how to revert to old display settings

September 16, 2010 at 09:17:15
Specs: Windows XP
I have just returned a faulty Graphics Card to the supplier and am waiting for a replacement. In the meantime I am using the motherboards monitor output. This has been working fine except for the aspect ratio which though annoying was adequate. Now my son has tried to rectify this and i have lost my picture. He said he disabled the display adaptor. I now get the boot screens and the Windows page then it goes black. I believe the computer has booted up correctly but i cant enable the display without a picture. I am quite a novice so as simple as possible answers would be appreciated.

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#1
September 16, 2010 at 11:35:10
Ig he disabled it, you need to restore it. When the computer first boots up, look at the screen and note which key you need to hit to enter the BIOS setup. When you get into the bios, look for the setting related to onboard video and if it's disabled, enable it. Save the settings and exit. Keep the kid off the computer.

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#2
September 16, 2010 at 12:27:03
Too late now but all he needed to do was download or enable the graphics driver for your onboard video.

If your present dilema is a BIOS setting then he must have gone there to disable it. Might be worth you asking him because that would not be the most likely thing he did. If not let us know exactly how he disabled it.

There is a greater possibility he did it in Device Manager. In which case tap F8 while booting and select Safe Mode. Go to Device Manager and enable the Display Adapter again.

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#3
September 18, 2010 at 11:47:06
Thanks guys. He did change it in the Device Manager. Btw he is 21, but i still may ban him.
Unfortunately the safe mode thing doesn't seem to be working. It loads a list of drivers but the display freezes at .....\drivers\Mup.sys. The hard drive still keeps operating so I don't believe the whole computer is freezing.
Is there a chance he tried to fix his error and has changed something else? He says not but i'm not sure.

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#4
September 18, 2010 at 12:19:33
I would try the advice given in #1. Go to BIOS and make sure onboard video is enabled and not the add-on card. You can always switch back when you get a replacement card. Mostly you get to BIOS by hitting either the F2 or Del key while booting.

The Mup.sys error can be confusing because it is usually the last thing that booted correctly and nothing to do with Mup.sys itself. This convoluted procedure "might" help but I'd definitely try the BIOS settings first:
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...

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