I'm totally baffled by this dim display problem. If you look very carefully, you can see stuff on the screen but it's like you're wearing extremely dark sunglasses. In this order, I replaced the monitor and cables, video card, system restored from previous month & then I yanked the HD and put it in a twin pc... display still messed up. When you turn on monitor, it will flash for a nanosecond in true color and then dim again. Also, if left on, display will come back (takes a couple of hours). Also of note, the (original) pc time & date went crazy during origial display crash. In system event logs shows all well 6/2/09 then jumps to 1969, next 1970, then 2033. Date has been fine since I reset it. To say I am baffled is an understatement. cpu 3.0mhz, 1gb ram/xp sp3 (sp3 has been running for several months without incident. PC is in cubby and have metered outlets - all ok. Also of note, dim display through entire boot up process not just windows load. Thoughts? Suggestions? Sympathy?