Boot Windows NT with the Default VGA Video Driver

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Boot Windows NT with the Default VGA Video Driver
Tags:  Windows NT Windows 2000
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This explains how to create an a safe VGA video mode start-up option, especially useful when your video adapter or driver is causing problems.
1. Change the attributes for BOOT.INI so it is not 'Read Only', BOOT.INI is found in the root directory of the first partition. And open the file using Notepad or another text editor (not Microsoft Word or any word processor).
2. Listed under the [operating systems] section are all the OS's the NT boot loader can launch. To create a new safe VGA entry copy one of the existing NT entries and paste it on a new line.
3. At the end of the new entry add '/basevideo' (without the quotation marks), change the description of the entry to reflect that it is VGA mode.
The new entry should look similar to:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00 [VGA mode]" /basevideo
4. Changes will take place on the next reboot.

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