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MrBenski

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Windows XP Professional SP 3
Packard Bell Media PC
Pentium® 4 CPU 3.06 GHz
2GB DDR 2 667 MHz RAM
80 GB seagate HD
ATI Radeon X200 chipset
Creative Audigy 2 pro

Hi, Ok bit of a longwinded problem here goes...

The original task I was trying to perform was to fix system DLL files using SFC /scannow.
During this process, I was asked to insert Windows XP (My OS btw) -CD2. I already had an Installation disk in the CD drive.
So I googled it. I came up with this website and advice.
My search for fixes
I followed the advice to the letter. I copied the I386 folder from disk to my root folder (C:). Then, I went into Regedit, path = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Setup.
I modified the sourcepath here from C:\Windows (I really hope it was this, i told myself to remember the original path, but my mind is playing tricks on me a little, sorry)
and changed it to C:\ and rebooted.
When the GUI had loaded, the resolution was a mess as was the color bit. So I tried to reverse the situation in Regedit and reboot. Still the same.
OK, I thought, I shall reboot in VGA mode (never done this before, thought i'd give it a shot) still the same.
OK, i'll just update the video driver right? When you go to the Display app and try to change the resolution etc, you get this message.

'The currently selected graphics display driver can not be used. It was written for a previous version od windows, and it is no longer compatible with this version of windows.
The system has been started using the default VGA driver.
Please contact your hardware manufacturer to get an upgraded driver, or select one of ther microsoft provided drivers.'


So, OK. Ill update the video driver. I have a lowly little onboard ATI radeon X200 for this PC. I go to the ATI website and download the driver.
Upon install, I get this message - 'Setup was unable to complete the installation. Try to setup your display adapter with a standard VGA driver before running setup'

Next, I goto System restore. Now, i thought system restore was setup correctly on this PC. However, it does not give any restore points to me whatsoever. SR is something I have not used for a couple of years on this PC, but I was surprised. Perhaps this is a symptom of changing the registry key?

I have also tried a boot to the last known configuration. No dice. Whilst typing this I have thought of the idea of googling for a standard VGA driver and downloading & Installing. I will keep the post updated if this provides a fix.

I really dont want to have to do something like a clean install or factory restore. Is there some way I can fix this? And more importantly what can you teach me?

Also, when I can get my display driver back online, I think I shall post about the original problem of fixing DLL files.
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Jordi Ruiz

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Do you try to uninstall the graphic adapter? Go to the hardware settings and delete the graphic card, reboot the system and try to install the updated drivers.
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I havent tried that. Ill give it a try, there could be a conflict? I will keep you posted. :D
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Thank you so much, Im now using a standard VGA driver after uninstalling the ATI driver. Now I can reset up system restore and go ahead and download the new driver. Its always the more obvious fixes is'nt it? Im going to make it my mantra!
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