Computer Monitor Problems

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Sir Edward V, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. Sir Edward V

    Sir Edward V Not Actually Knighted... Yet!

    Dec 11, 2006
    I stole one of my parents old computers in which the hard dive broke, bought a new hard drive for it and am now trying to get it working... I just installed XP and it worked fine with this old crappy monitor, then I took it to a different room and tried it with a different monitor (I did this because this room has the router in it) and it works with the initial loading screen, but once it starts loading windows the display cuts out. computer is still on and appears to be running... I then tried it with the old monitor in the new room and it does the same thing...

    I'm now working on re-installing windows, but has anyone seen or heard of this problem before? it is definitely a new one to me... my guess was that there was no driver for the monitor I had installed... but it doesn't seam like quite the right explanation... hopefully it works after I am done installing windows again...
  2. Sounds like the OS changed the resolution and/or refresh rate of the monitor to a setting the monitors don't support.

    Either that or the video drivers are suspect.

    Booting to a safe mode of windows and changing the resolution/refresh rate or another driver might help.
  3. Sir Edward V

    Sir Edward V Not Actually Knighted... Yet!

    Dec 11, 2006
    I tried that but I couldn't remember how to get to safe mode being a mac junkie now :smug: but from what I remember the option comes up after the part where I can see things on the monitor, lol

    either way, I am done installing the OS again, and its working now, but it is in 4 bit color mode with something like 400 x 600 resolution and it wont let me change it, I tried going in and messing with the drivers, but it seams like the computer wont let me change them... I can probably get around it somehow... but I need to figure out how... :help:
  4. louieeadg

    louieeadg uncle petey?

    Jun 13, 2007
    outer banks, nc
    I thought you were supposed to hit F12 or F8 while Windows is loading and it'll let you go in and change all that from there...but then again, I don't even own a computer. And I'm not even 100% positive of how to take pictures with my cellphone.
  5. I think you press F8 while the PC is booting into safe mode. Thats' before it loads the Windows kernel and switches to video mode.

    As for the 2nd problem it sounds like a driver error more than anything else. Good luck resolving it.