Display Setting Always in Safe Mode

Posted on 2005-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
What to do if a w2k suddenly has a display setting of very low and refuse any reinstall which simply means it is always in safe mode while the system is not in safe mode?
Question by:simala
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    Is it ACTUALLY in safe mode...or does the display just LOOK like it is in safe mode?  If it is in safe mode, it will say "safe mode" in the corners.

    If it is ACTUALLY in safe mode...something is wrong with your bootup.  For windows 2000, you have to download the "system Configuration Utility" from .  Use it to turn off startup stuff util you stop booting into safe mode.  Then, start adding them back until you end up back in safe mode.  You can use this process to determine what's choking.

    If it just LOOKS like safe mode.  Do the following ...

    1. Right click My Computer, and select Properties.
    2. Click the Hardware Tab.
    3. Click Device manager.
    4. Click the "+" in front of "Display Adapters"
    5. RIGHT DOWN WHAT THE ADAPTER IS!  Then right click the display adapter you find there and uninstall it.
    6. Reboot.
    7. Repeat steps 1-4.
    8. It should have replaced your display adapter with either "Generic VGA adapter" or replaced your correct adapter.
     8a. If it is the correct adapter again...try and change your video settings.
      8a1. Right click the desktop
      8a2. Select Properties
      8a3. Click the settings tab
      8a4. Move the settings sliders to where you want.
     8b. If it is the standard VGA adapter...use the CDs which came with your system to reinstall the adapter...or go to the adapter manufactirer website and download the current drivers to reinstall
    Best of luck!

    Author Comment

    Thanks rightmirem,

    I have found out actually it is due to the built-in video card got burnt. As I said no matter how you reinstall, it simply refused to behave as what normally should.

    I have bought another AGP card from ASUS and disable the broken one due I don't think I can repair it.

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