Had been gettin the ''driver has stopped responding'' error for ages after windows downloaded an update one day, so i formatted my computer to try and fix problem after going through hundreds of ''recommended'' steps. Anyway, i downloaded all the original drivers the computer came with off the manufacturers website but when i try and install my graphics card driver, on restarting the computer vista will not boot, just goes to a black screen after you see the windows bar going across. any help
Btw computer is a Compaq Presario SR5139UK but it does not seem to have it in your product description.
Re: Cant boot vista after installing graphics card.
Does your system compatible to windows vista?you said that it started when you install the graphics card?try to remove it from the program.if its still not working,try to re install your OS again and make sure that all the drivers you downloaded is compatible with win.vista..or else you have to replace your HD and start all over again.
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Open Device Manager, Uninstall the Graphic Card and driver, reboot the machine, allow Windows 7 to apply the generic driver, Open Windows Updates and run. OR, open Device Manager, display adapter, update Graphics adapter. OR, Use the eMachine windows vista 64 bit drivers. Download the Windows Vista 64bit driver and Save , open Properties, change compatibility to Windows 7. Take a look at this : http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-windows-vista-compatibility-mode/
this is because the drivers for the graphics card are reporting back that the card is failing. This may not be the case but might be corrupted drivers. uninstall the card through the device manager and then scan for hardware changes so windows reinstalls it. if that doesn't work, download the drivers from the ati website and try again. make sure that all fans and heatsinks are clean and unblocked using a brush and compressed air (not the vacuum cleaner). if all this fails, it may be the card.
try running it in dosbox www.dosbox.com it works for a lot of games, or it might be that your graphics card just isn't good enough, but as you say its a old game, i cant see how the graphics card would be inferior, you do have the latest drivers installed for your graphics card, don't you?
Physically uninstall the 4850. Now download and install "Revo uninstaller" (FREE). Use this tool to completely uninstall any and all software associated with the 4850. Next run system restore and restore your computer to a date prior to your original physical installation of the card. The computer should now re-start to it's condition before the 4850. Now you can begin a PROPER installation by first installing the SOFTWARE that came with the card and following the instructions to install the card afterward. Remember, Windows likes software FIRST.
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It's a hardware incompatibility with windows vista. for example your graphics card on your Inspiron might not be fully supported in windows vista and your Laptop's graphics card is supported by Vista.
Most of the times we can find this incompatibility is with graphics cards. Download and install the newest drivers for your inspiron's graphics card.
I have seen your inspiron has an ATI Radeon X1300 graphics card. The windows Vista drivers can be downloaded here