can't find a compatible driver for display

Dell Dimension 2400 desktop
August 21, 2009 at 07:44:45
Specs: Windows Vista, 526
upgrade to vista but I can't find a compatible driver for the monitor. the resolution is bad and i do not now if it is because I only have 500 mb of ram or because there is no driver compatible for my video card to use with vista

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#1
August 21, 2009 at 07:50:30
Vista's mimimum requirements (Home) is 512MB of memory (and that's still not nearly enough). There's likely a driver out there somewhere for the chipset, but until you can do something about the RAM, best stick with XP....

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#2
August 21, 2009 at 08:18:30
You need a Graphics Driver not the Monitor Driver.

The DELLL Dimension uses the INTEL 845 series Intergrated Graphics Chip, this is not supported under VISTA by Intel, ended support 2005:

http://www.intel.com/support/graphi...

http://support.euro.dell.com/suppor...

Best to buy a Graphics Card, but finding a PCI Card (no AGP slot) with Vista compatibility may be difficult.

Lastly upgrading the memory is not financially viable on a PC Tower worth UK £60:

http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/lis...

VISTA is not suitable for a PC this old stick with XP...


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#3
August 21, 2009 at 08:26:56
I agree with T-R-A. Upgrading to Vista without upgrading the RAM was a bad move. Even 1GB is barely enough to run it well. And you don't need the monitor driver, you need the chipset/graphics driver.

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Pro...


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#4
August 21, 2009 at 10:24:29
Update:

I have a Dimension 2400 here with 1GB Ram and 2.8Ghz 533fsb CPU, installed Vista (crap graphics as no driver whatsoever even via Windows Update).

It is actually slower than a Socket 754 3200+ with 1Gb Memory, and the performance on that is barely acceptable.....


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#5
August 21, 2009 at 11:45:11
thanks for the info, so my only option will be to find a pci graphics card that works with vista so I can have a better resolution in my monitor. I guess I'm going to have to go back to xp, even though the version of windows vista that I installed in my pc is a version made to run with a older pc with not to much memory installed and it actually run really good in my computer.

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#6
August 21, 2009 at 12:24:36
And what version of Vista is that?

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#7
August 21, 2009 at 12:35:37
ultimate

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#8
August 21, 2009 at 12:45:52
I think you mean VISTA BLACK which is a Pirated version of Microsoft Vista Ultimate, we do not discuss warez software here, but having met this version myself it is not any better on resources than say Vista Basic or Business.


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#9
August 21, 2009 at 13:07:27
That was my first thought MWCC; and yeah, it ain't a bit faster or more reliable.

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#10
August 21, 2009 at 13:17:01
Yes Skip the VB version is the Full Monty Ultimate with better backward compatibility to older software/drivers, if you install then scan with an AV it will find at least 4 Viruses/Trojans. Also the basic underlying lethargy of Vista has not been changed......


Seems that I am breaching rules talking about pirated aoftware??


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#11
August 21, 2009 at 13:56:29
No, I don't think so. First of all, the OP just doesn't have enough memory to run Vista well. Any version. Period. Second issue is driver availability for 845 chipset and Vista. There are more issues too like the cost of 2Gb memory, a decent pci card like a HD2450Pro, and a psu to run it all.

There's a lesson here too with hacked up software like Black or a "nLite'd" type of slimmed down OS...most of 'em just don't do what they say they'll do.

As an example, I have a slimmed down 230Mb W2K install (legal) on an old laptop. It's only good for that particular machine and if I tried to make it usable for a broad distribution, it probably wouldn't work right on 9 of 10 machines without most of the original "bloat".

T-R-A said it all in Response 2...rest of us are just beatin' a dead horse.

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