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Windows can only find "Microsoft basic display driver"

  1. #1

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Windows can only find "Microsoft basic display driver"

    Hi Guys

    Just bought Win8 from their web page and upgraded my win7.

    My problem is that I'm stuck with a hopeless resolution because I can't install any display drivers.

    As the headline says : Windows can only find "Microsoft basic display driver". When I try to install Nvidia drivers I get the "installation cannot continue" message.

    I seriously doubt that it's hardware fault - it worked perfectly before the update to win´8.

    Sometimes in the properties for the screen driver, the chiptype is listed as Nvidia, and sometimes it just says N/A...


    1. Intel core i3
    2. Mobile Intel® HM55 Express chipset
    3. NVIDIA® GeForce GT425M Graphics

    Here's what I've done - besides googleing for the past 5 hours...:
    Updated intel chipset
    Tried the guide here: How to Fix NVIDIA Driver Update Installer Error - YouTube ---- this got me a little further but as soon as it tries to access my tv the installation dies (the time of a gfx installation where the screen flickers)
    Removed the windows driver.
    Uninstalled old nvidia drivers.

    Hopefully someone has an idea or solution to this, because frankly, this sucks!


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  2. #2

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro

    Hi Wizz

    I had this exact issue with my asus laptop, would use the intel hd3000, but my nvidia card showed as MBDD. It took me about 2 weeks of digging thru Nvidia's website, and other sources, but eventually got it to work.

    In the end i had to uninstall the device, restart, and then install the nvida driver.

    You dont state if its a Laptop or Desktop, however this is the driver i used, and got it working.


    Here is the desktop version


    hopefully that helps

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  3. #3

    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Make sure you have the right drivers - the links above should work.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro

    I made the mistake a few times of grabbing the wrong drivers, i had just gone from using desktop to a laptop when i started using windows 8 RC.

    Sad thing is I work in an IT Department
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  5. #5

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Thanks for the replies!

    Tried what's described above, but unfortunately no luck.

    I assume that I should use the notebook one since the 425M is a mobile card - even though its a desktop pc (it's a Asrock Vision3d HTPC)

    Add info:
    When I boot up it finds a standard driver... however... in the "information about the screen adapter" I have som fields which say "nvidia"
    Chip-type : nvidia
    DAC-type : nvidia cooperation
    card-string : Microsoft basic display adapter (I'm translating this from Danish so I'm not sure that's the English word)
    Bios info : GF108 10770002

    So it does know that it's a Nvidia?!

    I tried to boot up in safe mode, remove the driver and then install, but no luck.

    Are you sure you didn't add a little twist to what you did when you removed and installed the driver? ;-)

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  6. #6

    Check windows update for any optional updates, I was installed with Microsoft basic driver, yesterday while I was checking Windows update, I found my chipset driver in optional updates.
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  7. #7

    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Hi All

    So, tried all suggestions but no luck. Also I had a ticket with MS but the support guy suggested the same things as you did, so no luck there either.

    I ended up formatting my harddrive and re-installing windows and installing the original driver provided by Asrock when I bought the HTPC - I think it's version 270.xx or something (maybe earlier) - and this worked. I couldn't upgrade the driver to the newest one though.

    Found this which is close the problem. WHCL Certified video adapter driver not carried over when upgraded to Windows 8

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  8. #8

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    I had this problem as well. This is how is solved it: I was using a HP Pavillion notebook with AMD Radeon GPU.

    • dxdiag showed display was working OK with all direct X Features enabled, BUT graphics adpter name was Microsoft Basic Display Adapter and only showed 256 MB graphics memory instead of the 2GB in my Radeon Graphics adapter.
    • Device Manager showed display adapter 'working properly', but instead of 'AMD Radeon' as my adapter showed Microsoft Basic Display Adapter.
    • GPU-Z AND CPU-Z were all showing Microsoft Basic Display Adapter as my display adaptor.
    • The graphics drivers from dint work and graphics card was still not detected.


    1. I checked my notebook Specs from website and found that my notebook had AMD Radeon HD 8650M/8670M Dual GPU (1 GB DDR3 dedicated). This was the only way since device manager, dxdiag, system info, CPU-Z and GPU-Z were all showing Microsoft Basic Display Adapter as my adapter name!!
    2. I went to the amd site: Download Drivers , System: Notebook, Family: Radeon HD Series, Product: Radeon HD 8xxxM Series, OS: Windows 8
    3. Download Driver
    4. Install and finally worked.
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