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After Windows boots, I get a Blank Screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by theresa111, Feb 13, 2006.

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  1. theresa111

    theresa111 Thread Starter

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    The user login page never appears after the Windows boot page. All I get is a blank dark blue screen. It was working fine yesterday. I haven't installed or changed anything recently. How do I troubleshoot this? I am new to Windows... Theresa

    I have a Dell Dimension. BTW - I am really clueless - I don't know how to boot in "safe mode" or anything.
     
  2. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

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    Hi theresa111, Welcome to TSG!!

    You get to safe mode by tapping the F8 key while the machine is booting.

    Give that a try and let us know what happens.
     
  3. dogbonz

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    Hi teresa111,

    Weird. I would suspect that your video card may have become loose
    or dirty. Try turning everything off, open the case and re-seat it. Be
    sure to ground yourself with the case before touching anything inside.

    If the card is a "built-in", then try unconnecting your monitor and
    check the connection - look at the "pins" in the connection. They
    should all be straight and clean. Try your monitor on another
    computer, to see if there's a problem with it.

    You can get to safe mode by tapping "F8" continually before
    Windows starts. You can try "Last Known Good Configuration" or
    safe mode. Let us know.
     
  4. theresa111

    theresa111 Thread Starter

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    I'm embarrased to say but... I had one of my monitors turned off - the one the login page was on. Thanks for you help though. Now I know how to start in Safe Mode!:D
     
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