How To Install Google Earth on Veriton 5800 8I945AE board?



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Perhaps this query shouldn't be asked here. If so chuck it away, sorry.

But if it's valid: I can't install Google earth on this board. It says graphics card not compatible.

It also said install DirectX but that didn't fix things. It also said use GL and that didn't fix things, either.

Does anyone happen to know if the onboard graphics are really no good for the job or is there something I can do?

I'm running winXP SP3. It's the latest version of GE I'm trying to install.

If I need another graphics card does anyone have any suggestion as to a satisfactory cheap card?

I've got three spare graphics cards, two brand new, but none fit these slots, wouldn't you know it....

And when you put graphics cards into a machine with onboard graphics do you usually need to alter jumpers or BIOS or anything or does the system automatically accept the new board and disable the onboard?
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Why am I still doing up?
System specs please. :)

Depending on what onboard graphics you have; I would imagine the later mobo's onboard graphics should run it fine.

And yes, generally you go in the bios to change from onboard to discrete.


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System specs? What exactly? Will an extract from Belarc do? Here:

System Security Status
Security Benchmark Score
0.67 of 10 (details...)

Virus Protection

Security Updates
3 missing

Computer Profile Summary
Computer Name: Shedacer (in WORKGROUP)
Profile Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:51:30 AM
Advisor Version: 8.4
Windows Logon: dave

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Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
Installed: 1/24/2014 11:38:26 PM
Boot Mode: BIOS (Secure Boot not supported) Acer VERITON 5800 R01-A2
System Serial Number: 54907178
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Hyper-threaded (2 total) Board: Acer G945MK
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. R01-A2 06/09/2005
Drives Memory Modules c,d
270.46 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
47.94 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

QUANTUM FIREBALLlct20 20 [Hard drive] (20.42 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 052116146807, rev APL.0900, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD2500AAJS-55M0A0 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WCAV2C945764, rev 01.03E01, SMART Status: Healthy 2040 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
Slot 'A1' has 512 MB
Slot 'A2' has 512 MB
Slot 'A3' has 512 MB

Hope that's enough. If not please let me know specifically what it is you would like and I'll get it..

But that said nothing about graphics, did it? Well all I can find is in a spec sheet and it only says: Intel 945G Extreme 'integrated graphics'.

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Why am I still doing up?

So a quick google search is, your board is (at least) a few generations old (LGA775 socket). You said you had some spare video cards around; do you know what they are? From what I can tell, you should have (at least according to google) 1 x16 pcie slot available for a modern video card.

Maybe others would like to chime in here in case I'm wrong.


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Yep, I know it's old. I try to build computers for the family from cheap old boards and cpu's I buy. Socket 755 is a good niche for me - cheap cpu's, cheap boards, cheap(ish) ram.

Usually no problems. I mean, I've got old compaq EVO's running google earth. This is the first time I've ever ran into something like this.

My video cards won't fit. Two are PCI I think - the PCI that has a three section tongue? The PCI slots in this mobo have two section tongues.

One of them's AGP.

I just bought from eBay this card:


Maybe that'll work.

So when I put a card in I have to go to BIOS on boot and find a switch for video?


Why am I still doing up?
I know the feeling :)

According to google you will need a pci-e capable vid card (so no pci or agp vid card cards will work).

That ATi radeon board SHOULD work with proper drivers (from windowsupdate or So when you reboot your computer, go into the bios and choose discrete graphics (instead of onboard).

Do you happen to know what mobo you have?


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Well I said that in the beginning, you've been making replies sound like you're aware of it... I'm confused now...

It's an Intel 8I945AE. Reading it off the board.

Belarc refers to it as: Acer G945MK

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Instead of using outdated Belarc software, try others such as Speccy.
If trying to get drivers for system in question, since that mobo is proprietary, download/use drivers from the system manufacturer's website. If system was from Acer, drivers should be provided by Acer.
Make and model of the mobo means nothing in this situation except to try trace down brand/model of the system.
With that said,
If system in question is an Acer Veriton 5800, VGA drivers for use with WinXP 32-bit listed at acer.


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Thanks for that. I downloaded/installed the driver from your link and now GE runs in
DirectX mode well enough.

Downloaded speccy, too. It seems okay, thanks. Has it got any specific real advantages over Belarc that I should be aware of? Or it's just generally more comprehensive perhaps?



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Hello abrogard..!

You're kind of pushing it unless you have added some ram. Here are the System Requirements. Make sure you have the latest video drivers and DirectX. There are various articles on the web about running GE with the Intel GMA 950 graphics that are probably what you have.

If you want to continue to try and run the latest version you can download the full install from the Direct Installer Links Here. This may solve the installation problems. If it will install but you still have problems try the remedies in Crashing and Graphics Issues.

Because of the computer and WinXP you will probably not be able to run version 7. You can download version 6.2 from the same Direct Installer Links. This has been working better with WinXP.

Let me know how it goes.


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Old thread this now, isn't it? Sorry I didn't let you know how it went. It went alright. It's been fine.

But now I'm getting an error 'No accelerated openGL mode'.

This is not Google Earth now.

This is Minecraft (cracked) for my son.

But the machine has Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver.

Is that what was said earlier about needing Acer stuff rather than board manufacturer stuff?

Though I thought I did that.

Perhaps it is time to spring for a new graphics board if I'm going to (he's going to) continue using this machine?