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Okay, here's a little background information.

Bought my PC in 2006. Have had to replace 3 video cards since i've bought it. (One was replaced under warranty, the other I bought).

Since I purchased my PC the only parts I have replaced are: My video card, 3 cards later i'm on my most recent one, EVGA Nvidia 8800 GT http://www.evga.com/articles/378.asp

I also upgraded my PSU to an Enermax Pro 82+ 525w. http://www.directron.com/epr525awt.html

OS: Windows XP SP3

Motherboard : ASUS P5BW-LA http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c00748726

I mainly use my computer for gaming, after my first video card died i was sent a beefier card http://reviews.cnet.com/graphics-ca...00-gt/4505-8902_7-31768928.html?tag=mncol;lst after that my PC was no longer under warranty so I had to buy my next cards my self.


My problem:

I left my computer on while making some food, I had world of warcraft opened. When I finished making food I got back to my computer and moved my mouse to get it out of sleep mode. I run a dual display set up, once my monitors loaded up one of the screens was pure white and the other screen was black. I was forced to hold the power button down to turn off my PC. From there on out everytime I boot my computer up I get my PC's loading screen (which i'm able to acces BIOS or system restore) after my PC's loading screen I get the windows splash screen, after that my monitor is pure black. The PC is still on and running but there's no display. I plugged my monitor into my onboard and enabled it through BIOS... same thing.

I originally thought this was a video card problem but after going through my onboard i realized this isn't the case. Anytime i try to run windows normally the black screen happens wether its through my video card or through my onboard. So my next idea was to start in safe mode... Unfortunatley that doesn't work either... It loads up all my system32 drivers then stops after windows\system32\giveio.sys

Could this be an OS problem? Maybe my mobo is shot and that's why i've been burning video cards? 4 cards in 3 years is a little ridiculous.

Should I reformat? Should I replace my mobo? Please help :(


Heres my PC's exact specs (keep in mind i replaced my video card and PSU as mentioned before in this post.)

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/prodinfoCategory?lc=en&cc=us&dlc=fr&product=3262025

Please help me.. money is tight and I can't afford to be guessing and replacing parts... thank you.

Joseph.
 

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When you have a video card installed it disables the onboard video, so switching to the onboard won't help. Try disconnecting Monitor 2. And bootup in Safe Mode. Uninstall the video driver and reboot into normal mode. Windows should load the default VGA driver. Then install the video driver, shutdown and install 2nd monitor. reboot.
 

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When you have a video card installed it disables the onboard video, so switching to the onboard won't help. Try disconnecting Monitor 2. And bootup in Safe Mode. Uninstall the video driver and reboot into normal mode. Windows should load the default VGA driver. Then install the video driver, shutdown and install 2nd monitor. reboot.
Yeah I unhooked my second monitor as soon as i started experiencing these issues, safe mode hangs at windows\system32\giveio.sys right after speedfan.. i have no way to access my desktop.
 

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A lot of card reader programs use this driver though. You may want to disable anything unnecessary such assounds, etc, from your BIOS, then try booting in Safe Mode. If you get in, try removing software you don't need (and look for a program called
CPR). Also, try setting your system clock back before the problem
occured. Not sure why, but this has seemed to help others in the past.
If you can't get into your computer, boot off your Windows XP CD, run
the recovery console, and try deleting the file
 
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