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HELP! I accidentally disabled my on-board graphics card...

By pyromike3000 ·
While attempting to force Windows to recognize my nice graphics card I accidentally disabled my on-board graphics card. Now I'm staring at a completely black screen whenever Windows starts up. I need to re-enable my onboard graphics card, but the only tool I have is BIOS setup (which as far as I'm aware won't let me do anything).

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Try Safe Mode

by w2ktechman In reply to HELP! I accidentally disa ...

If you cant get in to safe mode, then pull the card and place it in a different port, or switch to the on-board video (if avail) and ininstall the disabled device.
After it has been uninstalled, or changed ports, reboot and Win should detect it again

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Safe Mode Won't Display Either...

by pyromike3000 In reply to Try Safe Mode

How do I switch to the on-board video card?

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Do you have another port

by w2ktechman In reply to Safe Mode Won't Display E ...

for the monitor? Plug in the monitor to the other port. The pull the video card out that you added.
Or, if not, you should be able to change the port that the card is plugged into.

Both of these require opening your system. If you do not know what you are doing, it is best to take it to the shop. You certainly do not want to damage anything.

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Yes...

by pyromike3000 In reply to Do you have another port

I have another port for the monitor, but I've already tried switching the plug over and removing the new video card, to no avail.

Does anyone know how I could restart my system in MS DOS mode and then use some sort of command like ENABLE <servicename> (where servicename is my graphic card/driver)?

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In the BIOS

by w2ktechman In reply to Yes...

you should be able to switch primary video adapters manually.

Or, you can boot into the recovery console and enable the video card from there.

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try removing the cmos battery

by jobart16 In reply to HELP! I accidentally disa ...

if you remove the cmos battery for like 10 secs, it will erase all saved settings in the bios.kinda like a force reset for your bios.

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Okay...

by pyromike3000 In reply to try removing the cmos bat ...

How do I remove the battery?

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Where did you disable the Video?

by OH Smeg In reply to HELP! I accidentally disa ...

If it was in BIOS you can re enable it by clearing the BIOS.

If it was in Windows you need to boot with something different that allows you access to the Windows Partition so you can make a change to the settings or do a Repair Install of the OS.

You can try a Live Linux to boot from and access the Data on the HDD or in a worst case scenario you can follow the makers instructions and do a Repair Install. Though you need to list the OS you are using and anything that you have enabled in that OS so that you do not destroy your ability to access your own data.

For Instance if you are using XP Pro running Windows Encrypted File System and do a Repair Install you will overwrite the Encryption Key and be unable to access any Data on the HDD again unless you have a copy of the Encryption Key that you can mount.

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In Windows...

by pyromike3000 In reply to Where did you disable the ...

I disabled the video card by doing the following:

- Right-click on Desktop
- Left-click Properties
- Goto Settings Tab
- Left-click Advanced Button
- Goto Adapter Tab
- Left-click Properties Button
- Under General Tab: Device usage: Do not use this device (disable)

If anyone knows how to reverse this mistake, please let me know!

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try this

by jobart16 In reply to In Windows...

boot in safe mode then try to enable it again.

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