I first got this problem when I has on Vista (had the same problem with Vista as others did), I changed OS to XP and ran Updates. But the problem returned after a few months, it couldn't be resolved by the Windows checker until recently saying "the Video Card is causing Conflections with the laptop". Since then my Desktop keeps resetting and the Active Desktop Recovery display appears, and this happen with in a short time of openning Windows Explorer too. Sometimes it freeze and when i try to open Explorer via Task Manager I get "/e,/idlish,:1268:2168,C:\" error message, saying it could not be found.
I have already tried updating the Video Card with no success, could you help? My spec for it is:
Intel Celeron processor 530 (1.73 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 cache)
Mobile Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
And I am using Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family
You need to run the recovery and allow Windows Vista to rule the roost. If you do not want to do that then you need to get a different hard drive,(preferrably a new one) And load XP on to it. Your laptop is designed to run Vista and the drive is coded to do so. After so many updates on XP it will pick up on your recovery partition because of SP3 update. No way around it unless you switch drives. I don't think you have permissions to delete the partition with Recovery on it. Get a different hard drive.
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The OS will ,USUALLY, apply a generic driver to the Graphics Adapter, and most essential components. Not always, but usually, when it boots the first thing you do is Windows Updates. You may have problems with some hardware when doing a OS upgrade.It can be tricky. If, say, you jump from XP to 7, you may be able to use vista drivers. Your in luck, on the ThinkPad R31 support website Vista and Win 7 drivers are available, SEE: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?&DocID=HT072387 Go with Win 7, if you have that option.
Browsers like Mozilla/Opera/Crome/Netscape crashing This issue is common for many using WinOS XP SP3, Vista, Win7 etc as Microsoft has made malicious programming codes in-built into their Explorer that makes other browsers work unstable.... There was a law suit which MS lost on this issue...now they have to allow other browsers to work in tandem....i guess this issue is not there in XP currently as the updates in there are not built to crash other browsers...so try XP...also try not to use Auto update enabled in the Control Panel/Security Ctr (disable it). I guess only a fresh clean install of OS with Auto update disabled can keep the updates from making changes to Mozilla/Opera/Google Crome/Netscape etc browsers...other than IE.
Note: Irrespective of which Win OS you are having keep the Auto Update Turned OFF, that way you will have less problems and the machine will be more stable, more often the Auto Update makes unnecessary changes to the OS which is not required at all…the Auto Update is in the Control Panel/Security Center. I have had many issues with Auto updates in the past, after disabling it since 1 year no issues in OS and my machine is more stable than earlier. Keep these Settings in Security Center: Firewall – ON, Auto Update – OFF, Virus Protection – ON and updated
Minimum System Requirements OS – Windows XP or Windows Vista Processor – 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster* (Vista) Memory – 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista) Video Card –256 MB** Hard Drive – 12GB Sound Card – DirectX 9.0c compatible * Supported Processors: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or faster. ** Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Integrated chipsets are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required. Recommended System Requirements OS – Windows XP / Vista Processor – Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Memory – 2.0 GB RAM GPU – NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar
WGA can be removed from Control Panel/ADD REMOVE PROGRAMS>show windows updates (XP) or Control Panel>Programs & Features (Vista). You will need it installed, however, for Windows Update to properly function, as it guarantees that your copy of the OS is genuine and therefore eligible for updates. If you are having problems due to the WGA, I suggest you purchase a legitimate copy of the OS, or call MicroSoft if you feel your copy is legitimate, for resolution.
You have to make sure that the scanner/printer driver is installed on the Vista system. Otherwise, it will not be detected. You can obtain the driver from Canon's download page and choose the one for Windows Vista.
These are the system requirements: OS - Windows XP/Vista
Processor – XP: 1.8 GHz or faster / Vista: 2.4 GHz or faster
Memory – XP: 1 GB RAM / Vista: 2 GB RAM
Hard Drive – 7 GB (14 GB required for Digital Delivery)
DVD Drive – 8 SPEED (not required for Digital Delivery)
Video Card – 128 MB with Pixel Shader 2.0 support*
Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible
DirectX - Version 9.0c (included)
Online Multiplayer – 512 Kbps or faster
Input - Keyboard, Mouse
This download is not supported on FAT16 and FAT 32 file systems.
*Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6200 or greater (GeForce 8800
recommended for DirectX 10); ATI Radeon 9000 or greater. Laptop
versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to
your video and sound card drivers may be required.