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  1. Revmitchell

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    So I updated a few drivers and now my computer is slow to load images, and eventually beeps and the screen shuts off but the computer does not. One of the drivers updated was related to the video card. Any thoughts.
     
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    Revert back to the old drivers. Nothing hurts Windows, in any version, more than a bad video driver.
     
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    How do I do that?
     
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    If you have xp or vista go to start/all programs/accessories/system tools/system restore. You should get a calendar or list of restore points, pick on just prior to your install of drivers and it will revert back.

    That should cure your problem if it is related to your installing of drivers.

    If that does not work you can go to start/control/panel/system/device manager and it may have some items preceeded by explanation points. This will indicate the problem area. There may be hints to the problem in the little window.

    If this is where you end up let us know what device is the problem and what it says.

    If you are using win 98 you need to go buy a new computer :laugh: or wait for someone that has a better memory than this old goat. Actually the device manager area would be a good place.
     
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    You could boot into safe mode, and revert to the old driver in Device Manager.
     
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    I have found the driver backup and I believe it is taken care of. Thank you
     
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    Thank You for taking the time to post this.
     
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    Thank you for taking the time to post this.
     
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    For future reference, always uninstall the old video drivers before installing the new ones. Installing new drivers over old drivers can sometimes lead to serious stability issues. Cleaning out the old drivers first gives the new drivers a clean slate to work from.

    My procedure is as follows:
    • Uninstall the current drivers through Add/Remove Programs
    • Boot into Safe Mode*
    • Run Driver Sweeper to remove all traces of the old drivers
    • Boot back into Windows regular mode
    • Install new video drivers

    This mainly for ATI video cards. The same would work for Nvidia. onboard graphics (Intel, VIA, etc) would not benefit from this.

    * In XP: Click Start > Run > type "msconfig" > OK > click Boot tab > check Safe Boot > OK > Reboot. When you are ready to reboot back into Windows, repeat the process and uncheck Safe Boot.

    * In Vista: Same procedure but you will have to type "MSCONFIG" in the search box at the Start Menu.
     

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