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Oh Dear, I killed it!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lambkins, Mar 27, 2008.

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  1. lambkins

    lambkins Thread Starter

    Mar 27, 2008
    My apologies for complete ignorance about anything non-internet-shopping-computer related.

    My son received a free Dell desktop with Windows 2000 Professional installed on it. This is his computer for playing games, writing stories (he's a 9 year old budding author) and such. It has no internet (we have our laptop for that).

    I just installed his first game (Thrillville) and, while the installation was pain-free, we kept getting a message about a video adaptor driver problem, keeping him from playing the game. So, I searched online and, after trying a few things, decided to uninstall, then re-install. Brilliant!

    Not so much. It seems that I can't reinstall because I keep getting a message that says

    "The file "i81xnt5.sys" on Intel[R] 810/810e/815 Chipset Graphics Driver is needed.

    Type the path where the file is located, then click OK."

    I honestly haven't the faintest idea what they're on about.

    Any help for a moron, please?
  2. Jones


    Jul 28, 2005
    My semi-educated guess is that you need to reinstall the graphics driver for your motherboard. You can find the driver for windows 2000 off intel's website here:

    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...7&strOSs=19&OSFullName=Windows* 2000&lang=eng

    Download and install that driver, then re-start your computer, and you should be okay.

    Also, that game requires at leas a Pentium 3 @ 1.0ghz and at least 256mb of RAM installed. If your PC does not have at least that kind of hardware in it, the game won't run.
  3. lambkins

    lambkins Thread Starter

    Mar 27, 2008
    Shoot, shoot, shoot.

    With no internet access on said computer, I don't know how I'm going to accomplish that.

    Wait...could I download it onto a disk in my laptop and then put that disk in the desktop?

    Sorry I'm such a dunderhead...I swear that I'm smarter than I seem!
  4. jackdw


    Jul 1, 2005
    Can you not get the Dell internet access? If you have an internet router you could do this with network (ethernet) cable or wireless.
  5. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Just download the driver and put it on a flash drive. Carry the flash drive over to the dell and plug it in. Run the driver install.
  6. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    It's also possible that the file in actually on the drive, even though Windows can't find it. Do a search for i81xnt5.sys and i81xnt5.sy_ (either one will work) and direct the installer there if you find it.
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