Black Screen When installing Nvidia GPU

By nlacock ·
I have been searching forums for a while now and still haven't found an answer, maybe someone can help me out. I am building a PC and have not been able to successfully install an Nvidia graphics card. I have tried on Windows XP (w/ and w/out SP2), Vista, Windows 7, and Ubuntu. Every time, no matter which OS I am using, the Nvidia installation freezes part-way through and goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor at the top. The computer is then unresponsive and will not boot, except in safe mode. I have to reinstall the OS to get it to boot properly. I have tried using the repair software that comes with the disc but so far none have worked. I have also tried installing in safe mode, however the computer still will not boot in regular mode after the driver is installed (even when turning off nvidia processes in msconfig).
I tried this with an nvidia gtx250 and an nvidia gts250 with the same results. The only other thing that it could possibly be would be the RAM. I have 6gb (3x2gb) of corsair 1600 DDR3 memory, and the OS sometimes will only detect 3.5gb. Please let me know if you need anymore info, any help is much appreciated, I've tried everything I can think of.

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You don't need graphics drivers if using Windows 7 ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Black Screen When install ...

All you've got to do is fit the Nvidia card (whichever one you choose) BEFORE installing Windows 7 afresh. It will then install suitable code when it reaches the point in the install for installing drivers.

Question: Given that you have 6GB of RAM, what flavours of XP, Vista & 7 have you been running with?

Also, if you've fitted DDR3 RAM - what CPU / Mobo do you have?

And, what BUILD of Forceware have you been trying to install?

Edited for Spanish Inquisition pts. 2 & 3

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by nlacock In reply to You don't need graphics d ...

Here are my system specs:
CPU: Intel i7 quadcore 2.47ghz
PSU: Zalman 850 Watt
HD Intel 80gb SSD 1st gen
MOBO: Gigabyte GAEX58 UD4P
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225&cm_re=RAM_g_skill_6gb-_-20-231-225-_-Product

When I tried Windows 7 it was still under RC. I don't currently have a copy of the official 7, and would like to use XP (if possible). I'm not sure what you mean by "what build of forceware" but here is a link to the specs for my graphics card:
I am using the CD that came with the card... also I am trying to run Windows XP 32-bit (without SP1 or 2)

Hope that is helpful, thanks for your help

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Well first things first

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Specs

What does the BIOS say is installed here?

Have you actually entered the BIOS and confirmed that the correct CPU, RAM are actually reported?

Did you save the changes as you exited the BIOS?

If you didn't do those the system not capable of loading as it's attempting to MAP the RAM to something different not to mention address the CPU differently ,maybe to what is actually installed. You also need to set the Date & Time as well as Performance Defaults in the BIOS.

These Triple Chanel M'Boards need 3 Identical RAM Modules to work best but if you are using a 32 BIT OS you should not exceed 3 X 1 GIG Modules as the Video RAM comes into Play here.

If the system is POSTing the Video Card should be OK but again it all depends on who made it and what they have incorporated into it. I have had instances where some Video Cards from one maker do not work with some M'Boards but the same Chip Set from a different maker does. As Gigabyte doesn't mention any Compatible Video Cards if the system will POST you should be OK with this Video Card.

As for 7 you can get a Trial Copy of it from here in either 32 or 64 Bit Versions


Fit the Video Card the with a bare HDD install the OS and tell us what happens.

If you want to use XP you should have a 64 Bit Version of XP not a 32 Bit Version. But here you assemble the Hardware install the OS to a Bare HDD and then apply any drivers required. If the system falls over with the NVidia Drivers you either need a Newer Driver or it's possible that the latest driver has issues and you need to grab an older version of the driver. But none the less you should log onto your Video Cards Makers Web Site and download the newest drivers from there before doing anything else.


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Ok, so here is the latest news....

by nlacock In reply to Well first things first

I went into my BIOS and made sure that everything was running at the rated speeds/voltages (and saved on exit) and then downloaded windows 7 and tried to install. It stopped part way through and said that I needed to insert a CD to install a driver for an unspecified device. I tried the CD that came with my card, and also tried the driver download from nvidia and neither of them work. I am trying again, and will let you know if something different happens.

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by nlacock In reply to Well first things first

Ok, I forgot to extract the download first. However, when I did that and Windows 7 Setup found the file, it (claimed that it) couldn't install the driver.

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Every NVidia driver that I have ever used

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Facepalm

Installs from itself not through the Windows Installer.

You need to run the Setup Program in the NVidia Driver. If that isn't installing it's the wrong version for your version of Windows. XP, Vista, 7 all have different drivers and then there are again different drivers for 32 & 64 Bit OS so you have at least 6 possible drivers for the currently commonly used versions of Windows.

You need to right driver for your Hardware and OS before it will install without error messages.


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ok but...

by nlacock In reply to Every NVidia driver that ...

The real problem is that the system will not boot after the drivers for the video card are installed. I just tried with Ubuntu (newest version) and it auto-detected a driver, installed it, and then froze on the splash screen just like every other OS I have tried it on. I'm pretty sure the issue isn't whether or not I have the right driver, since I get the same error (freezing on the OS splash screen) after trying/completing installation no matter which OS I use or which graphics card I use.

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Well in that case

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to ok but...

You are back to a Incompatible Video Card for this M'Board.

You may need to try a different maker or chip set for a suitable Video Card.


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by nlacock In reply to ok but...

Thanks a lot for all the help, I will start looking around for a mobo.

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Wouldn't it be simpler to use a different Video Card? EOM

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to ok but...

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