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12-Jul-2012, 11:42 PM #1
Question Monitor goes black
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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1500MHz, x86 Family 15 Model 0 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 767 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro (Microsoft Corporation), 32 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 38154 MB, Free - 593 MB; F: Total - 131061 MB, Free - 72207 MB; G: Total - 21563 MB, Free - 20940 MB; H: Total - 305242 MB, Free - 90239 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P4B-LA
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

I have an older white box with a relatively new monitor. The hard drive is almost full so it runs very slowly however that's not the issue. I leave the computer running all the time and it only reboots if there's a problem or after an update. I've been using my laptop more often and get what I need from the pc via logmein so I didn't immediately realize that the monitor wasn't working;.

The screen is black but when I reboot, the startup images come us just like always and then the screen go black and stays black. Everything looks normal on my laptop via logmein. I thought it might be the video card, and this is where my lack of expertise comes in. I googled it and the symptoms listed didn't sound like what's going on with mine. I did try another monitor and the same thing happened which is what led me to think it might be the video card.

How can I tell if it's the card? Any other insight?

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13-Jul-2012, 08:19 AM #2
Welcome to the forums.

Sounds very much like the video card. That motherboard takes an AGP video card. Although the tech is outdated they are still available
If you could find one from a friend to borrow to test with would be best (good luck with that).
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13-Jul-2012, 10:17 PM #3
Can you try booting up in Safe Mode ? Does the screen go black then ?
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