Install Windows 7 VGA driver on Dell GX270

This is a short guide on solving the problem when trying to install the VGA driver on a Dell GX270 when Windows 7 is installed.

GX270 VGA Driver Instructions

Step 1

Install Windows 7 on the Dell GX270 computer. (Refer to my other articles for using ImageX and WinPE 3.0 boot environment for capturing and applying images).

Step 2

Once you have Windows 7 installed, at least for me, Windows Updates didn’t pick up the VGA driver automatically; leaving you with a very large resolution which is unusable.

Step 3

Download the Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller driver (R126990.EXE). The drivers on Dell’s website do not work for Windows Vista or Windows 7.

GX270 - R126990 driver

Step 4

Once you have the R126990.EXE downloaded, you will need to extract the contents of the EXE to a folder. I suggest using 7-zip or Winrar.

GX270 - Extracting the driver.

Step 5

Now that you have the driver extracted you are going to have to install the driver manually in compatibility mode. Go into the folder you just extracted and right click on the setup.exe and go to properties and then the compatibility mode tab. You will want to enable compatibility mode for Windows Service Pack 3 and also select “Run as Administrator.”

Run in Compatibility Mode

Step 6

Click Apply, then click OK. Now run the setup.exe as you normally would and it shouldn’t complain about OS not being compatible.

  • Sabi

    This link is beautiful! It works for gx270 and later as well!!!! It goes gud with 865 boards too!

  • Muhammad Zohaib

    vga driver is not installing in vista dell 2.7

    please help,

  • Masood Akram

    thanxinstillation is complete

  • Henk

    I was verry happy with this article.

    It works perfect on my Dell GX270

    Thanks a lot.



    • Brian Jackson

      Awesome, glad we could help!

  • sofy

    thx a lot great

  • ali

    i have done the same thing my pc’s resoloution is fine but when i restart the pc it displays the memory dumping error or blue screen error……………………………
    plz get me out of this threat..

  • golden

    it really worked…. i think you can solve any problem with internet… searching.. and specially by using brains……… :)

  • drizzy

    Thank So much Man ,,,, love it

  • Jawad

    It totally worked. Really thankful… :)

  • Qamar uz Zaman

    Thanks a lot, its really work.
    Thanks again

  • haseeb akhtar

    its not working on win7 plz help

  • Adam Eastwood

    I Tried This And As Soon As The Computer Restarts It Reinstalls The Generic VGA Driver Any Ideas?

  • Gaston

    Wow! You are amazing! I admire you. So simple and beautifully!

  • Pedro

    Hello, Im trying to install Windows 7 on my dell optiplex gx270, but getting this error.. alert! cover was open recently… press f1, or f2 for set up… i can’t go any further.. Can you guys\ladies help me on this?

    Thank you

  • Muhammad Nauman

    sir please solve my problems that how i install dell GX270 LAN CARD in windows 7?and your link for the video card is superb..

  • Saddam


    • Brian Jackson

      Your very welcome!



  • Tone

    Awesome article! This worked like a charm. You are the best!

  • fvi

    gracias muchas gracias, si sirvio al 100%, esta mother ya me traia muy mal, funciona muy bien para w7 gracias, y que estes super bien

  • danish

    nice hach. thanx man thanx alot.

  • Samuel Inayat

    its working thanks

    • Brian Jackson

      Great, glad to hear it! :)

  • Urgent

    I can’t download the link… Please Email Me The Link Today.. I need it bad

    • Brian Jackson

      Are you still unable to download the link? If so, let us know.

  • Great deal! cheers

    Great solution!

  • rx

    Thank you

    • Brian Jackson

      You are very welcome!

  • davidib

    Works great!!! Thanks!!!

    • Brian Jackson

      You are very welcome!

  • reagoo

    it works on the resolution…but my graphics are still not do i rectify this?

    • Brian Jackson

      What do you mean by graphics aren’t clear?

  • Gabriel

    This does not work :/ I am using a Dell OptiPlex GX270 with Windows 7 32 bit. I have downloaded your driver but no startup screen opens when I tell it to run. No setup no menu no nothing comes up.

    • Gabriel

      P.s I have a PCI express video card on the way. It is a Radeon x300 (I know this is horrible for our day and age) but this computer is just a backup computer in case mine main Desktop goes down.

    • Brian Jackson

      :) Understood. I have done this install hundreds of times on many GX270’s. Also, as you can see in the comments below it works. Did you run in compatibility mode and also run as administrator? Do you have an anti-virus installed?

      • Gabriel

        Im sorry if I offended you. My words were not meant to be taken as im calling you a fraud. I know this method works its just not working for me. Which is why I posted so we can figure it out. I am not running in compatability mode. In addition the file above Is not a .zip its a direct exe so I hit RUN right from the browser. I am running IE 10 if that helps.

        • Brian Jackson

          No problem :) Right click on the file in our post and save it somewhere. Maybe that is the issue. You want to save it to your desktop, and then you can right click on it, go to properties and check both of the options as shown in Step 5. I think that is the issue here.

          • Gabriel

            Yup as expected everything worked out and I now have the correct screen resolution. Thank you for your help. The main problem here was in fact the file being run directly instead of saved where it’s properties could be set up and then ran. I hope the will help anyone else using the latest technology to install something this old. Thanks again.

          • Brian Jackson

            Great glad it worked for you!

          • Gabriel

            Knowing your background with the GX270 series, is it possible for this machine to have at Minimum OpenGL 1.0? Or would I need to wait for the Radeon x300 graphics card in order to support OpenGL?

          • Brian Jackson

            I don’t remember off the top of my head, its been a couple years since I worked with the GX270’s. But I think it did support OpenGL 1.0. If not, your x300 would definitely be a better option :) This really was a work around to at least make the 270 usable in Windows 7.

          • Gabriel

            Yes the x300 specs include full OpenGL support. It has already been ordered and is on its way. I was able to find an OpenGL download 1.1 but it comes with no EXE file :/ I think it really just boils down to me needing to be patient and wait.

      • Gabriel

        I just ran this as an admin. It worked not but I am being told my operating system is not supported. This driver is for Windows XP not for Windows 7.

        • Brian Jackson

          Have you right clicked on the .exe file and checked run in compatibility mode before running it?

          • Gabriel

            No I have not. I will do so now.

            EDIT: I have done so now and the error went away for not being compatible. It says it is now installing. I will report back as to weather this fixes my resolution problem. Will this also support OpenGL?

  • Hamza Khan

    thanks alot for the instructions its simple n easy !! thnx again bro

    • Brian Jackson

      Great, glad it worked for you!

  • Hamza Khan

    can u help me with the sound driver??

    • Brian Jackson

      What trouble are you having with the sound driver?

  • Victor

    Thanks, you are awsome…You are helped me many times…Thanks

    • Brian Jackson

      Great, glad we could help!

  • razesh

    really cool , you are so best and thank you so mush

    • Brian Jackson

      Glad it worked for you!

  • Shah Zaib

    I’m unable to install optiplex gx270 VGA driver for window7 kindly help me

  • Michael Capobianco


    tried to install driver R126990.EXE) on my Dell GX270 and after few seconds saying is loading a message comes up says that the computer does not support. Any advice of waht i am doing wrong?

    • Brian Jackson

      Have you downloaded the drivers from the above link? The drivers on the Dell website are not working at this time.

  • troy

    Wow, I learned something new today. That worked perfectly for me!!!!!!!!! Thanks for your knowledge.

    • Brian Jackson

      Thanks Troy. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Brian Jackson

      Thanks Troy

  • josh

    Worked great for me. Thanks so much.

  • Pepe

    So I perfectly followed your instructions, and the incompatibility went away. Now my problem is, it says that the minimum system requirement is not met. I just installed win 7, but before that I was running xp serv pack 3. Help!

  • Guest

    The link you gave for download doesn’t works can you please upload that file on mediashare , Please ??

    • Brian Jackson

      Hmm. I see the issue. Let me post a dropbox link. Will do it shortly.

  • Muhammad Qaxim

    The link you gave above for the downloading of that software doesn’t works… Can you please upload it on mediafire Please ?? I download a driver from google but it shows me some error while installation as the above process so please help me

    • Brian Jackson

      Can you try again. I retested and it works fine on my side.

    • Brian Jackson

      Here is the new link and the link in the post has been fixed as well.

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  • Brian Jackson

    The link for the driver download has been fixed. We uploaded the software on dropbox instead of Mega and its working fine now. Thank you for your patience and reminder.

  • Graham Whiting

    Link in step 4 not working, nothing here message from DropBox

  • Eugène Merci Pauline

    Please, can you give the new link? The last one doesn’t work with Windows 7!!

  • Alban Islami
  • caleb

    All is good except I cannot click “ok” after making changes in compatibility as the button is off the screen and I cannot get to it. Any ideas at all on how I can make it go?

    • Hugh Jazzcock

      Hold control and scroll your mouse wheel down, 3 clicks,that should do it.

  • G.J. Foreman

    Thank you. Spent hours downloading drivers from Dell with no luck. I too had a screen so big I couldn’t get to the Apply and OK buttons, but by temporarily moving the Tool Bar to the right side of the screen I could just manage to click them.

  • senghor cikali

    thanks, good job i try work fine

  • Lawrence Butler

    Still works! thanks so much, helps to repurpose the older PCs!