No video display --- Please HELP

March 29, 2009 at 21:18:15
Specs: Windows XP
I have a computer that runs XP and had 1GB of RAM. There are two memory slots - each had 512MB. I wanted to upgrade to 2GB, so I bought 2 - 1GB sticks (same specs...PC2700 152 pin). So here's the rundown of what I happened...

The computer had been running fine (and I had AVG Free Edition anti-virus). I wanted to go with Windows Live OneCare, so I installed that. At the end, it asked to reboot. I said No because I wanted to do a shutdown, so I could swap out my memory too. But when I went to do the shut down, the computer just got hung up and didn't do anything. After a while of waiting, I decided to pull the power cord.

I opened up the box and saw it was dusty, so I used a can of compressed air to blow it out. Then I swapped out the memory and booted it up. The lights, fan and HD turned on like normal, but there was no display (I waited 20 minutes). The power button wouldn't shut it off, so I pulled the plug again. I switched to another monitor. Same problem. I switched back to the original memory. Same problem. I read on this board that sometimes re-seating the memory can help with display problems. I did this with both sets of memory, with no luck. What could this be?

Here's the variables that I can think of...
- not shutting down properly
- blowing compressed air
- switching memory

Please help....Thanks!

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March 29, 2009 at 22:14:29
Well no display right have you reinstall the Video card? If you did try to go in safe mode. But what I'm afraid is that some thing might happened in you HDD. Please reply when you have done the re installation
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March 30, 2009 at 05:51:25
I don't have a video card. It connects directly to the motherboard.

What's the process for me to try to go into safe mode? If no display shows up, how can I navigate that process?

As far as the HDD goes, what could I do to test that theory? Can I take it out and put it in another pc? (I have a small business and this guy built a couple computers for me. They're all the exact same, so it should be compatible.)

Thanks for helping!

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