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Computer boot up

Computer freezes on 2nd page of text during boot up or nothing happens and the light on the monitor button goes from green to amber. Cleaned the fans on the motherboard & power supply. It was good for a week. Once it gets going, I can run the computer all day without problems. Computer is old.

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This looks like a problem with you video card drivers. I had this problem last week! ;o) The screen turned off while in the Windows logo.

You need to boot in safe mode and reinstall the drivers of your video card.

TO BOOT IN SAFE MODE :
Boot your computer and tap F8 every seconds. If you get to a blue "boott selection screen", press ESC, and restart pressing F8 every second. You will get to a black windows selection menu with the arrows. Select the boot in safe mode option and press enter.

ONCE IN SAFE MODE:
In XP, once in safe mode, you PC will boot with minimal settings and default drivers. Go to START, CONTROL PANNEL, SYSTEM, HARDWARE, DEVICE MANAGER. You should see your display adapters in there. If one has a yellow exclamation mark, then you need to re-install the drivers.

TO REINSTALL THE DRIVERS:
You need to find the graphic card CD you had when you purshaed it, or download the drivers on the internet. Go to a friends house, and download them on your manufacterer's website (ie : ASUS, ATI, etc.). You need to know your card's model name for that. It should be in the Device Manager, where you looked earlier (Ex: ASUS MAGIC 128MB)

Once you reinstall the drivers, you should be ok.

Worked for me. It makes sense because the screen turns off when it tries to load the currupted drivers.

I hope it helps.

Good luck!

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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