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PC Working Normally & then 'crashes' to black screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by auntyems, May 3, 2010.

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  1. auntyems

    auntyems Thread Starter

    Jun 30, 2008
    Afternoon all. Going bugg eyed looking for a relevant post that would help me out, so after an hours searching I'm posting my own dilemma.

    Today my PC has been 'crashing' for want of a better phrase and showing a black screen. I thought the power was out, but it wasn't that. The PC seems to stop working, but it is running, but the screen goes into stand by mode. There's no noise, no warnings, just that the screen goes blank.

    Basic diagnosis doesn't show anything. I've recently had my graphics card updated, so hope it's not that.

    A couple of days ago on start up, the start up stopped on what I will refer to as the 'info' page, and amongst other things, said CMOS Check Sum Bad. Is this related?

    System error reporting gives lots of ideas, including failure of winword.exe, DHCP issue and lost IP lease...

    Any ideas gratefully received.


    Not sure how much of this is useful:
    Computer Type ACPI Multiprocessor PC
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

    Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702 (IE 8.0)
    DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)

    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 3200 MHz (16 x 200)
    Motherboard Name ASRock P4V88+ (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
    Motherboard Chipset VIA Apollo PT880
    System Memory [ TRIAL VERSION ]
    DIMM1: 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (3.0-4-4-8 @ 200 MHz) (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)

    BIOS Type AMI (08/19/05)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
  2. Mumbodog


    Oct 3, 2007
    I would suspect your graphics card upgrade, it the most logical conclusion.

    Try updating the drivers.

    Other than that suspect Malware.

  3. auntyems

    auntyems Thread Starter

    Jun 30, 2008
    Hi, well I checked for Malware and found zilch, which is positive. I'm not sure about drivers so need to do some research on that. Since I sent this post, the PC has been behaving. All very odd. Thanks!
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