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post #1 of 18 Old 11-23-2005, 8:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Video card headaches - help?

I bought a new XFX brand GeForceFX 5500 from Tigerdirect and a 512MB stick of RAM to upgrade the SO's computer. Installation was a snap, have done both on other machines before.

So...the card went in.

I booted the pc.

Win XP recognized the new card.

Before I installed the software via CD, I went into Display Properties from the desktop to bump the res up from 800x600 to 1024x768 (the setting I was running with the integrated graphics before I installed the card).

The screen went blank and I figured it would come back with a prompt to keep the new settings or return to the smaller res, but no dice.

So I rebooted...and nothing. Blank screen.

I've pulled the card and reinstalled twice. Windows boots to the XP logon screen, but as soon as I select a user the screen goes back to black.



Any freaking clue here guys?
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During computer bootup, right after POST and right before the WinXP splash screen hit F8. Boot into safe mode and open your display properties. Go to Advanced and then Monitor. Make sure the refresh rate is set to 60hz. Reboot.
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Re: Video card headaches - help?

sounds like it asked if you could see it (you couldn't) and then it goes on a timer and reverts to the old setting. However first you rebooted so it kept the new bad setting. Just a guess. Had you waited it would have came back (the first time)

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Re: Video card headaches - help?

Windows does this all the time if you set the card to a setting it doesn't like.
The screen will go black and it will not come back.
You have to go into safe mode as ND said. While you're there change it back to 800x600. Don't go any higher until you have the full set of drivers on the machine.
Did you disable the integrated card in the BIOS before hand? Windows may well have recognized it, but it probably still knows the other one and is allocating memory to it. After you go into safe mode and set the new card back, boot it fully and uninstall the old video card.
Then boot again and disable it in the BIOS. Then go ahead and install the full driver set and adjust your card to taste.
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Re: Video card headaches - help?

You have to shut it down, then wait 10 seconds, then turn it back on. You must have forgotten the wait 10 seconds part.

And then there's this asshole...
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Re: Video card headaches - help?

I'm out of time and patience for the night, but thanks for the replies guys.

Note: ND gave me some live tech help over the phone and at least I've got a fresh set of drivers for the onboard graphics. That coupled with the added 512MB memory module I installed and the PC's whizzing along pretty well (I had really effed it up there for a couple hours).

This is my wife's business computer. She lives and dies by it. I'm damned lucky I didn't do something I couldn't undo. Whew! Yap, I know just enough to get myself into trouble.

This forces me to rethink my position on consoles...
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In a PM last night from ND:

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Ah, dude...if it's her money maker go buy yourself another PC before you get flying china coming at your head

On the bright side of things you already have the first piece
What- the video card? OMG!

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Money maker:

Hopefully you are doing backups?
If it doesn't need to be internet connected consider getting a second and isolating this one to avoid security issues and virii.
Hopefully you are doing backups?

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Chain, did you unplug the monitor plug from the old "plug-in" to the video card "plug in" that should be facing the back of your computer (on the back of the card itself)??


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Re: Video card headaches - help?

Okay, I always go with the simplest solution, didn't mean to insult your intelligence.


Okay, did you install the drivers before you plugged in the card? It may be trying to run the native WINXP drivers for your card, and not the drivers you installed secondary.

Go ahead and do a RESTORE to the time before you started screwing around with it, and then load drivers first.
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Re: Video card headaches - help?

ND and I tried to do a system restore to yesterday (well, day before yesterday since we were on the phone last night) and it didn't take. Weird, huh?

Bottom line: the computer is up and running fine now (fast too, with 768MB RAM) with the latest WinXP GeForce 2 Integrated GPU drivers for the old onboard graphics card. I don't know if I've got the nerve to go back in there. If I'd have effed up that computer two weeks before my wedding, who knows, maybe I'd have been bumming a room off one of you guys.
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Your always welcome Chain.
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Re: Video card headaches - help?

You're not gonna kill a computer trying to install a video card. Not even someone from Humbolt CA could do that.
Did you do what I posted? Did you ever disable the onboard? It's just a minor conflict with the hardware that can be resolved.
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You misspelled "Humboldt". Countyist.

And then there's this asshole...
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