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By Anigwa ·
I have been having a terrible time with the boot up and I've come to the conclusion, after checking and changing just about the whole "';.,,." computer that it may be my Video Card. I am using a Nvidia Geforce 2MX 100/200 64Mb Detonator Driver. Can anyone tell me if they have had a problem with this card with XP? Can anyone suggest a Good card that runs well with XP? Anything that works with XP? Any help much appreciated.

Thanks,

Ron

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by TheChas In reply to Video Cards & XP

Ron, I have had no 'real' problems with XP and Nvidia cards.

I did have a problem with my monitor not being properly supported by XP.

I am impressed with the performance of ATI Radeon cards. If you truly wish to try a different card, I would start there.

I have had XP problems with several different modem cards.
While the cards worked fine with the same motherboard and W98, they just refused to work properly with XP.
This does appear to be a card/motherboard conflict, as the same modem works fine in a different brand motherboard.

Before you give up, check the following:
BIOS updates.
Correct CPU speed settings.
Windows Updates. (some of the compatability updates correct hardware issues)
Latest Nvidia driver.

Have you checked out the shutdown trouble-shooting guide posted at www.aumha.org
While they might not have your specific issue listed, it has helped me get on the right track on a couple of installations.

Chas

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by Anigwa In reply to Video Cards & XP

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by Anigwa In reply to Video Cards & XP

Thanks for your reply Chas.
I do like the Nvidia card and I have the most recent driver now. I will have to check my Monitor KDS 19", actually that's one thing I never thought of. I haven't checked for a new bios either but not to sure on that procedure. I have all the XP updates installed that pertain to my system. I am using an on board ethernet card, never thought to check for that driver. Glad you brought this up. What I don't understand, is all the drivers on my computer say they are Digital Signed by Microsoft with a green check mark next to them. Doesn't this mean they are compatible?

Thanks,

Ron

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by CG IT In reply to Video Cards & XP

Don't alway download the most latest NVidia drivers. version 30.82 I believe is still the most current WQHL driver for W2K/XP. Beta versions [which are above 30.82 might have compatibility problems. I know of one guy who has more experience with installing XP [must have done it a dozen times] than anyone I know and that was because he was constantly downloading the newest drivers that XP just didn't like.

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by CG IT In reply to Video Cards & XP

And no, a little green mark doesn't necessarily mean they are certified and tested. Means their compatible, but may not indicate certified and tested.

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by Anigwa In reply to Video Cards & XP

I'm using the 30.82 driver now. I just don't know what to do. I guess it's time for the shop. I can reboot this thing with no problem at all, but shut it down for a while and boot it up and the fun and games start. It boots to the XP Pro window, then flashes a blue screen and then I get a window with can't find some file, I push the restart button and it loads fine. Or, I get the screen, would I like to start windows normally, safe mode, etc. If I choose normal and hit enter,it loads fine and runs all day. Each time submit error report pops up and I submit one and when the browser opens it says it's a driver problem. I've pretty much exhuasted the driver bit. It's either time for the shop or maybe try Windows 2000 or back to 98.

Thanksfor your help, it is appreciated.

Ron

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by CG IT In reply to Video Cards & XP

I suggest that you uninstall the video card, then power down the system [turn off the machine so that your doing a cold boot]. Turn on the computer and let XP see the new hardware. Install the WHQL Detonator drivers [30.82]. If you continue to have video problems it's quite possible that the card it self might be bad. If this is a new vid card, take it back, get another one, or because the costs of Geforce 3 Ti 200 cards have dropped considerably, [and I know they work with XP, try getting one of them.

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by CG IT In reply to Video Cards & XP

I'm not a big fan of XP because of the variety of problems I've seen users have with it. Some people swear by XP, others swear at it. XP tried to incorporate hidden security measures [basically that if you substantially changed your hardware configuration, XP would go into a reduced functionality mode or require re-registering with Microsoft], that affected both consumer and those who make software to run on MS based computers. In a way, it's good and it's bad. Just like laptops that have BIOS and System passwords that only the laptop manufacturer can access [hense a deterent against theft] Microsoft sought to control piratecy of their software. This can cause havoc with the well intended user who changes or updates their computer both with new equipment and new drivers. XP can be a cranky operating system when faced with a lot of changes though software updates, driver updates, changing vid cards [which is one of the key componets used by XP to determine configuration change] etc. AsI've said there are those who swear by it, others who swear at it, just like when W95 came out to replace 3.1

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