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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:
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I love you man. Did this and worked a treat.
Easy to do in device manager, uninstall and restart. Simple
You helped me a lot!
what is this driver for?
I don't know, probably a driver for some controller chip on certain motherboards. The crux of the problem was Windows Update incorrect identified some piece of your hardware as that.
Would have never found out that the ATI 3GIO Filter Driver was the source of the problem without the advice here. Deleted it & the drivers and when I restarted the laptop, Windows 7 reinstalled a bunch of stuff. After one more restart, all was well!
Thanks for posting the solution!
THANK YOU, it works!
This is a really awesome post!
You are a GENIUS! I spent hours trying to solve this problem. Thank you so much!
Thanks, Problem solved!
Thanks! Problem solved!