I recently messed up my computer pretty bad so I decided to reinstall everything, plus it has been passed the six month mark. After backing up the files that I needed and trying to fit them on a HDD that has no room I popped in the Windows XP cd and away I go. I have installed XP so much that I used to have the cd key memorized so I should have no problems, but thin again it is a computer and I am human. I decided to make a separate partition for the new computer on the account that I want to make my life easer and see how it would affect my computer habits. I went with a 10Gb primary and the rest for the programs(later I will realize that I should go with 15GB-20GB). After waiting a few(25ish) minutes I get the welcome screen and the o so familiar balloon saying that I need to check my fire wall settings so with good intentions I go off and install my drivers. The current motherboard for my computer , 7Days(old gaming but new main) , is an Epox 8rda3+ and a AMD 3200+ Athlon and a 1GB ram. Not to snazzy compared to my old “main”(Hundo,1.8 GHz and 512 ram) comp. After hunting down new(er) drivers for my mobo I installed them and restarted the computer. To my surprise it worked, most of the time it doesn’t and I cry and me not crying is a good thing. After the restart I installed the last of the drivers and ,typically, it froze during the raid driver installation. I hit the restart button and nothing, absolute nothing. One of the reasons I got this board is that I has a LED on the bottom right of it and it has codes on it so that I can lead you in the right direction to getting the problem fixed. So I spent some time looking up “1P” and not finding anything I go back to Hundo(old main) and browse for a while and listen to some music.
My brother comes home and I tell him what the problem is and he says that it could also be a “1d”. That right there proves my theory that you need more thin one person to do close to anything. I was getting a little angry and hot. It is hot in Illinois so getting hot and even more hot because things don’t work so good for trouble shooting purposes. So I Google “1d” and it comes up with a video card issue, which makes sense since the card is a Ti-4200(old, pre CS:S and WOW) and before that was an even older card so I knew something like this was going to happen. I went to a few forums to see if I could narrow the problem down even more. Some people said that they reset the CMOS and check the mobo for popped capacitors. Armed with the information I check the mobo and reset the CMOS I got the computer past the “1d “ and to a “7F”. Further searching found that I need to hit the F1 key to continue. There was only one problem, I was unable to see the screen. I switch out the new card for the old one and still got the “7F”. In desperation I switch the VGA cable to the other plug without the DVI converter. Some ware it switched the side that the video comes out on, go figure. Now I restarted the computer and it seems to be stable. Got to love computers.