<<I took my pc to Circuit City's Firedog Techs on Monday to have my video card upgraded along with the psu.>>
It would have taken you...approximately 5 minutes to take the cover off and install a video card, maybe 10 minutes to remove a PSU and replace it, making all proper connections. These are not complicated tasks involving more than the ability to follow directions and ensure that you have the correct components for the motherboard/system involved.
<<He has been working on what they think is a bad driver? Apparently, when you try to load the new driver(s) for the New video card .. the Bad-d-d driver kicks the others out??? I'm not clear on this part because He wasn't clear in explaining it.>>
Well...even a corrupt/damaged driver...can be easily removed. Once removed, a driver has no impact on a hardware item, unless it is reinstalled. I think the lack of proper explanation speaks volumes.
<<Let me ask you this: If they can't get the bad driver removed .. If I were to do one of those complete destructs, (erase Everything) and then do a clean install, will That get rid of the driver and will I then be able to install the new driver(s) and video card?>>
Do you have an XP CD?
A clean install is a new start, with the creation of a new boot partition, install of the operating system, and subsequent install of programs. It's like building a new house, with the system being the real estate on which the house will be built. Like anything else, if the foundation is problematical, chances are that any structures built upon that foundation...will be devoid of problems.
You seem to have a hardware problem, by virtue of your stated inability to get the video card to install properly. Until that's solved, a clean install may not yield any benefit.
I don't think the problem is clearly defined yet.
<<I don't want to do this but If the techs can't get the pc to work .. What other choice do I have 8-( >>
You have all sorts of choices...the most basic being that you can try to sort it out yourself. If you don't feel capable of doing that...do yourself a favor and take your system to a local computer repair shop...not a retail store that claims to have a "computer repair" department...and whose job it is to sell computer parts to unsuspecting or unwitting customers.
Depending on what CC attempts to charge you...you need to bear in mind that Dell currently is offering dual-core systems for circa $350...$500 with monitor included. To me that says that it is NOT cost-effective or very intelligent...to spend more than $?? on any older system that can only beg for more monetary attention in the future.
And you might either get a real CD for installing your O/S...or start making periodic backups of your system.
Edited by hamluis, 28 August 2008 - 06:09 PM.