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I have an ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 128mb video card. I overclock it only to 400, and only when playing games like Half Life 2...

Anyway last night I attempted to change the video drivers from the regular Catalyst ones provided by ATI to the Omega Drivers (www.omegadrivers.net).

I attempted to follow the instructions included in the Omega download. That is, to remove all ATI programs and drivers, then install the Omega ones. I was under the impression that I did this correctly... I went to Control Panel, removed everything by ATI, went to desktop, installed Omega drivers, and reset.

Now, my monitor is blank when it gets to the desktop. Upon boot, it looks like everything is going fine. You see all the little stuff that appears when you first turn on your PC. The DELL logo and then the Windows logo appears. However, when Windows should be just finished booted, I see no desktop.. its just a blank screen. I hear the windows chime that tells me I should be seeing my desktop at this point.. but the screen is blank. I believe I did not screw up the video card, as I am still getting basic video upon boot, but for some reason, it's not displaying anything after booting up.

When I try booting it in safe mode, it hangs on the AGP driver. I see a list of drivers being executed, and it freezes and stops on:

windows/system32/DRIVERS/AGP.something

Obviously the AGP driver is a video driver, so something went wrong with my install. I think the problem was I did not reset my PC between removing the ATI drivers, and installing the Omega drivers. After I removed the ATI ones, it said "reset to take effect" however I figured if I just reset after installing the Omega drivers, it would be the same thing.

Anyway, no matter which safe mode I choose.. VGA mode.. debug mode.. or "Windows Controls Only" mode.. it crashes before it gets to windows.. theres no Windows chime so I can tell it's not getting that far.

So guys what do you think? Is my video card screwed somehow? Is there any way I can get into Windows to reinstall my drivers? I have the ATI driver CD, but I'd still like the Omega drivers to work, if possible. Would a boot CD let me get in, or is there something else I need to do? Last night when this happened I didn't have a boot CD, but I can get one today. I thought Safe Mode would automatically load Windows default drivers so I'm confused as to why it would completely hang in Safe mode. Should I try pulling out the video card and starting the system?

I have a PC repair guy coming later tonight for $90 an hour.. I've been doing my own PC work for 10 years and so far this is the only problem I haven't been able to solve. I can cancel with an hours notice so any help is appreciated if you can save me that $90. Thanks guys.
 

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Boot up off your windows XP disk, DONT press r to repair with console, continue with the usual options press F8 etc. You should then be given the option to repair the windows installation. Do that.
 

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Boot up off your windows XP disk, DONT press r to repair with console, continue with the usual options press F8 etc. You should then be given the option to repair the windows installation. Do that.

I don't think I have my XP disk.. at least I don't know where it may be, but I will look after work for it. Will a friends XP disk work? I'm sure the tech will bring one over tonight if indeed he has to come. Are there any other options/suggestions?
 

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I don't think I have my XP disk.. at least I don't know where it may be, but I will look after work for it. Will a friends XP disk work? I'm sure the tech will bring one over tonight if indeed he has to come. Are there any other options/suggestions?

Your mates should do. It may need your code though. But it doesn't ask for it every time!
 

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Well you say you unistalled all ATI related stuff then installed omega, but the question is did you reboot before intslling the omega drivers?
Also you say you have your card clocked at 400 did you put it back to defaults before applying the new drivers. I dont think its Omega drivers causing that i think its an operator error.
 

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Well you say you unistalled all ATI related stuff then installed omega, but the question is did you reboot before intslling the omega drivers?
Also you say you have your card clocked at 400 did you put it back to defaults before applying the new drivers. I dont think its Omega drivers causing that i think its an operator error.

No I didn't reset between and I know thats what caused this huge problem. The file it always was hanging on was AGP440.SYS. If you do a google search for that, you'll see its a crazy wierd problem that a bunch of people have had. I actually haven't been able to fix it at all.. It just continually would crash, even after taking the above advice, and advice from people with the same AGP440.SYS problem. I even had a computer tech come to my house for $98 an hour! and he couldn't even fix it.. All he was able to do is install a second copy of windows on my second hard drive.. nothing was deleted.. so it's kinda cool that I have a fresh install of XP while still having all my old stuff.. I kinda wanted a fresh install, and stuff does run faster now, but it's still kinda whack. When I load my PC it requests which Windows I'd like to start.. if I choose the top one its my new OS and runs great, but if I choose the bottom one its just the old one that will crash. But it definately seem to run better with the fresh install. Half Life 2 was running great last night.. but I still wish this problem never happened..

I was using ATItool before, and it only overclocks the card when you load it up.. so I didn't touch that at all. Anyway in my new Windows we set up Radlinker and the Omega drivers so I believe I'm set now. I was running Half Life 2 last night and I was getting artifacts at 400mhz so I had to turn it down to 392 and put my big cooling fan back in the box. It's really wierd that my RADEON 9800 PRO 128 doesn't like to overclock.. When I first bought it, I ran ATItools overclock tests and it only went to 408, but that wasn't really stable after playing a game for some time, so I turned it down to 400 and everything was fine.
 
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