1) my last dxdiag revealed this:
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1200 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
I don't quite understand that, as I am using a Gateway FPD2485W -- a 24 incher that has 1920X1200 right on the front. One that I have been using for years and has worked great. Is it even possible that a 24 inch widescreen would not be able to do 1920X1200? This thing is outstanding, and even delivers 1080p with the right setup. I am always watching HDTV while I work in PIP. So I would be astounded if this monitor was not supposed to be doing 1920X1200, and that I have been overworking my video cards because they need to compensate for this.
2) While uninstalling drivers and looking over things with DriverSweeper & Autoruns, I have also come across the following files for ATI:
Which is strange because I do not have any ATI products, and this computer came with the previously stated 8800GTX video card - factory installed. I certainly have never installed any ATI drivers myself.
But the following files are located within Windows/System32/Drivers:
as well a few in Windows/System32:
I am in the process of uninstalling my current video driver (it's off right now.)
I have attempted to 'clean' these ATI files with Driver Sweeper 1.5.5 and it does not do anything to them.
I read that with the 9800GTX+, that the 178 series drivers are most stable, so I will trying one of those.
But I do not want to proceed with any new drivers until I know whether or not I can delete these ATI files, and whether or not my monitor can indeed do 1920X1200.
thanks very much
I have also removed the Physics Accelerator I had inside, along with all of it's drivers to eliminate one more item from the equation. As I don't think I have ever even used it for a game, I'm just going to leave it out. That wasn't the problem however.