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lost my display - help!

by inosent1 / May 24, 2007 7:32 AM PDT

hi

i had to reinstall Win XP and my display settings were all messed up.

i went to

start
control panel
appearance and themes
display
settings
advanced
monitor

but when i went to change the properties that part of the window was greyed out, so i am not able to make any changes

i went to the adapter tab, but all the data from 'Chip type' down to 'Bios information' said "<unavailable>"

so then i clikced on adaptr properties


start
control panel
appearance and themes
display
settings
advanced
adapter
properties
general

and then i went down to the 'device usage' selection list and selected 'do not use this device'

brilliant, huh? i was thinking if i restarted it might prompt me for the drivers (which i have) but now the screen is just blank.

the 'good news' is i have another OS instaled on another drive so i *can* get into the drive where the OS is installed that when it boots gives me a blank screen.

does anybody know how to tweak this setting manually? or do i have to do a blind man's drill to re-enable the display?

and any help on restorng my display settings and being able to install the right drivers would be great too

THANKS!!!!

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Video drivers
by spydermanusn / May 24, 2007 10:16 AM PDT

assuming you're able to get your display back in XP, you need to update your display drivers.

Right click My Computer>Manage>Device Manager>Display Adapters. Most of the time, these drivers are provided by Windows Update. If you have onboard Video, go to your computer manufacturer's support page and look for display adapter drivers. If you're using a PCI/AGP video card, go to that manufacturer's site.

Also, I just reread your post. Since you can't get display, you should first try to repair your XP installation. Here's a good resource on that...

http://www.tweakxp.com/article36955.aspx

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have you tried safe mode
by mark04276 / May 24, 2007 11:00 AM PDT

if not right before windows starts to load at bootup hit the F8 key and then select safe mode from list. Sometimes it is easier to just keep on hitting the F8 key so you get it in time. Safe mode does not load drivers so this may help. If you get a display then you can uninstall the display driver that is there and reboot and then it should detect new video where you can add the correct drivers.

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