I have a custom made (5yo) pc with a GA8i945gmf all in one MB. Has 3.5gB DDR RAM. Two SATA drives both partitiioned in two. Running 32bit XP pro SP3 fully updated.
After a long week trying to get my XP pro machine to recognize my Viewsonic VX2433 LCD driver - I did a stupid thing & deleted my Display Adapter in Device Manager... I thought that maybe it'd reload & give me the chance to get the screen recognised. Anyway, that was a disaster!
The PC would boot up as usual but once past the win logo the screen would go blank - buggar. What to do?
So I thought I'd do a repair install using the OS CD. Going past system recovery I started the process. All went well, apart from the annoyance this PC has of just 'turning off' at times - which it did several times during this process, meaning I had to go back & start all-over again. Finally it rebooted & said it was starting windows - guess what - blank screen again!
So I tried Safe Mode, wished I'd have done that first. Anyway, it wouldn't complete loading - it stops on AtiPcie.sys every time.
I tried Safe Mode with Command Prompt - same result again.
I tried debugging mode, it got to the win logo then flipped to 'Windows is being restarted......' - but after all night running - no change.
I tried removing the CMOS battery for 10mins, reinstalled & tried a normal boot. Again, it got to the win logo then flipped to 'Windows is being restarted......' - but didn't.
I tried Last Good Know Config - same result as above...
On the C/ drive I have an Extracted copy of the Motherboard Video Graphics driver that perhaps I could run to reload the display adapter? Using System Recovery I can get through to the command C/WiINDOWS: and by typing DIR I can see the contents of that folder - but doesn't seem to show the folders inside. If I could locate the folder named 'Motherboard Video Driver Extracted' perhaps I could run setup.exe from there? Is that an option or won't it work anyway?
Another option could be to reinstall the Display Adapter into Device Manager - but with a blank screen, Safe Mode not working, etc the only way I could do it is via a floppy, USB or CD. If that's an option I would need guidance about how to do it..... I have got the old Floppy Boot disc which means I can get through to the C PROMPT - if that helps me?
As a last resort, I have a Paragon copy of my complete C DRIVE (albiet 6mths old) on one of the other drive partitiions. However, that would be a last resort.