Solved Need video driver for an older pc

November 26, 2012 at 06:57:05
Specs: Windows XP

Does anyone know if theres such a thing as a universal video driver? And if so (I know im pushing it), can it be self extracting/installing? The pc is an antec desktop,I dont know much more than that as the side cover is missing along with the os and other info. Im just using this to practise on as I am pretty much a newbie. The pc seems to be functioning as it should. Its not the hard drive as Ive tried others that work in it. Im thinking it may have suffered a virus that could have attacked the drivers cab. Thanks for any and all responses ... : ) : ) : )
P>S> This is an onboard video card

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November 26, 2012 at 13:11:52
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There is a universal video driver, or rather a "generic" one that's built in to all versions of Windows, and it's automatically installed during Windows Setup or whenever the correct third-party driver is missing - this ensures that you will always be able to see Windows on the display in order to install the correct driver.

However, this "generic" driver gives only a low resolution and low colour-depth since it can't access the video adapter's advanced features, so it's not suitable for normal use.

You need the third-party video driver which was designed for your specific on-board video adapter, and this can only be obtained from the motherboard manufacturer, (Antec is just the name of the case manufacturer, not the PC or motherboard manufacturer. The PC will probably have been custom-made or home-built using an Antec case).

Ascertain the make & model of the motherboard (it will be etched or printed on the populated side) then visit that maker's website.

Alternatively, if the motherboard has a spare PCI or AGP slot you can buy and install a low-priced add-on video card which is usually supplied with it's own driver CD.


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