I have recently installed Windows 7 on my Dell Dimension 2400 and it appears to be working satisfactorly EXCEPT that the video
graphics is large pixalated and the colors are horriable. I have tried installing the old Windows xp driver for the E171FPb Monitor
but have not been succesfull in getting it recognized. I have searched the internet and found a driver on Intel (win2k_xp1410.exe)
and it fails because it does not like the OS. I know some people claim to have successuflly loaded a driver using something called the compatability
mode. I have not been able to make that work either. I do not want to go back to Windows XP so any help would be appreciated.
Download the XP driver file from the Dell site and run it. It will create a folder in the Dell directory on the hard drive. Go to that directory, right click on the Setup file, choose Properties, and on the Compatibility tab, tell it to run in compatibility mode for Windows XP. Then double-click the Setup file and the driver will install. It worked for me. The best resolution I could get was 1024 x 768.
The Dimension 2400 has an 845GV chipset. Intel has stated that no Windows 7 drivers will be released for the 845 family; Older Intel Graphics Controllers and Windows 7. The most expedient route in this case is to find a suitable PCI graphics card for which a Windows 7 driver is available. Once example can be found here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130466
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For Windows 7, it's best to install a PCI video card, instead of trying to use the integrated graphics.
Check out the discussion HERE
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The Geforce 8400 is available in PCI.
The Best Card out there is Geforce 9500 PCI. It will be 4 X faster than a geforce 8400.
Jaton Video Card VIDEO-498PCI-DLP NVIDIA Geforce 9500GT 1GB DDR2Stream Processors 32Memory Clock 800MHzMemory Interface 128-bitMemory Type DDR2
You need 32 bit 33mhz PCI 2.3 card.
NVIDIA Geforce 8400GS 512 meg DDR2Stream Processors 8Memory Clock 800MHzMemory Interface 64-bitMemory Type DDR2
Sparkle GeForce 8400GS 512 MB DDR3 PCI with Native HDMI Graphics Card SFPC84GS512U2LP
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Here is a modern PCI card with native HDMI and onboard audio, only $45: www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_3
When buying a PCI video card, Dell installed either a 200w, or 250w power supply in the Dimension 2400, you might need to upgrade the power supply, depending on the video card's requirements that's purchased.
I think the 8400GS is thrifty enough, power-wise, to work with a 200-watt power supply. The same could be said of the 4350 PCI.
Well using the PCI card will be the best step forward if you can get one for relatively cheap. It will give you the best video performance possible on this machine.
The method muto suggested may work, although he/she does not need to disregard other peoples help in such a negative way. I will expand on it slightly.
As for windows update.
Start>All Programs>Windows Update
Look for optional updates that might have to do with you're system devices such as graphics.
You have the Dell XP drivers. If you download and install 7zip (32 bit .msi file).
Then you may create a new folder on the desktop or on the C: drive. Copy the drivers from the dell website (R96001, R106456, R79733 & R86399) into it.
Left click the arrow beside display adaptors, right click your device and select update driver software...
Select browse my computer for driver software and select the folder on the desktop or c: drive where you put the drivers in.
Then reboot. See if things are any better.
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$45 is not unreasonable if it can postpone the purchase of a new PC for two or three years.
Not only will the 8400GS allow for use of the monitor's native resolution, it will enable smooth playback of video, streaming or otherwise, which may be a big plus to the OP.
Okay chesman/muto - probably the same person. Writing style and bad attitude is the same. You are the one with the ego, you express this through rudeness and arrogance. Even if you don't know the faces of the other people that have posted, there is no excuse for having such an attitude. Sounds like you have personal issues and are trying to make yourself feel better by attempting to step down on others.
I don't know anyone on this forum either, however I have asked for advice and they have helped me pleasantly for nothing in return and for that I respect them. I also respect when people try to help other people, there are often multiple solutions to different problems and sometimes a wrong solution helps bring about the right one. I give solutions which I think are correct and have helped some users on this forum, I sometimes expand on other peoples answers if I think it will help. I have given some other solutions/ideas and some others have given a better solution.
I will state once the problem I have with you're attitude. You will probably ignore it and we won't mention it any further.
I respect also when you try to help people but I don't respect you're general attitude towards other users which you deem to be wrong. In this case installing a graphics card will costs $45 but will give a better end user experience or going for the Windows XP driver which may or may not work to satisfaction. In the end Charles1776 will decide on what he wants to do. I see such an attitude alot throughout my university studies, close minded people who think they are always right... doesn't get them very far... and I make as little contact with them as possible.
I do not have this particular unit to try anything myself. It was just a suggestion which would take 2 seconds to check and if it was there then it would resolve the issue. Its what I had done on another older unit, which I couldn't find the Windows 7 graphics drivers for. I done the method muto mentioned on it and then found an optional update which helped me and made my system slightly more stable.
Dimension 2300 with windows 7 and xp driver from DELL works fine automatically selected 1280x1024
(I update the old Dimension 2300
-expanded memory from 512MB to 1.5GB by adding 1GB at less then 10 euro
-changed disk 40GB for 120GB Hitachi disk at about 14 euro
-changed CD player for Samsung DVD RW less then 20 euro
-installed windows 7 home refurbished at about 49 euro
so that gives a rough idea about the costs (Most parts I got from amazon in Germany)
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