video driver failed to initialize

May 31, 2008 at 10:46:01
Specs: windows xp, 2.53 core2duo

I installed windows xp from my sata cd drive to my sata hd and erything went smoothly. When it rebooted I got a blue screen saying the video driver failed to initialize. Im running on integrated graphics for now. The worst part is I cant even get into safe mode without having the same blue screen error. Help!!!!

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May 31, 2008 at 12:02:13

Instead of choosing Safe mode when you press F8 while booting, choose Enable VGA mode - that forces Windows to use a basic VGA mode that all cards support without needing drivers, but otherwise Windows loads normally.
Once the desktop screen loads, if you haven't yet loaded the drivers for your mboard, load them - if you have the CD that came with the mboard, ones on that will do - if not you need to get the mboard drivers for your mboard model from the mboard manufacturer's web site, or from the Intel web site for your mboard model if it's an actual Intel brand mboard, or from the Intel web site for your particular Intel main chipset if it isn't.
You often must install drivers for the mboard chipset BEFORE installing the drivers for a video card in a slot.

If you installed video drivers for the card before installing drivers for the mboard main chipset, if there is anything in Add/Remove Programs for the video, un-install it, go into Device Manager and Un-install the display adapter(s) ,install the main chipset drivers, then install the video drivers.

DO NOT point to drivers for the video if Windows says it found a display adapter while booting, can't find drivers when it searches, and wants you to point to where they are - that almost always results in the video not working properly. Cancel that, continue on to the desktop, and load the drivers using the proper Install or Setup procedure.
If you DID point Windows to video drivers while booting, if there is anything in Add/Remove Programs for the video, un-install it. Go into Device Manager and Un-install the display adapter(s).

What make and model of mboard do you have?
(Most mboards that have Intel chipsets were not made by Intel)
What video card are you trying to use?
E.g. If it is an AGP video card, some AGP cards cannot work in some AGP slots - cards with 2X capability (2X/4X, or 2X/4X/8X) will not work properly in some AGP slots with 4X or 4X/8X capability - you can damage the mboard and/or the card in a short time if you try to use such a card.

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