black screen problem

Dell Inspiron 8600
jens532 January 23, 2009 at 11:46:25
Specs: Windows, 1.5/256
Hi, I managed to turn all graphics/visual effects/animations off with a setting at Display Properties - Settings - Advanced. My screen immediately turned completely black. When I now start my computer, I can see the loading display (with windows logo) but when finished loading, instead of the welcome screen I only have a black screen. Everything else is working - if I enter my password and press enter I can hear the login sound (only seeing a black screen).

Does anyone have an idea of how to fix this?

I am using an ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 graphics card.

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January 23, 2009 at 16:25:50
I don't know if it will help, but try safe mode. (tap F8 during the boot)

If all else fails:
Just try a friend's card and install the driver. Then put your original card back in and install it's driver. I think that should work.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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