Driver problem after reformat

By Harry_L
Dec 7, 2007
  1. Hi, just wondering if you can help or point me in the right direction. I'm not very pc literate but after formating (for the first time) my fathers computer, i do not know where to find the appropriate drivers? He cannot find the disc?
    The pc's resolution is pretty ugly at the moment (16 bit graphic) and of course has no sound and i think is running on the default driver?
    My motherboard Model is MS-6165 which has the graphics card in the motherboard itself.

    I've used Belarc to get a snapshot of the pc in it's present state:

    Operating System System Model
    Windows 98 SE (build 4.10.2222) VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8601
    Enclosure Type: Desktop
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    1.20 gigahertz Intel Celeron
    32 kilobyte primary memory cache
    256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: 601-686A
    Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
    BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG 01/10/2002
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    102.33 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    102.03 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    LITE-ON LTR-48246K [CD-ROM drive]
    RICOH DVD+RW MP5240 [CD-ROM drive]
    Generic floppy disk drive (3.5")

    Generic IDE hard disk drive (20.01 GB) -- drive 0, No SMART Driver
    Generic IDE hard disk drive (82.32 GB) -- drive 1, No SMART Driver
    88 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'BANK_0' has 64 MB
    Slot 'BANK_1' has 32 MB
    Slot 'BANK_2' is Empty
    Slot 'BANK_3' is Empty
    Local Drive Volumes

    c: (FAT32 on drive 0)20.01 GB19.70 GB free
    d: (FAT32 on drive 1)82.32 GB82.32 GB free

    Network Drives
    None detected
    Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
    No details available None detected
    Controllers Display
    Standard Floppy Disk Controller
    Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
    VIA Bus Master PCI IDE Controller Standard PCI Graphics Adapter
    (VGA) [Display adapter]
    Samsung SyncMaster [Monitor] (15.2"vis, s/n HMBX803607, August 2004)
    Bus Adapters Multimedia
    VIA Tech 3038 PCI to USB Universal Host Controller (2x) None
    Communications Other Devices
    None detected
    Network Card MAC Address: 00:00:00:00:00:00 Standard 101/102-Key or
    Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    USB Root Hub (2x)
    Virus Protection [Back to Top]
    No details available
    Missing Microsoft Security Hotfixes [Back to Top]
    No details available
    Installed Microsoft Hotfixes [Back to Top]
    None detected
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    You will need to find out what graphics card you have and download the appropriate drivers for it from the manufacturer's website.

    You will also want to try and get drivers for the motherboard and chipset from the motherboard manufacturer's website. If you are using integrated sound (i.e. not a PCI sound card) then the drivers for this should be on the same website as the motherboard drivers.
  3. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    That a very old motherboard by the look of things. I believe its made by MSI but they don't seem to support it anymore.
    Microsoft doesn't support windows 98 anymore either.

    Think its time for an upgrade really.
  5. Harry_L

    Harry_L TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Dave, yeah that's the problem. I have opened up the computer and looked how and low for the graphics card but cannot find any info?
  6. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    If you cannot easily see a graphics card and your monitor plugs into a socket near the speakers etc, then you will have integrated graphics. For info on what you have you will want to download Everest Home Edition, it tells you all sorts of things about your pc and should include your graphics chipset.
  7. Harry_L

    Harry_L TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Dave etc. Will download Everest and get back to you.
  8. bigboy38

    bigboy38 TS Rookie

    w2040 emachine

    my 2040 emachine keeps rebooting about every 20 or 30 min can anyone tell me what can i do .
  9. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Hello, bigboy38, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

    Please take a moment to read the following threads to make your experience here as enjoyable as possible :)

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    With regards to your problem, please post your problem in its own thread in the Windows OS forum, and include more detail, such as: your Windows version, what are you doing when it restarts and how long it's been happening for.

    @Harry_L: No problem, mate, I'll look out for your next post :)
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