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nVidia driver installation failure in Win XP

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I am having problems installing a replacement video card in a Win XP PC.  

I have installed a new nVidia GeForce GT220 video card made by Galaxy in a Windows XP 32 bit PC.  After installing the video card and driver, I am prompted to reboot.  However, the PC locks up in the loading Windows XP stage.  It just sits there with the black Windows XP splash screen displayed.

I then downloaded the latest nVidia driver from Galaxy.  I went back into Windows in Safe Mode, uninstalled all video drivers from Add/Remove Programs and the Device Manager, rebooted, reinstalled the latest driver - same problem.

The motherboard is an Intel DP35DP.  I tried reinstalling the Chipset driver and repeating the above process - same problem.  

Any suggestions?
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when you selected "the latest" driver did you download the latest for XP or windows 7. by default the download page selects the driver for windows 7. the software it comes with im not sure but its probably not an xp driver since its quite the old OS.

 http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

just be sure to select XP under the operating system tag. granted im not trying to insult your intelligence by saying this test this =P but i just had a call from someone saying their server was down and it wasnt powered on lol

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I got the GeForce Win XP 32 bit driver v. 260.89 (10/19/2010) from the Galaxytech.com website.  I might want to try the nVidia driver though;  it's v. 260.99.  Thanks.

Yep, gotta love those easy ones!  LOL
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by:narley
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Ran chkdsk and found some errors.  I'm repairing and will update when done.
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It looks like it WAS the hard drive problem, or at least related.  The hard drive has failed completely.  Thanks for the input ngcmos.
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It wasn't the solution, but at least he tried!
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