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    Video Problem

    I installed a new motherboard and processor in a neighbor's PC, and transferred her old hard drive over to it. Started installing the drivers for the new mobo components, and something went wrong during the video driver install. Now in Normal mode, the splash screen comes up, then the display goes blank. I can boot in Safe Mode and get the 640x480x16 display, and Windows says that is what will be used on the next start. But instead I get the blank display.

    In Safe Mode, of course, I don't have access to the CD-ROM drive, so I could transfer the entire driver CD's contents to the hard drive and run the video install in Safe Mode. I used a boot disk to start the PC with CD-ROM support, but now I can't transfer the CD's contents. Every combo of Copy and Xcopy I can think of results in Invalid File Name errors. Any suggestions gratefully appreciated.

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    Re: Video Problem

    When in safe mode, can you uninstall the display driver from Device Manager? Perhaps after a reboot you will have the opportunity to install an appropriate driver.

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    Re: Video Problem

    When I remove the device from Device Manager, that's when I get the message about a 640x480x16 display being set (in Safe Mode) that will be used from then on, and then on a Normal boot I get no display at all (after the splash screen).

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    Re: Video Problem

    I'm assuming that the mobo has on board video. I think I would get a stand alone video card, AGP if there is a slot, or PCI if you must and try that since they are relatively inexpensive for an average card.

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    Re: Video Problem

    Are you suggesting this as a permanent solution (simply ignore the onboard video) or just to see if I can establish a picture in Normal mode?

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    Re: Video Problem

    Would suggest this as a permanent solution in any system that has a mobo with on-board video. Mobos with onboard video tend to have more quirks and problems with the video trace than a mobo without onboard video and they also use more system resources to produce the video output than a mobo with a video card, AGP is best, PCI is second best (if you have the choice).

    From experience, I prefer the motherboard to be without onboard video, and have an AGP slot available. However, it is possible that your problem arises from the bios settings, but I would think it unlikely unless you have manually attempted to tweak them.

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