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WIN 95 Totally Black Screen

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by MTXMOM, Feb 9, 2005.

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    MTXMOM Thread Starter

    Feb 9, 2005
    I recently inherited a WIN 95 PC and my 11 year old was messing with it and proved a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. We think it was a change in the display settings that caused the problem.

    It boots up, the monitor works, It runs thru the Bios, the WIN logo, It runs Scan and then a TOTALLY black screen. No cursor, no nothing. I can hear the CPU working. I can move the cursor and hear it opening window or doing something, but I can't see anything but a BLACK screen. Is there a way to restore the display defaults without being able to see the screen? I tried pressing F8, just a black screen.

    I have a boot disk, but it already boots up? I would really like to save a couple of data files, so I would like to avoid a re-install. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

    Mar 3, 2004
    Are you able to get in through Safe Mode?

    I had a similar issue once - it was due to video drivers
  3. toddsyr


    Dec 1, 2004
    Very similar to what I once experienced, with the black screen and all. I found that my video card had to be replaced. I guess you see those initial bootup screens with the default windows video drivers. Try a borrowed video card, or buy a cheapy to to test this. That was my scenario anyhow. Hope this helps, Todd.
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