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Video adapter disabled in XP, how do I get video back?

by danhoskin / December 27, 2007 8:15 AM PST

Hi,
My kid just disabled the video adapter on his XP Pro machine (Compaq, PII, on-board video) and now the initial Win XP screen comes up then goes dark once it gets mostly through the boot-up. It won't do any different in safe mode and even installing an AGP video card didn't get me around this. Short of reloading XP, is there a fix for this? Also tried reloading default BIOS settings just in case, no change...

Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Dan Hoskin

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Does...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 27, 2007 8:21 AM PST

Go to the F8 Safe mode MENU. Look for the LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURATION. Try that.

-> There are some procedures I know of but I decline to write them until I know what XP CD we have to work with. No reason typing if you can't use it.

Bob

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PS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 27, 2007 8:23 AM PST
In reply to: Does...

In some machines you change BOOT PRIORITY or DISPLAY from PCI to AGP in the BIOS. When you put in the AGP video, try the BIOS setting in either setting.

Bob

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Tried the safe mode, last known, no go.
by danhoskin / December 27, 2007 9:57 AM PST
In reply to: PS.

Tried the safe mode, last known, no go. I'll try a few more bios changes.

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Could be hardware.....
by danhoskin / December 27, 2007 12:25 PM PST

Could be hardware, now it is saying "non-system disk", with nothing in the drives. I tried to reload Win XP and it says that I don't have a HD. I am going to run it back to the guy I bought it from a week or so ago and see if he'll exchange it.

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