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Safe mode boots okay but not in normal boot - no error either

After a complete hang in the ThinkPad T30, the system booted to a "blank scree" like hang or stop. I can get it to boot with safe mode, replaced the video driver to the latest and even "system restore " to a good point. However, as I exited safe mode and reboot to "normal booting", It will get through the Win xP initial screen and go to a blank screen (not like power off as I can tell the backlight is on, it is just "no-data type of blank/dark screen).

In device driver setup, there is no error on the configuration.

Sometime, I got a blue screen saying I have some ATI AGP/VGA error and then the system will restart... no sure if my ATI chip has problem but it runs find in safemode and iwth PC doctor. I can even change the resolution on safe mode to 1024x768 too...

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  • Victor William Jan 16, 2009

    The IBM TP recovery CD has no repair feature. I ended up reload a fresh copy of Win XP with all pre-IBM tested driver, I still have the same probelm soo he has to be HW related.



    Upon more searching, this ATI3DVGA is a infinte loop things and others have success with using a generic driver. I end up using a simple ATI Radeon basic driver instead of the "golden" ATI Radeon 7500.... driver. And it works the 1st time. No noticable video performance degradtion on normal web serving.



    I know what I am going into for a "fresh" reload. Now, I need to adding SP3 and other things back on.... Should have done the driver change first. I believe the "golden" driver is running the ATI graphic chip at a "peak" level" and cause HW problem after a few years. Downgraded the driver with an old generation/compatible driver likely slow the ATI chip/memory speed for more margin. Using any version of ATI Radeon 7500 driver would probably cause the same problem. I have not border to try to put the 7500 driver back to see what happen...



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Do you have the original recovery disk? I recommend inserting the recover disk, restart the computer while continually pressing F12. Select boot from CD, press any key when asked, and you would want to do a "repair". That should fix your problem. 

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