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If i Enable my video card my computer restarts.

By freelancerzecks ·
I've been having this problem for the last few days and have tried new drivers\updates\formating my drives\reinstalling xp, and even tried vista lol

the only time i can use windows is if i disable\uninstall my video card (7300 GS). if i try to install new drivers the computer restarts during the installation. My card does however work in safe mode, i can install drivers there, but when i try to go back into normal windows i get a BSOD followed by a restart lol...very annoying...also VGA mode doesn't work with the vid card installed.

if anyone has any help to offer it would be very much appreciated :)

~Cosmo

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What About....

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to If i Enable my video card ...

You mentioned that this started occurring a few days ago.

What about performing a XP System Restore to a date prior to when the situation started happening? This can be done in Safe Mode.

If you could do that, you may be able to discover what is causing the driver conflict more easily.

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Tried

by freelancerzecks In reply to What About....

yea, i tried doing that a few times, and each time it would fail during the restore, restarting and bringing me back to where i started... it's a tricky problem...

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Hmmmmm

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Tried

Is the BSOD - IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL ?
I'm starting to think this may be an issue related to a vid card damaged by over-heating. possible?

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Your card works in Safe Mode because

by OldER Mycroft In reply to If i Enable my video card ...

Safe Mode isn't loading the card's drivers / not using the card for display.

Try a system restore after you have physically removed the 7300 from the m'board.

Then try to introduce the OS to your "new" card.

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great idea

by freelancerzecks In reply to Your card works in Safe M ...

umm, the BSOD comes up really fast so i didn't get a chance to see, but! when this first happend it was when i was forced to restart after trying to change resolutions in a game. so that could be a clue as to perhaps damaging the card...

and to Old Mycroft, wouldn't formatting and reinstalling windows negate the system restore? or is that backed up somewhere i don't know??

Thanks for all the help guys, i really appreciate it

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Bad vid card or corrupt drivers

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to If i Enable my video card ...

If we assume that the video card is not damaged and still works, the only other choice appears to be corrupt drivers.
When uninstalling the card's drivers there are extra steps required to remove everything involved completely. Typically there are several uninstall processes involved to remove all components (WMD drivers are one that comes to mind).

Have you consulted nVidea's support pages for how to completely remove a card as if you were replacing it with a different model?

There is a utility that they use to recommend called DriverCleaner. However after version 1.5, it is no longer free and costs about $10. They probably have other alternatives now. According to nVidea, problems often occur due to things that are left behind by the uninstall.

That being said...
If you haven't already, you can try this:
Open Device Manager and remove all listings that have to do with the 7300 GS card and nVidea.
Look under 'Display Adapters'& 'Sound, video and game controllers.'
Once you are confident that everything having to do with nVidea has been removed, restart the system without the card installed. Then install the recommended drivers, shut down, re-install the card and reboot.

I hope this works for you.

Perhaps there is someone here who is more familiar with your card that has some ideas.

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Try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to If i Enable my video card ...

My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Startup and Recovery and untick Automatically restart.
This will Blue Screen the PC when it restarts.

Restart the PC.

Take note of Stop 0x000000 error message and post it. Also any other reference to files such as .DLL .SYS .EXE

I can't remember the file name but the above will display it.

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This is what i get

by freelancerzecks In reply to Try this

under Tech Info:

xxxSTOP:0X0000007F (0X00000000)(0X00000000)(0X00000000)(0X00000000)

No .exe .dll .sys errors at all...i'm guessing this means i'll have to open up my pocket book

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Try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to This is what i get

Uninstall the video drivers and restart the PC

Navigate to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers

and delete this file "nv4_mini.sys"

Resart the PC and install the Latest NVidia Drivers.

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Tried twice...

by freelancerzecks In reply to Try this

Tried doing it twice, still no luck, after i restart the second time and try to install my drivers, the installation fails and i get the same BSOD.

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