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    Video Card problems (5.5)

    I am running IE 5.5 and Netscape 4.76. Originally this computer had a Savage S3 video/graphics card installed. Later it was replaced with a Hercules 3d Prophet card. Some Simulator programs operate quite well while others, Train Simulator and some game CDs for example will not run at all. The beginning of the program comes up OK but then it starts to strobe and jump erratically. I have searched as well as I know how for any traces of the Savage that may still be in the system and causing the interference but everything I can find has been removed or deleted. Can someone tell me how I can check to see if there are still remains of the Savage. At one time I even removed the Hercules and installed a Radeon card but that resulted in no changes to the problem. Disabling Ad blockers or anti-virus makes no difference. Thanx for any ideas.

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    Re: Video Card problems (5.5)

    I followed the process described in this link and had good results in getting rid of old drivers and their residue: http://www3.sk.sympatico.ca/forte/videocrd.html

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    Re: Video Card problems (5.5)

    Thanx DenGar. I printed that instruction sheet and after studying it I find that it doesn't quite answer my problem. I would like to LEAVE the Hercules card in the machine BUT search and destroy any remnants of the S3 Savage card that was originally in the box, without having to disturb the Hercules program. Is that possible??

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    Re: Video Card problems (5.5)

    It's a bit of a stretch, but I think to resolve your issue, I'd start the box up in safe mode, and remove ALL display adapters. Additionally, I might do a regedit search for S3, just for kicks, to see if there are any program entries referring to the old driver. (This last step is a shot in dark, you may or may not find results based on the 'laymans term' S3...)

    If this fails, I'd install the S3 card again, along with all applicable drivers, and remove it from Safe Mode. (chances are, if you removed the drivers for the card, even with the new one installed, it would be impossible to delete everything in normal mode as some files would still be in use.) Safe Mode bypasses all hardware drivers, and reverts everything back to the basics, so removing your drivers in this mode *should* result in a clean slate.

    Depending on your version of Windows, Safe Mode may be accessed by clicking Start, Shutdown, Restart. After pressing 'Restart' Press and hold the CTRL key until the windows startup menu appears. Once you see this menu, scroll down to safe mode, and hit Enter. On some machines, you will need to use the F8 key instead of CTRL.

    I hope this helps!
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    Re: Video Card problems (5.5)

    It may also be that your Hercules drivers are out of date for the games you're playing (I'm not familiar with them, though), especially if you installed them along with the card right "out of the box." I'd go to Nvidia or Hercules, find the most recent drivers associated with your video card,and download and install them after doing what Kel suggested. Also, in the directions in the link I previously provided, you can ignore the part about removing the video card--just follow the procedure for removing the drivers and all their traces and reinstall the newest drivers. You may also have to adjust the display properties. Sometimes, too, the BIOS is a problem. See PC911 for instructions on flashing the BIOS:
    http://www.pcnineoneone.com/howto/biosflash1.html

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