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How to turn on graphics controler when the monitor is blank

I have a Sony VAIO desktop. I foolishly disabled the graphics controler and now have a blank monitor. I've gone to the set-up mode but there is nothing I can do which seems to hae an effect? How can I turn the graphics controler back on?


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  • George Robillard Mar 09, 2009

    Answer concerning graphics controler

    Yes, I've tried rebooting in the safe mode.- and all other safe mode options. When rebooting, the Windows XP logo is on for +/- 15 sec. as normal, then the screen goes dark and nothing is visible.

    I don't think it matters but its a Samsung Sync Master flat screen model 710N

  • George Robillard Mar 09, 2009

    Yes I have the recovery disc but the computer is my wife's and I didn't realize that she never made a backup. She has a lot of work on it. I can't risk losing the files.

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    I gave up and took it to a computer support company. They put in a second graphics card and could re-enable the display adapter using it - and a few other tricks.

  • jfreeman2nc May 11, 2010

    Do you have the reinstall disc that came with the Vaio? I am not sure if they supply a Windows XP disc or not. But as a last resort you can always reinstall Windows, but I am sure that you have information that you need to backup so that is not an option.

  • jfreeman2nc May 11, 2010

    Have you tried booting in safe mode?



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I think that the only options that you have are to 1) reinstall Windows, which doesn't see to help you out. 2) run the Windows XP installtion disk and do and in-place installation of your display drivers, see this link or 3) use remote desktop from another machine and re-enable your display adapter. If you are running XP home this will be a little bit more troublesome.

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