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Oh nooooo - What did I doooo?


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In attempting to install a new graphics card, I used device manager to disable the on-board graphics on my computer. I couldn't get the new card to work - got some sort of 'out of memory' flash across a blue screen as the system rebooted. Anyway, I want to go back to the original configuration, but can't.
Here's the details:
1) Dual-boot HP pavilion 8775c with XP-pro & Win2K. I disabled the driver in XP mode. It will start up in W2K fine, but I loose the graphics when XP initalizes. It seems to boot up fine because I can use keyboard shortcut commands - Win key - u - u - to shut down. I just lose the monitor.
2) The BIOS only gives me the option of AGP or PCI - nothing about on-board graphics. Bios version is Award Inc. #2.02 - 3-30-01
3) Safe mode doesn't work - a whole page of .SYS files scrolls past ans the system stalls on something called MUP.SYS
4) Other modes - VGA enabled, Last known good settings, etc. don't work either. I just seems to launch as I can shut down as described above in #1.

Any ideas?
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Edited by ohhbob, 02 February 2006 - 08:28 AM.

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does safe mode with command line work?
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somehow I lost detail #3 - Safe mode doesn't work - a whole page of .SYS files scrolls past ans the system stalls on something called MUP.SYS
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THere is a safe mode and a safe mode with command line
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note that a long pause at mup.sys is normal
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can't help but wonder if another video card from the machine you are using right now, inserted in the broke machine, wouldn't allow you to re-enable the device....probably a whole lot easier than what I was going to suggest
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As I stated...

Safe mode doesn't work - a whole page of .SYS files scrolls past ans the system stalls on something called MUP.SYS - so how long is a normal delay - I'm talking about a 30min. beforte I gave up.

Other modes - VGA enabled, Last known good settings, etc. don't work either. This includes safe mode with command prompt. I tried them all. I just seems to get to a point, then reboot.

So, please suggest away... I know this probably won't be an easy fix. A complete reinstall is probably a last resort, but I'm prepared to do that if neccessary. Again, as I stated, WinXP seems to be launching, so the OS is Ok. Somehow I just lost, corrupted, disabled the graphics driver.
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I know you stated it, but I wanted to make a distinction between SAFE MODE and SAFEMODE with COMMAND LINE. Two different options.

I actually did not think it work, anyway.

OK. Here's the issue. I have an idea, but I cannot test it as I am out the door.

It requires that you have a Windows XP disc, a real one. Do you

The rough idea is that you create a bart's PE disk and add the RegeditPE plug in...this will allow you to load your PC from a CD and edit the registry (and save it)...we should be able to re-enable the videocard this way, though I need to find the right key...and I have to go.

I will bookmark this thread and come back later, but it may be much later.

Someone else may be able to walk you through this process in the meantime (Fenor, Keith, mcpscomp, dsenette all come to mind), but I have to go

So, got an xp cd?
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yeah...I do
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well crap, that didn't work...waste a whole two hours trying it before it dawned on me that a windows repair will probably do it an a heck of a lot easier than what I was trying to do..

Sometimes I just try to hard to impress myself

http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html

Try that out...it should redetect your hardware and rebuild the necessary keys...if it fails, I can try again, but I ended up screwing the whole PC up
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..and a REPAIR will not damage your data or programs, just in case you are worried. at the least, we will be no further behind than we are now
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Just wanted to thank you...thank you...thank you...
The XP repair worked and all is well. I just upgraded to XP from ME not long ago, so that's a great feature to know about. Hope I don't need it again (although I probably will)

Thanks again...

Bob :tazz:
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glad to hear it...man, I wish the person whose computer I am working on now would upgrade from WinME....I hate ME, I hate ME, I hate ME...worst thing MS ever put out besides BOB
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