As you may have read, my graphics card died. So I bought a new Asus (ATi graphics chip set) card with HDMI and so on. It's not the ultimate in graphics cards but still quite nice. Anyway here's the problem.
I originally installed the card on Saturday. it worked fine although at first I did have a few problems with the High Definition audio drivers but finally sorted them. So I'm playing Dead or Alive Model 2 game via emulation and all is looking great. So I decide to overclock the card with the built in "safe" software. As soon as I try this all goes black and the card won't work in anything but standard VGA driver mode. This is no good because it doesn't give access to the HDMI, High Def Audio, none of the cards features or memory. basically it's now working the same as my motherboard's built in VGA.
So here's what I do. take out the card and use the mother board's VGA for an image. I then remove ALL ATi drivers and software from the PC using the Windows XP Add and Remove software tool in the control panel.
Next I reset the PC in to safe mode without online access just to be safe. I run drivercleaner and do a CAB clean and a ATi driver clean. From doing this my PC should be as if there was never any ATi graphics card drivers installed.
So I now put the card back in to the PC and boot XP up. XP finds the cards before I even have chance to run the Driver install CD. So I cancel the windows hardware install and use the driver CD that came with the card (remember that these drivers originally worked before the fuck up).
All drivers are installed fine. I'm asked to reset the PC so I do. The PC boots and shows the black screen with the XP logo on it and the blue loading bar. All is looking good. Next the "Welcome" blue XP screen should appear but it doesn't. Everything just goes black and the PC hangs.
So I reset the PC back in to safe mode and delete the Display Drivers for the card then reboot in to normal windows mode. Everything loads but I'm now stuck without any of the cards features again.
So did I brake the card when I tried to overclock it with the provided software or is my PC being a right twat?