I did a Repair Install of Windows XP Pro, SP2 after consulting with Microsoft tech support about my inability to install IE7 or WMP11. Fortunately, the Repair Install worked in that respect as I was able to install the missing updates after completing the repair.
Unfortunately, the repair created another problem: I am unable to install the device drivers for either my nVIDIA GeForce MX4000 (AGP) or the on-board graphics card that is built into my motherboard. The motherboard is an ASUS A8V-MX.
I am currently "using" my AGP card, but in the Device Manager there are no display adapters listed. If I right-click on the desktop and go to the properties, advanced settings, adapter there is nothing listed. If I click on the properties to view the driver information it says I am using the VgaSave driver.
Steps I have taken so far:
1. Tried to install all the drivers for my motherboard. I was able to install the drivers for the chipset, the RAID utility, the LAN, and the audio, but when I try to install the VGA drivers for the motherboard I get an error message saying that there are no compatible devices.
2. Tried to reinstall the nVIDIA drivers. I tried several different versions - one from the nVIDIA website, one from the actual manufacturer (xfxforce.com) that is definitely an older version, and another slightly-older version from nVIDIA that I was previously using before the repair install. In all cases the driver installation fails due to no compatible devices being found.
3. I downloaded EVEREST Home Edition after reading about it in other solutions on here. It is able to see my nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000 as it lists it as the Video Adapter and 3D Accelerator under the Display, PCI/AGP Video tab on the menu. This is my first time using EVEREST so if you need me to post any of the report information please let me know.
4. I tried unseating my AGP card and restarting the PC. When Windows booted up I shut it down and reseated the card. Windows did not detect new hardware.
When I was doing the repair install there was a time when the install stopped and asked me for a driver CD. I hit cancel and move on figuring that I would be able to install a more recent driver at a later time. Am I going to have to do another Repair Install, or is there a way to force WIndows XP to recognize my video card? I had no problems with my display drivers prior to doing the repair install.
Thank you in advance for any help you are able to provide.