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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by LUCYJANE, Apr 24, 2004.

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  1. LUCYJANE

    LUCYJANE Thread Starter

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    :) My computer went into "safe mode" a few weeks ago and I (like a dummy) thought if I went under "My Computer" & then under "display" I could fix it myself. Well I don't know what I did, but now my monitor is blank. I can't get it to display ANYTHING. I have disconnected all cables and reconnected, turned it off, on, off, on, off and on so many times it's crazy. I'm afraid to take it to someone to fix it because of my personal information on the hard drive. Does anyone know what I might have done and how I can fix it. I did borrow a monitor from my MIL to make sure my monitor was okay and it is. Any Suggestions would be greatly appreciated. LUCYJANE<>< :confused:
     
  2. dr20

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    Hi,

    Can you see the screen initially when the computer starts but before it gets into Windows?
     
  3. LUCYJANE

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    no the screen is totally blank.
     
  4. john1

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    Does it beep when you try to start it ?
     
  5. LUCYJANE

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    Yes I Think It Does.
     
  6. dr20

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    When you turn on the computer is the monitor's light green? If it is that means it's receiving a signal at least.

    If the computer starts normally with the hard drive spinning up along with the fans etc, you're getting a beeping sound and you've tried another monitor and it did the same thing chances are it's a video card problem. You can remove and reseat it or purchase a new one if that doesn't work. One other thing to check for is missing or bent pins on the monitor cable.
     
  7. starwaves77

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    Hi Lucyjane,

    When you say blank . . .

    You mean it's got power but it's blackish ......

    OR - it looks exactly like it does when the power is off?

    Even if you made it into the 'display adapter' in 'device manager' and deleted it, windows would have installed it for you when it booted up again, and worst case scenario if it couldn't find that video card, it will boot up in the 'default' VGA mode, a appearance like 'safe mode'

    Unless maybe you changed some other 'devices' besides the 'display adapter' section, , , can you remember doing that?

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    Like Dr20 says, , listen carefully for the hard drive engaging noises, and the lights on your pc for hard drive/cdrw/cdrom's etc, confirm that, it's essential,

    Check your 'brightness' button on the monitor and press it, does it pop up the brightness menu? press them all and see if you get some contact,

    Use your 'emergency boot disk' ---- if that gets you something than the problem is with the computers settings,

    Check for a reset button on the back of your monitor ,

    :)
     
  8. LUCYJANE

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    The computer does start normal, it sounds so anyway. How do I get to the video card?
     
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    Here's a tutorial for the video card Installing Video Card

    I'll look for one with pictures,

    BUT -

    I don't think that's the problem. Originally it was just booting to safe mode, so it had a pc issue first, you may have actually done nothing harmful in 'device manager' and it could have progressed to this blank screen,

    Have you tested this monitor on another computer? If not, do that to confirm the monitor is working, if it is, then you know the issue is pc,

    Or, even better, hook up another monitor to your pc, if that works fine, you know it's the monitor,

    Unplug the monitor from the computer completely, and then test it alone, it will give you the 'test' screen, try that, if you cannot get that, the problem is with the monitor, check those monitor menu buttons, they may have reset to 0

    Try your startup boot disk,
    Save the video card for last,

    :)
     
  10. LUCYJANE

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    Thanks I Will Try\check Out These Things When I Get Off Work
    And Let You Know. I Appreciate Your Help.
    Lucyjane<><
     
  11. john1

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    Hi LucyJane,

    With the PC off,
    Shove any old floppy into the floppy slot (except a bootdisk)
    and it should return a DOS screen when it starts up.

    unless its M.E. then i think you do use a bootdisk ....

    John :)
     
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