Monitor won't display desktop

December 7, 2013 at 14:07:05
Specs: Windows XP
My monitor is on but won't display desktop but for only a second and it's very dark.

I have checked all cables.

Please help me😞


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#1
December 7, 2013 at 17:52:43
Assuming it's a PC try another monitor on it (or yours on another computer).

Eliminating the monitor from the equation is the best first step.

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#2
December 7, 2013 at 18:05:39
Also, see if it'll show the desktop when you boot to safe mode. If so, go into display properties and set the resolution to the lowest setting. Save, exit and reboot to normal and see if it displays properly. If so you can reset the resolution to something better but something the monitor can handle.

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#3
December 7, 2013 at 18:19:29
I tried the safe mode step, but the desk top won't stay on long enough for me to do anything.

I also do not have any other computer to test the monitor.

The seconds I do see the desktop, and bubble screen savor, i never have enough time.

It boots up fine, all of the sounds.


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#4
December 7, 2013 at 19:00:29
Did you start the computer then tap F8 immediately and continuously in order to get to list that shows Safe Mode?

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#5
December 7, 2013 at 19:34:31
Yes I did. I saw the safe mode but the monitor goes black too quick.

Am I hopeless?

I do appreciate your time😊


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#6
December 7, 2013 at 19:46:26
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.

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#7
December 7, 2013 at 20:01:23

Yes, Derek. It makes all the right sounds and it isnt just that the screen fades out, you never see the desktop, once all booted up. It's black.

But I know it's there because when I press the buttons on the monitor, it goes too desktop, screensaver is on and all. But only for a split second.

My monitor is flat screen and not small, I guess I could take it to my office tomorrow and hook it up there and see if it works.

I am just afraid I won't be able to figure out where all the cables go! Lol.


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#8
December 7, 2013 at 20:07:35

I'm typing all this on my ipad if you were wondering😊. I did google and that is where I tried the safe mode tip.

Unplugged and checked all cables.

A video card is $ 500?? Oh hell no, Derek. This HP Mini desktop cost me that much three years ago.


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#9
December 8, 2013 at 06:04:16
If you can fiddle with the controls on the monitor and bring it back, even briefly, it points to it being the monitor itself that is the culprit.

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#10
December 8, 2013 at 06:13:12
This is a good thing, right?

Except I think my monitor was more than the computer!

Thank you for all your help. If I can test the monitor on a different computer, I will.

There is no saving a monitor when it starts trippin like this?

On my Google search, I found a suggestion on opening the back, and there is a sign that states open.... But I couldn't do it.

Marie


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#11
December 8, 2013 at 07:33:12
dont open montor and try to repair it just but a new one there pretty cheap these days

Davidw


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#12
December 8, 2013 at 07:41:48
Thanks, David!

I hope so!


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#13
December 8, 2013 at 09:00:29
Let us know how you get on.

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