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Okay, let's say you're buidling a building.

The Second Life app plays the part of the architect. It writes the specificattions. Say the specs are in English.

The specs go to the general contractor, or in this case the operating system. The GC can read English but he can only speak Italian.

Now the specifications need to go to the actual carpenter who will do the building - in this case the video card. Say he can only speak Spanish.

In order for the GC to communicate with the carpenter, he needs a foreman who can translate from Italian to Spanish. In a computer, these would be the video drivers.


Now say the client decides to go with a new general contractor - WIndows 7, in this case - but keep the same architect and carpenter. However, this general contractor can read English but only speaks SWEDISH.

The carpenter can still only speak Spanish, though, and now the old foreman can't tell him what to do because he can't understand what the new contractor is saying anymore. There needs to be a new foreman who can translate from SWEDISH to Spanish. And if they can't find one? The building doesn't get built. Architect's fine, contractors fine, carpenter's fine, but they can't communicate without the right foreman.


Short version - you need video drivers for WIndows 7. There's no way around it.

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When you ask a tech question include information about your computer and viewer. If the viewer will at least show the login screen, get the info from the viewer's Help-About... and paste that into your post with your question. Help->About... provides all the version numbers we need.  To add your info to an existing question use OPTIONS->EDIT. It’s in the upper right of your post.

The XP and Win 7 operating systems have different requirements. The XP drivers may work on Win 7 or not.

eBay has good video cards for cheap. As serious gamers update they sell off their old video cards.

Electronics recyclers have good deals on older video cards.

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