I have Radeon 9200LE video card, and I run it on Windows XP. Whenever I turn on my PC, everything is fine until the Windows startup, then the monitor turns black and I have tu restart the PC. That happens a few times,and then 2nd or 3rd time, it's suddenly OK,and Windows start normally. This is not so much of a problem but it's very irritating because every time I turn on the computer, I have to restart it 2-3 times before I get to Windows.
First I thought it was the drivers, i tried the Omega package, but the same thing happens with or without the Omega. Can you maybe link me to some better and more suitable driver download?
There is ATI Catalyst control centre, which can be downloaded at:
But, I do not think that the problem is from the graphics card. Why is it that you think so? Did you recently install this card?
When the computer restarts like that, without any warning, it is often because of a System Error.
You could try to reset the computer to a point when it worked fine.
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Boot the system in safe mode. Go to device manager and under display adapters , right click on the onbaord graphics adapter and disable the same. It worked on one of the systems i troubleshot for the same problem.
Remove the card, plug into your built-in card. Start your PC in safe mode. Uninstall all ATI software and delete the card from Device Manager. Restart. Reinstall the ATI drivers. Power down. Install the card and connect your monitor to it. The OS will find the card in default mode - let it. Restart. When it comes back up, you will be able to select the full range of operating modes.
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Try removing the video card, and look up your motherboard / system manual on dell's website on how to manually reset the bios.
1. Remove video card 2. Reset BIOS (physically opening the computer and using a special jumper and/or removing the battery...what ever the manufacturer says to do to reset the BIOS). 3. After BIOS is reset, try booting up via your onboard video card first. Once you get that working, go into the bios settings and make sure it is set to boot the onboard only for right now and then you can make sure the ATI software is fully uninstalled when you get into windows. 4. Reinstall the ATI card and boot up with the video still connected to the onboard card. See if it will let you install the driver.
The trick here is to reset the bios and get the system booting off the onboard card if at all possible. If that works, then you can always reinstall drivers and then tweak the bios to boot off the AGP card instead of the onboard.
If tried the monitor on two other computers with the same result -- definitly your monitor is faulty. Take it to the repair shop. To make double sure, run your computer with another monitor. If everything is fine now; you can blame the monitor.
Try the final AMD Display Driver (version 8.31) downloaded directly from AMD for the Radeon 9250 series running in XP. It will be several years more recent than any provided in Windows XP (by Microsoft), and may just fix your problem. The fact something causes XP to identify your Radeon 9250 as a 9200 Pro shows that something is not right. You might also want to launch Device Manager, use the option to show hidden devices, and delete any "ghost" video cards. I suspect a 9200 Pro may be a ghost, which could be causing problems.