Computer only starts in VGA mode

February 19, 2009 at 13:05:33
Specs: Windows XP, Athlon3200/3GB
A long time ago I changed mobo, cpu but kept the old hard drive. When I started up, the computer would get as far as displaying the Windows XP start up screen for about a second and then reboot. I found a work around , which was to start up in "Enable VGA mode" and then once I logged in, I could change the resolution and my video card drivers would load, etc. -- everything working fine. I've changed cards since then (several times) and used both nVidia and ATI chips. Same problem. Now I finally decided to see if I can find some help fixing it. Any ideas??

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#1
February 19, 2009 at 13:58:18
When you changed the motherboard, have you installed the drivers for that motherboard?
This is alway necessary, because a new motherboard uses another chipset, maybe onboard sound aso.

So try that first and report on what happens.

Please send a reply, if you solved the problem !!!


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#2
February 19, 2009 at 14:29:10
I'm surprised you didn't have more problems if you switched MOBOs but kept the same HDD. I would run an XP Repair, then install the necessary drivers.

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What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#3
February 19, 2009 at 14:32:50
Yep, I installed all the supplied motherboard drivers when I installed it. I couldn't figure it out then and still can't. Like I said, if I start in VGA mode it works fine once I readjust the video resolution. It starts in safe mode as well, but not in any other of the F8 options. Thanks, though. Any other ideas?

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#4
February 19, 2009 at 15:01:00
I guess, the driver for the old graphics card will be started further more.
So have you deinstalled the old driver and then installed the driver for your actuell graphics card?

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