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adragon8u
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posted 08-10-2004 01:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u   Click Here to Email adragon8u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nothing serious, just trying to install a new graphics card on the wifes computer and I'm not having luck. It's a Dell, and I'm installing a PNY nvidia pci card. I can only enter windows in safe mode and keep the display.

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74merc
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posted 08-10-2004 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What driver version?

I had that problem with drivers too old to support the card, and it seems that XP tries to use the default drivers, even tho they are older than the Geforce 4 series (which I assume you have due to the nature of the problem)

Go here http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

Download the newest drivers, install them in safe mode. Should do the trick.

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adragon8u
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posted 08-10-2004 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u   Click Here to Email adragon8u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I actually downloaded the latest from PNY technologies, but I'll try the Nvidia site and the safe mode install and see what happens. Didn't mean to post this here, thought I was putting it in Sams place, but it was late, I had the puter open, and 3 different people talking to me at once.

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n2oMike
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posted 08-10-2004 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Definitely use the nvidia driver. The whole package will be around a 12Mb download, but it's way easy to install and works great. I installed Windows 2000 on the wife's work computer late last night, and did this.

http://www.nvidia.com

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74merc
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posted 08-12-2004 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the Dell, PNY, Asus, Abit, Aopen, etc, drivers are modified Nvidia reference drivers. They do not modify the chip and 90% of the time use the Nvidia reference design, so no modifications are needed. However, some people still feel the need to dink with something that isn't broken...

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adragon8u
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posted 08-12-2004 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u   Click Here to Email adragon8u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys. I wound up letting my son put it in his computer. I'm due for an upgrade anyway so I think I'll buy a barebones system and give the wife my old puter and be done with these proprietory systems that don't have agp slots.

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