|"The XP that is installed on it is straight off of the recovery |
disk that came with the system, I recently reformatted the
If Gateway has the same situation as I've seen with more recent Dell, HP, and Compaq computers that have XP Home or Pro on them, it came with a "recovery disk" (that may not be the actual label) that is actually a slightly modified regular OEM XP CD - it has the \i386 folder and several other standard XP CD folders - almost all the files are identical to those on a regular XP CD. If it's a CD, not a DVD, it doesn't have enough capacity to re-load all the software that came with the system. That CD probably does not load the main chipset drivers or the drivers for devices for the system a regular OEM XP CD does not have the drivers for, and it certainly does not load any associated software for the devices.
In that case, you must install the main chipset drivers after Setup has finished, as well as any drivers and associated software for the system that Windows didn't find automatically.
In the case of a HP laptop computer, it also came with a DVD "Drivers and Applications DVD" which you use to install main chipset and other needed drivers and the extra HP supplied software programs that came with the system, and a CD that installs a software feature on the second partition, rather than the second partition being a Recovery partition that has all the data needed to re-load the C partition.
It usually does no harm at all if you install the main chipset drivers again even if they've already been installed - they may or may not be available in the downloads for your specific model on the Gateway web site, asI said above
"The VGA is coming out of the graphics card I have, which is
a NVIDIA GEforce 8500 GT I believe. It was working fine
until standby, like I said.
I tried plugging it into the VGA port that comes standard on
the motherboard but that didnt work either. However to make
it work maybe I had to take out the graphics card?"
OK, so sounds like this is a desktop computer.
In most cases when you install an AGP or PCI-E card in a slot, the onboard video is automatically disabled by the bios, and all settings to do with the onboard video in the bios such as the amount ofram shared with it are ignored by the bios.
You could try removing the card (remove the AC power to the case whenever you fiddle with any card or ram or connections inside the case) and connecting the monitor to the onboard video port, but that may not help.
The first part of your first post probably had a cause that I mentioned in response 1 (assuming the power supply had NOT malfunctioned).
I have probably mis-interpreted the second part of your post. I was assuming your problem was the connection to the TV, only, was not working after the computer had gone into Standby and you had re-booted.
If you are getting no video at all now, that's a different situation. In that case, the no video message, if you get that or similar, is probably generated by your monitor, not the mboard or Windows.
If the monitor is getting no video signal, the led on it is the standby color - often yellow or orange - rather than green or whatever color when it is getting a video signal.
Does the hard drive led seem to be blinking like it normally does while booting and loading Windows?
Does the hard drive and fan(s) spin? Are all the leds working, including, probably, one on the mboard?
Have you changed which ram you have installed sincethecomputer last worked fine?
Since you have installed a card in a slot, that may be directly related to your problem, if it was installed fairly recently. Brand name systems often have a power supply that has enough capacity to handle a very modest video card being installed, but it often does not have enough capacity to handle a video card that requires more power. If that's your case, typically, the system will work with the card anyway at first, but the PS is overloaded 100% of the time the computer is running when the video card isinstalled and eventually it will malfunction and fail.
If the PS is already malfuctioning or has failed, it's likely the system won't have video even if you remove the video card and connect the monitor to the onboard video port.
Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD!)
You can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements.
I searched using: nVidia 8500GT minimum watts amps
Most "hits" say something like this:
Minimum of a 300 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 18 Amps.)
The PS must meet or exceed both specs.
Some "hits" say 350 watts minimum.
In addition, failing or dead power supplies are common in any case.
Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
Check your PS.
They often partially work, fans and hard drives may spin, leds may come on, yet you may get no video and the mboard will not boot all the way.
See response 4 in this:
If it is failing, you can usually replace it with any decent standard sized standard ATX PS with the same capacity or greater.
If you have or can borrow a used known good power supply that has enough capacity, try connecting that before buying anything. You don't need to install it in the case for testing purposes - just prop it up beside the case and connect it.
If the mboard has an additional socket (often 4 "pin") for a power connection other than the main 20 or 24 "pin" one, make sure you connect the PS to that.
Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.
Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
See response 3 in this: