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Why can I not install graphics drivers in Windows XP?

by Tok_Pisin / December 28, 2009 6:18 AM PST

Hi, I recently reinstalled XP but to my chagrin, it seems I cannot install the manufacturers drivers for graphics adapter or monitor, but am stuck with the generic, default drivers whose performance is horrible.
It takes forever for the screen to update. I used to know what to do to fix this, but have forgotten how.
Can anybody clue me in?
Thanks!

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Errorrs or what?
by tubaloth / December 28, 2009 6:25 AM PST

What happens when you try to install the drivers? Does it say those drivers are not the correct ones? Do you get an error that happens?
If you do, search the internet with the same wording.


Have you tried going to the Manufacture site (Either of your computer or of the graphic drivers) and see if they have more up to date ones

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Let me share this scenario.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2009 10:05 AM PST

1. Install XP SP2? Check!
2. Install video card driver. FAIL!

I have seen this too many times. Here's my short XP install routine.

1. Install XP SP2 (or SP3).
2. Install motherboard driver package AKA "chipset drivers."
3. Install MSUAA if required.
4. Install Audio (tip!!! I found this is really important when I want HDMI audio support!)
5. Install Video card drivers.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Why can I not install...
by Tok_Pisin / December 28, 2009 7:33 PM PST

tubaloth: "What happens when you try to install the drivers? Does it say those drivers are not the correct ones? Do you get an error that happens?
If you do, search the internet with the same wording.
Have you tried going to the Manufacture site (Either of your computer or of the graphic drivers) and see if they have more up to date ones"

I don't even get the option to install any drivers. I wish there were any way I could attach screenshots to posts - that would make the problem obvious at a glance...it's no wonder almost all other forums have that option.

Anyway, I right-click the desktop and select Properties > Settings > Adapter > Properties > Driver and get a dialog headed "Properties for VGA-Save".

Any options are grayed out, VGA-Save is the default Microsoft driver, I suppose. Anyway: nothing to do there. Going back a step I select the Monitor tab whereupon get a dialog headed "Properties for (Standard Monitor)".

Again, any options are grayed out except OK and Cancel.
It's not like I haven't done this before - it may well be my 50:th XP installation in the past two years. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I guess I'll just reinstall.

It's a good thing that's my second, obsolete PC. The one I write this reply on is, thank goodness, running Windows 7 where everything just works from the word go.

R. Proffitt:I install from a compiled disc which has some Windows 7 features tacked on (e.g. Aero) so I don't have the options you describe.

Thank you both for replying.

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"install from a compiled disc which"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2009 12:33 AM PST

Which means you may never get this working. Try the real Microsoft issued CD or DVD next time. Those cracked versions are trouble and we know it.
Bob

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Re: "install from a compiled disc which"
by Tok_Pisin / December 30, 2009 12:00 PM PST

Yes, that's sound advice, nobody would fault you for that.
Toe the line it is, then.

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