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Monitor or graphics card problem?

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SupeR GeekiN CognitO

SupeR GeekiN CognitO


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Here's the deal. My uncle uses my old monitor, which is a 20" Dell 2000fp. Everytime I try

to boot into safe mode, I get no picture on the monitor. The power light is on but the screen

will say "power saving mode, press any key or move mouse" but nothing happens if I do.

So yesterday i did a reformat, which I haven't done on his pc since he started using this

monitor. So I complete all the steps up until reboot, and it reboots, I get the Dell logo,

then the Win XP + status bar, then, nothing. A couple of seconds later the power saving

screen again. And then it will flash the windows setup screen for like

1/2 a second and then black and back to the power saving screen. Now when I hook up my monitor

and another old one, it works just fine. So I'm thinking maybe the screen can't handle the resolution,

or maybe the refresh rate that XP uses during setup and in safe mode. Otherwise I'm not sure.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated. He has a Dell dimension 8250 with an ATI radeon 9700

128 DDR on AGP card, 512 mb ram, Win XP home (sp3) fully updated, all drivers up to date.

Thank you.

:) Super GeekiN CognitO :)

Edited by SupeR GeekiN CognitO, 29 April 2010 - 04:56 AM.

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