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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by reinecke, Jan 25, 2007.

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  1. reinecke

    reinecke Thread Starter

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    Hi guys,

    My Dad has a Medion MIM2120 laptop with Windows XP SP2. Recently, he went to start up his computer and it wouldn't start up at all. I tried to start up in safe mode, using the last save configuration, everything, but nothing worked. I ended up doing a complete clean reinstall.

    After I'd finished reinstalling Windows everything looked a little unfamiliar. For instance, the screen looks kind of squashed, and when I drag a window around the screen the scrolling for that window is kind of jerky if you understand. I've tried changing resolution settings, but the screen is still left looking slighty squashed.

    So, with the Medion laptop there's another disk for some drivers, I didn't install these - should I install everything on this disk? There is a folder on this disk called "Driver" and it's contents are other folders which are entitled:

    Audio
    Chipset
    LAN
    Modem
    Touchpad
    VGA
    WLAN


    Thing is, there's another folder named "Parts" and it has more WLAN drivers in it. I'm not sure if I should install these or the ones in the "Drivers" folder, as named above. I'm guessinng I should use the ones in the "Drivers" folder, but not 100% so I came here for advice.

    Do you think that if I install the VGA drivers, my problems with the squashed screen thing will be solved?

    Sorry if my questions are ignorant - I'm a Mac user and the last version of Windows I used was Windows '95.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer me.

    Reinecke.
     
  2. etaf

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    yes you need the drivers

    PUT the cd in the drive
    goto device manager and you will see items there with yellow ?

    click on those and you should see the option to install driver
    then point at the CD
    it should find the driver it needs

    repeat untill all yellow ? are gone

    you will probably need to instal all you have listed
     
  3. reinecke

    reinecke Thread Starter

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    Yes, I did see some that were in yellow. I will install the drivers and hopefully my problem will be solved - I should install these from the "Driver" folder on the CD, right?

    Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I will report back over the weekend, which is when I'm going to my Dad's place again.

    Regards,

    Reinecke.
     
  4. reinecke

    reinecke Thread Starter

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    Just to let you know that I installed the software on the cd using the way in which you described and it solved all the problems. The PCI is still coming up as yellow but I guess that this doesn't really have any great effect on the computer - my Dad uses it mostly for internet.

    Thanks again.
     
  5. etaf

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    there should be a driver on the PC for it - nothing should have any yellow ! against them if they have all the drivers

    you may be able to detect what the hardware is from going to the website and seeing the spec and all the hardware and drivers online

    it could be a dialup modem driver

    one of these may help - but usually they need the drivers to identify the hardware - but give it a try
    online scan
    http://www.d-a-l.com/hardware-scan.php

    Great standalone program with pdf and email output
    http://www.pxserver.com/WinAudit.htm
     
  6. reinecke

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    Thanks for the info, ETAF. I will try those sites tomorrow.

    R
     
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