Windows XP Home [Full] and LCD Monitor - Initial Setup Process


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ChrisMorse

Hi,
I am running into a problem installing XP on a machine which has a 17
inch Samsung LCD monitor [connected with the regular/old-style vga
cable]. I am doing a FRESH install of XP Home w/ SP2, just purchased
today. I boot the computer off the CD-ROM and the blue Windows XP
setup screen comes up. I partitioned the HD to use NTFS, formatted,
and started installing. When it finished copying the files to the hard
drive, it said it would reboot in 10 seconds. I let it reboot. It
then displayed the initial "Windows XP" logo at startup, then goes to a
light-blue graphic screen for about a second -- then the problem: XP
apparently switches video modes, and the LCD monitor does not like it -
displaying a blank screen with a box saying 'Unsupported Video Mode'.
XP setup is running fine; I just can't see anything on the screen.

To test that it was XP "detecting the monitor", I shutdown the computer
and unplugged the monitor video cable. Then I rebooted the computer
and let it "do it's thing" for about 5 minutes (with the LCD monitor
disconnected completely]. Then I plugged the monitor cable into the
back of the machine and turned the LCD monitor on -- voila, I could see
the XP setup screen now. But if I shutdown and restart with the
monitor plugged in, XP will again detect it and set some strange video
mode.

I would have continued after doing that trick, but XP then complained
that there was a CRC error reading the CD-Rom.

Does anyone have a recommendation on what to do? Is there some sort of
"safe mode" I can start XP in, at least so it doesn't mess around with
the video so much? I thought you could press F8 during startup, but
that didn't do anything.

My only other option, I think, is to bring a regular glass/CRT monitor
over there and setup XP on that, then install the drivers/LCD monitor
afterwards.
 
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Guest

Your problems appear to be unique. I personally haven't had any issues with
LCD monitors and XP installations.

Perhaps you should inspect the Display Adapter in your PC and ensure that it
is properly seated in the AGP slot. It is possible for them to be moved ever
so slightly and cause erratic behaviour during setup.

As for the technical aspects, Xp will 'restart' after initial file copying,
but at that time doesn't have specific dispaly adapater driver files or
monitor driver files, loading generic ones until the hardware detection phase
much later.

Should your monitor be showing 'Unsupported Video Mode' then it is a matter
that there isn't an appropriate signal emmanating form the display adapter.
So as I say, look to properly seating or locating it in its slot.

If you have further problems, of course you can try using a CRT display:
borrow one from a mate or the office and see if you have any better results.
Once Xp is installed change back to the LCD panel and you'll be prompted to
provide the corret drivers if they are not uincluded in the Xp driver
database.

ChrisMorse said:
Hi,
I am running into a problem installing XP on a machine which has a 17
inch Samsung LCD monitor [connected with the regular/old-style vga
cable]. I am doing a FRESH install of XP Home w/ SP2, just purchased
today. I boot the computer off the CD-ROM and the blue Windows XP
setup screen comes up. I partitioned the HD to use NTFS, formatted,
and started installing. When it finished copying the files to the hard
drive, it said it would reboot in 10 seconds. I let it reboot. It
then displayed the initial "Windows XP" logo at startup, then goes to a
light-blue graphic screen for about a second -- then the problem: XP
apparently switches video modes, and the LCD monitor does not like it -
displaying a blank screen with a box saying 'Unsupported Video Mode'.
XP setup is running fine; I just can't see anything on the screen.

To test that it was XP "detecting the monitor", I shutdown the computer
and unplugged the monitor video cable. Then I rebooted the computer
and let it "do it's thing" for about 5 minutes (with the LCD monitor
disconnected completely]. Then I plugged the monitor cable into the
back of the machine and turned the LCD monitor on -- voila, I could see
the XP setup screen now. But if I shutdown and restart with the
monitor plugged in, XP will again detect it and set some strange video
mode.

I would have continued after doing that trick, but XP then complained
that there was a CRC error reading the CD-Rom.

Does anyone have a recommendation on what to do? Is there some sort of
"safe mode" I can start XP in, at least so it doesn't mess around with
the video so much? I thought you could press F8 during startup, but
that didn't do anything.

My only other option, I think, is to bring a regular glass/CRT monitor
over there and setup XP on that, then install the drivers/LCD monitor
afterwards.
 

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