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Cannot find drivers -- please help!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cowbell, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. cowbell

    cowbell Thread Starter

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    I recently tried to get a better graphics card and use it in place of my crappy onboard one. However, that did not work out very well, but I will be able to get it fixed in about a month.

    While trying to get the better graphics card to work, I uninstalled drivers for my onboard graphics card. This has made everything really slow - it takes forever for pages to load and running tons of animated stuff is out of the question. In all, it has messed everything up.

    That's not the only problem though... I cannot find any drivers! I thought I found some once, but they seriously messed my computer up - it turned itself off because it could not run. Luckily, it brought a screen up where I could restore the last known working settings, so I used that option, and everything is working.. except for the graphics, which are still messed up.

    Here's the display part of a dxdiag report from before I uninstalled the drivers:
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    Display Devices
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    Card name: SiS Mirage Graphics
    Manufacturer: SiS
    Chip type: SiS 661
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1039&DEV_6330&SUBSYS_E0121631&REV_00
    Display Memory: 64.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
    Driver Name: SiSGRV.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0010.3730 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 3/9/2006 19:30:40, 1868800 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: sisgrp.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 3/9/2006 19:26:14, 245248 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B71ED9-2070-11CF-137B-18C0A1C2CB35}
    Vendor ID: 0x1039
    Device ID: 0x6330
    SubSys ID: 0xE0121631
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_D ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG1_A
    Deinterlace Caps: n/a
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run

    Here is the dxdiag report now:

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    Display Devices
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    Card name:
    Manufacturer:
    Chip type:
    DAC type:
    Device Key: Enum\
    Display Memory: n/a
    Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (1Hz)
    Monitor:
    Monitor Max Res:
    Driver Name: vga.dll
    Driver Version: 5.01.2600.0000 (English)
    DDI Version: unknown
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 8/4/2004 14:00:00, 9344 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: vga.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 8/4/2004 14:00:00, 20992 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B70EE0-4340-11CF-B063-282AAEC2C835}
    Vendor ID: 0x0000
    Device ID: 0x0000
    SubSys ID: 0x00000000
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Video Accel:
    Deinterlace Caps: n/a
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Not Available
    D3D Status: Not Available
    AGP Status: Not Available
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run

    As you can see, it is an onboard SiS Mirage Graphics card, and yields absolutely pathetic graphics as it struggles to play even some older games. However, I don't really care about that as I am going to have my newer card anyway in a month. But, until then, I'm stuck with lots of lag. It takes forever just to switch from one tab to another. :(

    Can someone please help with finding drivers for this card? I'll send you cookies! :)
     
  2. cmw2010

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  3. cowbell

    cowbell Thread Starter

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  4. cmw2010

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    You are very welcome! Thanks for the cookies!!!
     
  5. paulmo_on_tour

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    cmw2010,

    I'm wondering if this could be an answer to a problem that I've been having. See this post here
    http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/544231-need-install-nvidia-geforce-go5700.html

    I have the every fun Question Mark of Death next to the VGA controller, not finding a driver, I was thinking that perhaps it was the driver, but could it also be the AGP driver as well?

    I've gone to the SIS website, and downloaded all drivers availabe (to have them the next time I lose a HDD), do you think it would be a good idea to update/install the AGP driver? Anyone?

    Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

    Paul
     
  6. cmw2010

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    I would think you need to install the Motherboard/Chipset AGP drivers. Without Accelerated Graphics Port support your Video card won't function correctly. I am surprised that Alienware will not let you download drivers without an account.
     
  7. paulmo_on_tour

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    cmw,

    If you don't buy from them, they don't want to hear from you. It seems as simple as that. Sad to say this was even before the Dell take over. I might give them a call just in case something has changed, but I was getting forward to a couple of call centres around the country/world (not sure which actually). But I will install the AGP drivers, hopefully that will help fix the problem.

    Cheers,

    Paul
     
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