From: LURKER on
I need help really bad. Hardware Manager yellow exclamation mark is cast in stone on "Display adapters".
Of course I have only one.

Message that is the big clue seems to be cast in stone, even with new motherboard.

Starts back in 2006.
Installed Gigabyte motherboard and I could never get rid of the yellow exclamation, even after loading the S3 drives
from the CD that came with the MB.

Everything seemed to work fine, so I finally went on with life, until the video adapter failed, and I put in a cheap
nVidia video card.
Same old story. Hardware Manager correctly identified the card and all worked well, but the exclamation mark still there.

Device Status:
Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)

Google Earth would not run in HD 3D even thought the DXDiag said it was okay. However, dxdiag also told me:

The system is using the generic video driver. Please install video driver provided by the hardware manufacturer.
DirectDraw test results: All tests were successful.
Direct3D functionality not available. You should verify that the driver is a final version from the hardware manufacturer.

To shorten the story, I have upgraded MB and processor, and tried the built in VGA,
same problem.

I have tried 2 video cards:
Ge Force 7300 GT AGP (old MB)
Ge Force 9400 GT PCI-e (new MB)

Same old problem.

My thoughts...
The original installation of XP Home has some registry settings that are not getting cleared or updated.

I am very familiar with and comfortable with Registry. I need to know how the registry keys identify which driver to
tie to which video card. I need to track this down. The video card software is not clearing or resetting a very old

Motherboard replacement was through using Repair, and then fixing the problems that regression to SP 2 created.