graphics driver causes reboot

Hi guys, just wondering if anyone can help me with a little problem.
I have just reinstalled windows xp on my hard drive.The hard drive was apparently damaged according to my xp installer when I formatted it . I ran chkdsk /r and recovered my drive.
But now I have reinstalled xp and when the desktop opens I get a message saying " my graphics card is causing all the problems.
I cannot get to system to delete the drive as the computer keeps going into reboot mode when the warning is displayed.
please help its driving me nuts
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NilknarfConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If it comes up with an error straight after installing a fresh copy of XP (with the standard Microsoft drivers) then I would strongly suggest checking your disk again.

Also, ensure all cables, PCI Cards and memory modules are seated correctly in your computer.

The latest drivers for your graphics card can be downloaded from here:

They are version 56.72 (if you couldn't guess!).

One more thing, if you're overclocking, reduce the FSB to it's default value while troubleshooting. Ensure your memory is rated for the speed it is running at.
Enter in vga mode by pressing F8 during startup then remove your display adapter in Device manager.
Try reinstalling an updated driver.
What exactly does the error message say regarding your graphics?
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Also, when you say you have reinstalled XP on you hard drive, was it a fresh installation or did you install windows over itself?

If you installed XP over itself after the disk corruption, then it is possible that your graphics card display driver has become corrupted.

What graphics card do you have?

P.S. You might want to run chkdsk again, just in case. It sometimes finds more errors on a second pass.
At boot time, Press F8, choose "enable VGA mode"
Update video driver or remove-it as desired.
deklufcAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for the replies,
I will try the things mentioned above and let you know what the error actually says. I did a format of the hard drive before I installed a clean version of xp.
The card is a gforce mx400
deklufcAuthor Commented:
Thanks Nil, if this helps this is what comes up now ......
A problem has been detected and windows has shut down to protect your computer.

And this is at the bottom of the message.......

Microsoft has this to say about STOP 0X00000D1:

What file does the blue screen say has caused the error?

Do you by any chance have onboard sound?

You might also want to check out how hot your graphics card heatsink is, as well as the temperature of your CPU (just to rule them out).

For your CPU you can use a program like Motherboard monitor to report the temp:
Alternatively you can restart and look in the BIOS under something like 'PC HEALTH', here you should find the temp of your CPU.

For your graphics card you can simply feel the heatsink while it's in use, it should be warm to the touch, but not so hot that you have to move your hand away. (You can also do this for the CPU heatsink)
download the INTERNATIONAL language drivers, ( 56.72_winxp2k_international_whql )then uninstall the old drivers, reboot and then run the full install from there - saying YES to overwriting any older files

I manually traced it to some language files some files - NVRSxxx and NVWRxxx  (xxx being ENG for english) were not updated in the single language driver updates, and were older than the rest of the files - when i used the international language files, the files were updated, and system is much more stable.



Here's what has to say about that STOP error:

(Click to consult the online Win XP Resource Kit article.)
The system attempted to access pageable memory using a kernel process IRQL that was too high. The most typical cause is a bad device driver (one that uses improper addresses). It can also be caused by caused by faulty or mismatched RAM, or a damaged pagefile

This sounds like a bad video card driver, so maybe you should try a different version.
I once had a problem with Adaptec SCSI 1520 controller, display adapter, and 486dx computer running Win?95?..  It turned out to be a conflict but I forget whether it was dma/irq/mem.  Win95 would either jam or reboot at the Windows95 screen so I think it's a conflict but it could be a problem with the hard drive also..  Oop and the above comment seems useful too.
If you can boot in safe mode it might be a driver issue, but most likely a hardware conflict. The trouble began with the HD and now migrates to the video. Try checking the power supply first just to rule out erratic power behavior.

Remove the 20 pin connector from the mobo. Disconnect all other wires from mobo and peripherals except the HD. I like to use a plastic coated twist tie and strip the ends so that I can fold the end over to double the end size and then stick one end into the green wire (pwr on) socket and the nearest black wire ground. With the unit plugged into the AC outlet you should get HD spin. If you do proceed to use a digital multimeter testing each lead exept the gray wire and other black grounds. The meter ground probe should be left in one of the black ground wire sockets as you test each of the colored wires. Reds are 5vdc, oranges are 3.3vdc, white is -5vdc, yellow is 12vdc, blue is -12vdc. if they test within .19 of spec (3.3 = 3.49 or 3.11, 5.0 = 5.19 or 4.81) you are safe to assume the PS unit is good. I would note that if during the test if any of the voltages fluctuate so that you never get a stable reading or any one of the leads is out of spec you need to replace the unit.
deklufcAuthor Commented:
Fantastic answers guys, I am at work now so I will have a look at the error tomorrow and let you all know.
deklufcAuthor Commented:
Thanks to you all , problem sorted for now will let you know how it goes.
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