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Monitor in safe mode

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rccoyote, Jun 1, 2007.

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  1. rccoyote

    rccoyote Thread Starter

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    Turned on the computer this morning and the monitor comes up in safe mode, states to "activate using pc". Is this the monitor or a virus, and how do I fix. Thanks
     
  2. griffinspc

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    We'll need a lot more info than that. Are you saying it booted all the way to Safe Mode then some message appeared or are you saying that just the monitor came alive and gave you this message? Did you make any changes to hardware or software before shutting down the last time? What operating system?
     
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    The operating system is windows 98, I have not added any software of hardward. I use this computer for basically email purposes only. I tuned the pc on, this seems to be working properly, the monitor came up with the error message. My first instinct was the monitor had gone bad, but after thinking about it I'm not sure. I hope this helps. Let me know if you need anything. Thanks in advance!
     
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    In Windows 98, most of the times I have seen that is because of a dying hard drive,if you fail to boot into Windows and can only boot to safe mode. You could try to overinstall by running your 98 disk over top. If it is simple corruption of the OS that will usually fix it.
     
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    Sorry but I'm still confused. When you say
    do you mean that it's not going to Safe Mode or it boots all the way to Safe Mode?
     
  6. rccoyote

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    I've tried inserting the windows 98 disk and restarting the computer. I unfortunately received the same message. Any other suggestions rather than throwing it out of the window? thanks
     
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    At this point I'm not sure what is going on. When I turn the pc on it seems to respond as it always does. The monitor remain a blank screen however. If I turn the monitor off and then back on, that is when I receive the "monitor is in pawer save mode, activate using pc". That message lasts about 30 seconds and then the monitor goes blank again.

    Thanks again for your help. Any suggestions?
     
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    Ok, makes more sense now. You aren't in any Safe Mode condition at least on screen. It does sound as though you have a hardware issue if you aren't seeing the BIOS post routine. That's where you see printing as it boots displaying the drive, memory and other information. You see none of that? Even if the hard drive is bad you should still see the post routine.

    You seem to think it's responding as it always does so what I assume is that it makes all the same noises, etc. Is that right? You hear the power come on, the same beep(s), the fans spinning.
     
  9. rccoyote

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    No I don't see anything on the monitor. I do hear the power coming on, fans etc, it seems as if the pc is booting up propertly. But no I do not see it go through the BIOS post routine. I typically have a green light on the monitor as well and now its just orange. When I turn it on, the light turns green, I get my error message and then the screen turns blank again. Monitor? I just tried another monitor and this monitor is blank as well. It doesn't look good for the pc. Any recommendations?
     
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    Do you hear any beeps when you turn on the PC? You may just need to reset the video card, meaning pull out the video card and then reinsert it into the slot.
     
  11. rccoyote

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    Yes, I do hear beeps when turning on the pc. I would assume this is a good sign? should I try the video card?
     
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    I'd say that it's most likely that if you aren't getting any long beep codes then the video is a likely suspect. As Triple6 said or if it's on-board video then the motherboard may be at fault.
     
  13. rccoyote

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    Should I try removing or replacing the video card then? Thanks!
     
  14. griffinspc

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    Yup and if you have a vid card and it doesn't work does your machine have another video connector near the connections for the mouse, etc.? That would be an on-board connector not in use right now. If not, so you can't try that, can you beg, borrow, steal another vid card? Since it's Win98 I assume it's an old PCI card, maybe early AGP but you can try a PCI card if it is AGP.
     
  15. rccoyote

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    I don't have access to one, but I will sure ask around. I'm fairly certain its agp, I put it in when I first got got this thing back in 98. Hopefully this will do the trick. I certainly appreciate everyone's help! You've all been great!
     
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