Re: Installing a New Graphics Card - Happy Ending!!!!
Trotter, thanks for clearing that up about BFG & NVIDIA.
After a solid week of trying different things, the 3D graphics problem is now fixed! I'm posting here to let everyone know what the answer was.
Wayyyy back when this started, in another thread (maybe even on another board), someone told me to run dxdiag. I did, and it told me my 3D graphics weren't available. That was all it said, and no one said there was a way - right there in dxdiag - to make them available again. And I didn't know...
I'd noticed I couldn't play computer games requiring the 3D graphics, and I couldn't watch episodes of Lost on ABC.com. So I thought my video was affected, too.
Today, I was online and clicked on a news link. Instead of taking me to a written article, it started up a video. Right as I reacted, thinking, oh, I won't be able to watch this any more, the video was playing! So I tried other videos, and some I could watch and some wouldn't run.
That gave me the idea to try an online game, specifically America's Army. (I mention this to give the creators credit for accurate error handling.) Their error message told me exactly what to do in dxdiag. On the Display tab, all I had to do was enable 3D graphics. Now, the enable box was grayed out, but there was an Enable box for Direct Draw. I clicked on that, and it enabled the 3D Graphics.
Now all the things that weren't working are back again!!!
So all the time, all I ever had to do was click that button on the Display tab of dxdiag. What ****es me off is that when I ran dxdiag, all it did was tell me the 3D graphics weren't available, not what to do, and the solution was right there in that app.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to try to help me.