A little prologue to my problem:
A few days ago I put together my new computer with the following specs:
Soyo dragon ultra (SY-P4S-645DX)
512 megs kingston pc2100 ram
14 gig hd and a 20 gig hd, both maxtor
PCI geforce2 32 meg
2.4 ghz pentium4
Now, this system worked fine and dandy and I was gaming it up like a pro...until yesterday when I decided to update windows. (I'm running an upgrade version of xp home). After installing the service pack 1, I rebooted only to find that my video card wasn't giving any signal to my monitor! I plugged in an old AGP card I had laying around and for some reason the AGP card worked fine. Upon booting windows, I realized that windows "could not find" the sound card for my computer, which is odd considering it's onboard sound. So the only things that didn't work were my sound and my video card...great...
I tried a great number of tests to pinpoint the problem, and it wasn't until tossing an old network card into a PCI slot -- and windows not recognizing it -- that I realized the PCI slots themselves might be problematic. I moved the video card to a lower slot to see if it would clear up a conflict, but nothing happened. I uninstalled the video card and reinstalled the drivers...nothing. I took the video card out, rebooted, put it back in, rebooted...NOTHING. As for the sound card, all I could really do was try and install it from the motherboard cd which succeeds in telling me that the audio device isn't installed. I've done add/remove hardware and it doesn't recognize any of the two things plugged into their PCI slots, nor does it recognize my audio. I've done the "have disk" thing with adding hardware for my video card, and when I click on the appopriate driver, it gives me an empty menu to choose a video card from...meaning THERE'S NOTHING ON THE LIST. I've gone into BIOS and looked through the menus, but I'm afraid to change anything for fear that it'll make things worse. However, that didn't stop me from upgrading my BIOS, and do I even have to say that that didn't work either?
The only reason I'm asking for help is because I've been waiting for years to finally get the money together to buy a pimped out super-machine, and I really don't want to have had only 3 days of actual super-machine experience. If there's any way at all to reinstall PCI (there was a program on the soyo cd that said it would install PCI drivers, but it didn't help either), then I'd be grateful to no ends...PLEASE HELP
and a merry christmas to all