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Challenging video problem


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Hello everybody.... Problem in a nutshell: When booting from CD (Win XP, Bart's PE) and from FDD (Win 98 boot diskette), the video (screen image) is perfect. When in setup (BIOS, CMOS, whatever) the vdeo screen image is perfect. When booting to XP, the picture is FUBAR! It is picselated, there are multiple cursor arrows, and it is all but impossible to navigate any windows, etc.
I am perplexed... The HDD is ok.. I was able to navigate and copy/move system files, etc. with Bart's PE. I would assume the on-board grahics is ok, and I've done a total format of the C: drive and re-installed XP Pro without a hitch - until boot time.... then the image appears as above. What am I missing here?

All ideas gratefully considered. Thanks.

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The only thing I can come up with is driver related.

Typically, if the screen is all messed up like you're talking about, the resolution/color settings are too high for the video card you have. I'm not saying your card sucks, but your driver may. You could try booting into Safe Mode and changing the settings down to 16 colors and 640x480 (or however low they go).

Then, if Windows is actually viewable when it boots back up, you can reinstall drivers or even just inch the settings back up until it goes all wonky again (it'll reset to the last settings after 10 seconds or so).

Just an idea.
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But I've formatted and re-installed - How can it be the driver - it isn't even loaded yet. Oh.. and safe mode has same *&^%ed image.. :-(
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I was thinking the driver that the XP CD had was faulty, but the image in Safe Mode is wonky?!? That's troublesome.

So, you said that the image was fine in another OS, but only bad in XP? Hate to say it, but that still sounds like a driver. It's onboard graphics, so you can't reseat anything...

Do you have a spare video card to try as opposed to the onboard? It doesn't have to be good, just capable of showing video...
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Do you have a spare video card to try as opposed to the onboard?  It doesn't have to be good, just capable of showing video...

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Yup.. I guess I'll hunt around for one.. it's either the graphics or the motherboard - RAM has tested 100%, I've removed the HDD and tested - it's fine. Just trial and error, I suppose... :-)
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Good luck.

If you don't mind, let me know how that goes.
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