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Need an alternative driver.

  1. #1


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro

    Need an alternative driver.


    I have a dell inspirion 530 from 2007. It is afriend's. When he gave it to me to look at it had a pirated windows 7 ultimate copy and had never been updated. Not to mention the 25 unwanted programs. It now has windows 8 pro 32 bit.

    The only issue is after a few minutes it gives me the eror AND display driver has crashed and recovered". Then it will freeze shortly after. I've run the diagnostic and memory tests and all came back with no errors. I have the latest AMD display driver.

    Where can I find out what other drivers may work for the Machine and OS I am having the issue with? I've Uninstalled the driver and went to the site, same thing. Any help? OR any alternative tests that can pin point the issue. The fix it said it wasn't compatible.
    Last edited by mike6623; 20 Mar 2015 at 23:18.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Sometimes the newest driver is not the best driver on older hardware..

    You have to revert back to an older version - and then block driver updates - to prevent MS update from installing newer driver
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  3. #3


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Sometimes the newest driver is not the best driver on older hardware..

    You have to revert back to an older version - and then block driver updates - to prevent MS update from installing newer driver
    Great, how do you block driver updates?
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
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  5. #5


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    How did you get to that?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    In any case, would the display driver cause the entire screen to freeze if it is incompatible with the driver?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    right click start flag > system > Advanced system settings > hardware tab > Device installation Settings...

    A driver is just software telling the hardware what to do - software crashes and hardware fails..
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