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Display Adapters MIA

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by justBree, Jan 21, 2011.

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  1. justBree

    justBree Thread Starter

    Jan 18, 2011
    I recently reformatted and lost my display adapters. Tried installing a chipset and some other things, but they wouldn't work - something along the lines of the computer thinking I had no graphics card or somesuch. Being very computer illiterate, I tried reformatting again but it didn't fix my problem (I'm sure you are all terribly surprised :rolleyes: ) I searched this board for problems similiar and discovered my PCI device, SM bus Controller, and Video Controller to all have little yellow question marks beside them but no idea how to fix it?

    my computer is, btw, an Acer Aspire T180, formerly with vista but now with XP.

    Any help is appreciated :D
  2. Saga Lout

    Saga Lout

    Sep 15, 2004

    Go back to the video controller in Device Manager and right click it to go to the Properties. Click the Details tab and note the four characters which appear in Device ID after VEN and the four after DEV. Go to http://www.pcidatabase.com and enter the four DEV characters in the second input box - for Device - and hit Enter. The list that follows will have the VEN characters in the Vendor column and that tells you who made the device. Follow any links to the maker's website and you should find the right driver.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Here is the driver downloads site for the Acer Aspire T180 desktop.

    Once you select the version of Windows XP(Home or Pro or 64-bit) that you have, the list of drivers will appear.

    The NVIDIA chipset needs to be installed first and then the computer restarted before installing any other drivers.


    The link and instructions that Saga Lout gave you will assist you in confirming the identity of that computer's devices.

    You should never format a hard drive and upgrade to a newer version or downgrade to an older version of Windows without first identifying the computer's devices and obtaining the drivers for them.

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