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McKnight

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After reformatting my computer... I began the slow reinstallation of drivers, etc. This is where I noticed that under the My Computer>Properties>Hardware>Device Manager... I see "Other devices," with two Video Controller sub items; one of which is Video Controller (VGA Compatible).

What is the difference between the two (the Video Controller; and the Video Controller (VGA Compatible)? I want to know which one I should install drivers for...

Any help/info would greatly be appreciated... thanks.
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Neil Jones

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One may be on-board graphics, the other a separate card.
Find drivers for them both, you may find one driver feed them both and the erroneous entry will morph into something else.
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Thanks for the post...

I have 128MB PCI Express (Radeon); and when I install the driver for it, it does indeed morph into one entry. My only question now is this:

When choosing Display Properties>Settings (by right-clicking on the desktop); and then using the drop arrow for the Display... I am prompted to choose from two Radeon cards (both the same name; but one with a lower color default setting).

Why are two shown with the same name?

Thanks again...
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This is normal behaviour for recent graphics card as they have the ability to power two monitors.
So you can have a spreadsheet on one screen for example and a cash flow forecast on the other.
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Thank you very much for your time...

One last question if I may:

Do you recommend downloading the card utilities as well; or just the driver? I ask, because last time I tried downloading the utilities... I encounted an error and was unable to complete the download. Is the utility driver even needed?

Thanks...
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I only download the driver and try to avoid the superfluous crap that ATI/Nvidia seem to want to bundle with everything these days. I want it to put a picture on my screen and if I wanted a 30 day trial to *some online gaming site* I'd go there myself, not download it from ATI of all places.
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Thank you very much my friend... you have been more than helpful.
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