Hello. I am currently running Windows XP Pro with SP2 on a Dell with P4 3GHz.
Since my computer came with onboard graphics, I bought a vision tek ati radeon 9250 with a pci interface (no agp slots on my motherboard) to replace it. After a difficult driver installation a few months ago, my computer was running fine. I then began playing GTA Vice City a few days ago and thats when my computer started acting up. My screen would go blank at random times, so I decided to try system restore. After system restore however, my monitor only began working in safe mode (after booting up in normal mode, my screen would always go blank after the windows xp sign showed up). I found it odd that my video card only seemed to be working in safe mode.
So thinking my video card might have melted, I pulled it out of the pci slot and examined it...and found that it looked fine (no damage). So then I went into safe mode, uninstalled all ATI related drivers and software (while keeping my onboard graphics driver intact), restarted the computer and entered safe mode again, and tried to install the newest drivers from vision teks website. However, after extracting the driver...the auto intall program would initialize and then give me the following errors:
INF error, video driver not found
Setup was unable to complete the installation. Try to setup your display adapter with a standard VGA driver before running setup.
I tried installing the drivers from the CD that came with the video card and same problem. I then let Hardware Wizard install the drivers from the folder which had the newest ATI drivers and it installed them, but I still get no picture in normal mode (but I do get picture in safe mode still).
I went to event viewer and found some system errors. I don't know if they will help but here it is:
DCOM got error "This service cannot be started in Safe Mode " attempting to start the service EventSystem with arguments "" in order to run the server:
...which has an event id of 1005
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
...which has an even id of 7026
I don't know if those errors are even relevant to my video problem, but I have many other ones similar to the above two.
ANY SUGGESTIONS would be greatly appreciated!!!! I really would like to get back using my radeon video card without any problems.
Final note, my monitor does work when I hook it up to the onboard graphics (safe mode and normal mode) and do any of you know if this is a software driver issue or a defective video card? (I thought it might not be a defective video card because it works in safe mode).