System Recover

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Gcapman, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Gcapman


    So I was downloading something and then I got some virus

    Had to reboot my Sony Vaio to factory settings

    Everything is fine except that my PC will not recognize my graphics card (I don;t know the brand/model number)

    I use 2 monitors but it is only recognizing 1

    Please help! I want my old 2 monitor set-up back :(

    EDIT: it is recognizing the VGA controller (I am getting the Found New Hardware and is asking for the original CD) but I don't have the original CD that it came with
  2. Is this a desktop or laptop?

    You got to know what graphics card you have. If it is a desktop, shutdown the PC and open up the chassis. Unplug the graphics card. The make and model info are usually presented in some small print stickers (or some are etched onto the circuit board).

    Once you know the make/model, you can probably find the driver available for download on the web.
  3. Sometimes on boot up the graphics card model appears on screen for a few seconds.
  4. Code7


    To find out what hardware you have...

    - in the Device Manager (devmgmt.msc), double click on the unknown device

    - go to Details and look up the Device Instance ID

    - it will say something like PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_10D3

    - enter your PCI vendor code (like 8086), device code (10D3) at
  5. Gcapman


    Thanks everyone for their great advice!

    Got the 2nd monitor up and running........... :D