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Installed Nvidia Drivers now display is all choppy and won't fully boot

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June 8, 2013 3:17:47 PM

So I put together a little bit of an older build from parts I had around the house. Got everything put together and installed Windows XP SP3. Everything went fine and finally went to download and install the drivers for the gpu. The gpu was displaying an output fine but obviously wanted the drivers installed. The gpu is an evga 6800 GT 256mb AGP card. The drivers I installed are 307.83 from nvidia. Now when I turn the pc on I get to the Windows XP splash loading screen but after that the image is all choppy and ends up restarting the pc again.
June 8, 2013 3:22:52 PM

Try using an older driver. also make sure to do a clean install of the older driver.
June 8, 2013 3:23:46 PM

Did you flash/update the BIOS for the GPU; a failed flash will cause that issue.

If not, I'd use a driver sweeping utility to wipe the drivers and do a clean install. Ensure the OS is up to date with all patches etc. and that the GPU drivers are for your operating system and not win 7/8 before the install.
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June 8, 2013 3:28:29 PM

I haven't updated the BIOS at all actually, it's an older board and maybe that needs to be done. I'll try uninstalling everything, flashing, and making sure everything is up to date. I made sure it's the XP drivers and not the 7/8 but will check everything again and come back. Thanks!
June 8, 2013 3:37:49 PM

No need to flash the Bios for the GPU!! EVER!! the only reason to flash GPU bios is to OC through the bios and like mentioned BY Bebop460 a failed flash could cause this. If you goof it up now it could render the card permanently useless.

Try an Older driver. newer drivers are not always better. I personally haven't found a stable driver for my card since they released the CCC 12.8 for AMD even though all the newer releases say they are for my card. This holds true for Nvidia also more so because of how old your GPU is.
June 8, 2013 4:59:31 PM

Okay so now I can't seem to try an older driver. I uninstalled everything nvidia from the computer. I plug the video card back in but now it's all artifacty/choppy and blurry and won't boot passed the splash screen. I can't install a driver without the card plugged in though..
June 8, 2013 5:54:17 PM

If possible, I would boot into safe mode and verify that the drivers are uninstalled. Ideally, run driver sweeper and CCleaner to dispose of any remnants of the drivers. According to what I'm reading, if things are screwy in safe mode, it is likely a hardware issue.

If you can't boot into safe mode, you can try booting to the Windows XP disc and repairing the OS install (for the heck of it; it is possible it got messed up, though rather unlikely) or going back to a system restore point. You could also try to access command prompt from the disc and i'm guessing you could reinstall drivers from there.

Alternatively, use a different PC to copy the drivers to a flash drive and make a BartPE or ideally a UBCD4Win bootable disc and boot from that. From there you can likely access the flash drive and reinstall drivers. I'll see if its possible to access a flash drive from UBCD for you if it comes to that.
June 9, 2013 5:38:50 PM

So I've been messing around and finally got fed up so did a complete clean install of everything. (I had just put this computer together anyway so I didn't really lose anything, just time). I installed WinXP SP3 with the gpu installed and outputting to the monitor. Installed all the updates and then grabbed an older nvidia driver (number 295.xx something). The driver installed without a hiccup and then asked to restart. I restarted the computer and now won't go past the splash screen again and it just shows a choppy mosaic looking image. I can boot into safe mode just fine and the video card displays an image so it has to be a driver problem right?
June 9, 2013 5:57:23 PM

Yes, it definitely sounds like a driver issue to me.

Can you roll back to a restore point before the driver install? That would be ideal, as you can keep trying different versions until you get one that you are satisfied with.

June 9, 2013 5:58:16 PM

I doubt you can get your hands on it but try a search for drivers in the 90.xx's. I remember when I had my 8800gt I was running driver versions from the 80.xx or 90.xx's series. When I switched to my 9800GTX+ they were in the 100.xx series. If you can find a driver this old and it still gives the same issue it could be the card.

I will search the Nvidia website and see what i can come up with for legacy drivers.

EDIT: found this driver for XP 32 bit.
June 11, 2013 2:00:16 PM

So I tried those drivers on a fresh install, after install the intel chipset drivers and winxp updates. Now when booting into the OS it just hangs for awhile after the splash screen and then displays a blue screen with a lot of text for only a few moments. I managed to read part of it and it says the driver is stuck in an infinite loop and then restarts the computer...

I can boot into safe mode as well as VGA mode which definitely indicates this is a driver issue I believe. In the BIOS I have the primary video set to AGP and have the AGP Aperature set to 128
June 11, 2013 7:03:08 PM

I'm guessing that you have it plugged into an AGP port, as opposed to PCI Express.

AGP Aperature config seems largely inconsequential.

Unfortunately, all I can suggest is that you keep trying drivers until you find one that works for you.