Unable to view screen after trying to enable graphics card driver

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  1. Posts : 15,711
    7 X64
       #11

    There is no display at post through Windows loading.
    do you have graphics in bios ?
    if you boot winpe is there anything onscreen ?
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  2. Posts : 2,246
    Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #12

    No, I can't see anything in the BIOS. Kind of funny, yesterday I tried to run a system restore by following the same steps as used in my other Win 7 system. Of course, when it gets to selecting the restore to run, I can't see it. I just used all the same key strokes. The hard drive went crazy for about a half hour but it never rebooted.

    Where do you suggest I get Winpe for Win 7? I guess I would have to burn it to a disc or perhaps a USB. I prefer the former. Would I burn it as a ISO or just a data disc?
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  3. Posts : 15,711
    7 X64
       #13

    No, I can't see anything in the BIOS.
    how is the display attached ? if you are using the built in screen, you should be getting graphics in bios.

    try resetting bios to defaults. you will have to check your manual how to do that.
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  4. Posts : 2,246
    Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
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       #14

    I'm aware of that but there is no display in the BIOS. The manual says I can reset the defaults using alt-f. A shortcut to the bios is to hit f2 repeatedly during boot. I did that until I got a beep on the key. Using the alt-f simply provides another beep. I think I need to get to the setup in the BIOS first.

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    I think I'm going to buy a used GPU. The only drawback is that Dell told me that they had to modify the card to install it. I actually don't know what that means. I know that the driver can't be updated past the one they used in the system. Probably why the BSOD problem never went away.
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  5. Posts : 15,711
    7 X64
       #15

    take the cmos battery out for a minute
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  6. Posts : 2,246
    Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #16

    Thanks. I was thinking of that but now I have to find where it is.
    On the other hand, on the top of the keyboard of the computer, there are three LED's which show if there's a hardware problem on the system via various symbols and colors. The ones that are there correspond with a problematic graphics card but only one of them is lit up. The one that lights up comes on immediately upon boot and only goes off for a few seconds when Windows is loading and then comes back on.
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  7. Posts : 15,711
    7 X64
       #17

    have you checked youtube to see if anybody has had similar issue with that machine ?

    is it the same when using the battery and the power adapter ?
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  8. Posts : 2,246
    Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #18

    A user in the Dell forum had the same problem and attributed it to the AC adapter sending a false overheating signal to the graphics card. He was able to make it go away by booting with only the battery supplying power. He then downloaded something called the NVPM-Manager and made some changes to the system settings. The boot on battery power doesn't work for me. As an aside, I need a new battery but I'm not going to spend $70 for a system that doesn't work. I still need to find out where the CMOS battery is, per your suggestion. I'm negotiating with someone on a used graphic card.

    I appreciate your input.

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    Well, I found the CMOS battery and went through the bios reset procedure. I think it did something because the first time I tried to boot, all the LEDs for the graphics card error came up. Can't reproduce that. Problem is, now it won't boot. Hard drive light comes on for about 5 seconds and then goes off. I think that happened when I tried to enter the BIOS a couple of days ago. Still trying to find a new graphics card at a decent price.
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