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No signal to monitor

by druid2112 / January 1, 2010 6:50 AM PST

I got a userd computer for my kids. Turned it on and the display was 640x480 - not even sure I have a vid card. I messed with the settings and got it to 1024 (it was much more difficult than it should have been) but it was only 16 bit color.

Messed it with more, rebooted, now there is NOTHING on the screen. No cursor, nothing.

What can I do?

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Safe mode . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 1, 2010 8:32 AM PST
In reply to: No signal to monitor

and put it back the way it was.

You have "on the motherboard" video, not a specific card. If you had NO video . . .


Investigate the on board video in Device Manager. Look for updates. If there are none then a separate video card is needed.

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Say what?
by druid2112 / January 1, 2010 11:51 AM PST
In reply to: Safe mode . . .

Did you mean to say start it up in safe mode? How do I do that when I can't see any keystrokes or anything?

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So you get absolutely nothing?
by Coryphaeus / January 1, 2010 6:50 PM PST
In reply to: Say what?

Even when it first powers up you do not get the BIOS splash screen?

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Almost nothing
by druid2112 / January 2, 2010 12:12 AM PST

It shows the Windows XP logo and the little left-to-right "thinking" thingy for about 5 secs, then that disappears and there is nothing. Totally black. That's why I'm so screwed. I can't ctl-alt-del, I can't bring up a cmd line, no cursor, nothing. hard to accomplish much in the dark.

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That's enough to show it's a ...
by Kees Bakker / January 2, 2010 4:59 AM PST
In reply to: Almost nothing
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Back to 640. How?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 2, 2010 2:26 AM PST
In reply to: No signal to monitor

In XP we boot to SAFE MODE and then set the video mode to 640x480 or try 800x600. When it boots normally we should see video again.

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