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E172FPt Dell Monitor Driver

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by leathrpaws, Apr 29, 2010.

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  1. leathrpaws

    leathrpaws Thread Starter

    Apr 29, 2010
    I have read all previous answers saying that with windows XP no driver is needed. here is my situation:
    I have a DELL Inspiron 2500 Laptop whose screen was cracked. I removed the defective screen and am using the above monitor instead. I have shut down and restarted several times but all I get in "monitors" in Device Manager is "Digital Flat Panel (800x600)". I know that a driver has to exist somewhere for this thing, but am having no luck on Dell's site or anywhere else. Any ideas?
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Go to the Windows Updates site and do a custom scan instead of an express scan.

    When the scan is finished, check the section for optional hardware updates.

    If an INF monitor update is available in the list for your Dell monitor, download and install it.


    What's listed in Display Adapters in the Device Manager?

    What's the 7-character "service tag number" of that laptop?

  3. DaveBurnett

    DaveBurnett Account Closed

    Nov 11, 2002
    I take it you are connecting it via the vga connector on the back? It should show as a secondary monitor in your monitor control panel and you may need to change the device to 1280x1024 flat panel. It could be interesting what with having the main display disconnected.
    Monitors don't have drivers as such. All you get is an .inf file (and possibly an ICM file) that tells your graphics driver what colour profiles and resolutions/refresh rates it supports.
  4. tomtom8p


    Sep 6, 2006
    I have the same display. I looked at what the monitor was and there was no installed drivers. the monitor support comes from and intel controller (driver, controller, I don't know the difference). the logo in the properties section says 'Intel extreme graphics 2' and my controller is 82865G try searching around the intel download center for a controller that would work on your computer.

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