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Old 04-30-2005, 10:37 PM   #1
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Sometimes when I start my computer, my monitor just has a black screen. I have to restart like 2 or 3 times until it would work. I don't know what the problem is.
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Old 04-30-2005, 10:41 PM   #2
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Did you try opening up your computer and making sure the graphics card is firmly in the slot?
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is this when the pc has fully booted up or does it just go black after whe windows logo.do you see anything on the screen when you first press the power button.
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Old 04-30-2005, 11:47 PM   #4
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check the monitor cable to see if it is snug on the back of the video card.
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It goes black after the windows logo. Also, when i press the monitor power button off and then i turn it back on, i see the desktop for like 1-2 seconds and then it goes black again.
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It seems to be getting past POST. Try booting into Safe Mode by hitting F8 when you restart.
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What is post? Can you explain what to do with this?
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Old 05-05-2005, 02:23 PM   #8
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post stands for 'Power On Self Test'. Basically its the computer checking everything is alright and working.

This problem I'm sure is something we've had before where the video drivers have not been installed right, or the res has been set too high for teh montior. After the start up logo, it would then go black...

It will work in Safe mode though. Press f8 at bootup and go to Safemode. it should now boot because it uses default windows drivers for the video.

Now, go into the display properties by right clicking on the desktop and going to Properties, then Settings. Check that the resoultion is for instance at 1024x768 (this is standard) and the colours are set to 16 or 32.

You migth ahve also installed a faulty graphics driver or somerthing weird has happened. To fix this, you'd have to go into the Device Manager:

Find this by going to Start, Control Panel, System, Hardware tab, then click on Device manager.

Then find where it says Display Adapters and check taht there isn't a question mark or an X through the image where your video card is.
If not, still right click on the video card and go to Properties.
Go to the Driver tab and then click on Roll Back Driver if it was working before and isn't now. This will then go back to an earlier version that did work.

If it says there was no previous driver, go to uninstall it, and then go to the manufacturers website of the card and download an updated driver. Then click to install this, and run through the installation process.

Restart, and hopefully everything will be going again
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Something to add,it goes blank after it gets to the desktop too. I tried safe mode but it was blank for that too. I will try the other suggestions.
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Hmm...its not that then. It's something to do with the video card entirely in that case if it won't even use the default windows VGA drivers...
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