Please forgive me for introducing myself with a request for help but this problem is quite urgent and i cant find a solution myself.
I bought my PC from ebay - its a refurb. Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with an ATI radeon x550 graphics card and a Gigabyte GA-8I915PMD motherboard.
My first problem came after installing the driver
for the graphics card - upon rebooting to finish the install windows wouldn't fully boot up and hung on the welcome screen. I came on here and did some searching and found this to be a common problem because the ati driver had to be version 9.3 and there would be no further support. Even with correct version of the driver i had the same problem, and also when i change the driver to vista compatibility mode.
In the end i resolved to simply disable the driver and go on without as the picture wasn't so bad and i could still watch video's online (which surprised me).
To come to my problem - i updated windows 7 to the latest service pack and installed a load of other updates from the update manager and its been working fine for a few weeks but then i decide to try the driver again and now when my computer loads up, i get no picture to the monitor at all, and there is a clicking noise that sounds like its coming from the video card. Whats more is that the vga that goes into the motherboard is a 9 pin female end it seems so i cant even plug a wire into that as i don't have one.
So far I've tried taking the RAM out and giving it a wipe - to no avail.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.