So, I got this “new” laptop, a Dell Inspiron 8200 with the ATI Mobility 9000 video card and everything seemed fine as I loaded my favorite programs on board. Blender worked fine, although, owing to some glitch, perhaps in XP Pro, the numlock button only toggles the LED, but has no effect on the keys themselves. No biggie, I went into preferences and switched to the no numpad option.
So I load some more software on, which in turn upgrades me to DirectX9.0b then 9.0c. The 9b programs run fine, but the 9c ones crashed. No problem. I Restore to before the 9c update.
I run Blender again…apparently I forgot to save my preferences, so I go to select out of the numpad option under system/opengl and I crash. When I recover, I find an error message from XP that tells me my vid drivers are bad.
To make this already long story short, I restore all the way back to just after my blender install, update my drivers with the best I can find (there isn’t much out there for the MR 9000), but still crash everytime I try to select the system/opengl tab in preferences.
Would re-installing Blender 2.44 help? Are there any unbroken links to good MR 9000 drivers? Any ideas?
The computer in question:
ATI Radeon Mobilty 9000