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#1 broe

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 10:34 PM

When I go to the Intel site and look for the latest graphics drivers for my chipset, they have a newer one, 14.25.50.4764 dated 1/17/07, vs. the one and only update from Dell, 14.10.4609, dated 6/6/06. Of course, I think newer is better. I download the thing, run it, okeedokee the eula, I get this:
Attached File  ScreenHunter_01_Aug._05_19.35.jpg   16.13KB   18 downloads

^%#$ Dell, right? Hit OK, right? Well, I didn't hit OK. It took a while to find the folder, but all those files are in C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temp\pft2F~tmp. And, as long as you don't click OK on the ERROR window, all the files stay right there. (If you do hit OK, they're gonola, of course.) Soooo, I copied them to a folder and took a look, and then I searched for the same file names in Windows. What do you know? For all but three of the files in the downloaded graphics folder, there are files with exactly the same names in C:\WINDOWS\i386, system32, and two backup folders, and they are nowhere else on my HD. Of the three odd ducks, one is called difx32.dll, and the other two are Intel logo bitmaps.

Now, difx32? What might "difx32" mean/what might that file do? One might guess from the name that it looks for files on the HD, or in Windows specifically, files with the same names as the files in the downloaded graphics folder, and if the Window's files are DIFFERENT, as in older or different sizes, bingo, they get replaced with the downloaded files. I might... guess that.

So now I have this large folder on my desktop, a copy of i386 with all the same-named files replaced with the newer Intel graphics files.

My question is, What's the chance this will work? If I set a restore point, copy/paste the thing in and, if it doesn't blow up right there, reboot, and let 'er buck.

If someone has a more refined method, or knows for sure this is gonna do a number two on my machine, let me know, either way.

BTW, assume the newer Intel driver is correct for my chipset, because I checked and rechecked, it is. Unless, of course, if Dell somehow changed the innards of the chip just enough, or made some little alteration in the driver code and how they dance together. But somehow, I don't think so. Read the error message again. Not nearly threatening enough.

Edited by broe, 05 August 2008 - 11:13 PM.


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Posted 06 August 2008 - 03:36 PM

The chances that it'll work are slim, but it is possible.
The worst case is that they don't work - and you won't be able to see anything on your screen. In that case you'd have to format your hard drive and reinstall Windows.
Best case is that it works and you've updated - going around the restrictions that Intel put in place.

Which makes me wonder - why would they go to the trouble of doing this when most video drivers don't have this issue?
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