Win2K and ATI drivers = Can't log in
Posted on 2004-08-21
I've come across a very strange thing. I'm trying to install Win2K server on one of my home computers so I can try things out before implimenting them in a production environment. I installed the OS just fine and loaded up SP4 and then loaded the ATI Catalyst 4.8 drivers for my Radeon 9600 XT that is in the machine. Also installed some Intel chipset drivers and rebooted. After rebooting, I tried to log in with my Administrator account and when I press enter it goes to the blue background, then drops me back to the login screen. Thinking that I did something wrong I tried it again and realized something was wrong. Fearing that I somehow got the BlazeFine problem or some other virus since I hadn't got the rest of the patches on, I formatted again.
Did a complete reinstall and got SP4, all patches, and Anti-Virus loaded before installing the video card drivers. As soon as I installed the ATI drivers, I was unable to log in again. Went into safe mode and uninstalled the drivers and then was able to log into regular mode. Loaded Catalyst 4.6 which I had been running on this machine when it had XP on it and rebooted, and again unable to log in.
Looking over the event logs and it appears that no basic services started. Workstation, Server, Com+ Event System, IIS Admin... I have several entries saying other services couldn't be started because these weren't running.
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7026
Time: 10:36:03 PM
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
I've never seen a video card driver do this, especially after two complete tries at it. The machine was used for XP so I'm almost positive it isn't hardware related. Any ideas what could be causing this? I'll try to get different media on Monday to instal from and see if that does anything for me.