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By pinkice26062 ·
I HAVE A GATEWAY 700 384MB RAM 30 GIG HARD DRIVE 2X AGP TNT-2 GRAPHICS CARD. ILOWLEVEL FORMATTED THE HARD DRIVE AND DID A FRESH INSTALL OF WIN XP WITHOUT THE AGP CARD INSTALLED. AFTER INSTALLING EVERYTHING I NEEDED ON THE COMPUTER, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO INSTALL THE AGP VIDEO CARD. I DOWNLOADED THE CORRECT DRIVERS TWICE AND INSTALLED THEM. THEN I CHANGED MY BIOS FROM PCI TO AGP. THEN I REBOOTED. THE MONITOR COMES ON , RUNS THROUTH THE POST, THE WIN XP LOGO COMES ON, THEN THE SCREEN GOES BLANK. THE LITES ON THE MONITOR GOES FROM GREEN TO AMBER, LIKE IT WENT IN SLEEP MODE, BUT IT DOESN'T WAKEUP. I CAN BOOT THE COMPUTER IN SAFE MODE WITH NO PROBLEM. AM I FORGETTING TO DO SOMWTHING. THANKS FOR ANY HELP.THE MONITOR IS A GATEWAY FPD 1500 THAT HAS A DVI CONNECTION. I ALSO DOWNLOADED THE DRIVERS FOR THE MONITOR.

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by ghimpe-- In reply to can't install video card

First of all, STOP USING CAPITAL LETTERS!!

Boot your machine with the onboard video (AGP card not inserted) and unistall/erase every every trace of the AGP card.

Then try to find for download an older nVidia driver (the new ones don't work that well with old video cards)

Install the driver.

Disable the onboard video from windows.

Power down the machine.

Insert the AGp card.

Boot up.

GooD LucK

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by dmiles In reply to can't install video card

Once you have disabled the onbaord video insert the AGP card in slot,boot computer,if you get on screen video open,push button to boot into safe mode,delete all instances on the video drivers

Go to video manufacturers web site and download the earlier release of the driver

Re-boot computer this should get system to detect new hardware found,donot let windows detect,select the option to select the manufacturer from list,then proceed to install the video card manually,proceed to install the vidoe with earlier release,you can now update the drivers to latest release
Hope this helps

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by pinkice26062 In reply to can't install video card

I tried that, xp will not let me install an older driver for my video card. so I formatted the hard drive and installed win 98, then I did the xp upgrade. that didn't work. as soon as I upgraded, xp installed the new drivers. so I did another format and installed win me. how can I upgrade to xp and have xp not install those drivers? everything works with 98 and me.

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by Absolutely In reply to can't install video card

First, make sure that you have not set the BIOS to prevent the AGP slot from obtaining an IRQ #. I do not have a Gateway myself, but my experience with a small number of BIOSes is that they do not describe very helpfully what the PCI/AGP options actually do. I recommend just switching that setting and trying to reboot once more. It's easy, admittedly a long shot, but heck-of easy.

Generally, you should install any version of Windows "straight", meaning not as an upgrade from a previous version of Windows. If your XP CD-ROM is only an upgrade version, you should still be able to boot from it, begin the installation process, and insert the CD (98 or Me) that you want to use to verify the authenticity of your "original" version of Windows when prompted.

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by pinkice26062 In reply to can't install video card

I was talking about the driver that makes the card work in 98 or me. well I decided to just use a normal monitor with xp. thanks for the help.

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