I guess no one knows the answer then
I guess you don't know your laptop manufacturer and model.
What is your laptop manufacturer and exact model ?
Acer Aspire 7745G
At the moment, I am trying to at least get back to where I was. Windows System Restore failed. I have gone here: Acer Laptop Driver: Acer Aspire 7745 Windows 7 64-bit Drivers to try those. I have some functionality, but screen resolution won't go above 1024 x 768 (it *was* much higher, but I can't remember the exact figures)
I did that, a short while before you posted. It gave me a file amd-catalyst-omega-14.12-with-dotnet45-win7-64bit.exe
Unfortunately, it has messed my latptop in a large way, with limited screen resolution and running very slowly. Windows System Restore failed.
I am working through other solutions at the moment
Your laptop is equipped with switchable graphics. In order to update the AMD driver, the Intel graphics should be the current version. Go to this Intel link, and manually ( do not use the Intel Driver Update Utility) find the latest graphics driver for your laptop, as pictured. Download and save it to your desktop. If you don't know which version of Intel graphics you have, look in device manager.
Download these AMD drivers to your desktop.
For Windows 8.1 or Windows 7
Now delete the Intel drivers from your computer using 'uninstall a program' in the computer control panel.
Uninstall the AMD drivers from your computer using the 'uninstall a program' in the computer control panel.
***Computers with Intel processors select 'express' uninstall all AMD software including the install manager.
*** Computers with AMD processors custom uninstall the AMD graphics driver and Catalyst Control Panel only.
Now install the Intel drivers first and lastly the AMD drivers.
NOTICE: If you do not want raptr/gaming evolved installed with your new drivers, select 'custom install' and uncheck the box for "gaming Evolved".
Thank you so much for your advice...I really appreciate it. I think I have got back to where I was when I started (although there are a *lot* of AMD64 folders still showing). I uninstalled the display drivers in the Device Manager, rebooted and let Win7 find new hardware. At the moment, I have no warnings showing in the Device Manager.
Device Manager now shows ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 and Intel(R) HD Graphics - from the drop list on the Intel page you linked, I assume that would be "Intel Core Processors with Intel HD Graphics" that I need? My processor is an Intel Core i5.
Removing the old drivers - in "Uninstall or Change a Program" there are four Intel entries, none of which are obviously Intel video drivers and no AMD programs listed (despite the very many folders named AMD64 showing in File Explorer).
I do have Revo Unstaller Pro, and I *could* do a forced uninstall if I could be sure which folders relate to the prog I want to uninstall...I have spent four hours on this, this afternoon and I am frankly nervous of it all going belly up, again. I need a break and it is now early evening here...I am ready to stop for the day.
I really am very appreciative of the advice you have given, but this kind of stuff on the threshold of my comfort zone. On one of my attempts to install drivers, one of the messages I got told me that there was already an installation program running (there wasn't in Task Manager), which makes me wonder about corrupted files
I will see how I feel in the morning, but here, now, in the moment,I am just relieved to get my laptop back working (more or less) as it was.
Thank you again
Don't use Revo. If you don't have any AMD entries in 'uninstall a program' you have other problems.
A final update on this
I want to thank Kingfish, again, for pointing me in the right direction. As it turned out, drivers from the links he posted were pretty unhelpful, resulting in several black screen issues which could only be worked around by forcing a shutdown of the laptop, which caused some problem
The reason I didn't see any AMD apps in Control Panel, Uninstall Programs was because they were under ATI.
In the event, I Display Driver Uninstaller Download version 184.108.40.206 to clear out all the AMD crap
I found my drivers at .Acer Laptop Driver: Acer Aspire 7745G Windows 7 64-bit Drivers
My laptop seems to back to normal, now, although I never did get Farming Simulator to run again. Still think that is odd, so I guess I still have some file corruption issues, somewhere.
Thank you again, everyone