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New OS install, but without any output to monitor.. possible?

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#1 majdnem


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Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:50 PM

Wiped and reformated Hard drive prior to new OS install, but realised a little too late that PC uses graphics card for video output because MOBO graphics output does not work. As a result i cannot see what is going on when PC responds to Windows XP Pro installation disk. (i.e. with a clean HD there are no drivers for the graphics card attached to the MOBO.)
To muddy the waters a little bit, there DID seem to be some output to the monitor when attached to the graphics card just once, many restarts ago, when there was a message displayed on screen saying something about wrong boot priority, please reset, or something like that. Since then there has been no indication of any output to monitor at all.
I've been unable to recreate that situation and have been unable to boot into DOS (have tried all the plausible keys to hit as PC starts up). Am i up the creek without a paddle here, or is there some way around this?
PC is a Compaq Presario 8000 Desktop PC.

Edited by hamluis, 22 October 2012 - 06:55 PM.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.

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