Why are my Evga nVidia GeForce 7300GT drivers causing my Windows XP to hang 50% of the time when booting?
Posted on 2008-11-04
I recently bought an nVidia 7300GT AGP video card to revitalize an old system, but I'm having problems.
I've tried nVidia tech support but they've been no help.
On Windows XP, with the latest nVidia drivers installed, it seems to work properly "when it works", but 1 out of every 2 or 3 boots my system hangs and the monitor loses sync. It's as if I physically disconnected the cable from the PC. When this happens I have to press the PC's reset button in order to reboot and then Windows starts up just fine. I don't get any weird error messages (i.e. your computer has experienced a serious error) or anything when it does finally boot.
It hangs between the black Windows boot up screen (with "Windows XP" and the progress bar) and the blue login screen. Basically, the Windows boot-up screen goes completely black, I can see the white mouse arrow for a couple of seconds and then the monitor loses sync.
By the way, this is a fresh XP install with all of the latest updates applied.
There are no other cards installed besides the video card either.
I've installed the driver that Windows provided and the latest driver from the manufacturer and neither of them works. Once I uninstall the driver then it boots consistently with no issues. The only problem is that I can't run it at the right resolution for my monitor (HP w2007 @ 1680 x 1050).
By the way, I seriously doubt that this is a hardware issue because I've been running Ubuntu 8.04 (haven't upgraded to 8.10 yet) with no problems at all. It definitely works fine with Ubuntu.
I'm not using a dual boot system either. I've got my operating systems installed on separate hard drives which I plug into a drive tray.
Anyway, I've heard that you guys are the best, so hopefully you can help me out here.