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i can not figure this one out, help!


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descent

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at first i had an ATI Radeon 7200 PCI and 7000 AGP in my system (and at once another 7000 PCI - 5 monitors!) with XP SP1 on a Asus a7v VIA Apollo KT133 and fairly recent (but not sure if the obsolute newest video and mobo drivers). I bought a ATI Radeon 9800 Pro AGP and instead of uninstalling everything (why i didn't, i don't know....) I simply turned off my computer and unplugged the 7000 AGP and installed the Radeon 9800 AGP. Before my comp had no problem reconizing and installing ATI Radeons.

I boot back up and when it gets to windows it restarts. I can only access my desktop via safe mode and while windows will reconize the new card, the cataylst drivers/software won't install, saying i need to install the VGA driver first. If I try to skip Windows installing my videocard in Device Manager and go through Cataylst it'll give me the same error. What's worst is after I removed my 9800 now neither by AGP 7000 OR PCI 7200 Radeon will work, and give me the same issues/errors.

I thought it was maybe a BIOS problem, but my floppy drive is broken and i havent used it in years, so this has delayed my flashing of my bios. I tried using ASUS's WinFlash but will give me an error saying "ACPI ATK 0100 kernel driver not loaded", if I try to install that driver i'll get another error. Argh. I've downloaed VIA's newest 4in1 drivers but they don't seem to help.

Somehow my computer doesn't like ATI radeons anymore, even though I've been using multiple ones at the same time for years. As far as I can tell my options are...

1) Find a floppy drive and flash the BIOS with the newest version available
2) Repair Windows XP
3) Install SP2 and try that
4) Get hold of a non-ATI radeon videocard and see if same issue happens
4) Reformat/Reinstall Everything...

I've searched online but can't seem to find problems that match mine. Any help would be greatly appriecated - I know i won't get much sleep until i figure this out.
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Clean off the old drivers with driver cleaner run it twice then try it.
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