My friend is unfortunate enough to have a Dell Dimension 2400 computer with built in graphics. He has been unknowingly flogging a dead horse trying to run his LOTR game using the supplied Intel Chipset - updating the drivers did get the game to run as far as the menu but anything further and it simply went back to the desktop.
Also to add salt into the wound - Dell have not even provided an AGP slot let alone PCI Express so with PCI cards being few and far between I was restricted to getting a Club 3D Radeon 9250 PCI card, simply because it was all I could find from my usual sources. I have used Sapphire Radeon 9200s as AGP and they were OK for the kind of games my friend would play, even the odd GTA III or Vice City at lowish resolutions.
In the Dell BIOS, the only video options I get are to change the primary video controller to AUTO or Onboard and how much memory I wish to allocate. I can only allocate 1MB or 8MB and unlike their onboard sound or network adapter, none of these options give me the ability to switch off the onboard graphics completely!! So each time the system boots up, I get no picture from the PCI card - only from the onboard VGA socket, Windows then attempts to install the onboard graphics using the Intel drivers that were preinstalled on the system. Also there is an option for AGP Aperture even though there is no pissing AGP slot!! - this is set on the highest setting of 256MB from 64MB.
I have tried uninstalling the drivers but it keeps looping back onto the onboard video card!! The PCI card is practically ignored throughout the usage of the computer, from the beginning through to Windows Device Manager. It keeps giving precedence over the onboard card instead of using the PCI card and disabling the onboard solution!! HELP PLEASE!!!!
DELL DIMENSION 2400
Intel Pentium 4 2.4ghz
1.25GB of RAM (1x1GB of RAM, 1x256MB of RAM shipped with the system)
40GB Hard Drive
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive, Dell Standard Issue
Windows XP Home Edition, "Dell Customised" (i.e. graffittied with Dell Wallpaper, software and shortcuts, and their affair of device drivers)
17in DELL FST CRT Monitor
Dell Keyboard and Mouse