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jimbo451

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Hi. I have a problem...I bought a new agp graphics card and whilst trying to make the thing work I (for some reason) disabled the vga driver in windows and uninstalled the driver for onboard graphics card. When I rebooted it goes to windows XP loading screen for a few secs and then goes completely blank (black screen- no pointer or anything). Same thing happens in safe mode, last known settings, etc. Can't even get to command prompt (shows about a page of drivers and stuff its loading and then locks). Also tried repairing XP installation with windows CD with no joy. I can get to recovery console via windows CD but not sure how or if I can do anything here. Just to clarify, the new graphics card is not inserted as when it is the monitor receives no signal. I've been struggling with this for about a week-prob managed to do more harm than good in that time! Reinstalling windows seems to be last option. Can I setup a separate partition to do this outside windows??? Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks
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windows and hardware changes can result in unpredicatable problems.

If you have a windows xp cd, i would install a new installation, but NOT format or alter partitions.

I would install it to a non-default location (c:\winnt, instead of c:\windows).

Then I would recover my files and reinstall programs.

Whether you can do it that simply depends on what kind of xp cd you have (oem, retail, recovery (oh no!) , upgrade)
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Thanks for that. I've reinstalled windows in a different location and it seems to be working fine. How do I go about retrieving my files? do I have to delete the other copy of windows?
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