|Re: compaq presario 2500 (2505EA) with windows 2000 has no proper video drivers!!|
Message #2 Posted by Dave Shaffer on 22 May 2003, 12:51 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Carlos
Welcome to the wonderful world of Microsoft: you can only go forward, as in marching off a cliff; you can't go back.
You might check the discussion from a week or two ago about operating systems and old hardware.
If you are not wedded to the new video card, you might try an old card. I got an "XP only" Sony PC about a year ago, which the Best Buy folks said would work ONLY under XP. I tried putting Win98 on it, and it sort-of, barely worked - mostly because, like you, I couldn't get reasonable video. (I just swapped in a hard drive which had a complete Win98 system on it.) I finally put in a truly ancient PCI video card (STB Velocity 3D, borrowed from a Gateway PentiumPro), and it worked fine! These and similar video cards are available now on Ebay for basically the cost of shipping (under $10). If you don't need fancy graphics, they are fine. Typically, they have 2-4MB of video memory, and will drive a 1024x768 display in full color.
Moral of the story: if you want to be retro in your software, you probably have to be retro in (at least some of) your hardware!