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Gateway GM5420 Picture sometimes.

Hello. I noticed that you have some PC experience. IO was wondering if you could help me out. I got this PC for really cheap but I'm stumped when trying to fix it.
When I power it up it shows the MS ball the goes to user log in. Once you click on a user icon then the screen goes blank and there is nothing. (Same results in safe mode) BUT, when you hold the power button to shut it down, then you see the Vista shut down screen. What could be causing this? I have tried it on a brand new LCD monitor and an older CRT but same results. Please let me know what you think,. Thanks!!

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  • Wes Sydenstricker
    Wes Sydenstricker Oct 19, 2008

    Hello. I was thinking why not do a System Recovery. My HP says to push F11 during boot for a system recovery. Do you know how to do this for a Gateway? If I can't do that then how do I do a clean install? I do not have a disk with Vista Home Premium, but I have a license key. Thanks!!

  • Wes Sydenstricker
    Wes Sydenstricker Feb 07, 2009

    Hello. I tried doing a clean install but I can't see whats going on because of the screen going black. I am adding a video this time.




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Hi old friend,

Appreciate the direct "Ask Me".

Offhand, it could be the video card or its driver(s). I doubt if it is any settings/configurations such as screen resolution or refresh rate, more I am tempted to think that the video is muting. If it is an add-on card, perhaps it may require cleaning of the pins/edge of the card. Alternately, if the PC has likewise an onboard/built-in, you may want to try that instead.

Alternately, why not just do a clean/fresh install?


Posted on Oct 17, 2008

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    Louie Role Oct 19, 2008

    Sorry not that sure with a Gateway. Alternately, you can "borrow" any Windows Vista Home Premium installer CD and when prompted for the CD Key to use the one that you have.

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    Louie Role Feb 08, 2009

    Hi again,

    Two possibilities:

    • video card problem - either drivers or hardware. If it is an add-on, temporarily replace, if it is built-in use an add-on card;

    • virus - remove the hard drive, use a SATA/IDE to USB adapter, connect to a 2nd PC, do a virus scan/clean.
    Other ideas you may want to consider/try:

    • clean/fresh install - delete all partitions, a virus may be in any or all partitions;

    • boot from the CD - in the CMOS/BIOS settings/configurations (F2?), change boot order, CD/DVD first, pop in the Windows installer, reboot;

    • instead of Cancel, why not allow it to connect to the Internet. It may be a Windows Validation check, or even if it were a virus, allow it to do its thing. At least it would likely allow you to view the normal desktop and you can always format and re-install Windows.
    Appreciate getting back with updates.



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