|I have had windows vista for the past 5 years and I'm ready for a change. With the recent failing of my graphics card (Nvidia Geforce 8300 GS) I went out and purchased a new one (Nvidia GeForce 210). Nothing extra special but I was certainly excited about it after dealing with yellow lines, black dots, and a far too large screen for anyone to handle, for a few months. I waited as long as I did to replace the graphics card, because (and this is just my luck) my computer started to act funny around the same time it started failing. Silly me, I thought maybe it was just a virus or malware issue. Mostly I just like to fix things myself and I made it a goal of mine to figure out the problem. After giving it a month of extensive searching I gave up..or gave in. Bought the new graphics card, went crazy and bought windows 7 too. I just wanted to clean install and start over at this point. (Yes, everything is backed up). I wasnt really sure about how to go about doing this though and decided to install the graphics card first. After doing so though, and this was an after thought, I cleand installed Vista because maybe I should've uninstall the previous drivers first? Anyway, Vista loaded, beautifully.... and this is with just a standard VGA graphics adapter? How is that possible? I tried running off VGA just 2 days prior and it looked like a even more messed up version of a really bad safe mode before I did the clean install? Well, anyway, Im not really complaining. It definitely is nice to feel like I have a computer back... somewhat. So heres the problem. I can't install the driver software for my new graphics card, or Windows 7. I can't try updating the drivers from the discs that came with my OS - in attempt to fix the DVD drive. I did however install my Dlink wireless router, which is in CD format. And then it hit me.. I remember this problem from back when I had the Dell Techs out replacing my hardrive after a failure a few years ago. I realized after that clean install I wasnt able to play dvds on my computer anymore. Cds are fine. Didnt really cross my mind again until this point though. I was never much a burner. Anyway, Im sorry if I sound delirious. I've done nothing but searching and searching for answers for the last couple of months that I can't believe this is happening again. I can't help but think its something I'm doing, or something the computer is lacking that is causing the issue? Ive tried uninstalling/reinstalling through device manager. I know that it is in fact just a DVD issue. CDs run fine. Under device manager the DVD/CD-ROM drive listed is HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GSA-H31N. I have extensively cleaned my computer from dust, and after the recent issue of not being able to install the new graphics card software or install windows 7 I have taken out the disc drive and removed any dust I saw, but like I said, I do remember this happening years ago after my last clean install. I was just to oblivious to care. |
What am I doing wrong?
I have a dell dimension XPS 410. (model #DXP061)
Vista 32 Bit
2.00 GB RAM
THANK YOU, for any help!