directory to the root of that computer's hard drive. I then opened up that directory until I got to the setup.exe file and I ran it and it installed perfectly. When it was done it was running the driver and Catalyst Control Center perfectly."

When I go to screen resolution options, I can only see Generic Non-pnp Monitor and resolution option (which I can't change): 1024x768

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A:Microsoft Basic Display Adapter

You need to use a Vista driver version, as there are no Win7 or Win8 drivers for that card.

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After restoring a Windows 8 pro image and upgrading to 8.1, I only have 2 resolutions to choose form: 1280x1024 and 1024x768.Tried to update the drivers but windows tells me it's the best driver. I tried installing an original driver form HP but it wouldn't install. Can't remember why. Can anyone point me to the proper driver? Thanks,James 

A:Windows 8.1 Using Basic Display Adapter

Hi, James: Your PC is not supported by HP for W8, W8.1 or W10, and there are no W8, 8.1 or W10 drivers for the integrated AMD Radeon HD 4200 graphics adapter your PC has. So the only suggestion I can offer would be to try manually installing the graphics driver from your PC's support page as follows...We'll try the easy way first and if that doesn't work, we will then try the more advanced method. 1. Download and install the free file utility.  The 2nd item on the page is for 64 bit. http://www.7-zip.org/ 2.  After you install 7-Zip, download and save but do not run the graphics driver from your PC's support page. Original driver for the ATI Radeon 3000 and RS880 graphics solutions. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software11/COL33370/pv-82994-1/sp46332.exe 3. After you download and save the graphics driver, right click on it and select 7-Zip from the list of options. 4.  Have 7-Zip Extract to:  and let it extract the file into its folder name (sp46332). 5. Once 7-Zip has created the driver folder, go to the device manager, click to expand the Display Adapters device manager category. Click on the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter.   Click on the driver tab.  Click on Update Driver. Select the Browse my computer for driver software option, and browse to the driver folder 7-Zip created. Make sure the Include Subfolders box is checked and see if the driver installs that way. &nbs... Read more

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Hi everyone. I have installed Windows 8 onto my Inspiron 1501 notebook. The installation was good, but when I ran the digital adivsor for Media Center I receive an error message saying the display driver has to be updated. I looked in the device manager and the it is the microsoft basic display adapter. I cannot find a driver for the adapter. Is there a driver? I never heard of a microsoft basic display adapter. Any suggestions will be welcomed. deanie44

A:Microsoft basic display adapter

That laptop was only supported up until Vista, and the chipset it runs on (AMD IGP Xpress 1150) also only has drivers available for Vista and XP. You can try the Vista drivers, but I'm not sure how well they'll work:

Vista 32bit
Vista 64bit

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Just threw the consumer preview of windows 8 on an old desktop that was previously running 7, and now I can't get it to recognize my graphics card. It's just an integrated AMD chip, the Radeon X200. I found a copy of the legacy drivers for vista online and ran the installer in compatibility mode, but it won't install the drivers because windows will not pick up the card at all and this microsoft basic display adapter is all that shows up in device manager for display adapters. If need be I have a radeon x1650 pro PCIe card I can install, but would prefer to just get the integrated X200 chip working properly if possible. Right now the resolution is awful and anything that requires even the slightest bit of hardware acceleration runs like a dog. How can I fix this problem?

A:Microsoft Basic Display Adapter

Also this is a full install, not a virtual machine. Just ran the upgrade from 7 ultimate, didn't wipe and do a clean install.

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I have installed windows 8.1 on my Dell dimension 9150. I have all of the drivers apart from my graphics card driver because it isn't supported in Windows 8.1.

Is is there any way I can set the resolution to 1366x768 without a driver?

A:Microsoft basic display adapter, 1366x768?

Short of getting a video card that's supported by Win 8.1, no.

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I recently bought a pretty old, upgraded desktop that came running Windows 8. It's fine for what I need but I can't find the ancient Radeon 1200 graphics card in device manager. I'd only really need it so my son can play some basic games that work on another even older PC I use. I know it's unlikely being so old but can anyone please tell me if there is there a fix at all for this? Thanks

A:Am I stuck with Microsoft basic display adapter?

You sure are. AMD stopped putting driver's out for HD 4000 series and prior video cards before Windows 8 was released.

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NVIDIA WINDOWS 10 JULY 2016Does Windows 10 have an upgrade for display adapter or game driver. Have tried to update basic display adapter already. Looking for software from Microsoft or other place that will cause game and other computer performance to function properly. Which Nvidia or other software can I use with this. HP does not have software update for Windows 10 Drivers that I could find.OPERATING SYSTEM & COMPUTER SPECS.HP Compaq Presario- CQ 5320F (Model # AY030AA-ABL-CQ5320F) (April 2010 purchase)Windows 7 Home Premium (original software with computer)(Windows 10 Home free download July 2016)Processor: AMD Athlon? II X 2 240 Processor 2.80 GHZ (2 cores)Memory; (RAM) 3 GBGrahpics: NVIDIA Geforce 6150SE nforce 430Gaming Graphics: 1407 MB Total available graphics memoryPrimary hard disk: 391 GB Free(455GB Total) February 2016: 64 bit 1 terabit Seagate hard drive replaced original crashed westgate 500GB hard drive( reinstalled Windows Home Premium software into new hard drive until Windows 10 Home freeupdate July 9, 2016Display Adapterdriver version: X version: 9 or betterSystem Type: 64 bit Operating System, x64-based processorJuly 2016 After Free Windows 10 DownloadDevice ManagerIEE ATA/ATAPI ControllersNvidia Driver Version Date: 2009-08-04Digital Signer: Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility PublisherDriver File Details: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\nvstor64.sysAll other driver files say system 32Second Listing under IEE AT... Read more


Hi: See this thread, and use the applicable nvidia graphics driver posted (32 or 64 bit as applicable). http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Video-Display-and-Touch/NVIDIA-GeForce-6150SE-nForce-430-chipse...

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I am trying to run Android Emulator using Genymotion on my Windows Server 2012 R2 machine.

I am getting following error:

Unable to start virtual device.
To start virtual device make sure your Video Card Supports OpenGL 2.0 & update the drivers.
Details: Failed to create framebuffer image (error:15)

I have DirectX11 installed on my PC & it doesn't have a GPU/Graphics Card.
I checked for the Display Adapter of my pc & its shows following:
Microsoft Basic Display Adapter


In property window of display adapter, I went to Drivers tab & even updated the drivers, but still, the issue persists.

Kindly, let me know, why am I facing the issue & the resolution for same.
Let me know, whether Microsoft Basic Display Adapter supports OpenGL 2.0 & How do I get rid of this issue?
Let me know in case you need additional details.

Sachin R. Chavan.

Sachin R. Chavan.

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Could anybody help to change Fixed Basic Display Adapter resolution?

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I've got a hp pavilion 550-136na and have put in an msi nvidia GeForce GTX 660 graphics card. I got it second hand so it didn't come with the installation disk.Anyway, I've fitted it properly, all the fans are spinning as they should and I've even upgraded my psu to a corsair CM500x which should give me plenty of juice to run the card.When I go to look on device manager it shows up as Microsoft basic display adapter however when I go to update the driver it labels itself as my new card!To make matters worse when I plug my hdmi cable into the gpu I get no signal.My question is - how do I get my pc to recognise that there is a new card? I need to install the drivers but without it being detected the software keeps saying there's hardware available.

A:Graphics card appears as basic display adapter

Update :- at the end part I was meant to say ".... Being detected the software keeps saying there's no hardware available."

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Good day.
I got a new PC, I installed windows 10 home edition, It worked fine until windows did update VGA adapter then it became unusable, I needed everytime to restore system to get it worked and loose anything I worked time after restore is created, I checked vga card and found it Microsoft Basic Display Adapter, My vga adapter card is built in on gigabyte motherboard with no information on drivers.

I need help to resolve this issue, I am attaching hwinfo of my Pc and waiting for kind help.

Specification file is attached.


A:Microsoft Basic Display Adapter driver issue

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Frustratingly, unless I use the Microsoft basic display adapter, I can't change my brightness. However, I can't use HDMI with this driver.

Has anyone else experienced this problem?

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    I recently bought a GTX 675M to replace my old one which was a GTX 675M as well, I checked on GPU-Z and it shows the following in the attached file, I've tried re-installing windows to no avail, I also tried doing DDU from safe boot also tried modding my Driver Files which I probably did wrong I also tried updating from the device manager. Right now I'm going to try it on windows 7 Home premium but before I do that I want to get more input. 

A:NVIDIA GTX 675M being read as Microsoft Basic Display Adapter

I might not be getting the picture right, but if the Nvidia driver shows in the device manager, it wouldn't matter much what CPUID calls it.
OTOH, if you just have a generic driver installed, then by all means, that needs to be fixed.

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I have an old noname custom-built laptop which has the following hardware:

Intel 855 mobile chipset (the desktop equivalent is 865, socket 478)
Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz socket 478 CPU
Intel 855G graphics adaptor
Realtek AC'97 audio

Since the graphics card is too old, I cannot install Intel's XP drivers. If I do, after next reboot they are considered outdated and they always change to Standard VGA Graphics Adapter, which of course supports no Aero and no 3D.

After trying many registry tricks to enable aero without success, I gave up. All these tricks need a WDDM graphics driver and they are meant to enable aero in Windows Vista Home Basic WITH an WDDM driver installed. Since I used Standard VGA Graphics Adapter none would work. The same would be true if I could install latest Windows XP drivers, but then I would at least have some DirectX functionality.

When Windows 8 Developer Preview was released, I tested it in a similarly old laptop which had no WDDM drivers for its old ATI graphics card. But Windows 8 install Microsoft Basic Display Adapter instead of Standard VGA graphics adapter, which IS WDDM! Then I tried to copy all the relevant files (INF and DLLs) for the driver from Windows 8 in order to install it in Windows 7. Unfortunatelly installation fails, as it tries to install a service and cannot do that for some reason Anyone else that managed to use the Microsoft Basic Display Adaptor driver in Windows 7 or has seen anything relevant on the Internet... Read more

A:Installing Basic Display Adapter WDDM driver from Windows 8 into 7

You would just have to suck up and install the original OS that came with the pc.

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I have updated my windows 8.1 to Windows 10 . But my intel HD graphics driver/Microsoft Basic Display Adapter is missing in the DeviceManager. How can I enable again the driver for using 3 displays(2 external monitors)?I have search for BIOS but the BIOS seems like doesn't have the option to choose Nvidia Optimus for switchable Display adapter. here is my Computer Specs and the Device Manager.I have tried to downlaod the Intel VGA driver from Lenovo IdeaPad Y400 page. But it shows this error. Does anyone can help me please?

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I'm having a really annoying issue where the only working driver I can use is the "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter". Every single other driver I have tried will all cause me to experience BSOD and the error message "Display Driver Has Stopped Responding". The issue appeared a month ago and it has took me up until yesterday to single it down to be a driver issue and not some kind of hardware fault.

My graphics card is a Sapphire R9 280x and so I use AMD Catalyst Drivers. The issue first came about when updating to 15.7.1 back when I was on Windows 7. I updated to Windows 10 to see if this would resolve my error but it still persisted exactly as it did before. So far I have tried using 15.7, 15.7.1, 15.8 beta and I have even tried just using the driver that Windows will install for my graphics card and all of these cause the errors I mentioned before. Using the basic driver allows me to watch videos and browse the internet fine however games are unplayable as the FPS is between 1-10 when usually it would be 60-120.

I am desperate to find a solution to this as I am just starting university tomorrow and I really miss being able to play games with my friends.

Any suggestions will be welcomed as I am willing to try anything at this point.

A:Can only use "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter" as my graphics driver

Both of these articles say similar stuff you tried and some may have to try.
How old is the card ? Was it always in this PC listed in specs ? Nice motherboard and CPU, what size wattage PSU do you use, not listed ?

This the card, needs 750w PSU, wow ! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202061


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I Just downgraded my computer from windows 10 to windows 8.1 and when i go to device manager it says microsoft basic display adapter but my computer's graphics card name is Ati Mobillity Radeon x1300. Can Someone please give me a Ati mobillity radeon x1300 driver download for windows 8.1? Thanks!

A:Device Manager Saying "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter"

Doubt you will find a 8.1 or 10 driver for a display chip that old.

EDIT: You can try Vista or 7 drivers in compatibility mode as described here: Radeon x1300 and windows 8 - Microsoft Community

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When I try to change my video adapter the only option I get is Microsoft Basic Display Adapter.

I have a Nvidia Geforce Go 7400

Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 32-bit
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Latitude D820
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A10
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T7400 @ 2.16GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz

A:Windows can only find "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter"

You may need to use drivers from Dell, if they've customized the device ID of the graphics adapter.

Unfortunately, the latest drivers offered at support.dell.com are for Vista. They may be worth a try. (Win8 is supposed to be able to use WDDM 1.0 drivers.) Try the installation troubleshooting compatibility mode if they won't install by themselves.

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So I have a dell desktop and it says drivers not installed. So I have a Radeon x1300 graphics card but no video controller driver and no pci serial port driver. Along with being unable to update display adapter

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Hi folks,

Today I've been having a few problems with the PC. This morning I could get it to boot, I just had a black screen, which was solved by re-seating the graphics card. This afternoon, I heard windows 10 giving that "new hardware dectected" beep and then locking up. I could still move my mouse and hear sound, but couldn't click anywhere on the screen. I powered it down using the case switch, then it refused to turn back on - it got as far as the windows logo, but then the screen went black and keyboard lights died. Eventually windows 10 put me into safe mode and I was able to scrub the graphics drivers and re-install them.
When I got back into windows, I discovered in the Device Manager a new "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter". Looking in the event log, this was apparently installed last night. I have not changed the hardware in my PC and am rather concerned about it. I have it disabled - if I uninstall it, on the next scan for new hardware it picks it up again.

Any ideas? Thanks

A:New "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter"

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So I recently Installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my alienware m17x laptop and I can't get it to recognize my graphics card. I have Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M and Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9100 Processor. Every game I try to run is slow as hell. Does anyone know how to fix this?
Sorry if not providing enough information, kind of new here.

A:Windows Basic Display Adapter on Windows 8


32 or 64 bit Windows?

If 32, I can mod an inf for you to install latest driver.

If 64, I can still do it but then you'd have to sign it (I never have been arsed how to but it's easy) or disable driver enforcement permanently or at boot.

What is your hardware id? Right click the Basic Adapter in device manager, Properties, Details tab. Change the dropdown to say Hardware ids. Copy/paste the results here and please do not use a screenshot instead.

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Brand new user.

a. The new PC came with McAfee anti virus.
Should I use it ?

Is it as good as AVG, e.g., which I used on my old W7 PC ? Use them both ?

b. And, how do I turn on the "Defender" anti virus which I understand is part of
the W10 package ?

Would it interfere with McAfee or AVG ? How good is it ?

c. How do I turn on the Firewall; I'm assuming there is one like in W7 ?

Much thanks,

A:New W10 User Questions (Basic Questions, Please)

McAfee, AVG and Defender are all anti-virus programs and you should only run one. In fact Defender will get turned off when another one is installed.

Right click the Start button and select Control Panel.

Then select Security and Maintenance and under Security it will show your the status of the Firewall, Virus and Spyware and which program is running what.

Control panel also has links to Defender and Firewall.

That McAfee is a trial version and at some point you will have to buy it.


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Windows 7 EnterpriseSystem does not see or react to external display when connectedNothing displays when connectedExternal display says nothing connectedTried multiple dongles - same results
Other system that include a VGA connector work just fine to same external display.

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At the moment I am using Win 7 (Dell OEM) and still considering Win 10. However, there are a few basic questions that I would be grateful for answers to.

1) I have Windows updates set to 'ask before downloading'. The impression I get from the media and internet is that MS are pushing users to upgrade with all their might. However, I haven't had anything at all from MS. Is this just me? If I actually decided to download Win 10 I am presumably going to have to call MS - have you got a suitable link?

2) As noted above my Win 7 OS is the pre-installed Dell OEM version. Am I entitled to the free upgrade?

3) I understand that the free upgrade will end about July this year. Is it possible to download the upgrade now but only install it after the end of the free period?

4) Is there a site where I can check whether my current system - hardware and software - is compatible with Win 10?

5) I take it that the upgrade will not carry over any of my installed programs.

A:Some basic questions


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Hi all, my PC crashed last week, now I'm a laptop owner and brand new to Vista, so I'm also a newbie to the forum.
Firstly, after briefly scanning the forum topics I'm a little over whelmed by the techinical flavour of the forums in general and wonder if my basic questions will still be ok (insert non-geek icon )
I have a couple of basic questions which may already appear somewhere... but just where... ? perhaps someone might direct me.
Anyway here goes:

1 how do I view an icon or picture when browsing that has been replaced with that little red cross inside a tiny black box... some kind of restrictive browsing setting, but I'm unable to find the option to correct this. (I will need very specific navigation instructions...)
2 what is Blue tooth ?
3 my Vista Business Windows media player won't play my DVDs as installed, whats the simplest way for me to be able to play them?
I have more real hard ones like these but thats enough for you guys to work out right now

A:basic questions

ok so I just installed Flash Player and sorted Q. number 1. Cheers.

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Hi. i was just wondering, is video card the graphics card? if not how can i check what my video card is and how can i check what my sound car is? plz be specific, i'm very bad at computers

A:very basic questions - plz help

On the start menu goto Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager and you can see a list of cards and their drivers. You can also run some basic tests by double clicking an item and "Troubleshoot".

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Had this new Dell for about a month - delivered with Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 installed.
1st thing - made a system image disk set - using Dell utility.

2nd - Tried to make a rescue disk - Dell Utility looks for a USB drive greater than 100mg < 3 TB. instered 16 Gig thumb drive - NOPE - wants an eternal HDD! Win 7 utility - error message. ( don't remember it off hand, but I didn't get very far into kicking off the utility. )

3 - Win 7 updates - spent 24 hours downloading and "installing" umpteen updates - Important! Currently I have at least 220 failed update installs sitting in the 'update' window of the whatever utility wants me to download and install more important updates ( which also fail to install).

Current program installs on that machine ( not using it to type this ) are AVG and Firefox. nothing else so far. By the way - Firefox does run without problems ( although I should evidently be using an alternative browser in the near future.. )

I had one instruction to erase the update folder - well can't find an "Update" folder - where the hell does Win 7 store this stuff.? ->Then, do I have to download each one - one at a time, with a reboot each time, only to find out they didn't install?

My account is admin level, and neither I, nor the Administrator, are allowed to see what's in various folders, even though I believe I have system folders as " visible".

If this thing can't accomplish basic stuff, I'm really tempted ... Read more

A:New to Win 7 pro 64 - Serious basic questions

How was it when you 1st got it ?

You didn`t do ant updates when you got it ?

Is windows activated ?

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Okay, I'm modifying an HP Pavilion P6-2107C and am re-using hardware from an old Media Center WinXP PC.

This new PC uses Windows 7 and is currently stock. The info is in my profile and the board won't let me post the HP link to my product specs.

Anyway, what I'd really love to do is use the audio and video interfaces from that old PC.

Trouble is, it only has 1 PCI-E X16 and 3 PCI-E x1 slots.

Since I'm using the stock graphics card, can I use the PCI-E x16 slot to install my old PCI Coax in/out card? Does that even work?

If not, is there an adapter that will allow me to plug an old PCI cards into one of my USB 3.0 or 2.0 ports?

Any help would be greatly appreciated - thanks!

Pax, harmonia,

Brian G. Philbin

A:Basic PCI vs. PCI-E questions

You can try something like this.

Amazon - StarTech.com PCI Express to PCI Adapter Card (PEX1PCI1)
Newegg - StarTech PCI Express to PCI Adapter Card Model PEX1PCI1
The PCI card will not work in a PCIe card slot without an adapter.

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PCIe usage:

PCIe x1, x4, and x8 will work in a PCIe x16 card slot.
PCIe x4 has pinouts to detect PCIe x1, and x4 cards.
PCIe x8 has pinouts to detect PCIe x1, x4, and x8 cards.
PCIe x16 has pinouts to detect PCIe x1, x4, x8, and x16 cards.
If the backside of the card slot (for instance x1) is open, you can use faster cards (for instance x4, x8,or x16) but the card will only run at the speed of the card slot (x1).

I know a guy that cut away the x4, x8, x16 pins to use a graphics card in a x1 card slot. It was an extra card laying around so he didn't care about physical damage and he only had extra PCIe x1 card slots available. He wanted the card for a special project he was involved in. I was surprised when I read that it was successful.


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Some basic computer questions here.

What is the difference of businesses laptop than non business laptop? If you go Dell web site or Lenovo so on they have section for home use and business. What is the difference between the two computer?

Do business computers have more RAM and hard drive space than home use? Can you buy business computer and use it for home use from say Dell, HP or Lenovo and so on.

Also what is difference when you see computer listed has open box vs refurbished computer? Can open box or refurbished computer be two or three years old? Reason why I ask I seen some Intel Core 2 Duo!!!! Yes Intel Core 2 Duo. This listed has refurbished computer.

Does this mean the computer it self is that old? The Intel Core 2 Duo where around before year 2010 so does that mean the computer is over 7 years old. If so why is it listed has refurbished? Or the computer been used for 7 years and now listed has refurbished.

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Question 1 please. When I move abroad (Philippines) from Oman shortly, do I have to have my computer set up in any different way once I am there, or do i just plug in and carry on?

And No 2. How do I put all my computer info/files etc on to hard disc as a security measure and will any type of CD do the job?

Many thanks. John

A:Two Basic Questions For Those Who Know!

Hi John.Voltage is 220v-240v standard. Some hotels have 110v for us dumb americans. Outlets on the walls, by american standards, are weird looking. Buy your adapter there if needed. I don't know what they look like in Jordan but here is an example for the Philippines.Anything you take with you as far as your system is concerned obviously doesn't change. Backing up your data isn't an issue with the stuff you already have. You will run across some issues with any new equipment you purchase there though.An example would be DVD region coding. If you currently have a home dvd player (not computer), it is most likely region 2 locked and will not play a store bought dvd movie purchased in the Philippines as they are region 3. Blank media doesn't apply of course. As far as your internet provider and physical modem connection is concerned, I'm clueless. And No 2. How do I put all my computer info/files etc on to hard disc as a security measure and will any type of CD do the jobBurn your data files on any cd\dvd you want. I'll assume you already know how to do that. Pretty basic stuff. If it were me, I'd also do a complete system backup on a secondary drive in case your computers HD is damaged in transit.

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or at least i figure they are pretty easy.....

I am used to using a HDD that is ATA/IDE (whatever) and have used the one cable to connect both HDD and DVD drive. I am going to change over to a SATA HDD, and was wondering a few things...

1. Can i use the same cable i have been using (for the DVD drive) even though there will now be an end that is not connected to anything or do i need to get a single device cable instead?

2. What do i set my jumpers for on the DVD drive now? leave alone or change them to be something else (i thinks its set to cable select now)

3. For the SATA drive, what do i put jumpers set to?

4. for SATA drive does it make any difference which of the four MOBO connection i use? do i need to use Number 1 or any? and why?

Please respond to my simple but honest questions....

A:a few basic questions..

1. Yes

2. It depends. If the jumpers are on cable select now they can probably stay that way.

3. No master/slave jumpers on SATAs. There are sometimes jumpers to limit drive size and to make SATA2 drives work with older SATA1 MBs. Don't mess with them unless you are having a problem. If so post here.

4. What is your MB or system brand and model.

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hi i know im being foolish but i have several basic questions :-

1)why do we need a special software for the server. i mean, isnt the server another computer like the others ?

2)what are dynamic html and static html pages ? why r they differently processed in the server/client(im not 2 sure where)?

3)what is jsp and what does it do ?

4)what is a java servlet and what does it do ?

5)what is an apache server( i just know tht it is some software to make r computer run like a server )? what does it do?
also, why is it different from jakarta tomcat(what the hell is it) ?

i'd really appreciate if somebody can answer my questions.

A:basic questions

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The computer I'm using has several iexplore running in Task Manager, with one or zero real internet Explorers running. I've read a few threads on here that indicate this is because of malware.

This computer is my relative's and in a couple of weeks her new computer will arrive. I had already intended to reformat this HD and reinstall Windows, thinking that was why this machine is so darn slow.

Here are the really basic questions:
As we move her data from this computer to the other, will we be transferring the malware? Probably, right? Should I get set up to provide a Hijackthis log to you?

If it turns out that I do not need to remove the malware for data transfer, then will reformatting the hard drive make everything ok?

I realize these are very basic questions, thank you for your tolerance!

(By the way, the computer has had Norton antivirus on it since it was bought.)

A:Really basic questions about malware

Hello and Welcome to TSF.

I've replied to some of your queries below, in blue.



The computer I'm using has several iexplore running in Task Manager, with one or zero real internet Explorers running. I've read a few threads on here that indicate this is because of malware.

If there are no instances of Internet Explorer running, then Task Manager should not typically be showing any.Note that IE8 will create more than one instance of iexplore.exe at a time. I currently have two showing. One IE window. If I open another tab in IE8, that number goes up to 3. Another tab, another iexplore. You can read more about IE8 here


This computer is my relative's and in a couple of weeks her new computer will arrive. I had already intended to reformat this HD and reinstall Windows, thinking that was why this machine is so darn slow.

Here are the really basic questions:
As we move her data from this computer to the other, will we be transferring the malware? Probably, right?

It's possible, depending on what type of infection is involved, or what data is transferred. If you focus on only transferring documents and pictures, that should be fine. If you do a clone of the current drive, or simply transfer everything on the machine, then the likelihood of transferring infected files increases. Cleaning a machine ahead of a format seems an expense of time not needed if you... Read more

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How do you do a hard drive search in Windows 7? How do you explore? How do you get to the option of opening all folders in the same window or each in its own window?

Thanks for any help!

A:Basic questions about using Windows 7

About the best way of getting answer to many question is the Forum Tutorial Section at the top of ever page. It's a great place to learn many things about Windows 7.


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I've got a home network with based on D-Link DIR-655 router, its IP address is, mask is and it has disabled DHCP or any firewalls.

I have three computers in this network, two of them use Windows 7 Ultimate and the last, and old, one - Windows XP Professional.

Network group name is "HOME" on every PC.

I have some basic questions:

- why do I see this, while there's no user password on any PC and password sharing is turned off (along with this funny Homegroup feature killing all connections to XP):

- why it's so hard to make a normal, working LAN consisting of mixed (XP and Seven) PCs? I just love Seven, but all the new "improvements" in Sharing section are pretty frustrating,

- I guess there's no possibility of joining a Homegroup with Windows XP? And why, the hell, Homegroup always needs/generates a password:

I'm looking for simple answers, because I don't want to create new password-protected user account just for sharing purposes.

A:Some basic questions about Seven & XP sharing.

Read this:

File Sharing - Between XP and W7 (and vice versa)

Note: You have to use a workgroup, not a homegroup on seven.

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This will probably be basic, novice question, but my experience lies within software instead of hardware...

I need to replace the motherboard in my Compaq notebook (Presario 18XL), or so say the folks at CompUSA anyway. According to them, the part itself will run somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000. Iím convinced that there has to be a cheaper solution outside of the OEM part ordered directly from Compaq. Unfortunately, I donít have a clue how to find out which boards may be compatible with my system. Is there anyone that could help me out, by chance? Any easy-to-use sites that might be of interest?

Thanks a ton for your help!!

A:The most basic of motherboard questions...

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I am getting a new laptop for Christmas and will be using Win 7 64bit for the first time.

I've been using Win XP and since I was the only one using the laptop, I only had an admin account which I now know is a big no-no.


I will be creating an admin account and a user account with UAC for my personal laptop.

1. What will I use the admin for?
2. Which account do I install and run virus/malware scans?
3. which account do i make system restores?
4. which account do I uninstall the bloatware from?
5. What actually happens if my user account gets messed up with malware etc? Does that mean my admin is still clean and perfect?
6. Will the user account be able to see network places and share with my external HD?
7. What are some of the first things to update when i turn it on for the first time? Is there a proper way to install all of the windows updates? Do i do them all at one time or restart after each install?

Maybe just a little run down on the basics. I appreciate any do's and don'ts as this is a new computer and I want to do everything right at the start.

Thanks so much

A:New laptop with Win 7 and some basic questions

Quote: Originally Posted by janeydoll

I am getting a new laptop for Christmas and will be using Win 7 64bit for the first time.

I've been using Win XP and since I was the only one using the laptop, I only had an admin account which I now know is a big no-no.


I will be creating an admin account and a user account with UAC for my personal laptop.

1. What will I use the admin for? Installing elevated level apps
2. Which account do I install and run virus/malware scans? any user
3. which account do i make system restores? any user
4. which account do I uninstall the bloatware from? any user
5. What actually happens if my user account gets messed up with malware etc? (use admin to clean or create a new user)
Does that mean my admin is still clean and perfect? (possibly but not probably)
6. Will the user account be able to see network places and share with my external HD? (YES)
7. What are some of the first things to update when i turn it on for the first time? Is there a proper way to install all of the windows updates? Do i do them all at one time or restart after each install? (your call some install all some one at a time. be sure to have a restore point)

Maybe just a little run down on the basics. I appreciate any do's and don'ts as this is a new computer and I want to do everything right at the start.

Thanks so much

It really is your call, and depends on how you use it and what you run. I personally r... Read more

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I just dusted off my xp professional disc I bought way back in october 2001 and installed it in my multi-partition system. After a little figuring out and reloading I finally got it to cooperate with bootmagic.
Well, anyway, I guess I am sort of a new XP user now. After using ME for quite a while I wanted to know some things about how to configure XP that didn't seem so simple to find in the help.

1. When I set up profiles for different people, how do I get a program I load to the administrator profile (or another) to show up in the start menu's of certain other users? It only seems to show up on the profile it is loaded on and no shortcuts to it exist in any other profile. I'm sure this is one of those stupid questions that is easiest to answer. In the past I have always used partition and bootmagic with ME to just give each person their own OS but XP doesn't seem to like this sort of thing.

2. I find the popup messages, particularly the ones in the lower right of the screen to be annoying. When I do the "hide notifications" feature then it gets smart with me and pops up a message to tell me I've hidden my popups (duh!!!). I am the sort of person that does not like interruptions and reminders-even little ones and would like an OS that just shuts up and does what its told; I get enough backtalk from the kids already, lol.

3. Is there any way to shut off the "ambience" in the media player? I don't like it either. I am curent... Read more

A:basic xp configuration questions

I do believe that Tweak UI will take care of those things for you, and welcome back to the future...

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I would like to start using profiles in Firefox but have some questions. I setup Firefox so that before it starts it ask you what profile you would like to start, but I do not like this.

Is there any addon or some other way that I cam make it so that it will load the default profile, then when loaded I can change the profile?

Is there anyway that I can set a password for profiles?

All-in-all I would say that the Firefox community really needs some good addons for working with profiles...

Thanks for your time

A:Basic Profile questions...

So that is a no then? Or are the questions not as basic as I had thought?

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Really showing my ignorance here, but please bear with me.

a. When going from my Comcast modem (broadband) to the input of a new
PC, I guess I will need a Cat 5e cable.

Do I want the "Crossover" type ?

(if not, just so I can learn, how and where is a "Crossover" type used ?)

b. Is a "Cat 5e" cable considered an Ethernet Cable ?

c. In a while I'll get a Router. But in the meantime would like to share the Comcast
modem between two PC's in the same room. BUT, not at the same time.

Looked, but couldn't find any.
Might anyone know of a A/B type of simple mechanical switch I could use ?
(Mfg. and Model ?)

Much thanks,

A:A Few Very Basic Questions Re a Cat 5e Cable

Hi Bob, I hope I can answer some of your question.
Yes Cat 5e cable is an ethernet cable. you dont need a crossover cable as its mainly used to connect hubs and routers. Ethernet crossover cable - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is what you need to connect 2 PC's to the comcast modem; Belkin : 4-Port Router

You can search ebay for cheap prices.

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Hi folks

I have two pc's that I generally use throughout the day. My home desktop and my work laptop.

They are both connect to the web via my BT Homehub box. Both wireless.

I have a printer connected to the desktop and an external 250Gb HDD.

I want to be able to share both the printer and the external HD with my work laptop.

Can somebody point me in the right direction as to what I need to be doing to get this working.

I have tried to share the harddrive by right clicking and going to sharing and security but cannot see the drive from my work laptop??

Any help greatly received. Thanks

A:Basic networking questions: help please

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Will blame my inability to figure this out on my age now.
Would be most grateful for any help.
New PC; trying to get everything set up.

Boy, it sure is different than my old one with XP.

a. During the first turn-on, it asked for a Password, which I assigned.
I really don't want a Password for it; it's fine for anyone in the family to use it.
How do I get rid of the Password, and have it just start automatically ?

b. In XP, I set up two "accounts" (I think this is the right word for them)
One was called Bob (me), and one was called Steve (son).
When the PC first started there were two icons showing; one labeles Bob, and one labeled Steve. Depending on who was using, each of us therefore had their selectable "own side" of the PC, etc. Anything equiv. in Windows7.

How do I implement this kind of thing for two users, please ?

c. In Windows Explorer in XP, you could click on My Computer\ and a Drive
Letter to see what is in it. Is there anything equivalent to this in Windows7 ?

d. My new LG 2053TQ Monitor I have hooked up with the DIV Digital cable.
I read somewhere that the default in W7 is for VGA. Having all sorts of Monitor problems; no OSD screen, etc. So, I better check if it is set for VGA ?
How and where is this option ?

Again, thank you very much for the help.
Great Forums; glad I found you all.
Thanks again,

A:Sr. Citizen Basic Questions, Please

Hi Robert,

Here are a few Seven Forums tutorial that will help with these issues.

a. Password is a security measure, have a look at these:
type 'User Accounts' in the search box enter click 'Remove your Password'
Log On Automatically at Startup

b. You can set up accounts: User Accounts

You can add as many user accounts as you need.

c. In explorer you can scroll up then click on 'Computer' and all your hard drives and partitions will be listed.

d. With more information about your computer I can help with this. Try this free system information program.
SIW - System Information for Windows

Seven Forums tutorials covers just about anything you might want/need to do:

Let us know if you have any more questions.

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I have some basic questions that I would greatly appreciate some guidance on:

(1) Through Computer Management and my registry I have permanently disabled all administrative shares but cannot disable the IPC$ share. How do I disable this share?

(2) Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser 1.2.1 tells me that it cannot determine if patch MS05-009 (Vulnerability in PNG Processing .. ) has been installed. I thought that the Windows Update site will take care of all patches, or do I need to go through and manually check patches? If so, how should I do this?

(3) In Windows XP Professional I have tried to enable CRT+Alt+DEL login (instead of welcome sceen) by making the registry change suggested in Microsoft's 5 Minute Security Advisor (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/archive/community/columns/security/5min/5min-103.mspx) but it does not work. Is there another way?

(4) Apparently I should rename the administrator account, but in Windows XP professional I canít see a way to do this Ö How is it done?

(5) How do I find out about any failed login attempts?

(6) My DSL-504 modem/router responds to pings Ė I have contacted tech support and they cannot help. Any recommendations on a hardware firewall? Ideally I would like a firewall with the absolute maximum security possible ...

Thanks In Advance

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Hi all. I have a desktop PC upstairs and my daughter just got a "new" used desktop PC for her room downstairs. I know I need a router to hook them both up to the internet. Just not sure what to look for in a router. I will be getting a wireless router, even tough I will be useing ethernet cables to hook it up. They are already there. About all we do is read e-mail, surf the net, and stream movies and music. And the connection "HAS" (her quote, not mine!) to be fast enough to play online games like on pogo.com. Those are pretty basic games though. I dont think I need a "N" router, but Im not sure. I also think a "G" would be pretty slow. So I am thinking about a "G+". Any thought? Also, since I will be useing a wired wireless, will that affect the speeds at all? And, if it matters, we have DSL through SBC, Yahoo, something or other.

A:Basic Router Questions.

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Hi there,Recently i had bought a second hand T400 (Type ID : 7417CTO   ) with windows installed in it.  So far the system is fine, but I have few question eventually to ask and understand.1) I realized that this model also din't comes with Bluetooth module.  If i intended to purchase from outside, is it compatible with the connector ?2) My company requires to use a smart card reader (PCMCIA Card Bus), but once i inserted this reader into the system, windows only detected as "PCMCIA MTD 002".  I had searched around forum and one of the Microsoft guy suggested that this could be BIOS unable to allocate memory for the device.  Can u guys verified this ? The SmartCard reader is equipped with IC NCN6000 from ON semiconductor.Thanks.

A:T400 - Some basic questions

The bluetooth module for this model is 42T0969, but many or most of the models not configured with bluetooth don't have the connector on the LCD cable.  You need to pull off the LCD bezel to check.  Models with integrated smart card use a different express card slot 42X4992.

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