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ATI Driver Update

I,m no expert by the way. Each time I start my Acer 5100 A dialogue box opens 'Loading new driver' The driver relates to my pre-installed ATI Radeon ExpressDisplay adaptor. It runs for a while and then asks me if I want to continue. If I do it runs awhile then stops and asks me to contact the manufacturer. etc Also something I think associated with it prevents me from running System Restore and also has prevented my computer from starting up, invoking the start up recovery program. Any my device manager informs me that the device is working perfectly well. My questions are: do I need this new driver in the first place? If so how can I run/load/update it? In the short term how can I stop it from running at each start up of my laptop? Is this a common fault with Acer 5100s and if so is there a patch available to sort it out Help!!!

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You can probably reload the video driver from the recovery partition using the Acer recovery steps. Your manual should give very specific instructions. Or you might be able to get a driver from the Acer web site itself. That might be the one that is causing you problems, though. Mary

Posted on Sep 08, 2007

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Firstly try going to Start-Run-Type msconfig- move to startup tab and untick anything ATI related. Then apply and restart when it loads there will be a box to tick and tell it not to pop up again. Then go to the Acer UK or US website and download the original driver for your Video device and install it to be sure that your graphics are installed properly

Posted on Sep 04, 2007

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Offhand I would suspect video and/or its drivers. Pls try starting in "Safe Mode" and determine if problem persists. If no, then you may need to reload/update your video drivers, if yes, then you have a problem with the video card (hardware). I believe an Acer Aspire 5100 uses ATI Radeon® Xpress 1100 chipset. Am no just sure if it is an add-on card or integrated into the motherboard. Perhaps what you can do is to open the panels underneath the laptop and verify if the different cards including the memory are seated correctly.

Additionally, a post by Mark_Webber, another FixYa expert, addressed a slightly similar concern with another Acer Aspire 5100 here. It might be of additional information. This page might be interesting if not likewise informative.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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