Inspiron 8000 display problem

Dell / Inspiron 8000
March 21, 2009 at 10:55:21
Specs: Win 2000 Pro, Pentium 3
I installed W2K over ME on this laptop and I ca't get the onboard Geforce2GO to be in charge. I installed the driver from Dell (it just replaced the same already installed) and DirectX 8. I went into Display>Adapter>Settings>Advanced but Geforce is not an option. The standard VGA with 16 colors and a tiny screen.is running things with no options for the full 1280p the screen is capable of. How do I do this? It should be dead simple.
Thanks.

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#1
March 21, 2009 at 11:40:54
Right click a blank space on your screen and choose properties> settings> advanced> adapter> properties> driver> update driver.

If your file is not in the correct format and will not update then choose uninstall instead. Close all those screens and then choose to install the driver you downloaded.


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#2
March 21, 2009 at 12:15:35
There is no Driver Update option at your last step. It shows Vgasave (header), Current Status Started (with a Stop option), Startup Type with dropdown System/Automatic/Boot/Demand/Disabled options (currently it is System).

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#3
March 21, 2009 at 14:36:38
OK then what is the name of the adapter in the step before that?

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#4
March 21, 2009 at 16:08:01
(Driver tab)

"VgaSave"
"Device Type: Non-plug and Play Drivers"

"Service Name: VgaSave"
"Display Name: VgaSave"

"Status: Started"


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#5
March 21, 2009 at 16:14:56
Then you haven't installed the drivers correctly or have the wrong drivers.

How did you find the drivers? Go to the Dell support site and enter your service tag number to get the corrrect drivers.

OK, I just went to the Dell site. That laptop came with more than one type of graphic chip. The drivers on the Dell site are for Win2000 and below. You definately need to enter the service tag, not just a model number.

http://support.dell.com/support/dow...


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#6
March 21, 2009 at 17:00:37
I got the correct one already using the service tag and installed it.
Self-extracting driver NX2K4482 installed in C:\DELL\DRIVERS\R66301 (66301 was the folder created by the nVidia install wizard).

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#7
March 21, 2009 at 17:19:49
Inside the 66301 folder are about 30 files, mostly dll's.

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#8
March 21, 2009 at 18:18:29
The download is self extracting but not self installing. Look in the folder to see if there is a setup.exe.

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#9
March 21, 2009 at 18:37:38
Yes, ran that also.

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#10
March 21, 2009 at 20:37:03
http://downloads.guru3d.com/downloa...

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#11
March 22, 2009 at 10:46:05
If I have all seven of the drivers I've found in theC:\Drivers\DELL folder, will Windows use the relevant one and ignore the rest, or do I need to test each one in turn individually and remove the other six?

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#12
March 22, 2009 at 12:00:42
Did you download the drivers I posted above?

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#13
March 22, 2009 at 13:40:12
Sure did. No joy yet. This isn't right. One of them, especially NX2K4482 from Dell using my service tag, should work.

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#14
March 22, 2009 at 13:58:02
Actually, the guru.3D beta driver would not install. The message is:
"The NVIDIA setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware. Setup will now exit."

I have installed six others:
NX2K4482, A23-180, NME1760, NX2K4425, NX2K2964, NX2K2963. They are all in C:\Drivers\DELL


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#15
March 22, 2009 at 14:08:34
Has your laptop ever been in for repair? I am wondering if the motherboard has been changed.

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#16
March 22, 2009 at 14:13:25
No, nothing like that. I got it free from a Visual Basic programmer. It had the original Windows ME on it, so I installed W2K over it. It has had the small screen ever since.

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#17
March 22, 2009 at 14:16:09
So then you don't know the history of the laptop? I suggest you download and run SIW.exe to determine the graphics chip model. Get SIW at the sink below.

http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download...


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#18
March 22, 2009 at 15:06:35
I need to sheepishly apologize. When you suggested that the machine may not be what the Dell service tag says it is, it got me curious. I went into BIOS. Lo and behold, this machine is NOT what the Dell driver search wizard (using the service tag) says it is. It is packing an ATI Mobility 4, not the NVidia product. Thanks for the prompt. I am now looking at the full screen. I may not have checked the obvious had it not been for your suggestion. Hooray, thanks... also an apology.

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#19
March 22, 2009 at 15:31:16
Glad it is sorted out.

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