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Posted 27 October 2007 - 04:37 PM

OK, so I updated my nVidia drivers earlier to play the Crysis demo, after I had finished playing I was unable to play San Andreas. I thought "Going to choose SA over a demo" so I tried a System Restore. That is where everything screwed up..

Now I have a list as long as my arm of things wrong. Most are small but others are quite annoying. They include:

Not being able to get my own desktop background on.
Taskbar windows don't have regular programs and no arrow to extend
WMP loops on the installation
Alot of programs seem to of reset themselves.
Blank quick launch menu
Start menu programs being made alphabetical
Start bar stuck on Locked

And a few other things. What I want to know is, is there a way I can just get my PC back to how it was before?

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 05:27 PM

Did you try older system restore points?

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 05:57 PM

Yeah, I'm sure it's to do with the driver I screwed up, not the system.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 06:13 PM

First try this, go back into System Restore and select 'Restore my machine to a previous point' and then on the calendar there should be an event to undo the restore that you just did, try that and you should be back to where you were after you installed the updated drivers.

Try that first and then if you are back to your original problem then report back.

or if you get to that stage, then go into 'Device Manager' or devmgmt.msc through the Run command, the select your graphics card and the right-click>properties and press the Driver tab then click to roll-back the driver to a previous one, that should then take you back to before the driver update.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 06:17 PM

Sadly that is what I have been doing with the System Restores.

Also, since posting that I have discovered whatever I do manage to achieve while on the PC is instantly gone when I restart. For example, I managed to get Quick Launch going, I shutdown and restarted and it is gone.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 06:28 PM

It seems strange that a Graphics Driver could do all that, but go to here and select your card from there, it's a page with the 'Legacy Drivers' on it, so find the driver you had before and download that and install it, it should hopefully install without going all hissy on you for having a newer version.

Also what Card do you have, just in case that doesn't work so I can look into the driver package to get around the check.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 06:36 PM

I've got a GeForce 7300 SE.

I'll give that a go now.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 06:46 PM

I recently had a problem when I installed an update through WU. It screwed my system up something fierce. The only fix that worked was doing a system restore to before I updated, then uninstalling the drivers, reinstalling the ones on the discs that came with my PC, then updating to the last one before the one that caused the screw up. Not a fun process, and something I'd try to avoid again at all costs, but nothing else seemed to work for me. confused.gif

Hopefully you have better luck.

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 10:18 PM

Going to have a look for the driver disks tommorow. Anyone got a guide/tutorial on how i'd go about doing it?

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 11:14 PM

With so many drivers it's quite hard to even begin to write a tutorial or guide on that. The best advice I could give you is if you're getting out the Driver Disks then try starting afresh with all of them, then update them all one at a time. If your looking for advice on each driver then Gooogle is your friend

Also as Sweets mentioned about Windows Update have you done this recently, as in manually, if you have then this could be one possible cause of your problem, if you've not and this has only just happend then it won't be that as it's long past Update Tuesday




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