|I need desperate help....|
In short, my problem is that after reformatting/reinstalling windows, my video works through most of the boot-up.
In detail... after a virus issue with my son’s computer I replaced the hard drive and used the Compaq Restore disks to format and install Windows XP, etc.
The video works fine for the installation, and when the computer says to restart, I do.
Then the boot-up seems normal up to the point with the Windows logo and the progress bar under the logo is moving.
Then when that screen disappears and the desktop should start to appear..... I just get a black screen.
I thought possibly my new 160GB hard drive (Western Digital) may be too large for his motherboard so I put the old 40GB drive back in and did the same reformat/reinstall.
Same thing happens... even on the hard drive that came with the PC.
There is a PCI video card installed, along with the on-board video connection. The Video card is what was being used when he was given the computer from a neighbor. Through the video card is also the only way we see the screen during formatting.
I did however try switching the monitor to the on-board video but that gives me the blinking monitor light (as if it’s not plugged in at all).
When in the video card connector, I at least get a steady on light from the monitor, and after the boot-up seems normal and the screen goes blank I can still see light fringing around the edge of the monitor (showing that is in deed working).
I don’t know the models/specs of everything, I am currently out of town but I can get that info if it is necessary.
I could understand there being a coincidence that after the virus hitting, the video stopped working too.... but as I said the video works fine during install, and boot-up... up until the point of the desktop appearing.
Also, would unplugging the PCI video card force the computer to send video through the on-board? I didn’t think of trying that until now.
Any help is greatly appreciated.