Re: Only boots in recovery mode- melted graphics card
Need to make several points here ...
First, if you see ANYTHING on the screen, including just white text on a black background, your graphics chip is working; otherwise, you would see only a BLACK screen -- no cursor, no text.
Second, if you see a desktop on the screen, your graphics chip is working properly -- regardless of anything reported to the contrary.
Third, this forum has a standing policy of NOT supporting the pirating of software, even from Microsoft. So if what you really meant was that you had a "pirated" version of Windows XP, we can't help you here.
Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
Will not respond to PM requests for support -- use the forums.