Video Games Messing Up Since Reformatting

Compaq / Dn024a-aba s5000cl na310
January 8, 2010 at 19:25:47
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.131 GHz / 1023 MB
So my computer got the dreaded B.S.O.D. the other day, and I ended up having to reformat my primary drive, which had all my games, drivers, os, etc. After reformatting I ran through the usual process of reinstalling drivers; i.e. audio, video, codecs, necessary browser upgrades and so on. The issue that occurs now, is that since reformatting and setting everything up, all my games are choppy as all get out. I've changed settings and cut corners just to see if I could get things running at all, all to no avail. So I've checked a couple forums, messed with a few settings and then finally decided to open up the DirectX diagnostic tool. Well...DirectX has brought it to my attention that my system is using a generic video driver. Yet, I distinctly remember downloading and installing the drivers from nVidia's site directly. My computer may be a bit of a dinosaur at this point, but these games played perfectly fine before. If anyone has any ideas on what the issue could be, or any tips to figuring out why the diagnostic tool would be saying my system is running off of a generic video driver, it would be greatly appreciated if you shared.

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#1
January 8, 2010 at 19:58:40
Well, did you install the nVidia driver or not? It's simple enough to check. Go to Device Manager, click the '+' next to Display adapters...is your video card properly identified? Right click on it, click Properties, then click on the Driver tab...what's listed for driver date & driver version?

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#2
January 8, 2010 at 20:28:05
Download and install the correct driver.

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#3
January 9, 2010 at 15:13:49
reformatted again, this time making sure to only install the last version of driver for video card instead of most recent, ran through auto updates until sp3, and then finished up by reinstalling other necessary drivers and programs, tested again and voila!

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