sorry for the lengthy post. I've been at this for a long long time now, and I'd appreciate any help.
After fresh installation of xp sp3, I've installed all the onboard drivers.
When windows loads, everything is ok until the windows-xp splash screen with the "progress bar" animation disappears and the desktop should appear.
At this point the screen goes dead. Somehow the signal freezes the monitor and I need to physically unplug it from the power to shut it down (all buttons are dead, screen shows white noise).If, at this point, I replug the monitor to the power (when windows has finished logging in), everything is ok - I can see the desktop.
So something that happens between the splash screen and the showing of the desktop freezes the monitor.
I'm sure the driver is ok, and I've reinstalled it dozens of times now from several sources, including intel & msi, with manual download and with update software.
I think it has something to do with windows trying to switch to a resolution or refresh rate that my monitor cannot handle before switching to the one that I've chosen for it. Also, it could be a clash between the software that comes with the driver (cannot install just the driver) and windows.
When I boot in safe mode everything is ok.
Booting in safe mode with VGA support also makes everything ok. Even more, it loads the driver's software and everything works wonderfully.
Only in normal boot I get this problem.
What happens in normal boot that doesn't happen on safe mode with VGA support boot???
I'm near to going mad, so plz plz help!
Oldish Pentium with hyper threading...
MB: MSI 915G Combo2, with Intel chipset.
generic LCD monitor (Chimei) - no drivers on manufacturer's site.