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The Bellinghman
Date: 2005-02-24 11:28
Subject: On multipliers in computing
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It's one of the features of the advance of computing technology that something new will often be some multiplier of its predecessor. But this is getting ridiculous.

I just installed a new graphics card in my home PC. It's a fairly high end one, and I'm running the desktop at 1280 x 1024 x 32bit colour.

This work PC is running at 1280 x 1024 x 24bit colour, and for what I do, that's perfectly OK. I'm not actually asking for a replacement yet. But it's a 4MB graphics card, whereas the home one is a 256MB card. Yes, that's 64 times as much RAM. The amount of RAM in a graphics card has doubled eight times since this machine's card was high end.

Moore's law seems inadequate for that.

(ATI are now talking about release a 512MB card pretty soon now.)
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The Bellinghman
Date: 2005-02-24 15:08
Subject: Oops
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I've managed to disable the VGA device under Windows XP, with somewhat problematic results - in other words, XP is stuffed.

(Symptomology - at the end of Windows start-up, at the point when the screen should go from the initial splash screen to showing the desktop, the screen goes black and never comes back. In Safe Mode/Command Prompt Only, the list of loaded drivers just sits there.)

Anybody got any idea of a way on re-enabling it? Without reinstalling XP?

(I can dual-boot the system into W2K instead, which is fine. It's also on a LAN, so if there's any way of doing remote admin, I could do that.)

Yes, I do feel stupid.

(I'm also wondering whether changing the graphics card to something totally different would persuade XP to re-enable it.)
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