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Booting up a computer with no graphics driver


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#1 EddieG59

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 08:42 AM

The short story is I have a malware problem that I am trouble shooting and also have some type of graphics driver issue. I don't know if the two are related. I went to the Uninstall List forum on this site and attempted to remove the ATI-Uninstall Software Utility. While doing that the computer froze. When I attempted to reboot it, I just get a black screen, it is in the "power save mode" and I get no graphics. I suspect that I damaged the graphics driver so I was wondering if there is a way to boot the computer up without the graphics driver. I guess I would then attempt to reinstall the driver. I was wondering if I could remover the ATI graphics card and boot it up. Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 09:57 AM

Without the ATI driver (assuming that you have an ATI chip/card), the system defaults to the same video driver used in safe mode.

So...I suspect this is more than a graphics driver issue.

FWIW: IMO, most persons who "troubleshoot/solve" their own malware problems...are not as successful at doing such as they presume.

If you have an actual graphics card...I suggest removing it, then reinstalling/reseating it...ensuring that there is no possible debris in the slot when reinstalling.

If you have an onboard chip...not much you can do.

System manufacturer and model?

Louis

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 10:33 AM

I hear you regarding the attempt to fix it myself... I'd like to think I've learned something regarding this...

WRT the system:

I have a Dell Dimension 8300 system running Windows XP. I did upgrade with a graphics card about a year ago:

X 1650 Pro HDMI PCIE - sild under an ATI brand. I'll remove the card and try to reboot without it tonight. thanks.

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 01:44 PM

Problem resolved. Thank you!

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 02:35 PM

Glad you solved it, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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