Hello. I am having a problem with a PC I am working on for a friend of my sisters. It is an old
16MB TNT2 PCI Graphics card
I know this is an old PC but it was given to him for use in his non-profit organization. Most of the expenses for the children he works with come out of his pocket so buying a new pc right now is out of the question.
When I received it I installed Windows 2000. The problem I am having is that when I try to start Windows 2000 up I get to the Windows 2000 Professional splash screen and when the loading bar reaches the end the monitor goes to sleep. The screen stays black. I am able to boot in safe mode and VGA mode and have no problems. I disabled the integrated Intel graphics in safe mode and still no luck. I uninstall the nVidia drivers in safe mode and have install multiple nVidia drivers from 45.xx to the last supported drivers for this card (71.xx) and still no success. When I do uninstall the drivers and restart and boot normally everything works. Then the OS automatically installs the drivers it has and when I restart I am back where I started. Also, something that seemed strange to me is that when I start the computer up the first screen I see says:
nVidia TNT2 Pro BIOS 16.0MB
I have never seen a graphics board shown on the boot screen…
I don’t know what else to do. I have been searching for a solution for the past week. I have found that others have had this same problem but wherever they discuss this happening there is never a solution given. If anyone knows what I should do I would appreciate any help. Thanks.
Also, I have checked the resolution and refresh rate and those are not the problem either. (kept resolution at 640x480 and refresh rate at 60Hz). The monitor is a FPD 1500.