..you DO have video.. After you formatted the drive, there is nothing on it and as such, you won't have full video till you install Windows.Still, if the CMOS/BIOS display is still there, that's all you should need.
A note here.. "Formatting" the drive with the Vista disc still causes things that are Vista to remain on the drive.. Instead, try wiping the drive completely by using a program like Killdisk or Dban which can be burned to a bootable CD.. (Be sure to setup the boot options correctly in the CMOS settings so the floppy drive loads first, then the CD drive, then the hard drive.) Once that's done, you'll need to use a NEW, correctly licensed version of XP SP2 to format and load XP.. Your "friends" XP disc won't allow you to correctly validate the operating system and as such, XP won't work after a short time.
Hope this helps.
soooo i had vista and i was like i dont like this so i decided to reformat. so i formated my hard disk and every thing is going smoothly, accept i did it with the vista disk in (because my friend was going to lend me his hold xp disk(and i didnt have it yet)) so i formated and then turned my computer off.
so now its time to actually install xp. here is where it gets weird, so i turn my computer on and i have no video, and im like hmmm, so i try a few things and nothing is wrong with my sli and every thing is getting power. It turns out that i have no video when i have my hdd and my disk drive plugged in. i can get to the windows install screen when i have no hdd in (and when i just have an hdd plugged in i have video). So i try a new hdd, turns out its not the hdd because when i tried it with the other one the same thing happened. Also its not the motherboard interface, because i plugged in an external and the same no video happened again.
so I decide to flash my bios, and when i do it cant find the boot disk. do you think this is just a bad floppy drive, i currently dont have an extra floppy but i could probably find one if i needed.
has any one else had this problem or is my mobo shot.