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Need help w/ vid card - 640x480 8 bit!?

by kyyyle / July 10, 2005 6:05 PM PDT

I think the problem is with my video card but it COULD be something to do with my monitor. I have Windows XP. My video card is an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700.

Ever since I reformatted my computer, I havn't been able to get my video card working. When I install the video card using my "3D Graphic Accelerator" disc, the resolution in Display Properties changes to 640x480 and the color quality changes to Low (8 bit). The screen really looks the same as before the video card was installed though. I guess this is because I have to restart for it to take effect? If I try to restart it goes through it's normal thing but instead of it going to the blue screen that says 'Welcome' and has the list of users, the screen goes black. After I install the video card, if I try to change the crappy resolution or color quality, the screen goes black there too.

After this happens, I have to run in safe mode. The computer will not start up in the normal mode. In safe mode if I go into Device Manager and disable NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 under Display Adapter, I am able to start up in normal mode. So what exactly am I doing wrong? Could it be something wrong with my monitor? Everything is plugged in fine. I have had this problems for a couple of weeks.

This problem has gotten so annoying and I really just don't know what to do. If anyone can help, I will love you forever.

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by Islander / July 10, 2005 8:08 PM PDT

Your monitor is prob OK
Tell more about your system, mb, model or make. Does it have onboard video? It may be that the drivers are not installing properly.

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are you using an LCD?
by ozos / July 11, 2005 1:55 AM PDT

if your using an LCD the FX 5700 could be trying to use a resolution higher than the LCD is capable of..but i'm not thinking that is the issue

try nVidia's newest drivers from http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_77.72.html

just download and install them, after removing the driver install from the disk

some companies include bad drivers on their disk, it's a more common/was a more common issue with ATi based cards

but i've seen it happen with nVidia before (such as Leadtek's 6800 series drivers)

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