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Need To Reformat - Lost My Driver Cd

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#1 Artemesia


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Posted 20 June 2007 - 04:33 PM

I know it is stupid not to know how to do this but....
I need to reformat my C drive and I have lost my video card drivers cd. I have downloaded the exe file containing driver set up from the manufacturer web site and put it on my other drive. But - once I have reformatted my c drive and re-installed windows, how do I then re-install the drivers if my graphics card is not working?
I don't really understand how it works. Can someone clever tell me please?

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 06:16 PM

After the format and getting your antivirus and firewall back on your computer, simply go to your other drive, open the file, and install the drivers.
Your card will work before you install the drivers. There have been times I've formatted my computer, and forgotten to install the video card drivers. And I've never had any problems without them.

As a side note: whenever you get software that has an install disk, make at least one copy of it.
That way, if your original gets lost, scratched, broken, etc. you'll have a backup.
And to avoid lost disks, buy a cd holder-put all program disks in it and keep it near your computer.

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 07:18 PM

Just to expand a little tiny bit on what Queen-Evie said, your graphics card doesn't need it's drivers to work-it just won't work well without them. You'll still be able to see the screen, it's just going to look like an extremely low resolution. Think of it as wearing glasses-you can still see without your glasses, just not as good as when you have them on. Just as Queen-Evie said, have a virus protection installed before going online or even plugging into the internet. A firewall is optional, though strongly recommended. Once online, you should update your AV first. After that, it's up to you as to what you update.

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 12:01 PM

Hi Stevealmighty and Queen-Evie
Thanks very much for your help - you are great. I shall follow your advice about the cds Queen-Evie.
Thanks again

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