Gateway700x,Windows7,VGA

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Why can't I get a Windows 7 VGA for this Gateway 700x?

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Two issues here.  Windows 7 may not support the onboard video card and never will.  Gateway has been using proprietary hardware on the their systems and because it is XP based it will not support being upgraded by to an new O/S because of no support.  You should be able to get a good video card and go away from the onboard card.  Windows 7 and even more so Windows 8 are graphics intensive and will require more ram than the older onboard cards can supply. 

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  • TomLiotta

    Please explain what you mean by "get a Windows 7 VGA". For that PC, "VGA" would have two basic meanings, and neither of them would be considered to have much to do with Windows 7. VGA should refer either to a video resolution of 640x480 or to the VGA output port. Both of those are more closely tied to the motherboard and its video chipset rather than to Windows 7.

    But you seem to be thinking of some different meaning. Perhaps you have upgraded to Windows 7 and something is going wrong with your video output...? Since that PC model is so old, it might be fortunate that Windows 7 even installed.

    Can you give more detail about your problem?

    Tom

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  • starimaan
    I'm not used to doing this, I don't even know how to respond, YET. till now I hope. IT says that I have no video controller installed, I can't find a generic or any thing that will install. I have a radeon 9200 agp in there and it will not install until I get a video controller installed, it seems. of coarse things aren't always what they seem
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  • TomLiotta
    My first look doesn't turn up any driver for the Radeon 9200 that supports Windows 7. (They might exist, but Vista is the latest OS listed.) It's possible that you'll need to add a video card and leave the built-in video behind. You can probably find cards in the $30 range that will work with the PC and support Windows 7. The whole PC should probably be left behind if Win7 is really needed. -- Tom
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  • starimaan
    Ok, thank you for your help, I think I'll go back to XP and be happy about it.
    enjoy all.
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  • TomLiotta
    Assuming that this is a system used for business, that is a very 'un-good' idea (to avoid saying 'bad'). When Windows XP goes off of Microsoft support in a few months, the system should already be established with a newer working OS. At that time, it will need to be fully isolated from any connection to the Internet. IT should enforce that. If it's a personal system rather than business, then your only risking personal information and assets for lack of a $30 upgrade. Of course, the PC is already stretching its reliability; so it might just fail on its own before then. -- Tom
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  • starimaan
    Thanks, I'll give this some time to process in my mind.
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