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#1 cwoll68

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 11:52 AM

When I start my computer, the POST shows on my monitor. Then it goes to the Windows screnn with the little bar that runs showing you it's loading. Then, when it should go to the Welcome screen, my monitor goes black, with a big gray vertical bar on the passenger's side.

I can boot up in safe mode, and have gone in to reinstall the latest version of Nvidia drivers THAT I HAVE. And it still does the same thing. I can get in on safe mode, which is where I am now, so I know my AGP video adapter is out. I have 2 different HD's, and 2 different vid cards, both Nvidia, one is a 64 mb and the other is a 256. It does this with each vid, and each HD.

Any one have any ideas???? I am lost, with the exception of having to reformat my hard drive, which is something I don't want to have to do, if at all possible.

Will getting the latest greates drivers help me????

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 12:07 PM

Hi curtis and welcome to BleepingComputer.

If this has only be going on for a couple of days try using the system restore in safe mode to go back to a date when you know it was working last.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 01:06 PM

Are you using a capture card for TV? Reason I ask is that the various complaints about vertical bars all seem to be related to TV or capture from same.

I'm kind of confused by your caveat re drivers, "that I have". Is something preventing downloading the latest ones (especially if the ones you have may contribute to the problem)?

Worst case, you can always remove the new ones and go back to the old ones.

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 04:06 PM

New scenario. First, thank you for the welcome.

Next, I went back and did a boot to the last know good confinguration and it took my monitor settings back to 640 X 480 with 32 bit color.

If I change that too 800 X 600, it gives me the dead black screen at the Welcome screen. I never get the welcome screen. I changed it from 640 to 800 and my screen went black and stayed there.

I am on a Sony Trinitron Multiscan 400 PS monitor. No video capture for TV. I can download the latest drivers, no problem. What I tried though, was dumping the old drivers, and let XP put it's own NVidia drivers in there, and it still did the same thing. I guess while I wait, I will get the latest drivers, if I can find it, and try that and see if it will work.

Thanks guys,

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 06:55 PM

There's been lot's of recent problems with video drivers for Windows Update - try the drivers from http://www.nvidia.com and see what that does for you.
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 07:03 PM

If I may be so bold as to ad to usasma's post. It is a good idea to remove the old driver before you install a new. It's the recommended procedure by ATI,nvidia.

You get 'Driver cleaner pro'.
-Inside windows you use the 'add/remove feature to uninstall your old driver.
-You reboot in safe mode.
-Run driver cleaner pro and run the cab cleaner. That's important, but read the text that should accompany the utility about what you need to do.
-Reboot normally and cancel out all windows detect new hardware stuff.
-Install your new driver.

It really can be a very good idea, since parts of the old driver will be left on disk, if you just install.

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Edited by nightspydk, 25 November 2007 - 07:06 PM.


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Posted 27 November 2007 - 11:13 PM

Installed Driver Cleaner Pro, cleaned out all that crap. Then re booted and canceled all auto detect and install stuff. Started to reinstall the new drivers, and right in the middle of the whole shabank........BAM!!!!!!!!!!! Went to the black screen and I couldn't do anything. Even installed the newest 9.0 directx......same thing.

I am temporarily on an Nvidia 64 mb GeForce MZ 100/200.....but it was doing the same thing on a FX 256 Nvidia card.

Getting ready to stick a sledge hammer through it. What would it do (if any good) if I reinstalled Windows on another hard drive, or even reformatted this one, and reinstalled windows???? :thumbsup: :flowers: :trumpet:

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 07:34 AM

A clean install won't solve any hardware problems, if such exist...but it's certainly a base from which to start if anything other than hardware is problematic and cannot be reasonably diagnosed by user/owner.

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