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Installing ForceWare 78.92 Driver with Modded INF


chicanowey

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Hello there,

I obviously need some help since I'm posting this. My problem is installing the driver onto my Alienware Area-51 m5500 mobile computer. See, I needed to get a driver for my Nvidia GeForce Go 6600 graphics card because my laptop is not using it. It's using the crappy Intel graphics card. This happened after I defragmented the (C:) drive. I downloaded the driver from you guys, and also saved the Modded INF into the 7892 folder to overwrite the original INF. I click on Setup, and I get the error

"nVidia setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware. Setup will now exit."

which I'm not supposed to get with the modded INF. I overwrote the INF many times over and still get the same error. Could one of you guys give me some help here?

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strange, your card is supported in the INF for ages. Can you post the NERD log pls?

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I needed to get a driver for my Nvidia GeForce Go 6600 graphics card because my laptop is not using it. It's using the crappy Intel graphics card.

I don't know the laptop you've got, but I'm assuming that somehow it can have 2 graphics cards at once. Can you see the nVidia one in Device Manager, If so, have you tried disabling the Intel card in Device Manager?

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I don't know the laptop you've got, but I'm assuming that somehow it can have 2 graphics cards at once. Can you see the nVidia one in Device Manager, If so, have you tried disabling the Intel card in Device Manager?

Or has the NVidia card been disabled by some alien power?

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Alright, here are my log files. I was looking all over for a long while to find out how to get these. :)

Yeah, supposedly this laptop holds two graphics cards, and there is supposed to be some way to switch between use with either one (though that was never clearly mentioned :) ) And no, strangely, I can't see the NVIDIA graphics card shown in the Device Managers. I also tried Add Hardware at the Control Panel to try to find it, and even there nothing for NVIDIA showed up. My guess is that, as zipper mentioned, it's probably been disabled, and I can't find out how to enable it at this point. Also to note, The Nvidia nView Desktop Manager, which works the with the Nvidia graphics card, doesn't start when I double-click to open it.

I know I didn't even touch the hardware, so I don't know why I can't see it not being detected anywhere. Another strange thing I saw was that - before I downloaded anything from here - the supposed Nvidia drivers were still listed in Add or Remove Programs.

LaptopVideo2Go_LogFile.zip

LapTopVideo2Go_RegInfo.zip

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From Alienware description of your laptop:

Graphics Control Technology

The Area-51 m5500 enables you to switch between standard and high performance graphics on demand with the flip of a switch. Depending on your performance needs for a particular application or task, you can switch between the Mobility Radeon X1600 or GeForce Go 6600 and Intel Media Accelerator Graphics. This user driven graphics innovation allows you to take full advantage of cutting-edge graphics when you demand high-performance while maintaining the freedom to switch to integrated graphics when battery life is most important.

This means that you should have a switch somewhere...

Reading the first review of your laptop:

To exploit the Alienware Area-51 m5500's ability to actively swap between the integrated Intel graphics and the NVIDIA GPU, you simply slide a switch on the front of the system with the notebook powered down. With the switch positioned to the left, the notebook uses the Intel IGP to maximize battery life. Should you wish to game or need some 3D horsepower, you can move this switch to the right to enable the GeForce Go 6600 module.

*clearing voice* *picking the BULLHORN*READ THE FREAKING MANUAL

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I looked at the manual and there was no clear indication to anything about the switch. If I had any way to show it, I would.

The only sliding switch I see is labeled "EXT. VGA" with "OFF" on left and "ON" to the right. Now, unless that is the switch...

Edit: Omg... Don't I feel like an idiot. -_- But it was all from that review you found. That button really was it. But it wouldn't have fixed my problem entirely. Even after it detected the hardware, the software had to be installed. If it wasn't for the driver you guys provided, I would have had to contact the manufacturer. And they charge for any kind of support... -_-

Thank you guys so much for the driver you provided. Before, I was looking back and forth between Alienware's and Nvidia's websites for drivers and found nothing. =/

So thanks. Now I know what this "EXT. VGA" thing is for. Lmao

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