Friday, September 7, 2012

Lenovo ThinkPad T530 cannot install video driver - NVIDIA

Recently we purchased a new Lenovo ThinkPad T530 2392-4DU, unfortunately we had to downgrade it to Windows XP for the time being.  All installed very well except the graphics driver.

When I tried to install the NVIDIA driver it would error with "NVIDIA Installer cannot continue - This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware."

I tried switching to Intel integrated which wouldn't install and reported "This system does not meet the minimum requirements".

After talking to Lenovo support and for a reason unknown to me we troubshot the UEFI / SATA Controller Mode option (case of support rep not listening and going by a script) I was told that the installer package erroring was a Microsoft issue.  Yeah, right.  After explaining the issue again and that it wasn't a MS issue, but a Lenovo driver issue I was told that they can't help, so sorry.  Long wait on hold for the manager and now it's being escalated, they'll call back next week.

Good golly.  Searching around online referencing the past T520 model and I found this:

Change it to Discrete Graphics, reboot, install NVIDIA driver.

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