Even if the specs for an older machine are adequate and meet Windows 10 requirements, I am running into problems when comes to the graphics (video).
Starting from scratch, after wiping out the old Windows XP systems – it seems Windows is determined to install incorrect refresh rates. This makes the Windows 10 operating system almost unusable. Who wants a computer that can’t run video?
On the Lenovo Thinkpad, Windows installs a 50 Hertz refresh rate. normal refresh rates for generic monitors is 60 Hertz. On the Dell laptop, Windows ten installs the monitor at 64 Hertz refresh rate. In both cases, the incorrect refresh rates effectively prevent video from running without all kinds of stops and staggers.
Even after installing the correct ATI drivers to the IBM Thinkpad, it still settles on the 50 Hertz refresh rate. And the older version of MOM (Catalyst Control Center) does not give the options for forcing a better refresh rate. And neither does Windows, btw. There is no way to fix the bad refresh rates. Short of registry tweaks. Which I do know one ATI tweak that may or may not get results. I have never used it specifically to force a refresh rate.
The Dell, on the other hand – might be hopeless. It has the 915GM integrated Intel graphics, which is like the one model that got destroyed by its own maker, Intel. Apparently at the time, Intel and Microsoft were in feud over Windows Vista support, and Intel never updated the drivers on the 915GM to run within a Vista on up file system. Has nothing to do with graphics capability, like they claim. nothing — because Linux has the drivers. Intel even lists the Linux drivers. So that is a tad frustrating.
Combine that with Windows 10 insisting to set incorrect and unstable refresh rates – and I feel like I’m caught between a giant battle of two idiots. Life kind of regresses when your mind is circling around what to google and find an answer to these kind of roadblocks.
So what to do? I could say to heck with it, and install Linux systems on both machines. Problem with that, is I wanted to get the IBM up to shape as a Windows machine for my cousin to use. While Linux distros have come a long way, they are still not quite something for the novice computer user. And the Dell laptop is something the handyman (who found it by a dumpster) might want to replace one other lap top he has been using. So again, are looking at the Windows being a better option for an average user.
What this leaves me with, is I need a copy of Windows XP to install. They can be pricey, and top that with the fact that XP is no longer supported. So are not “safe” to use at this point. And the only real problem I have with both machines in running Windows 10, is the graphics and video. The only problem I really have is the incorrect drivers that Windows installs for the laptop monitors.
There are ways to go in and build your own .inf files. So I’m thinking about THAT. Only thing is it means research and study and TIME for me, where I’m not sure if either of these machines is worth it in the first place. I would be perfectly happy to have Linux on them, but if I’m not keeping these laptops – they need to be outfitted with something like Windows.
And that’s where my brain is left just circling and circling. And it hinges on that Windows imposed refresh rate, that is something beyond just drivers. I can feel it. Because on the ATI catalyst control center, where it lists “force” – under refresh rates it still only gives the 50 Hertz bad refresh rate. Which means that the ATI could not even override what Windows is imposing on the system.
I have seen this before. Under Windows 8, it would impose a 72 Hertz refresh rate on a monitor, causing it to be all lines and a bad display. So the main question, is WHY??????
That is where I will Google and hunt, next. Will be updating this blog as my search continues…
So I put Windows XP back on both machines, so could get the drivers re-established. Thing is, neither one can run video right, even so. And the hardware can DO it, because at least the one (Dell) can run video with Ubuntu on a stick plugged in. SO — I am looking at a setting or Windows feature in the Power? Something that is causing graphics drivers to malfunction and video to not play correctly.
I thought it was the refresh rates, but even WITH the right refresh rates, are still doing this staggered choppy number on video.