Unable to Start Windows XP

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March 22, 2010 at 02:23:29
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core Duo 1.6 Ghz/ 1Gig RAM
VGA: NVidia GeForce 9600GS 512 MB 32 Bit
Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 933

Hi i had this weird thing happen to my computer. When I installed the VGA driver (latest driver) it will restart normally but during windows XP startup it will shut off the screen automatically but still the CPU is running since th fan is still spinning. Then when I uninstalled/disable VGA thru VGA mode sometimes it restarts normally but most of the time it goes to the windows XP startup screen but im unable to change the display settings beyond 4 bit resolution. Then another weird thing happen recently is theres alot of purple vertical line on the screen. Also if I let my computer open for about 30 minutes keep on changing the display settings from 4 bit to 32 bit it will be fine but the driver is not installed/disabled.

Is this a monitor problem or VGA problem? I dont have an extra monitor or VGA to test.

Tnx in advance

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March 22, 2010 at 05:51:51
Is this a new card? Latest driver? Did u un-install the previous driver correct?

edit: make sure the card is clean and seated properly. Try to install it in another system.

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March 22, 2010 at 09:51:02
Sometimes when you install video drivers or updated video drivers, the video drivers don't detect the monitor correctly the next time you boot the computer, and thereafter. In that case, the video is normal while booting until Windows is supposed to start to load, then you either get basic VGA video in Windows, or no video at all in Windows.
There's probably nothing wrong with the video drivers you installed, unless you installed them incorrectly.
See BELOW at the end of this post regarding installing them properly.

You need load the proper monitor drivers.

NOTE that if you get no video at all in Windows when you boot normally, if you press F8 repeatedly while booting and select Enable VGA mode, you can install the monitor drivers in that mode just fine, then the monitor will display in Windows when you boot normally. You probably can't do that in Safe mode, and you often can't un-install or install video drivers in Safe mode, but you can in Enable VGA mode.

Monitor drivers (and Manual) 933SN
I downloaded the drivers - it appears you just double click on it, it will install the drivers.

The monitor drivers are also on the CD that came with the monitor.

If you have only basic video, or no video, in Windows when you boot normally after the monitor drivers have have been installed, they're there, but you need to go through some steps to get Windows to load them.
Ask me how.

"....theres alot of purple vertical line on the screen."

If you get the lines BEFORE Windows loads while booting the computer, or only get lines AFTER the monitor and the computer have warmed up, that can't be caused by any software problem on the hard drive - there's either
- something wrong with the monitor or it's video cable connection.
- if you have a video card in a slot the monitor is connected to, it has a problem.
- if it only happens AFTER the computer has warmed up, if your video adapter is on a card in a slot, your video adapter chipset is probably overheating. Unplug the computer, or switch off the AC power to the computer. Open up the case. If it has a fan and/or heatsink, check them/it for accumulated mung (dust, lint, etc.) - clean them/it if that's found, but DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner to to do that ! Make sure the fan spins okay when the computer is booted (later on, when you still have the case open and have restored AC power to the computer). Make sure the card is all the way down in it's slot.
Restore AC power, try the computer for a while.

If the monitor produces no lines when it's connected to a different computer, then the problem must be caused by a problem with your video adapter.

Problems with video drivers rarely produce lines that aren't supposed to be there, and even if they did, they would not produce them all the time.

How to Run a Monitor Self Test

Monitor FAQs


Unless the instructions for installing a device tell you otherwise.......
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 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, go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs and Un-install the software you installed, reboot, DO NOT install drivers while booting, and install the software the right way !

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March 22, 2010 at 14:35:03
Thank you. let me try does recommendation and I will give you all an update of what happen.

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March 23, 2010 at 12:04:58
It may like IRQ conflict, try disabling on-board graphics, and reinstalling Nvidia graphics drivers from setup mode.

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March 23, 2010 at 14:47:42

I have had the same thing that happened to xxSpArTaNxx happen to me when I first installed specific video drivers, or after I had updated video drivers, many times. Providing the specific monitor drivers, or at least setting Windows to use the Plug and Play Monitor drivers, has cured the problem every time.
On the other hand, the last part of Response 2 points out that people sometimes install video drivers while booting the computer - the wrong way - and that causes problems.

You don't get IRQ conflicts for devices that worked fine when they were used together before.

In most cases, you cannot disable the onboard video with any setting in the mboard's bios Setup. The only exception that I've seen is for recent desktop mboards that have a main chipset that has Hybrid video support - if your mboard does not have that, there's a 99% chance you cannot disable the onboard video by using a setting in the bios.

If you have a video card in a AGP or PCI-E X16 slot on the mboard, almost always, installing a video card in the slot automatically disables the onboard video - in that case the onboard video port cannot produce video when there is a card in a AGP or PCI-E X16 slot - if it doesn't produce video, it can't possibly conflict with the resources needed by the video card in the slot.

There is still a setting in the bios for selecting onboard video even it has been disabled, e.g. for Primary Video, or Initialize Video First, or a similar setting - but almost always you can't enable or disable the onboard video by changing a setting regarding that in the bios - it's either enabled all the time when you have NO card in a AGP or PCI-E X16 slot, or it's disabled all the time when you DO have a card in a AGP or PCI-E X16 slot. The only thing setting Primary Video or Initialize Video First, or a similar setting, to onboard video or similar does is provide info to Windows about what your primary video is - if that's incorrect, and you don't have that setting right, e.g. it should set to AGP of similar if it's an AGP card, to PCI-E X16 or similar if it's a PCI-E X 16 card, then the Windows video still works, but the enhanced features of specific drivers loaded for the card probably won't work properly in Windows - e.g. games that use those advanced features may not display as they're supposed to at all.

PCI video cards are another matter. Usually, if not always, installing a PCI video card does NOT disable the onboard video, but almost always, you STILL can't disable the onboard video with any setting in the bios.

There are also a few PCI-E X1 and possibly PCI-E X4 video cards you can install in PCI-E x1 or PCI-E X4 slots (or PCI-E X8, or PCI-E X16 slots) . I have no idea whether installing one of those cards will disable the onboard video.

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