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I'm afraid to reinsert my GPU without getting a Black Screen on startup

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July 8, 2013 11:43:59 AM

Hi, 6 Months ago, I bought a new desktop and a 22' Monitor. A few days ago, I was playing a game and I came along a Nvidia Video Card update. I installed it then my Games started freezing. I shut off my PC and restarted it and after it said "Starting Windows" It went to a black screen. I tried everything I could to fix it but nothing worked. I uninstalled the Graphics Drivers In safe mode. That didn't work either. I got so tired of it I just reformatted my Hard Drive and Reinstalled Windows, But before I continued on I took out my Graphics card and running Windows fine on a VGA. Besides the games, They seem to Lag without the Graphics Card. So i'm asking you guys, Once I put my Graphics Card Back in, What should I install so this "Black Screen" Problem doesn't happen again? Thanks
Btw I'm running a Nvidia Geforce 9800 GTX+
July 8, 2013 11:57:36 AM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
You can keep the monitor hooked up to your onboard VGA and still install the 9800 and start the system up. Then, install the Geforce experience and drivers and make sure it is all up to date. Then, go into yout BIOS and make sure that the primary GPU is set to PCI-e. Save and reboot. Switch the monitor over to the 9800 and start Windows. Hopefully you won't have a black screen.


You said Install the Latest drivers? I got a update from Nvidia and I installed that latest driver. Then the black screen came up. Should I just install the one I had when it was working fine?
July 8, 2013 12:09:03 PM

u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
Peaceguy said:
u_gonna_squeal_b4_we_cookya said:
You can keep the monitor hooked up to your onboard VGA and still install the 9800 and start the system up. Then, install the Geforce experience and drivers and make sure it is all up to date. Then, go into yout BIOS and make sure that the primary GPU is set to PCI-e. Save and reboot. Switch the monitor over to the 9800 and start Windows. Hopefully you won't have a black screen.


You said Install the Latest drivers? I got a update from Nvidia and I installed that latest driver. Then the black screen came up. Should I just install the one I had when it was working fine?


Yes, you could if you know what version it is. If it was the last stable version before the update, then I think it is 320.18. Just go here: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx and look for your GPU. Instead of "all" under "recommended/beta" select "recommended/certified" then it will give you a list of the last 20 or so stable drivers and a link to download them for your card and OS. BTW, did you install a beta driver before the black screen started or a recommended/certified driver?


Well, It all happened on July 1st, I looked at the release dates and the Recommended/Certified one Or 320.49 Came out on July 1st So I think that's When the problem happened. I will try your Idea and Install the 320.18 Driver
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