The weirdest problem in my history with PCs
Published: Friday 2008-06-13.
I had a weird hardware related problem this week, when I was about to install a new video card in my computer at work. I had previously received a new, nice, wide-screen LCD screen for it, a Benq G2200W, with a resolution of 1680×1050 pixels. The main drawback to a LCD screen compared to an old-style tube screen is that the picture doesn’t look very good when ran with a resolution that doesn’t match the screen, and the video card in the machine (built-in to the mainboard) didn’t want to output that specific mode. I could get 1280×800 wide-screen or 1280×1024 narrow-screen, and neither of those looked very good. So, to fix the problem, I was handed a new video card, but when I installed it I received a weird error message in the best form of Engrish:
The error message seems to indicate that there are problems starting the hard disk controller, probably because some kind of weird collision between it and the video card. After having tried contacting customer service for both the manufacturer of the video card and the mainboard, I tried searching the net for the error message, and I am apparently not alone in having seen it. After having read through various various frustrated posts, I found this thread that suggested that the problem was in the MS-DOS emulation for USB mice and keyboards.
And, they were right, when I disabled it in the BIOS, it worked. I have seen many weird errors in PC hardware, but I think this one takes first place…
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