I have a Gateway PC with 1GHZ Processor Pentium 3, and 512MB Memory, quantum fireball 20 gb hard drive, ati radeon 7200 series GFx card. I have my original graphics card, but updated the driver for xp. I researched before I bought the "upgrade" (I had ME before) and they said my PC fit requirements to upgrade.
The problem I have is, I have tried to install my windows xp upgrade a couple of times, and the install goes fine partition, and format drive for clean install. Everything works, but then when I reboot it shows the prompt screen and windows xp status bar and intro, then black screen.
I reboot and press f8, and sometimes it boots in safe mode, and sometimes it does not. Safe mode has all 32 bits of image quality. But one previous time it rebooted to normal windows display, and it was 4 bits of color, at 800 by 600 resolution.
When I try to reboot to normal mode, it goes fine and the hard drive is receiving info, then the hard drive stops blinking, and goes no where. Seems to be not getting any data from the main computer to boot windows. I have had issues with my drive with blue screen sporadically over the years. But it makes no awful noises, and seems to have worked fine for install.
My question is, is it my graphics card (even though it works fine until I reboot) or my hard drive? or my motherboard cannot handle the upgrade? I want to know, just for sanity...and whether I have to buy new cards or etc. I tried all updated drivers, and none work.
thanks, pleeeeeeease answer me I am so desperate. (btw writing from my macbook right now, but my mother needs to other pc)