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It is most certainly a driver, but if you cant access the safe mode also that could be a hardware issue.. Try to troubleshoot with a windows installation cd. Put it in and boot the pc. It will start the windows instalation, you choose repair computer and not install windows. The command prompt will open, try to troubleshoot from there.. Thanks!
You can check your laptop further by booting it from Safe Mode. To boot your computer in Safe Mode, try to tap continuously F8 function key on your keyboard immediately when you start your computer. It will lead you to an Advanced Menu from where you can choose the option "Safe Mode" and hit enter to boot your computer to safe mode. Now try to check the display driver in the device manager (Control Panel >System > Hardware >Device Manager) If it is not there, try to reduce the screen resolution and reboot your computer to the normal mode. If you are still getting the blank screen in Normal mode, try to boot computer back in Safe Mode and try to restore your computer to earlier time when it was working fine for you. To do so click on Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the "On this list, click a restore point" list, and then click Next. Now confirm the restoration and click on Next to complete the restoration and follow the wizard.
I think what you may need to try is a REPAIR reinstall of XP. This will at once either sort out the problem or indicate what is wrong. Also can you do a system restore? try that first.
At Startup PC, press F8 at instant of turn on... choose Safe Mode. when you are asked if you want safe desktop or system restore choose restore, when you get to the restore menu, choose a date BEFORE you had problems there may only be one or two to choose from. just follow the instructions and you should be back to working with all that behind you.
Please press the CTRL+ALT+DELETE key and select the option task manager, when it open click on file and click on the new task and type over there"explorer.exe " and press the enter key.
if it is notr working then shutdown the computer and when you start it press the f8 key again and again ansd select the option safe mode with networking" after the login with safe mode with networking"restore the computer" on the previous date.
FAQ and instructions are on the site and once you have burnt it to disc you should be able to recover the data you want and then either do a repair install or a full re install ( if the latter then ) I would wipe / erase the hard drive after you have your data.
As it's rebooting try tapping the F8 key to get to safe mode. Choose Safe Mode with cmd prompt first. Once your pc starts enter the text chkdsk /f in the black DOS box and reboot. The laptop should go though a check disk and fix problems. May not completely repair your laptop, but it's a start.
If you keep pressing F8 before Windows starts to load it should display a menu, if you choose "safe mode" it may then load into Windows. If you're using WinXP you can try a system restore - click start, all programs, accessories, system tools, system restore. It should display a calendar. Click on any date in bold and restore to that date. It may solve the problem for you. Did you install a new game or anything just before it went wrong?
Have you tried starting in the 'Safe Mode?'
If not, either F5 or F8 (right after anything appears on the screen) will bring up a short menu to allow you to choose the boot mode; choose the Safe Mode.
This loads only the most basic windows files and will let you do some fundamental checking of the hard drive and Win installation.
If you can get that far, Click on 'Start,' then 'Run' and enter 'rstrui' and OK.
This should start the Restore routine.
If it does, choose 'Restore to an earlier date.' Hopefully you have had Restore turned on and then you will have a calendar with light and bold dates.
Choose a date a few days in the past and let it run.
This may or may not put you back in operation.