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  1. grizz g

    grizz g Thread Starter

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    A friend has asked me to install Windows 95. He gave me his computer and monitor, when I turn them on, the computer starts, however, the monitor goes to a blank screen [ no c prompt]. The monitor is connected ok and works as i swapped it with mine and all okay. I have connected mine to it and same result, just a blank screen. Unless I can get the c prompt I'm stuffed! I have floppies for video drivers but they are not much help.
     
  2. Casey820

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    Try booting into safe mode. It sounds like your friend may have selected a resolution or color depth that this monitor can't display.
     
  3. grizz g

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    Can't, just a blank white screen!

    U start the computer and it seems to load ok [sound wise] and the screen just stays blank [white]. No dos prompt or anything. I started with a Win 95 startup disk and screen the same?
     
  4. Casey820

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    The monitor's shot. Time for a new one.
     
  5. grizz g

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    No, I connected it to my computer and it works fine. I connected mine to the other one and the same result. I'm wondering if there is in fact nothing on the other computer? I mean nothing?
     
  6. n2gun

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    try booting with a floppy disk. From there would could reinstall windows if need be.
     
  7. Alex Ethridge

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    I've seen this before, many times. The Windows installation is corrupted. Even if you manage to get a screen, there will probably be many other problems and headaches. If you are installing a new copy of Windows, anyway, just boot the computer with a Windows 98 startup disk and reload Windows from scratch. When I write "reload from scratch", I mean to convey that reloading Windows over the current copy will do no good. You must delete the current Windows folder first.

    After booting with a Windows 98 boot disk, here are the commands you type at the DOS prompt. Be sure you type these commands accurately; missing one character will cause it not to work at all or may cause an unintended result:
    c:
    cd\
    copy c:\Windows\command\attrib.*
    copy C:\Windows\command\deltree.*
    copy C:\Windows\command\move.*
    attrib -r -h -s *.*
    deltree /y C:\Windows
    Move Progra~1 Prog_Old
    del *.1st
    del *.dat


    The deltree /y Windows line may take some time, maybe up to twenty minutes. It depends on your system. After these lines are complete, you can install Windows clean, then install all your programs.

    The nice thing about doing it this way (instead of formatting the hard disk) is that you preserve your user-created data. You have also simply renamed (Move is the DOS command for Rename) the Program Files folder instead of deleting it. This way, you can retrieve any user-created data later from the Prog_Old folder, if any.
     
  8. grizz g

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    The problem is I have no C Prompt. I can fix it from there onwards, but the screen is just blank [ white/grey] The monitor works fine on my computer so it is not the monitor itself. I put my monitor on it and the same result?
     
  9. MysticEyes

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    Well the next thing to check would be the vid card, get another one to try. Someone, or a local shop, should have Win95 era cards laying around almost free for the taking. I usually see piles of them at computer shows for under $10. You should do you friend a favor and give him Win98, at least.
     
  10. Alex Ethridge

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    I agree; if you can't get a screen with a boot disk, you have a hardware problem. This has nothing to do with the OS.
     
  11. grizz g

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    Thanks heaps, I'll try it.
     
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