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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Blender 3D - Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family Driver Problems

This post is mostly copied and pasted directly from my post in the forums.

Whenever I try to type anything into a text field in Blender, it will not show up, neither the IBeam nor the new text. I can't even remove any old text. However, when I click outside (or deselect) the textfield, whatever I wrote in the textfield, any new values or any modifications, show up. The biggest problem is that you have no idea if you have made a typo until you deselect the textfield. This happens to every text field in the entire program, weather it's saving your project, or inputting a numerical amount.

My Hardware Specs
Although this should work for many other computers and blender releases, here are my hardware specifications:

Blender Version 2.48a
Python Version 2.5

HP Compaq 2710p
Microsoft Windows XP - Tablet PC Edition 2005
Version 2002 - Service Pack 3
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU U7600 @ 1.20GHz
790 MHz, 2.99 GB of RAM (?? I thought I had 4 Gigs...)

Graphics Cards
Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family

No matter how I tried to install the driver, since I am running Windows XP Tablet Edition, it would not update to the new version. So I finally found a way around it.

Download the ZIP of the driver (not the EXE) from and unpack it to the desktop (or any temporary folder for that matter).

Go to Start and right click "My Computer", and choose "Properties".

Click "Hardware" and then the "Device Manager" button.

Click "Display Adapters" so it expands to reveal "Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family". Right click that, and choose "Update Driver". That should reveal the "Hardware Update Wizzard" dialog.

Select the "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)" radio button, and click next.

IMPORTANT: Then select "Do not search. I will select the driver to install." and click next.
Note that choosing "Search for the best driver in these locations" will not work. It will not recognize the new driver as better than the one you already have.

Click the "Have Disk" button, and then "Browse" in the dialog that appears.

Browse to the location to where you unpacked the new driver, and then open the "Graphics" folder. Double click on the file named "igxp32.inf", and then click "OK".

The driver "Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family" should now appear in the list. Make sure it is selected, and then click next.

Wait while Windows copies over the new driver files. When it is finished, it should prompt you to restart the computer. Note that the new settings will not take effect until the computer is restarted, but this can be done at any time.

Hopefully this will make a difference for anyone out there. It did for me. :)

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