Display Colors Gone South

Gateway / Gm5045e
June 6, 2009 at 22:06:11
Specs: Windows XP
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?

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June 10, 2009 at 00:28:09
First off, you never mentioned if your system had the motherboard replaced which is the most likely issue.

Have you tried adding a new video card and shutting off the onboard video? Your message is quite confusing, as you seem to use the terms "video card" and "onboard video" to refer to the integrated video - a video card is an actual card that plugs into a slot on the motherboard, whereas onboard video is just a chip soldered to the motherboard!

As far as the XP "2002", that's normal. Some builds of XP Home/Pro will say this - which you mentioned you switch to.

Onboard video drivers are NOT the same as video card drivers, so you cannot download "Geforce 6200 Video Card" drivers from nVidia's website and expect them to work. You need to select the nForce drivers for your particular chipset, as this includes all mobo drivers including onboard video. I highly suggest going to Gateway's website and picking up all the drivers for this model there instead of individual components which you're trying to do.

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June 10, 2009 at 23:38:22

Thanks for your reply.
No the moterboard is original.

As for the video card: The onboard 'chip' and the GeForce 6200 are integrated.
My understanding is that they work together as one unit.

When I first bought this pc, the unit according to Gateway, Belarc Advisor and Everest was the 2005.
It was after I started having the display problems that I ran the stats through Belarc and Everest again .. only to find that it had changed its makeup to 2002.

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June 11, 2009 at 01:31:18
Sorry if I have confused everyone.
I accidently posted under my 'other' user account.
My Bad 8(

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