Trying to find a working driver for a new, but under-performing video card, I made the mistake of disabling my onboard graphics (actually, somehow I did more than just disable) while the new card was also disabled.
(I subsequently found the procedure for re-enabling the card in Device Manager by using Narrator) I got this computer used, and apparently something like this had happened before, because the IGP was Microsoft's VgaSave which, I have read, is installed by Windows on a comp that has no driver available/installed.
I want to regain onboard GFX as a backup for when I'm switching drivers on the new card;
having no luck with VgaSave, I decided to go after the original SiS315 'Real 256E' that came on the ECS (SiS) 661FX-M7 motherboard.
I've tried installing two drivers;
Univga3-384 from ECS, and SiS660 from SiS.
The 661FX chipset is on both lists of supported sets, and not surprisingly the drivers are almost identical---even down to the Error dialog "The system cannot detect the device, please confirm that the device is configured properly and then restart the setup program.
Obviously the original driver/s got removed, but The Device? Isn't that actually the chipset itself? I'm positive that there was no smoke from the tower indicating a chip self-destructing a la Mission Impossible.
I wonder if part of the 'device' was in the BIOS;
if so, would 'flashing'/updating(?) the BIOS give the downloaded driver something to latch onto?
Thanks for any insight;