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Topic Title: ATI Graphics Driver installation problem
Topic Summary: Completely unable to install the proper driver for x1950Pro
Created On: 07/05/2009 12:22 PM
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 07/05/2009 12:22 PM
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First, an apology if this is posted in the wrong forum. It seemed the closest to the category with "driver."

I'm having a severe problem installing the proper driver for my graphics card, an x1950 Pro. Please read through to the end to see all of the ways I've tried to solve this problem. I've tried to give as much pertinent detail as possible. I'm at the point of having no idea what to do, and am totally unable to get the proper driver installed. Can anyone help?

After updating my graphics driver to Catalyst Display Driver 6.10 from the ATI website, I discovered that driver did not support my X1950PRO card. I was unable to roll back to the previous driver, so I then downloaded the correct "legacy" version from the ATI site.

- Original (wrong) driver: Catalyst Display Driver 6.10 (rev 8.591)
- New (correct) driver: Catalyst Display Driver 6.9 ( rev 8.291 )

However, I was unable to reinstall that driver, resulting in these two error messages:

- INF error. Video driver not found.
- Setup was unable to complete the installation. Try to setup your display adapter with a standard VGA driver before running setup.

After doing some research, I bought Driver Cleaner and followed the instructions precisely. However, after the final reboot, when I tried to load the correct driver, I get the same two error messages:

The computer is running Windows XP SP3
- .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is installed and fully updated.
- Motherboard: Mach Speed P4M800

Information from Device Manager:
- The X1950PRO is no longer present -- the listed display adapter is DisplayLink Mirror Adapter
- Under Other Devices, are Video Controller and Video Controller (VGA Compatible). Both of these have a yellow question mark.
- Also, the Found New Hardware wizard is NOT appearing whenever the computer is rebooted.

I tried rebooting into Safe Mode after running Driver Cleaner and then installing the driver. But I got the same result with the same two error messages.

I attempted to "scan for hardware changes" in the Device Manager to force Windows to re-acquire the card after drivers have been uninstalled/cleaned. But when I do that and let it try to install automatically, it says it cannot find the software.

I tried following the information in this post about "Forcing Windows to Use the Standard VGA Mode Drivers Without Having to Use Safe Mode":
http://computerhelpandsupport....vga-compatible-driver/
But the only OEM*.inf file I found on my system was in /Windows/OemDir. There was no Oem#.pnf file with it.
- I attempted the driver install again, thinking that this would place the files I needed in the ATI folder so I could follow the instructions. But only one other OEM file appeared: oemdspif.dl_ . There was no .pnf file in the ATI folder.
- I attempted to install the driver through Device Manager
by using Update Drivers and then pointing to the inf file in the ATI driver folder.

I received the following suggestion from the maker of Driver Cleaner. It didn't work (my results appear below these instructions):
- Run driver/install
- After fails, right click on desktop, and select Properties
- Go to Settings, then Advanced
- Click on Adapter tab, you should see your Adapter type (e.g. Radeon X600 Series)
- Click on Properties button
- Click on Driver tab
- Click on Update Driver... button
- Click on "No, not this time" radio button (to bypass Hardware Wizard searching the web)
- Click Next
- Click on "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)" radio button
- Click Next
- Click on "Don't search. I will choose the driver to install" radio button
- Click Next
- Click on Have Disk...
- Click Browse...
- Navigate to the location where ATI installed the driver files. For example, C:\ATI\SUPPORT\6-9_xp-2k_dd_35774\2KXP_INF
- Select the .inf file.
- Click Open
- Click Ok. A dialog comes up with a huge list of drivers. Navigate until you find the one closest to your card.
- Click Next and then Install.
- Click Finish

However, I wasn't able to complete all of those steps. Before trying the cleaning/install again, I went through the steps as a dry run. I got into Properties/Advanced/Adapter/Properties/Driver. But at that step, there is no Update Driver button. On the Adapter tab, there is no Adapter Type listed. The field is there with an icon, but not actual type is named. ( Adapter information list is all <unavailable> And when I select Properties, the Service Name is listed as VgaSave, and the Display Name is VGA Display Controller.

I'm not receiving any helpful answers from the DriverCleaner site, and am hitting the same results with every attempt. Does anyone have a fresh insight?
 07/05/2009 04:22 PM
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use ATI Catalyst 9.3 or eariler CCC and driver the x1950 is no longer supported
 07/06/2009 06:42 PM
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B-Shot, I installed the driver you recommended, which is also what ATI notes as a legacy driver on the site here: http://support.amd.com/us/gpud....4.1.3.13&lang=English
This is the one I just now installed.

However, GeCube (the card manufacturer) notes "The CD Driver enclosed in the GeCube color Box is Catalyst Display Driver 6.9 ( rev 8.291 ) that supports X1950PRO graphics card properly ! The recent released Catalyst Display Driver 6.10 from ATI website did not support X1950PRO due to the missing X1950PRO device ID during the updating process! Please install the display driver from the box."

But after installing the legacy driver you noted, the one from the ATI site, my driver is now version 8.591, which is the version installed with CDD 6.10. This is right back where I started, with a driver installed that is too advanced for my card. I need to get it back to version 8.291. The card was bought Open Box, so I do not have the CD. And now I'm back to paragraph 3 in my first post.
 07/06/2009 08:05 PM
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Here is all the drivers for your card.
 07/06/2009 08:17 PM
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This what you looking for?


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 07/06/2009 09:49 PM
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That's the one, dimwit, thanks, and thanks B-shot. But I already have the correct driver. I'm just not able to install it without those error messages appearing. And unfortunately, System Restore wasn't working so there is no restore point. I'm redownloading the correct driver again and will try it again, but I feel completely out of options. All I can think of now is reinstalling the OS and starting totally from scratch, but man.... that's a last resort step.
 07/07/2009 08:29 AM
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Once you get going, Cat 6.12 was probably the best driver for the 1950pro. You may not need a full reinstall. A Repair install might do the job and save your data.

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 07/07/2009 10:33 PM
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Would a Repair install of XP allow me to revert back to the original graphics driver? If so, that might then (hopefully) allow me to update to the correct version.
 07/08/2009 11:03 AM
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Probably, it's been a while since I've fiddled with XP. By repair install I mean the second menu screen that comes up asking where to install. At that point there's an option to repair an existing installation.

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#2: A64 X2 4200+, ASUS A8V-D, SAPPHIRE AGP 1950PRO
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