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  • tumi_sarker Dec 02, 2008

    i need nvidia GeForce2 MX-400 Version:3.18.00 driver. please help me.

  • barneyd Dec 05, 2008

    Sorry, I didn't realize this was a forum type of request.

    Basicly the problem is that I bought a dell laptop with an ATI radeon x1400 256mb card that has a few problems.

    When I put my laptop on standby when I come back to it any graphics that were being displayed have about a 50% chance of showing up as scrambled unintelligible white noise patterns, and when running Half Life 2 or any other Steam game it frequently crashes the system and has sluggish performance where it did not before about 1 yr of usage.

    Dell has a downloadable driver, but it doesn't work right because it is meant for Vista, and ATI doesn't support the X1400 card at all, only the 128mb X1300 and the drivers aren;t compatible.

    I have tried uninstalling the drivers and ATI Control Panel, and then letting the card reinstall it's own drivers, and reinstall the control panel from ATI but it doesn't help.

    I even went to the extreme of reinstalling windows a couple of times via Dell's ghost program.

    Thanks in advance!

  • barneyd Dec 05, 2008

    Sorry buschchris it said it couldn't be installed on my system. I may try uninstalling the driver and then running the troubleshooter.

  • barneyd Dec 07, 2008

    It shows up as the correct card.

    And yes I can install the driver from Dell that supports Vista, and I can also use the plug and play driver on the video card itself.

    I am at a loss.

  • barneyd Dec 07, 2008

    Also I don't know the adapter type but it's installed on a laptop running the built in screen.

  • fixyajf May 11, 2010

    More details please?


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As far as standby mode, right click on desktop, select properties, go to screen saver tab and go to the power options button, in there you need to disable stanby and hibernation.

As for drivers, go to the manufacturers web site and search for that model number and they should have them. It is an old card though, i had a 440 but they still had them.

Good luck

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    Chris Busch Dec 05, 2008

    Try using these drivers, run the verification app and then load the drivers, Go to advance install and install just the drivers without catalyst and see if it works.

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    Chris Busch Dec 05, 2008

    Can you install any drivers at all? When you look in the display properties does it show your ATI video card as the primary display adapter or something else?

    right click desktop and go to the far right tab, it should show the display adapter as a PLUG AND PLAY ADAPTER Radeon ATI X1400

    If it shows anything else, then your adapter isnt being detected at all and thats why the drivers wont work.

    Is it PCI or AGP? The adapter type, or PCI Express?

    And, cuz i have to ask, is the monitor connected to the video card or the onboard video?

    Let me know, thanks


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