Solved Generic VGA Drivers in windows missing

July 16, 2013 at 12:17:21
Specs: ME, P4/1GB
Missing Generic Display Drivers

Having problems with a work computer. Its running windows ME and I was having problems with the onboard video drivers locking up the machine. So, I spent $10 on a used ATI Rage 128 Ultra, hoping that I would have better luck with its drivers.

Before the ATI card, I was just using the generic VGA driver in windows. When I started the ATI driver install, it stopped the install saying that I needed to running the generic VGA driver for it to configure the system. After this point, the generic VGA driver was gone from the list in the displays control panel.

Any Help greatly appreciated.


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July 16, 2013 at 23:28:17
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If you were only using the generic drivers with the original video adapter maybe all you needed to do was to install the correct drivers for that one.

I made some notes for changing to a generic video driver on my 98 machine. I'm sure it's pretty much the same way for ME:

Open 'display settings'
Click 'settings'
Then 'advanced'
Click 'display a list of all the drivers. . .'
In the box that opens click 'show all hardware'
Choose [Standard display types] in the left column and
Choose 'Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)' from the right column
Then save settings and exit.

You may need to uninstall any previous attempts to install drivers in 'add/remove programs'.

If you still have problems run scanreg /restore. I believe for ME you need to run that from START--RUN on the desktop. Then choose a registry to restore with a date that just precedes you making the changes. After it restores the older registry and boots to the desktop try starting the driver install again.

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July 17, 2013 at 22:54:09
Just download Catalyst 6.2 for Windows 98/ME. Catalyst is a software package made by ATI that contains all ATI drivers in one package.

The Catalyst drivers have always worked on any ATI card I've tried. I am 99% certain it will have the driver for that card. Windows XP from 2001 actually has those drivers built right in.

PS you'll notice the links go to AMD, which now owns ATI.

Catalystâ„¢ 6.2 Drivers and ATI Multimedia Software for Windows 98/Windows 98 SE/Windows ME

Direct download:

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July 18, 2013 at 18:06:38
I think you paid about $5 too much for that ancient card, lol. If you were originally using onboard video, go into the BIOS & disable it.

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