Getting Around Windows 10 Graphics Controller Incompatibility In Older PC’s

This is primarily a desktop PC solution, but may be implemented in some notebook / laptop PC’s as well. This depends on the laptop make & model. Very few laptops have an expansion slot for improved graphics cards, which is required for this fix.

If all the rest of the hardware on a PC checks out as Windows 10 compatible via a reading of the Windows 10 system requirements, and the hardware check tool from Microsoft, but your video controller is incompatible with Windows 10, you may be able to do this.

Background: Windows 10 has a boatload of new code in it so that it can adapt to the screen size of the device it is running on. This operating system may be implemented on smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, all-in-one PC’s, or even smart TV’s. It needs to be able to work on all sizes of screens.

Because of this, the graphics controller chip or card must be able to support the new code. Some graphics controllers are too old to support the software, at a hardware level. They simply can’t run the necessary DirectX version. Devices that run Windows 10 for desktop editions must include a GPU that supports DirectX 9 or later, per Microsoft specifications for desktop operating system versions. Even with an updated driver, they just aren’t capable of running it. Others are no longer supported by the manufacturer, so the necessary driver software will never be written.

Microsoft doesn’t appear include graphics controller testing in their hardware check tool. You must manually investigate the compatibility of your Graphics Controller yourself. You’ll need to look up what make and model of graphics controller your system has. Usually these can be found online. CNET.com is usually pretty good for PC specifications for many makes and models. The manufacturer website may also be a good resource.

Once you know what graphics controller your machine is using, you’ll need to research online whether it is supported for Windows 10. Even if all the rest of your PC hardware meets all the Windows 10 system requirements, if your graphics controller is incompatible, upgrading is likely to cause you a lot of grief with hangs, freezes, and the dreaded blue screen of death. This is because instructions your graphics controller can’t execute are coming in due to all that new code. This is also a big reason why early reviews of Windows 10 were so mixed. People loved it or hated it. That was probably a direct result of not knowing that they needed to check this manually before updating…

Once you have determined that the rest of your PC is able to run Windows 10, but your GC will not, what you can do is purchase an expansion card GC that is known to support Windows 10 and install it to a PCIe x16 slot or AGP slot on your machine. (Few laptops have these expansion slots available) AGP slots are pretty old, so it’s unlikely, but never rule anything out.

This will replace the integrated GC on the CPU chip, or replace an existing incompatible expansion card GC. (Once you have the new graphics card thast you are certain supports Windows 10 installed and running, you should boot into the system BIOS/UEFI and disable the integrated graphics controller if it’s present. It will be using up system RAM memory for nothing. That will slow your machine down a bit.)

It takes a bit of research, but it’s likely cheaper than a new PC.

I just did this myself by making one good Win 10 dektop out of two old ones that I am donating to my Civil Air Patrol squadron.

One PC had a compatible GC expansion card, the other had an incompatible integrated GC.

Thought-food.

By:

Dan Stafford
President
Temecool Computer Repair
www.Temecool.biz
Temecula, CA

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Windows 10 Updates Not Processing?

If your  issue is Windows 10 Updates Not Processing as per the example below, this post is for you!

Getting error 0x80070BC2 doing Cumulative   Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x64-based Systems (KB4056892)

This has been an issue for a lot of Windows 10 Users recently, including Yours truly, Dan Stafford, on one of my Windows 10 machines.

After quite a bit of digging in the Microsoft Support discussion forums, the fix at the below link did the trick.

Be warned: Some of the updates that were backed up because of this issue take a long time to run. A couple of them were sitting at “100%” for nearly 30 minutes before actually completing. Those two alone took an hour to run, and my machine has a late-model Core i5 processor with 16GB of RAM. Once you undo the jam, it’s going to take awhile for some of these logs to float down the river.

The fix:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/getting-error-0x80070bc2-doing-cumulative-update/24e80681-eb22-4439-8677-638fce437186?messageId=84dde12c-5679-4746-aaba-a7f1ff389f61

 

Best wishes,

 

Dan

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MWGIC Episode 25: The Landscape Geek – Tom Papais of Rose Landscape Design Interview

Tom Papais of Rose Landscape Design in Darien, Illinois discusses his philosophy and strategy for landcsapes, some interesting things that have happened on the job over the years, and some of the differences he sees while visiting out in Sunny So-Cal the week after Christmas.

Happy New Year 2018, and welcome to Midwestern Geek In Cali’s second season! We are nearing our first 1,000 downloads, and are thrilled to be at the milestone of 25 episodes published!

Thank you to our listeners for giving us your ears, and happy Vulcan fingers to you from the Agent of 42! \//_

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https://aquarianm.podbean.com/e/episode-25-the-landscape-geek-tom-papais-of-rose-landscape-design-darien-illinois/

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MWGIC Episode 24: Denis Nurmela Mini-Interview: Mind Massage Spa Ribbon Cutting

Mini-interview with Denis Nurmela (Our featured guest in episode 15 https://aquarianm.podbean.com/e/midwesterngeekin-cali-podcast-episode-015interview-with-multi-entrepreneurtedx-organizer-amp-speakerbusinesscoach-and-yesplace-charityfounder-denis-n/ ) and a few current tech news stories of great interest.

Denis talks about the coolest geek massage spa you’ll find in So-Cal. I talk about industrial tech espionage, why you soon may be able to go cellular for everything and REALLY cut the cable cord, and the rise of smart wearables.

Or:

Episode link: https://aquarianm.podbean.com/e/episode-24-denis-nurmela-mini-interview-mind-massage-spa-ribbon-cutting/

This podcast in general will talk about tech, sci-fi, space news, UFO’s, unique geek issues, and more. We’ll also discuss differences between the West Coast (So-Cal) and the Great Lakes region of the Midwest. The Universe is vast. So will be our discussions.

Thank you for listening, and happy Vulcan fingers \\//_ to you, from the Agent of 42.

Links:

https://mindmassagespa.com/

https://www.cnet.com/news/smart-wearables-are-finally-taking-off/

https://www.cnet.com/news/verizon-to-launch-residential-5g-service-next-year/

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/judge-postpones-uber-trade-secret-trial-based-on-bombshell-memo/

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MWGIC Episode 021: Halloween 2017 – Digital Ghosting: Planning Your Own Dot Zero

A special Halloween episode – planning your digital afterlife…http://www.PlanningDot0.com

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Episode link: https://aquarianm.podbean.com/e/episode-021-halloween-2017-digital-ghosting-planning-your-own-dot-zero/

This podcast in general will talk about tech, sci-fi, space news, UFO’s, unique geek issues, and more. We’ll also discuss differences between the West Coast (So-Cal) and the Great Lakes region of the Midwest. The Universe is vast. So will be our discussions.

Thank you for listening, and happy Vulcan fingers \\//_ to you, from the Agent of 42.

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Midwestern Geek In Cali Podcast – Episode 022: Memorable Mr. Kip Cothran of KC Photography Develops A Roll For Photo Geeks

Capturing your visual memories – with Kip Cothran of KC Photography.

We learn about Kip – what his favorite types of photography are, how he got into photography, what he can do that phone cams can’t touch, pointers and tips for being a better photography subject, and much more. This episode is one I really enjoyed producing, and had a lot of fun with. I’m sure our listeners will too! You’ll also hear a podcasting tech challenge that happened in mid-recording, and how we faced it and lost not one second of the episode, and wasted not a moment of our guest’s time.

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Episode link: https://aquarianm.podbean.com/e/episode-022-memorable-mr-kip-cothran-of-kc-photography-develops-a-roll-for-photo-geeks/

This podcast in general will talk about tech, sci-fi, space news, UFO’s, unique geek issues, and more. We’ll also discuss differences between the West Coast (So-Cal) and the Great Lakes region of the Midwest. The Universe is vast. So will be our discussions.

Thank you for listening, and happy Vulcan fingers \\//_ to you, from the Agent of 42.

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MWGIC Episode 017: Interview With Jonathan Ferrell of CIB Funding; AI, Mortgages,Super Heroes, Sci-Fi, Climate Change…

In episode 017, I Interview Jonathan Ferrell of CIB Funding.

Topics discussed include:

  • AI
  • Mortgages
  • Super Heroes
  • Sci-Fi
  • Climate Change
  • And more…

Jonathan may be a semi-regular co-host on this show. It turns out to be an interesting introductory conversation, and far from all numbers…

Happy Vulcan Fingers to you from the Agen of 42!

\\//_

Or

Episode link: https://aquarianm.podbean.com/e/episode-017-interview-with-jonathan-ferrell-of-cib-funding-ai-mortgagessuper-heroes-sci-fi-climate-change/

 

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Midwestern Geek In Cali Podcast – Episode 016: Borgin’ It With AI, Hypersnakes, Telepathy, And A Quantum Cosmos

I’ll be covering several topics in today’s episode:

Episode link: https://aquarianm.podbean.com/e/midwestern-geek-in-cali-podcast-episode-016-borgin-it-with-ai-hypersnakes-telepathy-and-a-quantum-cosmos/

Happy Vulcan fingers to you from the Agent of 42 \\//_

This podcast in general will talk about tech, sci-fi, space news, UFO’s, unique geek issues, and more. We’ll also discuss differences between the West Coast (So-Cal) and the Great Lakes region of the Midwest. The Universe is vast. So will be our discussions.

Thank you for listening.

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