display adapter hardware conflict

Dell / Dimension xps t600
February 28, 2009 at 10:38:31
Specs: Windows 98se, intel pentium iii / 256mb
My computer seems to be functioning in a limited compatability / safe mode & the most consistent issue I find is driver related, but also indicating that my 32 mb diamond viper v770d ultra nvidia has a hardware conflict (checked the driver without online support and says what I have installed is the best).  The system suggestion is that I pursue the resolution of the hardware conflict but there are no help topics detail.  How should I proceed?  HELP!  Please & Thank you.

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February 28, 2009 at 10:51:51
"My computer seems to be functioning in a limited compatability / safe mode"

What do you mean "seems to be"? Either it is or it isn't...does it say "safe mode" in the corners of the screen?


Here's the proper video driver for your antique card...lol


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February 28, 2009 at 11:03:04
Jam,It doesn't say safe mode in the corners, but . . . when I run msconfig it shows seletective startup under the general tab AND I can't change it to normal startup.  Maybe it's a good thing I can't, but everything is big and blocky.  I had gotten a couple of messages upon startup which indicated something like my display adapter had a problem.  When I look under display settings, my only options are 16 & 2 bit!!!  The vga display is functional.  My old computer is paying me back for buying a new computer!!! lol  I really just want to get the old files retrieved for use on my new computer . . . but I've run into these issues before I could get that far.
I will see if I can copy and install that driver from your link in the meantime.

Again:  please & thank you for your help.

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February 28, 2009 at 11:04:57
Many motherboards using an AGP bus for the graphics had an option in the BIOS (setup) screens to reserve an IRQ for the graphics.

If your BIOS has such a setting it may have been reset due to a weak CMOS battery. Boot into the BIOS screens and look for that setting. Also, enable "reset configuration data" for one boot cycle if THAT option is available.

To check and see if there is a hardware conflict go to Device Manager and look at what else is using the same IRQ as your graphics card.

When in Device Manager highlight the very top line and then choose the View tab. Select to view resources by type. Then expand Interrupt request. Look for your video card and then anything else that is using the same IRQ.

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February 28, 2009 at 11:19:45
"When I look under display settings, my only options are 16 & 2 bit!!! "

You must not have the drivers installed. This is a Win98 machine, correct? Try the drivers I posted in the other link. They're 4 yrs old but there are the latest available for the TNT/TNT2.

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February 28, 2009 at 11:23:27

I don't know how to determine the IRQ and IRQ conflict, but there are 3 items which show up as conflicts for i/o and memory with the nvidia card: standard display adapter (vga), motherboard resources, and system board extension for PnP BIOS.

Unfortunately, I realized I would like to restore AFTER I'd already rebooted several times, so that doesn't seem to be an option. I have a 2005 rescue zip disk, but I'm not even sure if it isn't for another computer. On top of that, I'm not sure what a rescue disk would do and so I'm worried about large files I would like to preserve and transfer if that is still an option.

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February 28, 2009 at 11:30:51

I checked that link, but the drivers were listed as xp and 2000 instead of 98, so . . . . I guess I should try it anyway?

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February 28, 2009 at 11:47:19
check the link again ;)

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February 28, 2009 at 11:49:04
I'd looked at a nvidia site earlier for drivers and didn't see anything for 98 then either. I did try that driver in the link jam provided, but again it was for 2000 & so it didn't work.

Thanks for your insights.

Any other ideas? I'm going to poke around in the BIOS set up screen and see if I can find that "reset" for "weak CMOS battery" associated with an "AGP bus". This is unfamiliar territory, but I like learning new things and I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP.

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February 28, 2009 at 12:18:16

I did find win 98 driver, thanks! I think I got re-routed the first time bc I'm on an XP now . . . still waiting to check the improvement that provides. will update

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February 28, 2009 at 12:32:05
jam & othehill,the nvidia drive did seem to install but there are still no other settings options other than 16 & 2!  The device manager message is this "The device could not find any input/output range resouces to use. (code 12)"  & "If you want to use this device you must disable another device that is using the resources it needs."  Should I try to remove the standard vga?  Up until I'd tried to get a 98 driver for a flash drive, there was no graphics display issues.  What do you think?  Is this fixable?  Is this a fire I have to look at as a chance for a clean start?  [There was a lot of labor and research in the files I'd like to retrieve from the 98 computer.] :(

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February 28, 2009 at 14:16:07
Your present issue is minor. No reason to re-install Windows.

Do you still have a listing for a VGA adapter? If so, remove the nvidia TNT adapter. Then right click on an empty spot on the screen. Choose properties> settings> advanced> adapter> change> next. Tick the bullet to search for a better driver> display a list. Then browse to the correct path where you have the correct driver stored. Follow the prompts after that.

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March 15, 2009 at 08:06:44

I hope you're still out there. I had to take a breather. This is important but not a top priority. [life!]

I do have a listing for a VGA adapter, but I'm reluctant to remove the nvidias TNT adapter because my internet link isn't functioning properly either. Is that because the computer is locked into compatability mode? Should I still pursue the exclusive use of the VGA adapter if I don't have an internet link to search for "best" drivers?

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March 15, 2009 at 08:44:09

OtheHill or jam or ANYBODY:

So I've burned the Driver Detective drivers for windows 98 onto a CD (today), and we'll see once I get the old Dell up a running again what the removal of the nvidia adapter does . . . Things are kind of a mess. This will take me a little while again.

This is just the "display" issue though, and I don't understand why this would put my computer into compatability mode or why (other than attempting to download a win 98 compatable driver for a flash drive / usb port) I would suddenly have a hardware conflict.

I was really burned out on this problem since my computer was so slow and all my efforts were failing, but I'd thought that some data available to transfer would be at least promising. I did try to use my zip drive to copy and transfer some files to a zip disk while the computer was/is in compatability mode, but I was totally unsuccessful. . . .

Hopefully the removal of nvidia will resolve my hardware conflict and allow me to return my computer to "normal mode" if I can still remember any of the pathways after two weeks absence from this project! :)

If you have any other advice please let me know--THANKS!

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March 15, 2009 at 10:25:23
Check in the BIOS to see if you if plug and play aware OS is enabled. If so, then try disabling it. Also, look for a setting called reset configuration data. Enable for ONE boot cycle. That should force the BIOS to sort out the resource conflict.

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March 15, 2009 at 14:21:48

Plug and Play OS is NOT enabled. I'm going to leave the plug & play setting "off" and enable the reset configuration data for ONE boot, then disable it upon start-up again. . . . It wants to add back the nvidia display adapter. Should I let it?

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March 15, 2009 at 15:15:03
OK, so maybe I should have waited for an answer, but I was nervous about letting possibly lock into that position if I didn't give it a command soon. I went ahead and followed the prompts to add the nvidia adapter (driver) and then restarted when prompted, but the reset configuration data was already reset to "no" when I went into BIOS in the boot.

I still have the conflict with the display adapters. I have a feeling there was something about the instructions that was infered that I just didn't pick up on. Also, I have a yellow exclamation point over the direct memory access controller (this has been there when I was checking up on the nvidia display so it's not newer, but I thought I might mention it). More info: the BIOS is Phoenix 4.0 version 6.0 if that's of any use.

Any more suggestions? Do I need to try the reset configuration data setting "on" for each of the devices that show up with a yellow exclamation mark in the device manager?

Again, thanks for all the help and your patience.

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