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Installed wrong Display driver, now screen goes blank ?

Posted on 2004-10-05
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i installed a wrong display driver in win98se, and now the screen goes blank, everytime i start my PC. what shall i do ?

(i am able to start the PC with 2nd OS,...win2000, or using a win98 startup disk.)
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by:ynaught
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Hi scampgb,
    Have you tried pressing F8 and booting to safe mode just prior to the starting windows screen (post bois screen).  Then installing the correct driver?
If my memory serves me correct this should work.
Regards,
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by:Callandor
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Boot into safe mode and delete the bad video driver.  It should still be able to use standard VGA mode.
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by:collinng
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i selected Safe mode, and VGA mode, but the screen still goes blank. In my menu, i have 2 OS choices...win98, and win2000. So i wonder the Safe mode selected is for win2000, and win98 still bootup in normal mode.

what shall i do ?
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by:ynaught
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Good question.  is it the windows 2000 boot menu or a 3rsd party one.  If it is windows 2000 you should be able to edit the boot.ini file and add the safe mode option to the windows 98 option when you boot to windows 2000.
Just a thought...
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by:collinng
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i think it is the win2000 boot menu, becos i can edit it at Startup and Recovery (control panel).

i searched for "boot.ini" but i couldn't find any such file. How can i edit the boot.ini file ?

Any advise ? thanks.
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by:ynaught
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collinng,

    Here are some good recourses for you:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;311578&sd=tech
http://hacks.oreilly.com/pub/h/591

Editing the boot.ini file can be dangerous - please be careful

You will have to turn on the ability to see hidden files and or system files (tools menu in windows explorer - older options).

All the information will be in the web pages I have provided above.

Again +++*** PLEASE BE CAREFUL EDITING THIS FILE ***+++

;)
Regards,
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by:ynaught
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sorry that was meant to read "Here are some good resources "
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by:collinng
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i cannot goto win98 safe mode...
after dabbing with C:\BOOT.INI, i still cannot add the safe mode option to win98 start menu....
the safe mode option is only for win 2000 (pressing F8)...
after re-installing win98, the screen still goes blank...
looks like i have to format my win98 drive...

is there any help to add the safe mode option to win98 start menu...?
is there any other ways... ?

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