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GeForce Fx5200 video problem

By zomgzzryan
Feb 6, 2008
  1. Im not really sure what is wrong with it.
    I power up and everything shows up fine. Then when it gets to the login screen the monitor turns off and says it has no signal.
    The 2nd vga still has signal though. So when i type in my password (even though i cant see the 1st screen) and login the 2nd screen will come up but i cant do anything on it since everything i double click on opens in the first monitor.

    Everything was working fine before i powered down, then i power the computer back up and this happens.

    Any idea what the problem might be? Or what i can do to make the 2nd monitor my primary monitor?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Control Panel - Display settings

    In advanced settings the refresh rate may be set too high
    Please go through all the settings in there, remembering (or writing down) what you have done.

    Worse case scenario, is to re-download the display drivers, from the manufactures website, and uninstall, then reinstall the display drivers.
    Uninstall can be in Add/Remove Programs, as well as Device Manager (System in Control Panel then Select Hardware)
     
  3. zomgzzryan

    zomgzzryan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well im not exactly sure how id be able to check or change the settings because

    I cant get into the control panel because the only monitor that has video is the 2nd one and when i rightclick>properties
    the window opens in the 1st monitor that has no signal

    And since i only have one computer, i had to down grade to a crappy video card
    until i can fix the other

    Can i do what you said:

    Worse case scenario, is to re-download the display drivers, from the manufactures website, and uninstall, then reinstall the display drivers.
    Uninstall can be in Add/Remove Programs, as well as Device Manager (System in Control Panel then Select Hardware)

    Then switch to the video card having the problems?


    Sorry if im not making much sense, im kind of new at this.
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Possibly I need to be a bit clearer

    You have one computer (I think a laptop, but not sure)
    And two Displays (this may be a dual monitor video card)

    If you remove one display, does that give full access to the other display?

    You may need to explain your hardware setup (Computer, Video Card, Monitors Windows version)
     
  5. zomgzzryan

    zomgzzryan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have one computer(not laptop) and yes uts a dual monitor video card

    Ive tried removing one display but the same thing happens.

    Pentium 4 CPU 2.8GHz
    768 MB of RAM
    Geforce FX5200 DDR 128MB
    Microsoft Windows XP (home edition)

    The other video card that i switch to is:
    XGI Volari Family v1.13

    Any other information needed?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I think you should be able to dis-connect the faulty one (meaning the one that went black, not actually faulty LCD)
    And only have one mounted
    Then turn on the computer
    Then go to display settings, and confirm all settings, including synch and dual display.

    Actually there was a good post on dual display, how to configure. But can't find it (that's helpful)
    But basically, set it up from one Display plugged in first.
     
  7. zomgzzryan

    zomgzzryan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did what you told me to and the video card works again just like before.
    Thankyou very much for all your help!

    XD
     
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