Thank you for sticking with me...no forgiveness needed. I really appreciate the time you are taking to try and help me!!!
There is only the keyboard, mouse and the monitor connected. They were the only things connected when I did the reinstall also.
There is nothing more on the screen other than the D SUB rectangle. From the moment the monitor comes on, almost immediately, the D - SUB rectangle appears and then the monitor goes into the power saving mode. I did as you said, I disconnected the monitor and reconnected it while the computer was out of power. It made no difference. I do not have another monitor connection to try. After I did as you said, I turned the power off to everything, then I powered only the monitor on and it did the very exact thing as it had been doing with no keyboard, mouse, nor the tower to relate to.
My first post under another name is below. It may or may not be of some help. It does have a little more information as to what happened after I reformatted.
Again thank your so very much for your time and all help. Linda
I used the (Destructive) reformat from my hard drive. At the end of it, I answered all the questions asked and was told 'Thank You' and to click finish which I did. My monitor went black and I thought the computer was rebooting but it did NOT reboot. It just shut down and now when I try to reboot, the key board is not commnicating. It powers on but does not do anything else whatsoever. I can not use it at all nor will another key board work. The tower will accept a disc, the disc drawers will open, but they do not let the disc play. The monitor comes on with a dark screen with a small rectangle box up in the left hand corner that has D SUB in it but then goes directly into power saving mode, all within about thirty seconds or less. Before when it was working right, the ONLY way to turn the tower off, was to go through the start button on the monitor. Now I can turn it on and off anytime without the use of the monitor. It is as if the three pieces are not communicating. I had saved all my personal data elswhere already. That's not the issue. My computer has served me well and has been like a trusted friend to me. The only reason that I reformatted was it was running sluggish and I was afraid it may have picked up something off the internet. Almost two years ago, I had reformatted from my hard drive but I used the (backup) mode at that time and had no problems that I recall. Also at that time, since I did not receive an "Operating System's Restore Disc" with the purchase of my computer, I had purchased one through the mail. I ordered the "Gateway Applications, Drivers, and Operating System RESTORE DVD" for later use. Since I could not find my disc at this time, I chose to use the hard drive reformat again, but this time I used the (Destrutive) reformat. And now, I can not use my system what so ever. I really was destrustive, so it appears. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Many, many thanks to each of you. Linda