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Monitor goes blank after seeing XP during boot up.

When I boot up, monitor shows the COMPAQ logo in red and the Windows XP logo. Desktop should appear next but the monitor goes blank instead. I replaced the video card and still have the same exact problem. Monitors work fine on other computers and they worked fine on this one until I unplugged it one day to rearrange the room. Tried SAFE MODE but nothing. Computer is a COMPAQ Presario 5000 from 2000.
Thanks, Dave

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  • damiley Feb 07, 2009

    Thanks JohnLeF,



    I just rebooted in Safe Mode and the screen is filled with these DOS messages:



    Windows\system32\Drivers\WMILB.Sys

    " " " \pci.sys

    " " '' \isapnp.sys etc...etc



    I will insert the monitor disc and see what happens



  • John LeFebvre May 11, 2010

    Is it a blue screen with lots of white writing on it? Does the first line say STOP or something similar?

    If so, it is the dreaded BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) - meaning something has happend that XP can't handle so it just stops.



    Copy down the first 2 lines of the screen and I'll see if I can diagnose any further...



  • John LeFebvre May 11, 2010

    Do you remember changing any settings? Normally this sort of thing happens if the screen refresh rate is changed to a mode the monitor cannot support - it will switch itself off to prevent damage.

    I am surprised it does not work in safe mode however as this normally uses a ver low screen resolution and default refresh rate.



    On most monitors you can use the inbuilt menu system to display the screen rsolution and refresh details when the mode changes - try to turn this on (if available) to see what is happening.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Does the logo on the task bar mean it has downloaded if so what is the LABEL LABEL for What am i supposed to do?

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Did u replace the video card with the same kind of model ? i guess yes ... when system starts hit the f8 key and than go in to safe mode ... mouse wont work so use arrow on the keyboard .. and in the safe mode just log in to admin account if available or login to ur account and see if that still happens .. and if it doesnt ... remove the drivers for the graphic card from add and remove programs and restart the system and go in the normal mode and than install the drivers again ... and if the display disappears in the safe mode or u have install a different graphic card than ... reseat the memory cards and that should resolve the issue .... if that doesnt work out when the system starts hit f1 and stay on the BIOS screen for 30 mins if the system doesnt loose display than u need to reinstall OS ... that will surely work out ... the resolutions given above if u follow them correctly u will have a working system in no time

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