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Graphics Card Problems

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#1 bentheimmigrant


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Posted 07 September 2007 - 05:00 PM


Dell Inspiron 9100
3.2GHz P4
512 Mb RAM
ATI mobility Radeon 9700 w/ 128Mb graphics mem.
XP Pro SP2

So I came home today and turned on my computer, and the found new hardware message popped up... For a graphics controller... Everything had defaulted to 600x800 res with no ATI menus in the advanced menu of the graphics card... No graphics card recognized. It was all running off windows generic drivers... So I put in the CD with the original drivers, and it said no drivers found to support new device. There was no graphics card in the device manager except the unrecognized "new" one.
So I tried to install drivers from the ATI site... These were "not compatible"
So I downloaded the drivers from Dell, and it finally worked.

What I need to know is, should I be scared? I'm running a Kaspesky AV scan now, which will be followed by an AdAware scan.

So... Any idea what caused this random driver failure? And should I be quite as worried as I am?

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#2 WinCrazy


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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:38 PM

Hi bentheimmigrant. This is strange, but not as unusual as you might think. Sometimes drivers get disabled or corrupted for seemingly no good reason.

I'm guessing that the drivers on your disc, which I assume were supplied by Dell with your new computer, were the wrong ones. Dell may have put several sets of drivers for a variety of graphics adapters on the single disc and you may have installed the wrong one. No harm was done, though.

As long as the ATI drivers work properly then you are good to go. If this problem should happen again then maybe you should be a little more concerned. But, you know how to fix the problem.

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