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    Video Driver Fear!

    I just dl'd new video drivers because Windows apparently lost the drivers that let me select settings in Display. I couldn't find any but the basic drivers (SIS 530) on any of my discs, so I dl'd the latest version from SIS. However, they are in DOS format, (I assume they're in DOS format, they are blue and white boxes... but they are also exe's.) and I don't know how to load them. Could you please tell me how to?

    To make matters worse, the website advised I dl the BIOS update (I did - I have an AMIK6-2) to handle the new drivers, but I'm afraid to use it. How do I back up my current BIOS before updating it?

    I did a "test" configuration like MS suggests on their website, but every time I boot, I have to choose the test or the Original Config. When I choose the Test Config, everything is fine. But when I choose boot to the Original it goes back to the usual video problem.

    I can't stand the 640x480 size screen! Thank you!

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    Re: Video Driver Fear!

    First things first: leave the BIOS alone unless you have no other option. Gamers, tweakers, and system builders are into that sort of thing, but you can <img src=/S/hosed.gif border=0 alt=hosed width=73 height=24> hose your system completely with one bad BIOS flash. Ahhh, it's not that dire, but leave it alone because BIOS updates tend to address specific issues.

    The SiS drivers are simply self-extracting drivers that will inflate - they are not DOS drivers. (Watch me be wrong about this.) Create a new folder, call it something useful like SiS and move the EXE into that folder. Run it. It should open a little DOS windows and stream a few things past really fast.....and there's your drivers.

    Before your add the new drivers, go into Device Manager (Control Panel - System - Device Manager) and remove the video card. Yes, remove it, please, so that Windows will install the drivers anew instead of doing something strange. <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>
    -Mark

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    Re: Video Driver Fear!

    Mark, thanks so much for your prompt response! I went to the Sis site again to copy this for you:
    "BIOS Updating Utility is for most 530 platforms. This TSR file is able to update your 530 VGA BIOS to the newest version 1.08. The using method only puts it on C: and add one line "s108.exe" into autoexec.bat, it will update BIOS when system boot up."

    If this is all the update does, couldn't I just add that line to the autoexec.bat myself? Or do you still recommend not changing anything? Also, if I remove the video driver from the device manager BEFORE installing new ones, won't Windows just reload what I deleted? I don't mean to sound like I'm doubting you, but I learn best by knowing the whys and wherefores! : ) Thanks again!!

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    Re: Video Driver Fear!

    Ahhhh, the picture becomes clearer now....video BIOS.

    Since this is not a system BIOS update, then it's best to follow the recommendations of the manufacturer. I'm personally a bit leery anyway, because TSRs are evil critters. Maybe that's just my experience with them in DOS.

    You can certainly add that line to AUTOEXEC.BAT yourself if you want to. If something goes awry after you add it, you also know how to get that sucker out of there and back to your previous state.

    Your question about removing the video card from device manager....well, Windows might search for the driver itself. What should happen is that it will re-detect the device and prompt you for the drivers, and then you can point it to where your updated ones are. Although you could update the drivers from within Windows, doing it this way ensures that no files are in use and thus cannot be overwritten by the new software.

    Let us know how you make out!
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    Re: Video Driver Fear!

    Dear Carolinian,

    It seems you need a DRIVER for your video adapter, not video BIOS upgrade. For your video card (SIS 530) and operating system (Windows 98) download it from <A target="_blank" HREF=ftp://ftp.megasat.ch/jetway/driver/530_107_w9x.zip>ftp://ftp.megasat.ch/jetway/driver/530_107_w9x.zip</A>, for example (download size is about 16 MB, it will take a while unless you have fast Internet connection).
    Unzip it and run EXE file - I hope it will work for you.

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    Re: Video Driver Fear!

    Thanks Mark... I did it, and so far, so good! I'm definitely saving these to a disk so I won't have that problem again. I can't begin to tell you the trouble I've had since I took the computer to a local store to have them install my new cd-writer and to check my sound card... to capsulize it, my computer doesn't boot normally. Plus they wiped my hard drive clean and saved only the data, and kept it 3 days. I only got it back by insisting they have it done by Saturday, at their closing time. They only installed 95 and tried to sell me a full version of 98 because they "don't recommend the upgrade." So needless to say, I'm still reinstalling and downloading and having problems!

    I always save a copy of my autoexec.bat and config.sys before I make major changes, so I'm wondering if it's safe to use those instead of the way they did it. For example, now my autoexec reads
    SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D0 T4
    @if exist C:WININST0.400SuWarn.Bat call C:WININST0.400SuWarn.Bat
    @if exist C:WININST0.400SuWarn.Bat del C:WININST0.400SuWarn.Bat
    C:CFG801
    COS801
    REM [Header]
    @ECHO OFF

    and my config.sys reads: REM [Header] DOS=HIGH,UMB

    No mention of MSInput, the cdrom, windows command or himem, etc. And what in the world is header????

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    Re: Video Driver Fear!

    Thanks for the link! I'll dl that, too, in case I need it in the future. I just hope this never happens again, but you have both been so helpful, at least I know where I can turn if I things screw up again! It's great to find a place that actually answers your questions so quickly! Thanks again!

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