how to detect video adapter type for a 5 year old laptop?

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A friend just had her windowsXP reinstalled after disk crash.
Now windowsxp is using a generic display driver which updates very slowly
and disables the standby button.

I tried to talk her through downloading driver from the manufacturer, but
somehow it wouldn't install properly. Actually, I'm not sure it was the
correct driver to begin with. Her laptop is a chembook L3800, but the web
site only has a model 3800 (no L).

Anyway, is there an utility that would identify the chipset used in the
video adapter? This way we can get the driver from the chip maker instead of
the laptop maker.

Re: how to detect video adapter type for a 5 year old laptop?

Yes, Belarc advisor or Everest will probably tell you.  However, it will
only identify the chip, and the generic drivers may or may not work.

To repeat an important rule:  Never buy any laptop that is not a "tier
1" product from one of the major manufacturers.  There are just too many
support problems down the road.

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