|I don't know what your initial problem was, but I've seen that when you reboot after installing the specific video "drivers" for a video adapter, the video drivers sometimes may not identify the capabilities of monitor properly, and sometimes in that case you get NO VIDEO at all in Windows itself when you boot normally. |
Don't boot into Safe mode.
You can't change the monitor drivers in Safe mode.
Boot into Enable VGA mode.
It boots Windows normally except the video is forced into a basic VGA mode just like it is in Safe mode.
Safe mode does not load a lot of things that are loaded when you boot normally.
When you get to the desktop screen , RIGHT click on blank part of the main Desktop screen - Properties
Settings - Advanced button - Monitor - Properties
Driver tab - Update driver
- No, not at this time
- Install from a list...., Next
- Don't search..., Next
- if Plug and Play Monitor is listed, select it, Next, etc., etc
OR - preferable - if you have the drivers for the LCD monitor model , on a CD that came with it, or a monitor drivers download you got from the web (you may have to extract it's contents), click on Have disk - Windows is looking for an *.inf file for the monitor model - once you have found that, select it.
If more than one model is listed, choose the correct one., etc., etc.
Close each window you opened properly by clicking on whatever at the bottom of the window until you're at the desktop screen.
Restart Windows - boot normally.
You should have video in Windows.
If specific drivers are loaded for the LCD monitor model, Windows will by default show you only the resolutions and other display settings the LCD monitor model can use that are supported by both the monitor drivers and the specific video drivers. Set the resolution to the Optimal or Native resolution your LCD model is supposed to use, if you you can.
If you can't choose the Optimal or Native resolution , choose a resolution that has the same ratio of width to height, when you divide the width by the height, and switch on Clear Type.
Turn on Clear Type in Windows XP or Vista - makes type/fonts on LCD screens look clearer.
If that's not satisfactory, ditch the LCD monitor, set the Monitor drivers to Plug and Monitor, use the CRT display.
Or - load the specific drivers for the CRT monitor.
Most CRT monitors are not widescreen - they use a 4:3 (1.333 to 1) resolution - 800 x 600, 1024 X 768, 1280 X 960, etc.
It's recommended you use specific monitor drivers for an LCD monitor if they're available (cheap models don't have them)_ because you can choose settings that can DAMAGE the LCD monitor if you use Plug and Play Monitor drivers - they were primarily designed for CRT monitors, not LCD monitors/ displays.
The term CARD is frequently mis-used. It's not a CARD unless the hardware adapter is on a physical board (PCB) that installs in a mboard slot and can be removed - otherwise it's just an adapter, NOT a CARD.
Onboard video, onboard sound, onboard network adapters, etc. ARE NOT A CARD !
If XP does not have the "drivers" for the sound adapter (or video adapter, etc.) that's built into the the mboard, they are available on the Asus web site in the software and driver downloads for your specific mboard model.
People often install video drivers and sound drivers, and other drivers, the wrong way.
Sound and video "drivers" always have associated files that must be installed properly along with the actual drivers. If you install only the actual drivers, it's likely the device will NOT work properly.
Unless the instructions for installing a device tell you otherwise....
(this ALWAYS applies to video and sound adapters )
You DO NOT install drivers for a device while booting into Windows, if the software for the device has not been installed yet - when Windows detects a generic device or New Hardware while booting, you allow it to search for drivers, it doesn't find any, and it wants you to show it the location of the drivers - CANCEL that, continue on to the desktop, and install the software for the device using the proper installation from a CD or the proper installation file that you downloaded from the web.
If you DID install drivers that way,
(The following also applies if you want to re-install the sound software)
- for video "drivers"....
- go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs and Un-install the software you installed, reboot, DO NOT install drivers while booting, let the desktop screen fully load.
Install the video software properly by running the proper download you got from the web, or if you have the CD that came with the video card that's in a slot, or if you have the CD that came with the brand name computer that has the Drivers on it, run the video software installation from the installation program on that.
for sound adapter drivers...
- go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs and Un-install the software you installed, reboot, DO NOT install drivers while booting.
- go to Device Manager.
(e.g. RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager)
If the sound adapter is still listed, RIGHT click on it and Un-install it.
If that was there, and you un-installed it, Reboot at least once.
DO NOT install drivers while booting.
Install the sound software properly by running the proper download you got from the web, or if you have the CD that came with the sound card, or if you have the CD that came with the brand name computer that has the Drivers on it, run the sound software installation from the installation program on that.
XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.
Load the main chipset drivers first.
If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included.....
See Response 6
"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."