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:
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.