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W530, Win10 Video driver?

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W530, Win10 Video driver?

#1 Post by hellosailor » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:20 pm

I'd upgraded from Win7 to Win10 largely without issue, following all steps and downloading all drivers. And that pretty much worked for months. Then I recently did a restart after some "trivial" Win10 upgrades, and my desktop turned BLACK. Black background, as if I'd set that to the background color. I went to look for the usual old choice of desktop schemes and colors, and it was gone. The new one was mainly yellows and oranges, with NO options to set a custom desktop color.

WTF?

So I tried reverting, no joy. I checked the Lenono drivers, no joy, nothing new there. I contacted NVidia and downloaded THEIR recommended latest "correct" drivers...still no joy. I eventually recovered my old desktop by restoring an older system image, but I still have no idea why using the latest "correct" everything won't give me the old custom desktop options. Which leaves me afraid to install the latest "Creator Update" of Win10 since it may break things again.

And I'd like to try installing that Creator Update because the version I'm running locks down default applications, i.e. it uses the new Windows Movie player for mp4 files, and refuses to let those be changed. Among other locked-down default programs. Really annoying, and of course, MS swears *they* didn't no that.
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-- Harboring a retired T61P with Vista/U/32 and housebreaking a younger W530 foolishly upgraded from Win7/64 to Win10.

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Re: W530, Win10 Video driver?

#2 Post by san40k » Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:01 pm

Some related experience: I was happily running windows 10 v1511 on w530 and after upgrade to Creators Update (v1703) laptop often doesn't come out from suspend (black screen).

I'm now considering downgrading windows or video drivers - can you share which windows and nvidia drivers version are you running?
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Re: W530, Win10 Video driver?

#3 Post by san40k » Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:23 pm

It appears that w530 is not tested for Windows CU 1703 update: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht503655
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Re: W530, Win10 Video driver?

#4 Post by hellosailor » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:10 pm

Nice to find that out. But "not tested" is like not being on the HQL. It doesn't mean something doesn't work--it just means it hasn't been tested. And note that it HAS been tested for 1607, which won't install here either. One MS tech said that's the key, I have to install 1607 before 1703 can install. Uh, yeah, I'd put a contract out on him but these days, that costs more than a new computer.

Since even 1607 won't install, and 1607 is tested and supposedly can and will install...there's still something wrong with Win10. And their whole concept of "this is an OS that will forever be upgrading..." and a moving target.
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-- Harboring a retired T61P with Vista/U/32 and housebreaking a younger W530 foolishly upgraded from Win7/64 to Win10.

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