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New Video Card / Blank Screen

Removed my ELSA Video driver. Shutdown. Removed my ELSA 4mg PCI card. Installed my 16mg Starfighter Real3d Video card.  Win98 found card and I loaded drivers. Rebooted to a Blank screen after initial Win98 welcome screen. HELP!!
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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
Larrypalooza, Try this

Start the computer to safe mode. Go to the device manager and remove any existing display driver.

Restart the computer to command mode.
At the C:\ prompt, type “Scandisk” without the quotation, press <enter> to continue and fix any error detected.
Next, at the C:\ prompt type “Scanreg /fix” without the quotation and press <enter> to continue and fix the registry for previous errors.

Restart the computer into safe mode. Next restart it into the normal window. During booting, the new graphic card will be re-detected. Go to the Display in control panel and set the resolution in Settings and Refresh Rate by “adapter default” in the [advanced] button.

Then click Apply and Ok and restart the computer.

Let me know if you have any queries.       Pslh
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MRVWCommented:
Larrypalooza,
Did  you download the most current video drivers for the card?
If so try this,
Boot to safe mode>
Right click my computer> Select Properties
Expand Video Adapters> Delete all devices in video adapters
Reboot normally> Let windows detect the card and install the drivers as per the instructions.
Try this site it may help :
http://www.real3d.com/text/lowframe.html

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bartsmitCommented:
Is your starfighter AGP or PCI? If it is AGP you may have to notify the BIOS to hook into the AGP bus.
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Ant007Commented:
Also, just so that we cover ALL aspects... is the card 2D or 2D/3D or soley 3D?  And, as mentioned above by Barsmit, is the card a PCI or AGP?

Finally, make sure that before you remove the original video card, to set your display to 640 X 480.  This will make sure that your default windows VGA driver can display it.  Once inside Windows, you can then intall the correct driver, and adjust the refresh rates etc.

Regards,
Kevin...*
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Ant007Commented:
Back again...!

Does the PC display ANYTHING at all?  

If it's just before loading the windows screen, your screen resolution is not supported by Windows driver.  You will have to go into the C:\Windows\System.ini and change the driver name, from the installed one eg, Display.drv=pnp.drv, to Display.drv=VGA.DRV  By doing so, that will enable you to get into Windows, where you can reconfigure the card.

A word of warning.  Make sure that you back up the System.ini before making ANY alterations.  Trust me!

I hope things work out well,

Regards,
Kevin...*
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bartsmitCommented:
Kevin, I see you're new here... Welcome!
Please note that it is a rule in EE to post comments until invited to submit an answer to a question.

larrypalooza, please reject ant007's answer. This will unlock the question and invite more tech's to submit suggestions.

Make sure that your monitor is correctly identified. You may have to start up in safe mode (hit F8 repeatedly while booting and select safe mode from the menu) to see windows again as pslh suggested.

If safe mode you can set the monitor to 640x480 in the control panel display applet. Settings, advanced, monitor.

Restart into normal mode.

If your monitor is not plug and play, you will have to set the resolution and refresh rate manually. Set the refresh rate in display properties to the lowest value in settings, advanced and work your way up untill it blanks again. If you wait 15 seconds, windows will restore the old setting.
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larrypaloozaAuthor Commented:
uda man
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Patricia Siu-Lai HoCommented:
Thank Larry! (And you too, Bart.)      Pslh
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