First off here are my computer specs:
Computer Type: Dell XPS 410
OS: Windows 7
Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
RAM: 3.0 GB
Video Card: ATI RADEON X850 Series
Before I start this off, I know my desktop is old, and so is the video card. However, I believe I'm missing something that's making my video card not operate correctly. So recently my nvidia graphics card I was using started to make my computer freeze up or crash. So I took it out and put the video card in that I listed above. When I go in the device manager, it shows up that it display drivers is there and installed. However, when I right click on the desktop to go to the screen resolution, the display monitor shows up as Sync Master (bunch of letters and numbers). I click detect, and on the pull down menu it lists the RADEON graphics card, but it won't let me select it. I have been to the AMD website to download the drivers, which are only for vista, but I would assume that's the latest drivers installed already. I have uninstalled the graphics card driver, and windows update has reinstalled the drivers upon restarting. I've gone into the BIOS setup and changed the option from PEG to PCI to see if that would work, still nothing. I couldn't get the ATI Catalyst to download, which is used to be able to control the options of the graphics card itself. I know something isn't working properly, because when I startup a game like counter strike, I get 10 fps at the loading screen, where I use to get 100. Something is up. I know that's a lot of jargon, and I can further explain or provide additional information if needed, but that's it in a nutshell. I guess what I'm seeking advice for is on how to know and make sure the computer is using the graphics card I have installed, and not the motherboard graphics card...as well as how to make sure I have the most up to date drivers for my graphics card and be able to use a control panel for said graphics card.
Thanks in advance for your help. I truly appreciate it!
Edited by d3coy, 08 October 2019 - 11:31 PM.