XP loads then Says check video cabl

April 7, 2009 at 06:39:31
Specs: Windows XP, p4 2.8 ghz/1gb
The computer load the bios just fine but when windows gets done loading I'm prompted to "check video cable" which stays on the screen for about 20seconds and then the computer restarts again. Obviously the video is plugged in if I can see check video cable on the screen...comments?

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April 7, 2009 at 14:01:15
... try tapping "F8" key @ boot-up select "safe mode" using arrow keys [press ENTER]

... once in safe mode "right click" My Computer then click properties> advanced (tab), under "startup and recovery"> settings then "uncheck" automatically restart.

... restart pc, might help

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April 7, 2009 at 14:18:34
Sometimes your problem happens because the specific drivers loaded for the video adapter aren't detecting the monitor properly, and sometimes in that case you get no video once Windows starts to load.

"... try tapping "F8" key @ boot-up select ..."

Enable VGA mode.

Enable VGA mode loads everthing normally except it forces Windows to use default VGA drivers that all mboards and video adapters support, instead of the specific drivers that have been loaded for the video adapter.

If that gets you to the desktop, go to Control Panel - Display - Settings - Advanced - Monitor and load Plug andPlay Monitor drivers, or use Have Disk and load the specific drivers for your monitor model, save settings, reboot normally.

If you still get no video in normal mode in Windows, you probably have a problem related to the specific video drivers.

Boot into Enable VGA mode, and go to Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs and un-install any video drivers and video driver related programs there, reboot into normal mode, and you will have video in Windows.
Install the proper drivers for your video adapter.

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