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is there one for Win XP?

  • dxdiag, msinfo, etc do not show anything but 'generic VGA'
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The reason for seeing Generic VGA is because you do not have the correct graphics driver installed and are using the Windows default drivers.

I highly recommend you try GPU-Z, Whilst with drivers it is very accurate and can detect many manufacturers and models, without the correct drivers installed, it is 50/50 and I have had mixed results.

Next, I would try Speccy, but if GPU-Z fails, this most likely will not work.

If both of the above fail, a fool proof solution is to go to Device Manager then Double click on the Generic VGA icon and go to the Details tab then look for the long device ID which should look something similar to PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9612&SUBSYS_3656103C&REV_00 and Google it (or copy it to your question and you should get an answer).

The vendor IDs (for the most popular ones) are:

0x1002   ATI / AMD graphics
0x10DE   Nvidia
0x163C   intel
0x102B   Matrox
0x10A9   Silicon Graphics
0x5333   S3 Graphics Co., Ltd

For a full list of not just graphics vendors, look here

As for device ID, there are far too many to list. PCI Database has a good search tool, if this fails, try Google.

  • thanks, Speccy did not work as well. the reason i want to know the type of the card is to download the drivers ;) – webwesen Sep 4 '10 at 22:39
  • PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5B72&SUBSYS_0F031002&REV_00\4&123D6358&0&0110 googling for it brought me to ati2mtag.sys, so I went to ATI site and downloaded a Catalyst suite. will see how this goes after reboot – webwesen Sep 4 '10 at 22:50
  • yep - got my 1600x1050. thanks for help – webwesen Sep 4 '10 at 22:54
  • Brilliant, glad it worked! – William Hilsum Sep 4 '10 at 23:03
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Everest generally works for me although its not free, you can have a go with the trial version though.

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Mark I Eyeball. Open the case and look. There should be a label the will provide that information. Lacking a sticker, look for a block of information screened onto the card itself that will have part/model information.

  • lazy... hoped for a solution similar to Linux' lspci – webwesen Sep 4 '10 at 22:55
  • And MK-1 Iball doesn't always work. Some vendors are VERY reluctant to tell you or even let you see what's on the card (ie whole card heat spreader/fan shrouds). – hotei Sep 4 '10 at 23:37

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