I have a P3 600 machine which has just been reformatted with W2000. I have just changed the graphics card to a maxtor AGP display card and when I booted it up initially it was just showing 16 colours. I downloaded 2 versions of driver from the maxtor site and with both of them when I rebooted to finish the driver installation, the monitor turns itself off, and stays off! The power light goes out as if the supply has been disconnected.
If I start up in safe VGA mode it boots up. I went into the bios and found a vga setting which was disabled, changed that to enabled and it made no difference.
I have previously used the pc as a CAD station for 2yrs at work prior to it being replaced. I have reformatted it since bringing it home and since then I have had problems getting graphics cards to work in the machine. The original one came up as being not supported by Windows 2000. The annoying thing is that when I used the machine at work, it was running W2000 with no problem.
The monitor is one that came with an old pentium 166mmx back in 1997. The pc was a Tiny pc and there is no monitor manufaturer listed on the back or anywhere. Its an energy star type (I'm assuming this isn't the manufacturer?). No serial numbers or anything to do a search on.
The monitor has always worked ok. The pc originally ran w2000 with a 21" monitor when I had it at work. I brought it home, reformatted and installed xp, the monitor was working ok with the original graphics card.
The pc in general was struggling to run XP (processor 80-100% all the time), so I wiped it again and reinstalled 95, upgraded to 98 and upgraded again to 2000. Monitor was only showing 16 colours, so started investigating and found that windows hadn't detected the display adapter.
Found out the make and downloaded drivers - no difference. Installed new adapter (borrowed from work), windows found it but didn't have drivers. Downloaded drivers to install and thats when it started hanging in reboot when "finishing driver installation".
Hope that all makes sense.
I just want to use the pc to play internet radio/music, and scan in all my tapes with the external soundblaster card I Bought for it (hence I need W2000 or better).
The original graphics card was a rage 128 pro 32m sdr. The current one is a Maxtor G55. I have the 21" monitor that I could try on the machine, but I havent tried it since the reformat as I do not want to use this with the pc due to the size.
It's hard enough convincing my wife to let me keep the pc in the lounge!