|Am I hopeless|
Not at all, you are doing all the right things - its your computer that isn't.
I know its a silly question but when the computer starts does it make all the normal sounds as if it is starting up but just that the screen fades out? If so it brings us back to the monitor again. Any friends you can beg or borrow one from or let you plug your monitor into their rig? Not that this definitely has to be a faulty monitor but just that an awful lot of time could be spent thrashing around elsewhere if it does turn out to be the culprit (which seems likely).
It doesn't seem like a software fault to me so the next possibility is your graphics card or module.
Do you know how to get into BIOS (Setup) - it often tells you on the screen while it is booting? I don't want you to change anything in there but if the fade out happens on that screen too it is most unlikely to be a Windows (software) issue. You can back out from BIOS by powering off the computer.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks
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