CRT Monitor Problem

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steelo83

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Hi,

I recently purchased a new desktop computer (used but relatively new - intel 1.7ghz, 256mb ram) and today connected it to my old monitor (Samtron 76E CRT). I installed
windows XP without a problem; however the display was very poor quality. I entered the control panel but was unable to change the resolution or colour quality. The resolution is at the lowest setting nd only 4 bit colour can be displayed. I have adjusted these settings
on my notebook computer before but in this instance there are no other settings available other than the lowest ones previsously specified.

I shut down the computer and rebooted but now I don't get any display. The windows xp symbol appears and windows begins to load but then the screen turns black and I get nothing. I'm pretty sure the computer is loading correctly but I am unable to tell when there is no display.

Could my monitor not be compatible with my new computer? I wouldn't have thought so considering the computer is really only an upgrade and not much different to my old machine.

Any assistance that you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Chris
 
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More than likely you need to install updated drivers. Find your video card manufacturer and model name, head to their website, follow the directions to download and install the most current drivers for your video card. hope that helps
 

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Try booting into safe mode to see if you get any kind of a usable screen. Start tapping the F8 key as as you see the Windows XP splash screen.
 

steelo83

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Thanks for the replies. I have attempted to run the computer in safe mode but have the same problem - screen turns black once windows begins to load.

I really have no use for the video card, I basically salvaged it from my old pc but I don't really need it. Is it likely to make a difference if I remove it and try again?

Thanks in advance,

Chris
 

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steelo83 said:
Is it likely to make a difference if I remove it and try again?
You need some type of video output to drive the monitor. Does the computer's motherboard have an on board video controller?
 
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