ME hangs because VGA adapter
Posted on 2003-02-21
Now is this a operating system error, or hardware error, or both!
My Windows Me won't start. Or should I say it starts, if its starting to safe mode OR otherwise in VGA mode with 16 colors. So I have figured the problem to have something to do with the vga adapter. Now as I have several older VGA adapters, I have tested this with guillemon Xentor TNT2, S3 Trio64 and TsengLabs s6000 cards. The symptom is same with every card. Windows boot hangs up with very rapid harddisk behaviour... and then nothing. HD led shuts down nothing moves. And this always, when I'm booting to normal mode AND I have something else as resolution than 640 x 480 (VGA).
Sometimes the system also hangs as early as in BIOS boot. That idicates that something is wrong in motherboard or power supply. Nothing wrong was found on motherboard or memory using Amidiag diagnostic software and Norton diskdoctor claims, that HD is in good shape.
Any ideas? Do I have a broken powerunit? Or do the WinMe has general error in it? I have installed ME as "over the old one" installation, 'cos I'm not sure do I want to "deltree Windows" and make a clean install, if theres a way around it, or maybe it is the power?