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When installing a version of Windows listed at the end of this article the installation process carries out a hardware detection and tries to automatically install any hardware it recognises. There are occasions where Windows cannot correctly identify your graphics card and your installation will complete with a default VGA adapter offering fewer colours and a lower resolution than the card can support due to the correct driver not being loaded. It is not always possible to identify the make of a graphics card by physical inspection, particularly when using laptop computers, and this makes it difficult to determine the correct driver to use.
Open a command prompt, type debug and hit enter. At the dash (-) prompt, type: d C000:0010. The command window will display a list of hexadecimal values with a translation on the right hand side. The information on the right hand side should help you determine what video card you have installed. To scroll down this detail, type d and enter at the dash prompt.
Here is a sample output from this command. You can see that it identifies the card as an ATI Mach 64 adapter.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition