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By elwin9 ·
TNT m64 32MB PCI video card. First problem was it wouldn?t let you change settings without restarting WIN98, Even though it is set to make changes without restarting. I reinstalled the drivers with no luck. Reinstalled WIN98 with the same problem still present after a format. I changed the PCI to an AGP of the same sort and formatted, reinstalled and loaded a newer NVIDIA Driver and still it had the same problem as the first card. What it does now it has a black screen with a cursor blinking in the top left corner? On one restart you heard windows intro sound as it started with the black screen and cursor. It starts in safe mode so which part of the driver is causing the greif.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Video Hanging

Which card is it and which driver did you install?

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by elwin9 In reply to

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Make is not irelivant in this case because of the all the different cards I've tried. It is software, that is the unusal part of the problem result. I ve even tried a Pixel View MX440 AGP with the same issue. When I load the s3 virge no problem what so ever. HIS brand was the driver I used for the tnt M64 card which is only a Nvidea driver anyway

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by Poettone In reply to Video Hanging

Further details on the motherboard model would be helpful.

Also, you stated, you can't make any changes without restarting but you state as well that all you have is a blank screen with a cursor.. ?

Anyway have you tried other video cards in the system?

Also try uninstalling the hardware/software etc. then loading the card with standard vga drivers.

If you don't have the issue then its probably due to driver/mobo/os conflicts of some kind..

I would try anther card if you can first ...

Good Luck..

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by elwin9 In reply to

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All these have been done. Read original post to check. S3 virge installs with no issues. It is driver related and after a new install to have the same problem is very strange. I've used 2 different AGP cards and 2 PCI one of which is the s3. AOpEN AX59pro M/B

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by Poettone In reply to Video Hanging

Ok well then it would have to be software..

Does Nvidia have a driver removal tool. I personally have never used an Nvidia card.. (Ati fan) but ATI has a software/registry removal tool that has worked for me in the past.


What motherboard are you using? Are there bios settings that got changed that are now conflicting? Are there any motherboard bios updates? Have you gone into safe mode and removed all your previous attempts at video hardware install's? These are only visible in safe mode..

Also, in your original post you made absolutely no mention of another brand card.. I did read the post thoroughly...:)

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by elwin9 In reply to

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Yes your right I said "I changed the PCI to an AGP of the same sort and formatted," These cards were using the same chipset but had different manufactures. Well I over looked the 4in1 drive and installed it and it froze on first restart so after going into safe mode and making no changes and restarting it finally started with all the right setting. I preceded to do the win98 updates and on the first restart it hung and keeps on doing it. Its not the update its still the driver. Also I formatted to get a clean slate before I reloaded everything. In safe mode you can remove the nvidea drivers and it will start with standard drivers.

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by dmiles In reply to Video Hanging

1. Create a Windows boot disk to start the computer.

If you can start the computer without errors, the damage is limited to the master boot record (MBR), boot sector, or the NTLDR file. After Windows is running, immediately back up any data of value. Use Disk Administrator to verify that partitions on the boot drive are the correct size. If there are invalid partitions, the best solution is to re-create those partitions and reformat the affected drives, then restore the data from the most recent back up tape. If the system cannot be started from a Windows boot disk, you will most likely have to reinstall Windows and restore from tape.

2. Run the latest virus scanning software to verify no virus is present. MS-DOS-based virus software is sufficient for this purpose, even if the file system is NTFS. MS-DOS-based virus programs can be run from an MS-DOS boot disk.

3. Ensure the master boot record (MBR) is valid. Boot from a virus-free MS-DOS version 5.0 or later boot disk with FDISK on it. Run the following command:
FDISK /MBR

WARNING: If your computer is infected virus, using the FDISK /MBR switch may prevent you from being able to start your computer. Before using the FDISK /MBR command, you should be certain that your computer is not infected with a virus.

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by Poettone In reply to Video Hanging

Ok, its obvious you're really not ready the posts, only thinking you know what your doing.

good luck in your career...

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by elwin9 In reply to

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The HDD has been low level formatted to remove previous business information using Ontrack Data Eraser which uses a 3 pass method. I don?t think viruses can still remain after this procedure. But I still ran a virus check because you suggested. The simple fact I format is that it?s a fast enough system and doesn?t take long at all while doing other things. After this I try a new Video card with a new driver. It has the latest BIOS update. This is not a regular problem. I?ve used both AGP and PCI 3D cards and the only successful install so far is the S3 virge which doesn?t have a 3D portion and uses a different driver. I dont have any ATI cards but I bet they will install fine. Nvidea driver? I have tried many things I havent said. I take onboard all that is suggested if I have not already done it myself. If I knew everything my post wouldn?t be here for you both to lose your patients and cool to be nasty back.

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