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Graphics Controller - High priority update??

by Carol~ Moderator / April 21, 2006 7:04 AM PDT

I cannot stress enough, how little I know about hardware. This will be made obvious with the following..

November of last year, MU notified me of an ''optional'' update for my 'Dell Inc - Video - Intel 82865G Graphics Controller'. The software update was released on Sept 20th. I did know not to install whatever MS would supply me, rather, the manufacturer. (And thanks to a post by Grif some years back, I never set my updates to automatic, just for this reason) Thinking nothing was ''broken'', I opted not to ''fix it''.

Since I've had Defender, I changed my settings to have MU alert me, but not download and install. Two days ago, I was alerted of a ''High Priority'' update. It's the same Graphics Controller. Thinking I might need to update it, I went to Intel's website to see if I could find the update.

My questions are these:

Why would it now be classified as high priority? Even if I ''hide'' the update, it continues to nag me, unless I turn off the alert completely. This is not a major ordeal, since ''Patch Tuesday'' is engrained in my head. Although, it's been convenient having it alert me when Defender updates.

Could I do more harm then good by trying, when I'm not sure which one it is, or how to do it? I am not a gamer and yet, I don't know if what I have is working at it's optimum. Could the update have addressed issues.. which needed addressing?

If I should be installing it, is it the first update on this page?? And once found, does it get saved to the desktop and updated through the Device Manger, or is it a simple double click. (Actually, my curiousity did get the better of me. I decided to save it to my desktop, only to see what it looked like. I expected to see an installer icon, which was not the case. I deleted it.)

I appreciate the time taken to read this. Please consider which forum I chose to post this in.

Thanks in advance..

'Dell Inc - Video - Intel 82865G Graphics Controller
Driver dated: 1/23/05
Device Type: Display adapters
Windows XP Home - SP2
Dell Dimension DIM 4600
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
2.66 GHz 512 MB of RAM

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Carol, It's Up To You...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 21, 2006 11:23 AM PDT

The graphics controller alert is being created because you now have Automatic Updates enabled... Most updates that are displayed in Automatic Updates are designated as "High Priority" even though they may not be designated so at Windows Update. In order to check, visit the normal Windows Update site and run a "Custom" scan and see if it's still listed in the "High Priority" (Critical) category.

As to whether you need to install it, there should be no harm in it and it shouldn't be difficult. Simply download the .exe file to your desktop and double click on it. It should then install itself. (My home computer uses the same Intel 82845G graphics controller and the drivers generally install easily. My current graphics controller is a June 05 version and I've not seen a reason to update to the most recent version.) It will automatically create a new driver version in Device Manager/Display Adpaters/Intel 82845G Graphics Controller. If for some reason, it doesn't work correctly, simply return to Device Manager, click on the "Driver" tab for the device and select "Roll Back Driver". Still, it should work fine.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks Grif.. I ran the custom scan
by Carol~ Moderator / April 21, 2006 2:23 PM PDT

from the site and it continues to tell me I need to 'restore' the update from hiding because it is High Priority. Actually, no matter what I do, it shows up as such. I'm going to keep MU disabled. Not a problem. I'll deal with it.

Thank you for the information. I had my fingers crossed.. and you answered. As long as I know I can rollback the driver, if I run into a problem, I think I should be ok. And if not, I'll cross my fingers again and hope you haven't left on vacation!

Thanks again!

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