Video card gone poof

July 30, 2009 at 23:34:13
Specs: Windows Vista home premium
ok, one day i'm messing around with the settings and i happen to do CTRL+ALT+DOWN and it messed with the video settings so i freaked out and did quick shut off with holding the power button, and after i got up the next morning i turned it on and noticed that a game wasn't working properly and it said an ERROR message, so i try a different game,Combat Arms, and said "make sure your computer meets the games requirements", so i found it odd and took a look at the resolution settings and it came up and said "the currently selected graphics display driver can not be used. it was written for a previous version of windows, and is no longer compatible with this version of windows. the system has been started using the default VGA driver" and it gets to the settings and i notice the default monitor option is gone and i cant get it to switch back and i tried updating the driver, updating with older driver, restart, and looking in device manager. what is up with my computer and how can i fix it?

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July 30, 2009 at 23:57:51
Have you reinstalled the video driver from the original CD? Or if you don't have it, go to the manufacturer's website & download the driver install.

The built-in 'automatic driver finder blah blah' thing never works right - if windows had the slightest clue what driver to use, it would have done it already.

If that doesn't work, then the card could be toast, try it in another computer if you can.

And only hard reset your machine as an absolute last resort - when you don't let it shut down properly, things get corrupted...!

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July 31, 2009 at 11:44:56
ok, i can try to get a new computer, since i backed up everything on an external drive. one thing, will the installed stuff from my last computer be on the new one when i put in the external drive, like so i dint have to look for everything all over again?

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August 4, 2009 at 14:18:34
ok, i found in the intel matrix thing said there was no plugins, wonder if there's a way to get the plugins back

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