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Windows 7: Desktop Windows Manager stopped working after restart, other problems

23 May 2013   #11
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

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Restore to the point prior to updating the Video Card Driver. . .
Well, it was a while ago, and the restore points don't go back that far even when I checked the "Show more restore points" box. I realize now that I probably should've acted on this sooner, but it wasn't such a problem as it is now.
Then Restore to the point prior to installing the Critical Update to see if that fixes the problem.


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23 May 2013   #12
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

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How exactly did you update the driver ?
I went here https://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx and let it scan my laptop, then I downloaded and installed what they gave me for my video card.
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The problem is Manufactures optimize drivers on the machines they sell,
So the best place to get them is at the manufactures website not the Intel site,
I did a fresh install which erased all of the junkware pre-installed so the Intel site would be the best place for me.
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24 May 2013   #13
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So, what I'm getting from everyone is that the problem was where I was getting my driver. Since I was getting it from the wrong place, the driver was not the right one for my video card. From reading everyone's posts, I understand that the solution is to do a system restore to the point before the Critical Update mentioned before and then do a clean install of the video card driver. Ailenware only provides Nvidia and ATI Tech. video card drivers, so I'm assuming I need to go to the Dell website for drivers. Is this correct?

EDIT: Well, my NVIDIA driver needs to be updated, too. The notification took me to the website and exact driver, so I think I don't need to worry about that. But, should I do a clean install with this driver too?
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24 May 2013   #14
gregrocker

 

Why don't you System Restore to before the Intel driver was installed, then run all Important and Optional WIndows Updates, after enabling Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware (Step 3).

See if that provides the latest drivers.

Do you have Nvidia display chip onboard and an Intel video card? Which is being used? That's the one you want the driver for. The other one should be disabled in BIOS setup or Device Manager.
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24 May 2013   #15
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why don't you System Restore to before the Intel driver was installed, then run all Important and Optional WIndows Updates, after enabling Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware (Step 3).

See if that provides the latest drivers.

Do you have Nvidia display chip onboard and an Intel video card? Which is being used? That's the one you want the driver for. The other one should be disabled in BIOS setup or Device Manager.
It doesn't show a restore point from before the driver was installed, even when the "Show more restore points" box was checked. Unless there's a way to go back farther in restore points, I think I can only restore to the Critical Update.

I'm not sure about that. The dxdiag report says I have an Intel video card, but the NVIDIA Control Panel and other NVIDIA files were factory installed and I have been getting updates whenever the driver need updates. I have no clue which is being used either.
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24 May 2013   #16
gregrocker

 

Look in the Device Manager under Display drivers. What's listed?

You might have an Nvidia chipset but an Intel Display driver.

If the Critical Update is the only restore point and that's when the problem began, then System Restore and run all of your Windows Updates. Remember to enable Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware (Step 3).
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24 May 2013   #17
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Look in the Device Manager under Display drivers. What's listed?

You might have an Nvidia chipset but an Intel Display driver.

If the Critical Update is the only restore point and that's when the problem began, then System Restore and run all of your Windows Updates. Remember to enable Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware (Step 3).
Both Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M are listed. The Critical Update was on the day the problem came up again, but earlier in the day. If I restore there will it not fix the problem?
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24 May 2013   #18
gregrocker

 

Have you operated with both of these Display devices all along? Isn't one an onboard chip and the other a card? Which is the one you wish to use? There should only be one, which is usually selected in BIOS setup.
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24 May 2013   #19
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Have you operated with both of these Display devices all along? Isn't one an onboard chip and the other a card? Which is the one you wish to use? There should only be one, which is usually selected in BIOS setup.
Sorry, I have no idea if I've operated with both of them or whether one's a chip or a card. I don't really care which one I use, but if had to choose, I'd choose the NVIDIA card. How do I get to the BIOS setup to see which one is selected?
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24 May 2013   #20
gregrocker

 

Type Nvidia in Start Search box, Check if you have switchable graphics in the Nvidia Control Panel.

Otherwise on Dells with an onboard GPU chip where a video card has been added, there may be a setting in BIOS setup accessed by rebooting and tapping the key given on first screen, usually F1 or F2.
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