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AGP Video won't work with W2K

By Asleep_at_the_Wheel ·
I'm really asleep at the wheel on this one 'cause I just can't see a solution.

I have a Pentium III - 733 MHz on an ASUS CUV4X motherboard with 256 MB RAM. An ATI Rage 128 AGP video card has been providing my graphics while using Windows 98.

Over the weekend I upgraded to Windows 2000 Professional. However, the install process would stall at the latter stages of the installation. During the process where W2K was "detecting hardware such as keyboard, mouse, etc., it would stall at about the two-thirds complete stage. The screen would turn into the black system screen covered entirely with commas, and remain there, stuck in never-never land. By the way, this was a fresh and complete install after reformatting the hard drive. The same thing happened several times.

I started replacing components one by one - the monitor, the hard drive, the RAM, and then I replaced the AGP graphics card, but instead used an older PCI Diamond Stealth card. Hallelujah - Windows 2000 finally completed the installation!

Okay, I thought, I'll just outsmart W2K, complete the installation with my Diamond PCI card and re-install the ATI Rage 128 AGP after the fact. WRONG - Even though Windows detected the new card (not by name/type), after the prompted reboot, the machine froze at the Loading Windows 2000 screen (the blue one with the W2K logo), and it looked like it was somewhat "melted". (Well, it looked like it had melted, if you know what I mean.)

Okay, here's the question, why in theheck won't Windows 2000 Professional let me use my ATI Rage 128 AGP graphics card?

I'm awake, but....

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by Asleep_at_the_Wheel In reply to AGP Video won't work with ...

By the way, I also tried to flash the BIOS thinking this may be the problem. But I couldn't find a flash file that would work. I kept getting an error saying the file was opened and couldn't be used (or something like that). I found the flash file and program through the ASUS Web site. The flash files I tried were named CV4X1009.awd and CV4X1006.awd. (My current BIOS version is Award ver. 1005.) So if you think flashing the BIOS might work, if you could please provide a link to a Web site that has the file and instructions, that would be most helpful.

(I would give more points, but this is all I have.)

Thanks a bunch.

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by maxwell edison In reply to AGP Video won't work with ...

Perhaps you've tried this already, but do you have another AGP card you could try? Have you eliminated that particular AGP card as the culprit?

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by Asleep_at_the_Wheel In reply to AGP Video won't work with ...

Thanks for the atttempt, but I did try a different but identical AGP card.

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by TheChas In reply to AGP Video won't work with ...

I have seen numerous problems with AGP cards and Windows.

For starters, here is the sequence that I follow when installing ANY version of Windows.

Load Windows.
install motherboard drivers
install DirectX (ATI recommends DirectX 8.1 for the Rage 12
Then, install the video card driver.

When Windows attempts to install drivers in any other order, I exit out as needed, or boot into safe mode to set video properties to the minimums.

Are you using the latest driver from ATI?
Windows 2000 Display Driver build 5.13.01.3279

I had a problem with my XP installs using Nvidia cards.
Turns out that the default XP video settings with the nvidia cards did not work with my monitor.

As to BIOS upgrades, that may take care of the problem.
Here is a link to ASUS's BIOS flash instructions.
http://usa.asus.com/inside/flash_nb.htm

You can also take a look at www.wimsbios.com
and www.motherboards.org

Chas

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by Asleep_at_the_Wheel In reply to AGP Video won't work with ...

Thanks for the help.

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by maxwell edison In reply to AGP Video won't work with ...

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 261606

"Video Hangs When You Run a 3D Graphics Programs"

CAUSE:
This problem is caused by incomplete support for the VIA chip set in the Windows 2000-based AGP drivers. The fix for this problem adds support for the VIA AGP chip set.

RESOLUTION:
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000.

LINK:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q261606

REMOVE SPACES from the pasted URL.

Even though this doesn't describe your problem exactly, it is somewhat related. I believe that many ASUS boards have the VIA chipset, so this may be a possible solution.

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by Asleep_at_the_Wheel In reply to AGP Video won't work with ...

Thanks for the help.

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by Asleep_at_the_Wheel In reply to AGP Video won't work with ...

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