After my first attempt at formatting a hard drive, I'm still having driver problems. ..as expected.
16-color monitor problem:
When I access the display settings in the control panel, I am only offered 16 colors and 400 x 600 screen size.
I've recently formatted a friend's virus stricken hard drive, and am still only getting 16 colors out of the monitor after installing the only driver the Proview monitor people make.
The monitor jack plugs directly into the HP motherboard [Intel 440 chipset]
I have just run Intel's Chipset ID utility, and under the "Intigrated Graphics" catagory it said: "Not detected or disabled".
I am unfamiliar with most of the things in the BIOS [and don't remember how to get there]--is there a place i need to go to "enable" the Intigrated Graphics by checking a box somewhere?
My local computer wizard got me set up with what were to be drivers for the mother board, but the set-up program for that said "The current opperation system supports the Intel chiposet devices on your system." and refused to change anything.
So: I've installed the Proview driver, the correct monitor is listed as working, and as far as I know, I have the correct chipset drivers--but few colors.
Perhaps a major clue is that I have a big Yellow [?] question mark in the device drivers under the "Other" catagory but the computer doesn't tell me what it is, and can't find the driver on the Windows ME disk. How do I go about getting that reconciled? It had to do with either the sound or graphics, but I've left those notes ...PCI device [?]
Audio problems, as well:
The only periferal cards added to this system is a Riptide [PC 80079 rev C] audio card. I have installed the downloaded driver for the sound card--but am still having audio problems as well: my Audacity music recording progarm keeps freezing up after 2-12 seconds, when recording [only]. This I have recently alleviated by lowering some kind of "accelerator" in the control panel's microphone properties--so that is some kind of clue to somebody who knows. ..but not me.
There is an "audio riser card" which plugs into the sound card. This riser card seems to have no components on it, but appears to be mainly the plug jack for the line-in/mic/line-out.. I tried to find a driver for the numbers on it, but no one seems to have heard of the numbers. It appears to have a logo the reads: SFN. Does this "riser card" need a driver?
Another clue might be:
Upon installing the anti-virus program it gave me a window saying "several graphic card drivers contain programming errors. A faulty driver will cause any application which reads a certain mamory block to crash". .. The sound card driver I downloaded matched the numbers down to the revison letter. .and I tried two different downloads of that---If I got the computer hooked up to the 'net, can you direct me to some kind of driver scanning utility to find what kind of drivers to get to reconcile that big yellow question mark in the system devices?
So: my monitor is only outputs the minimum, There is a big yellow question mark in the device manager, and my audio recording has a conflict.
This is my first attempt at salvaging a computer and my pronunciation of the word "Frustration" is going to have about fifteen sylables by the time I'm through, I'm afraid. ..so I do appreciate any help you might have to offer.