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pgc39

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 that is about 5 years old. I recently brought it to Best Buy Geek Squad and had all the meaningful files backed up from the hdd, and now want to return to original out of the box status, (format, re-install, etc.)

I stumbled upon wannabe1 and quin8484's thread from July 07, where he was having the exact same problems on almost the exact same machine.

I was just getting to a black screen, with a blinking cursor.

I used the Dell Recovery Disk to format and re-install, and actually got back to the original setup of XP.

I was actually kind of lost at that point, and my screen resolution was very low (600 x 480, i think)

So I ran a HELP search on XP, and that was one of the FAQ's, (My screen resolution won't go any higher than, etc)

I tried to follow the steps to increase the resolution by updating drivers, but they were grayed out and I couldn't do anything w/ them.

So I fidgeted around and somehow got the resolution up to 1080 x something, but then it was very grainy. All the icon's and Fonts were no longer giant, but the clarity of the screen was bad. I rebooted the computer, set the boot order back to HDD from CD, and now all I can get to is the Dell Screen, (press f2 or f12), then the Windows XP screen w/ the green status bar, and then it just goes to BLACK.

I'm completely stuck.

Please help me! Thanks
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You should have a CD with all the drivers on it. If not, you can get all the drivers you need by going to Dell's website and entering your Service Tag.
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I can't get to the desktop.

The monitor goes through the XP Home load, and then my monitor comes up saying "auto-adjust", and then flickers a couple different resolutions, and then the screen just goes black.
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Hm I guess its a problem with one of the drivers. Try getting on Safe Mode by hitting F8 before windows loads. If you get on it let us know.
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Thanks all,

I am all set.

Re Installed XP, and back to normal.

Take care,

pgc39
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Ok glad to hear its working out well.
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