XP no signal on normal start, DVI-to-HDMI thing

Mar 14, 2018
Running Windows XP. No signal after Windows Logo on normal start. Does show in safe and VGA modes. Using a DVI-to-HDMI converter to display on my TV. My graphics card is a ATI Radeon X1650.

[strike]Tried CHKDSK, nothing. Tried to restore, didn't help.

Also tried to reinstall ATI Radeon drivers, but they yield nothing.
They tell either "INF error, video driver not found" or "Setup did not find a driver compatible with your current hardware or operating system."

Update 03/15 - I got the thing to show on my old computer screen. But now the problem is that the computer suddenly stopped showing image with DVI-to-HDMI when it previously did no problem. Like it did well for a year with occasional collapses.

I've got both screens linked and both start up in sync, but with the old VGA screen it opens fine and with the DVI-HDMI loses signal after windows logo. TV/DVI-HDMI will show only in VGA- and safe mode.

Successfully reinstalled my Video Drivers, but it still wont show signal on TV screen. It did briefly show (albeit not in high definition) when I didn't have any drivers installed. Once I reinstalled the drivers, it went back to that no signal phase.
It's weird, like the DVI-HDMI picture used to show with the drivers - but just recently it decided it won't show. I haven't downloaded anything and I'm fairly sure I have not laid a finger on any kind of graphics controls prior to that day. What gives?


Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_qfe.130704-0421)
Language: Finnish (Regional Setting: Finnish)
System Manufacturer: FUJITSU SIEMENS
System Model: GA-8S649MF
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.93GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 566MB used, 1893MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

Display Devices
Card name: Radeon X1650 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x71C1)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_71C1&SUBSYS_0840174B&REV_9E
Display Memory: 256.0 MB
Current Mode: 800 x 600 (32 bit) (56Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play -näyttö
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6925 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 2/25/2009 23:41:10, 325120 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: -
Mini VDD: ati2mtag.sys
Mini VDD Date: 2/26/2009 00:58:57, 3565568 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-3281-11CF-F66F-4A283FC2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x71C1
SubSys ID: 0x0840174B
Revision ID: 0x009E
Revision ID: 0x009E
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D ModeWMV8_B ModeWMV8_A ModeWMV9_B ModeWMV9_A
Deinterlace Caps: {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
Registry: OK
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled
DDraw Test Result: Not run
D3D7 Test Result: Not run
D3D8 Test Result: Not run
D3D9 Test Result: Not run

Update 03/21 - OK. I figure there is something iffy about my Radeon X1650 Display Adapter. When I disable the X1650 Display Adapter from Device Manager, DVI-HDMI shows stuff on TV. But if I enable the X1650 Display Adapter then the TV/DVI-HDMI goes blind.

This is great and all, but some software won't work without the Display Adapter on. Any ideas how I can tell the thing to stop goofing?



Jan 22, 2009
It depends what you're using the computer for and its specs, in which you haven't specified.

Assuming you must have MS Office or some sort of game, I suggest just upgrade the OS try get buying Windows 10 if it is possible to install.

Or you could always install Linux onto it. The nice thing with most Linux distros (variants) is that you can boot it up from a so-called "live-cd" and just run the OS from CD/DVD without actually being installed.
In addition doing so should give you a very clear indication on whether the graphic card is working properly, so it's the way to go first step anyway, no matter if you later on just want to install (buy) windows instead.

Personally I wouldn't hesitate to just install Linux on such an old computer.