Posted 24 March 2006 - 11:49 PM
Before I begin, I'd like to say that I'm not sure if this is the right section of the forum for my question, and if it isn't I apologize. This was what I felt best matched my problem, because my problem originated with my graphics card.
I purchased a new graphics card earlier today. I read the instruction booklet, and followed it. When I put the graphics card in my computer, and started it, my monitor did not turn on. At the time, I was unaware that I had to connect my monitor to the new graphics card. I would realize this later on. (Apparently I didn't read that instruction booklet closely enough. ^_^;)
I took the card out, and started my computer again. I flipped through the instruction booklet. There were some troubleshooting question, and one of them was related to monitor display. It said that I may need to turn off my built-in graphics card. I did not know how to do this, and I did not have the manual for my computer.
So... I did the best I could. I asked around. A friend of mine told me to do something that I think wasn't correct. I trusted the advice, and did it. Here's what I did:
I right clicked on my desktop, and went to properties. I can't clearly remember what I clicked on next, but it took me to something that was related to my monitor. There were three tabs at the top. The middle one said Adapter. This is what I was told to click on. They then told me to go down to the screen, where there was a dropdown menu that said something, and right after that it said the word "enable" in parenthesis. Another option in the menu was an option that had "disable" in parenthesis. I selected this, and clicked apply. A message popped up saying I had changed hardware settings and asked me to restart. I clicked on no.
I waited a few minutes to close down some programs, and then I shut down my computer. I was very excited because I had thought I'd done the correct thing. However, I put in the new card, and turned on my computer... I found myself facing the same problem. I flipped through the instruction booklet and read something about hooking the monitor up to my graphics card. I did this, and turned my computer back on. The Windows XP loading screen showed up. But after that finished, I was facing a black screen. I could hear my tower doing it's thing, so I knew my computer was working. It went through all the same noises it does when I start my computer, but I couldn't see it.
I then turned my computer off, and removed the graphics card, hooked the monitor up to it's former place, and cut it back on... Windows XP loading screen does it's thing, but then I'm facing a black screen. My tower is making the same noises it always does during startup. I know my tower is working, but I can't see it.
It occurred to me that if I had known to hook my monitor up to my graphics card in the first place, I wouldn't be in this situation. Now I don't know how to fix this.
Does anyone have any idea what I can do?
Other information that might be useful to anyone who can help: I use Windows XP Home Edition. My new graphics card is ATI Radeon 9550 and fits into an AGP slot.