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    WinXP not loading

    I just lost half a page of describing this problem and got no time to fully rewrite it. So quick summary:

    WinXP Pro stopped booting (black screen when it should show login page)
    Works in Safe mode (with net too)
    Last known good config - doesnt work

    Last thing i did before it failed - install sid meier's railroads! and play it for an evening

    Saw errors in event log regarding something failing to finish a registry operation due to windows closing it (details to follow tonight)

    PC worked 3.5 years so dont fancy a reinstall if i can delay it a few months till new pc.

    HELP



    P.S. Will reinstall if all else fails.
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    Try a repair from the install disc.

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    system restore from Safe Mode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cotswoldcs View Post
    system restore from Safe Mode?
    My comp did something similar to what you're describing and what cotswoldcs suggested worked for me.

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    Do you have a TV plugged into the gfx cards second port?

    If so, turn it on and see if the screen is displaying on that.
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    No luck so far. It doesn't seem to use my graphics card properly. However in add new hardware bit its seen as working correctly. Dxdiag complains about it and also about music and sound. I am unable to install directx again as its seen to be there and working by the installer. When i try installing video drivers they cannot complete and complain about "Inf error. Video driver not found". Then it tells me to install the default video driver before continuing with setup.

    I tried troubleshooting in dxdiag and untick something or other in display settings but it did bugger all good Any more suggestions?

    Here's some system info about graphics:
    Name RADEON 9800 PRO
    PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4E48&SUBSYS_00021002&REV_00\4&102AC5BC&0&00F0
    Adapter Type Not Available
    Adapter Description ATI Technologies Inc.
    Adapter RAM Not Available
    Installed Drivers Not Available
    Driver Version vga.sys,framebuf.dll,vga256.dll,vga64k.dll
    INF File 6.14.10.6614 (oem33.inf section)
    Color Planes ati2mtag_R350
    Color Table Entries 1
    Resolution 4294967296 x 1280 x 1024 hertz
    Bits/Pixel 1
    Memory Address 0xD8000000-0xE7FFFFFF
    I/O Port 0x0000C000-0x0000CFFF
    Memory Address 0xEB000000-0xEB00FFFF
    IRQ Channel IRQ 5
    Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\ati2mtag.sys (6.14.10.6614, 1.47 MB (1,540,608 bytes), 24/02/2004 21:47)

    Name RADEON 9800 PRO - Secondary
    PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4E68&SUBSYS_00031002&REV_00\4&102AC5BC&0&01F0
    Adapter Type Not Available
    Adapter Description ATI Technologies Inc.
    Adapter RAM Not Available
    Installed Drivers Not Available
    Driver Version Not Available
    INF File 6.14.10.6614 (oem33.inf section)
    Color Planes ati2mtag_R350
    Color Table Entries Not Available
    Resolution Not Available
    Bits/Pixel Not Available
    Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\ati2mtag.sys (6.14.10.6614, 1.47 MB (1,540,608 bytes), 24/02/2004 21:47)
    As for recovery cd - i get that dos prompt... then what? No idea how to use it. System restore didnt seem to work although i can try an older date...
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    Oh and i got no tv attached. Maybe i should try plugging monitor through dsub rather than dvi, but i doubt that will help.

    Also it seems to stop connecting to the net after a few mins. It also complains about directplay, some music and sound issues.

    Tried swapping the g-card for an 9700pro i have lying around but no change there. Maybe i should pull out an old geforce out of old pc to prod it into updating drivers...
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    when you go into the windows install section there should be an option to do a repair install. also before you try that try reinstalling the graphics card and network drivers from the net this should fix your problems as it seams it could be corrupted drivers
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    Graphics drivers wont install
    Quote Originally Posted by dkmech
    When i try installing video drivers they cannot complete and complain about "Inf error. Video driver not found". Then it tells me to install the default video driver before continuing with setup.
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    when in safe mode uninstall all drivers so it is like when windows was first installed then try reinstalling
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