Graphics problem

Running W7 ultimate 32 bit. My graphics card is a Nvidia GTX280. Problem- When I run a game or even Spider Solitaire, the screen gets covered in a pattern and pixilates (at one point it was shutting my screen down to power saver mode)
Will use this game as an example - Rainbow 6 Las Vegas - I have downloaded all latest patches and also drivers 196.21 and beta driver 196.34. I booted in safe mode and removed driver, then did a clean with Driver SWEEPER and installed new driver as above. All worked well until I turned machine off. On next startup all was the same again so went through the process with Beta driver - same result again.
I checked the driver in Device manager and what seems to happen is that Win 7 uploads its own signed driver everytime as follows
Driver Files

Version WDDMv1.1
File Version
Driver date 14.05.2009

Now this is an old driver but keeps reinstalling itself no matter what I do. How do I get 7 to accept the new driver? The funny thing is it affects Spider Solitaire but not Frecell on the freebie Windows games - go figure. I am totally at a loss and fed up rebooting my machine with what is obviosly a Windows problem and no support there now as I'm told to contact my comp manufacturer. Sorry but he is miles away from me since I moved.

Question Info

Last updated March 13, 2018 Views 645 Applies to:


Let’s try to force install the drivers for Windows 7 and check if it helps. 

Download the drivers for your version of Windows from the link mentioned below:

Windows 7 32-bit:

Uninstall the graphic card driver from device manager.

Follow these steps:

1.       Go to start and type in device manager in the search box and press enter.
2.       Then right-click on display adapters and click on uninstall
3.       Click on Action and select Add legacy hardware.
4.       Click on next and click on install the hardware that I manually select from a list.
5.       Now click next and then select display adapters.
6.       Click on Have disk and browse to the folder where you have saved the Windows 7 driver.
7.       Follow the instructions to complete the installation.

Hope this helps!

Afzal-Microsoft Support.
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