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November 16th, 2007

Enjoy using your computer? Then don't install the optional Vista update "ATI PCI Express (3GIO) Filter Driver" unless you are certain you own that particular piece of ATI hardware.

I foolishly installed this bomb of an update, and upon restarting my computer I found that my network card, sound card, and video card had all failed.

The fix for this problem is easy. Go to Device Manager, open the "System devices" node, then right click and Uninstall the "3GIO Filter Driver". Make sure you click the "Delete the driver from your system" checkbox. Then it's just a matter of enjoying the fantastic fireworks of failing drivers. After a few restarts the correct drivers should be back in use.

I found no useful information online, so here's the info that Windows Update provides:

ATI PCI Express 3GIO Filter Driver

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