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Windows XP strange problem on boot up


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whatever2

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I've done some research and can't find any information related to this problem. Here's what happens: Normally when I would boot up the computer, the monitor would show a series of graphic images: the BIOS entry screen, the Windows start up screen, the password screen and then finally the desktop. This no longer happens. Now when I try to boot up, each graphic image is displayed (dimly) for a second or two before the screen goes black. The desktop never appears, because I can't get past the password screen. It goes black before I can enter the password. If I enter the BIOS program (F2 or F10), the BIOS screen appears for a few seconds (also dimly illuminated) and then goes black. If I try safe mode or last know config, the same thing happens. This problem started out as an occasional glitch, but then it began to happen more frequently, and each time it lasted longer before going away. First I had to reboot once or twice to make it go away, then half a dozen times, then 10 times, 20 times, and now I've reached the point where it's just stuck like this. I must've rebooted a hundred times, and the problem won't go away. I have no idea what's wrong or how to fix it. Can someone please help?
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Laptop or Desktop?

Sounds to me like the screen/display is bad. Have you tried another? If laptop, try connecting an external display.
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Thanks, Ztruker,

Good call. I didn't consider the monitor as a possible source of the problem, because it appeared to be working. The monitor did display an image, for 2 seconds at a time, and I assumed that if it was broken there would be no picture at all. As it turns out the monitor is indeed defective and goes black after 2 seconds. I didn't know monitors could fail that way. Thanks again.
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Glad I could help, sorry the monitor is bad.
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