Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Windows XP And The 'VGASave' Service

I recently hit a brick wall when attempting to repair my Windows XP installation. I couldn't install the drivers for my video card - a VisionTek Xtasy 9100 128Mb. When I visited the Device Manager, the usual "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" that you would expect to see was not present, and when going in through the display properties, a "vgasave" service was running in it's place, which could not be removed or stopped. Strange. How was I to get the standard VGA controller back in there so I could install the Catalyst drivers? To clarify, said drivers (and quite a few others) require the video card to be listed and identified as a standard VGA graphics adapter to install from scratch.