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Display driver problems

I'm having problems getting the display drivers to work on my system. It's a 2.4 GHz P4 w/ 1GB of ram on this gigabyte board. I recently got this board from a friend and as far as I know it's a running board w/ no problems. I'm running W98 SE, 13GB test harddrive, CD/DVD rom, and no PCI/ AGP cards. The drive is freshly formatted and a clean install was performed. It seems to work OK with the default driver for the onboard Prosavage vid chip. When I install the drivers for the board from the original CD, it starts to give me problems like hanging during a restart and always giving me an error message saying that the drivers for the display or the hardware is not working properly and instantly opens up the display properties page. The settings are stuck in 16 colors @ 640x480. If I try to change the settings it will force a restart even though I try to override it in the advanced settings page. Which sends me through the hang problem. I have tried to change any bios settings related to the video and nothing seems to help correct it. I was wondering if anyone out there has a idea or two that could help.

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Kevin

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Forget it, the VIA S3 Prosavage DDR drivers won't work with 1 GB RAM installed! I had the same problem with my Shuttle MK35N Athlon board, and it took me a week and dozens of MB driver downloads, internet searches and driver and OS installations to find out today that when you take away some RAM the display driver suddenly works. I permutated all DIMMs, and they're all ok, it works ok up to 768 MB, but as soon as you have 1 GB installed, the driver ceases to work. It's a shame for Shuttle, since the mainboard claims to accept 2 GB RAM, but the video driver they provide fails already with 1 GB RAM. And, of course, none of the alternatives you can get directly from VIA or S3 performs any better. Also, Shuttle's 37 MB mk35n.zip updated Nov 2007 doesn't even contain the newest (Dec 2003) S3 drivers. It's a real mess!

(Needless to say that the board works seamlessly with Linux - you can boot even from a CD, and it will autodetect everything and simply work! But with Windows you won't get it working even having a hard disk installation.)

So, if you're stuck to Windows, you can either take away some RAM (maybe it will also work if you add some) or install an AGP or PCI graphics card.

Cheers,
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Hi orlandotech, you are aware the Integrated ProSavage8 2D/3D graphics uses you're current system memory to function.
Couple things you can try. First download & install the video drivers I found on the internet for your card. Lets see if one of these fixes you're trouble. The link is for Gigabyte 7VM400AM-RZ VIA 1616/1617 codec 5.20b driver. Though its not you're board the video chip is the same. (VIA 1616/1617). So give the driver a chance. (Click on the link). Unistall old driver's first.

http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/SOUND-CARD/VIA/Gigabyte-7VM400AM-RZ-VIA-1616-1617-codec-5-20b.shtml

Second driver File name: 139635IShld.zip
http://www.softwarepatch.com/utilities/s3pro-security-dl.html
You have to click on; Downloading the S3 ProSavage video driver 13.93... To get the download started.
If neither of these help you're system, you can try increasing the shared memory from within you're bios. (See you're user manual for adjusting/increasing shared memory for the video).
Gigabyte's web link for you're board.
http://be.giga-byte.com/Support/Motherboard/Driver_Model.aspx?ProductID=1766

If everything above still does not help/fix. There could be a problem with the integrated ProSavage8 2D/3D graphics chip.
Suggest you buy am AGP 4X video card. This will free up you're system memory. You will again need to enter you're bios & change the bios to load the AGP card over the integrated card.
Again use you're manual to find the correct section.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048+1069609639&name=AGP+4X%2f8X&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=879

http://www.xpcgear.com/ati700032ddr.html

Have more questions, feel free to ask.
orlandotech, let me know how thing go.

Good Luck!
Mike

Posted on May 01, 2008

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