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    Display Adapter Problems

    I've spent about 12 hours fighting with an AGP Display Adapter on a PC that worked flawlessly for several years until we removed some old software. Then we got an error message that the driver was corrupt, and from then on we've only been able to boot into Safe mode, and it refuses to display in any of the standard modes or the ones designed specifically for the card. Any suggestions before I beat the thing to a bloody pulp <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>
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    Re: Display Adapter Problems

    Suggestions? Yes, brass knuckles before you commence the beating. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Have you tried reinstalling the driver in safe mode yet? What happens if you remove the device in Device Manager and let Windows redetect it? Also, a simple measure, try running scandisk.
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    Re: Display Adapter Problems

    Well, the problem gets more and more interesting. I had tried all those things and it kept doing the same thing. So I finally swapped out the card with another, and now I'm getting a message that says T"he driver file that displays items correctly on your screen isn't working." "To fix this, you might need to install a new display driver . . . see Web, etc." Then it brings up the display properties with the new card and a standard VGA display. I click OK and it says we're in a trouble shooting mode, I save the drivers and it asks if I want to reboot to save the new settings. Then we go right back to the same screen again. I suspect the AGP driver is mucked up, but I'm not sure how to replace that.
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    Re: Display Adapter Problems

    If there is a problem with the video subsystem, which it certainly sounds like is the case here, fixing it could be different depending on the hardware. If you are using an AMD system running the VIA chipset, you can download the 4-in-1 Hyperion drivers which include an updated AGP driver. Intel offers a generic INF Update for Pentium based systems. If you have a name brand system, check the manufacturer's website for motherboard software updates first.

    You may have better luck re-running Windows ME setup, which should detect and repair broken plumbing. That is the theory anyway, in practice, your mileage may vary. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> If nothing else, you have been thorough in checking the obvious, including changing the video adapter itself.

    Were it ME <img src=/S/pun.gif border=0 alt=pun width=22 height=18> I would seriously investigate getting away from Windows ME and into something more stable, unless you specifically require the OS. It is one of the biggest turkeys ever to come out of the Redmond software mill.
    -Mark

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