|Hi Everyone |
I am convinced that unless I am lucky enough to reach someone who has had this same problem .. I will never be able to fix it.
I have a Gateway GM5045E MCE PC.
It is based upon the xp pro.
It has the Nvidia GeForce 6200 Turbo Cache card. (Integrated with the onboard chip)?
Well, a little over a year ago .. The display colors went south on me.
(Washed out with the reds showing as almost black).
The pc sat in a repair shop for 2 months with everything being tried.
New video card, new and more powerful power unit, new drivers .. etc. etc.
Nothing ever worked and no solutions were ever given.
I put the pc in the closet for 6 months and then one day, on a whim, I pulled it out and did a complete destructive re-install.
It had Beautiful color again after the install .. for about a week.
I kept using it for a few weeks and .. once in a while the colors would flash back to the correct colors.
They would only stay 'correct' for a short time then revert to the washed out look.
New cables, different monitors .. all the hardware checks out.
Heres my Dilemma: From right out of the box, I could never get a display when hooking up to the 6200 card.
It's always had to run through the onboard port.
Checking in Device Manager, Belarc Advisor and Everest .. according to their stats: I have only a GeForce 6100 in the display Adapter category.
(I'm guessing that is the Northbridge Chip)?
I've tried and I can't load the GeForce 6200 driver and have no clue as to why not? (the video card is still in the pc)
As an aside: Is there a way to check the video card's "slot" with a multi-meter for power?
ANY Ideas would be Greatly Appreciated.
BTW: Two other pieces to the clue .. This has always been a Media Center 2005 Edition but my system specs now read as 2002!
A BIOS problem maybe?
I also have an "Unknown" device with a question mark beside it.
It's says Bus CardBus.
Would that be causing my problem?