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Safe Mode Monitor Problems

Q: Safe Mode Monitor Problems

I have Win XP Pro. When I go to safe mode, the monitor is so fuzzy(3 lines for 1) that I can't read the screen. Are there any settings that I can change so that I can read the screen? My monitor is SVA and works fine in full mode.

Preferred Solution: Safe Mode Monitor Problems

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Safe Mode Monitor Problems

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When you go into safemode, only the drivers need to run are loaded. It sounds like your monitor or video driver aren't being loaded for some reason. Is this onboard video or a video card?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2549 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 112971 MB, Free - 52348 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, IAKAA
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2015, Updated and Enabled

I can no longer see my external monitor. I have hooked it up because my laptop monitor no longer has a functioning backlite/

In the past when this happens I used system restore, but now when I try that it says there is no restore point.


A:Solved: External monitor black in normal mode but visible in safe mode

The external monitor toggle was somehow unset. fn f5 fixed it.

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hello all. Iv got a prob with my monitor.....

i was in the middle of a game and my monitor just went black and said 'power save mode off mode' then it went black again. i tried to bring it back up by turning it off and on etc but it wouldnt work. I was starting to get stressed so i turned it off by the switch (as if that would help!), waited a minute then turned it on again. My computer is on fine, but my monitor is on standby(amber). I dont know the model of monitor and it isnt possible to use a different one at the moment. Im using xp and i cant access anything on my computer. my dad ($teve) is out... so you are my second option.



A:Monitor says: power safe mode, off mode

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There is no VGA mode option in start up because a former user on my computer changed the start up so that that page doesn't come up.....

How else do I start in Safe Mode on NT? The original problem is I changed the monitor res too high (it's gone "balistic")and need to switch it back to a lower res.

Do I need to get back into NT to get that page back up(how?)or is there a key board option for Safe mode??

A:Monitor Res/Safe Mode



As far as I know, the only way is through the boot.ini option.

Now, let's see of we can help save the situation? Is the drive that the boot.ini file on FAT16? If so, the solution is easy. Boot off an old DOS boot disk (or you can get one from www.bootdisk.com), and edit the boot.ini file and add this line:

multi(x)disk(x)rdisk(x)partition(x)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00 [VGA mode]" /basevideo /sos

The numbers in the Multi, disk, rdisk and partition brackets should be exactly the same as the entry for normal Windows NT.

If it is NTFS, then you will need to get an NT boot disk. This is not that difficult. All you need is any disk formatted in NT, and add the following files to it:

And edit the boot.ini file on the floppy disk with the line above.

That should get you in, to change the settings.......

And in future.... NT has a test button... this is what it is there for


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]

Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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my friends gave me his computer htat his uncle built him it use to have xp on it but now it has 98 ever since me moved into his new house and hooked it up the only thing the screen show on it is a little box in the middle sayin the monitor is in safe mode and use the pc to activate i have tried everything i dunno what to do

A:monitor in safe mode

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I have a Dell Laptop xps 1330 with vista and my laptop works fine but the Dell monitor we hooked to it is in safe mode.. it has been working fine until today that it is in safe mode. I put another laptop to it and it works fine . so is it the laptop stuck somewhere.. Help I am a beginner..

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Turned on the computer this morning and the monitor comes up in safe mode, states to "activate using pc". Is this the monitor or a virus, and how do I fix. Thanks

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I have constant disconnect issue in normal mode.However no problems in safe mode.The only fix so far is to renew the IP address.
Just a few things I've done:
Cleared the cash and cookies of the browser;
Cleaned the registry with Glare and CCleaner;
Changed Power schemes to "Always on";
Used System Restore(in Safe mode);
Ran Dr. Web,Super AntiSpyware,TDSSKiller.
But everything was just a temporary fix.
Here is Hijackthis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 3:09:38 PM, on 11/11/2012
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cmdagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
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A:Constant disconnects in normal mode,no problems in safe mode.

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this is a many faceted and increasing in facets issue (ill try to make it as short as possible);

the male side of my video cable connection (the part on the motherboard) had bent pins; the pins were unbent and the cable was able to fit back in, BUT

the picture was garbled--wrong colors, moving lines, etc. the people at a tech store told me the video cable was pinched and knowing that it had been jammed in the hinge for a while, i believed it extremely feasible. I finally ordered a new video cable but replaced it, and to no avail. the picture may have been slightly better--but not significantly if so; additionally (and im not sure if it was this way the first time as well) the computer was displaying at the size of the external.

i restarted, and reazlied that the laptop screen displayed nothing at startup, until logged in--exactly like the external. i figured that at least a portion of what was going on was the computer was sending the external screen signal to the laptop.

things i've tried:

-reseating both ends of the new video cable MANY times
-turning the computer off, taking out battery, holding start button, putitng battery back in, restarting
-every variation of screen resolution/external monitor setting
-pluggin in the external, putting laptop to sleep, unpluggnig external
-reinstalling video/image drivers
function key combinations

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A:stuck booting safe mode, which doesnt work; stuck in external monitor mode?

i managed to change the safe mode option, unfortunately the laptop screen still isnt working correctly (the external is)

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First things first, I've had a serious issue ever since my computer was reset through recovery mode..the second Firefox loads in normal mode, it completely freezes up, and I'm not even able to end the process through task manager. I tried loading with Internet Explorer, still no luck. Safari same deal. I can only go on the Internet normally through Safe Mode. I have a Windows XP Professional, specifically a Media Center PC. Also, when I log in on windows, there is a "Found New Hardware" box for video controller. I also saw that there was a yellow exclamation near Video Controller and Video Controller (VGA compatible). Is it possible that my video card got corrupted, and is this an easy fix? Please help!


A:Solved: Problems after recovery mode (NOT SAFE MODE)

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When I try to start my dell computer it starts up fine, I can see everything on my monitor, then once windows has started, my monitor goes into power saving mode. It will not come out. If I start my computer in safe mode, the monitor works properly. I have checked all connections and they are fine. I have checked my drivers and they are all up to date.

A:Monitor only works in safe mode

So what is the computers specs? Laptop or desktop, make and model?

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Sorry guys, im none to hep wioth comps and the like but after my laptop smashed i have hooked my tv up as a monitor , the only thing being that as soon as windows starts to load it reverts back to lappy monitior instead. it doesnt have this problem tho when loading ion safe mode. But i need sound dammit! lol

Any ideas?


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So i got a new monitor AOC L22W761
I can only get it to work if I boot in VGA mode (640x480)
or boot into safemode, in safemode it works at 1024x768

But for some reason, i cant boot normally

Vid card is 8600gt (2 dvi outs)
and the monitor has a vga in, so im using a dvi to vga adapter...

i know its not the vid card/adapter cause I used both of them on my last monitor set up and didnt have any issues
If anyone knows anyway to fix this lemme know...

A:New monitor will only work in safe mode

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FS 740 monitor on an old compaq. The monitor works, loads the windows screen, then just about when the desktop is gonna pop up, it shuts off. It works in safe mode. The resolution is also very big, and it wont let me change it. When I click to change it, nothing happens. I'm assuming this resolution is part of the problem. Any suggestions?

A:Monitor only works in safe mode.

When in safe mode windows uses a safe driver and a safe resolution. Try removing the graphics driver in device manager then rebooting and reinstalling it.

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So I've recently moved my computer, and after plugging everything back in and turning it on my Monitor is black, but i can see my mouse and the screen saver after a while. However, with all this my computer seems to be put on safe mode. I've checked and rechecked all the wires to make sure nothing is loose. Any suggestions on a possible fix?

A:Monitor Black and in Safe Mode

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Hello, I purchased a new monitor from Dell after receiving a new PC earlier today.. I'm getting a message saying that the monitor is going to safe mode so I'm unable to use my PC :/
I have my VGA cables and the other components (USB/HDMI etc) but I have no idea why I keep getting this error.. also I guess I should note this but my desktop isn't from Dell (it's a gaming rig from ibuypower) 

Yes I've tried pressing down on num lock key and another method of using Fn but it still doesnt work.. please help  I would greatly appreciate it :/

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My monitor is stuck in safe mode. My husband was using the computer and the monitor went to safe mode. Moving the mouse or typing dosent do anything. I have tried system restore. Unplugging everythihng and many many restarts. When reboting the monitor comes on and you can see Windows booting but when it gets to the log in screen it goes to safe mode.Now when I boot the computer in Safe mode the monitor works just fine.I'm able to log on and manipulate stuff. I'm stumped.
Any help would be appreaciated

A:Monitor stuck in safe mode

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I have a monitor that will not show the desktop when booted into Windows 10. When booted into safe, I can see the desktop fine.

When I initially hooked up the monitor, I saw the desktop just fine. It was at high resolution and everything. However after 1 reboot, I have never again seen the desktop. I see the bios post, the Windows logo, and then nothing.

Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before or might have some idea of how to fix something of the sort?

It is an UHD monitor. LG 27UD68 and I have a Nvidia Quadro FX 1800 video card.

I do not know if I'm having some sort of video driver issue that I can easily verify, or a monitor issue. I'm filling out a warranty return at the moment, but it would be nice to just simply fix a Windows issue as opposed to shipping my monitor off for the next 3 weeks.

Any thoughts or experiences? Thanks.

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Hi, I just installed vista on my computer and it was working fine till suddenly I dont get a signal for my monitor. I can run in safe mode and see my screen, but if i try and run it normally the screen will go blank just before the login screen. PLEASE HELP ME< IM STUMPED :S

6600 intel core 2 duo 2.4ghz cpu
gigabyte ga 965p ds3 motherboard
1gb ram
using on board sound and video cards

A:NO SIGNAL on monitor, but can run in safe mode PLEASE HELP ME

how old is your screen? more specifically, it sounds like your video card is attempting a a res, or refresh rate that is doesn't support, I would try going into safe mode, and forcing a low res like 800x600 and see it will then come up in normal mode.

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hello, im having this problem with my monitor, its acting weird.. it was running fine last night, and now its messed up..

I can only use it in safe mode!!

when i turn it on regularly it loads past the xp logo, right before the login screen, it goes black, the says, "computer is in stand by mode to save power, then says, check your connection... but i know it booted right, i can login to my account on the computer, using the key board, it loads the start sound, and loads everything.

i have tried to do a system restore, like 2 times, doing it all the way to 2 days ago.. still the same thing.

im only able to get it to work in safe mode, in fact im using safe mode with networking right now..

im also scanning for spyware and will clean that up as well.

i have also added a hijackthis log just incase.


A:monitor works, but only in safe mode.

Try 'Last known good ..' in the Safe Mode options.

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Now I've done it. 
Long story short. The monitor was crushed on my laptop so I have been using an external monitor.
I had issues with the laptop today and I rebooted it in safe mode not realizing that it would disable the external monitor. 
Is there anyway I can get back into normal boot without seeing anything on my monitor OR is there a way I can network into it from another computer via USB or anything to undo safe mode.
Thanx in advance for any help...
Windows 8

A:Lost monitor in safe mode

Simply turning it off should disable Windows' Safe mode. When you boot it back up, Windows should come up normally.

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This is my first post so please bear with me if I don't make sense.

Problem: My kids knocked the powerboard and there was a power surge which cause the death of the montior. It won't turn on, tried new kettle cord and different computer still wouldn't work.

I plugged in a different monitor and you can see the computer going through the start up motions but then it says no display when you should have your user icons come up. Computer sounds like it's doing what it should be. Then I start it in safe mode and the monitor displays everything.

I'm using Windows Vista Professional. I have a seperate graphics card (I'll try and find all the specifics while you think of a solution )



A:Monitor will only display when in safe mode

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I cant get it off safe mode. It just got back from microcenter because I was getting a new video card installed. I set everything up just like I used to but the monitor just stays blank. Please help

A:Dell Monitor on safe mode

You say the video was just upgraded. If you had onbord vid and now you have an add on card you may have plugged your monitor into the wrong video card.

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Please help me I am a beginner and my laptop is hooked up to a monitor which has been working fine and today the moniter went into safe mode. The laptop is a dell xps 1330 using vista.. THe laptop is working fine. but the monitor is black. I hooked another laptop to the monitor and the monitor is fine. So is there something wrong with my dell laptop ..

A:Dell Monitor in safe mode

Have you tried re-booting the computer? Sometimes that will help.

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New LCD Monitor/TV- only displays in safe mode.

When I first plugged it in, it came up as expected.

I put in a DVD and Media Player popped up (The new Media Center).

When I finally got out of the Media Program, the monitor went into "No signal Input" mode.

Monitor works in "Safe" mode but not in normal mode?????

Any suggestions?

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Using Windows 98, monitor worked fine but no longer displays anything - shows windows screen during booting up, but then blank (no signal).

Monitor works ok in safe mode, and control panel device manager shows no monitor installed!

How can I reinstall the monitor, as in "safe mode" you can not install new hardware, and it does not detect new hardware on reboot. With no display at all once windows has fully loaded, I can't access anything except in safe mode.

I would be grateful for any help with this

A:No display - How do I reinstall monitor in safe mode?

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This problem started yesterday.

I was in the middle of using Solid Works and the monitor went blank, my PC was still running, the music i still had int he background was still playing even.

The power light on the monitor is not loosing power, a short while after it seems to loose its signal from my PC it displays a standard "searching for signal" type of message, as if it was not connected at all.

After this original occurrence i restarted my computer, and it seemed to be OK while i used it for about a hour. However, later that day when i got back from class it had done it again (sometime while i was away) while it was just sitting at the desktop.

Now the screen seems to "loose signal" within a minute of turning on, unless i run in safe mode where everything seems to work fine.

Things i have tried:

Over Heating:
Video Card, CPU, RAM, the monitor itself, nothing feels even warm to the touch.

Drivers (Video):
The first thing i tried while running in safe mode was to uninstall my old drivers, and then reinstall new ones.

Resolution Issues:
I dont think it could be an issue with resolution, simply because it goes off randomly during normal operation, not at any special time

Viruses etc??:
AVG didn't pick anything up, i uninstalled AVG and got a fresh copy of the the newest version, still nothing. After that yeiled nothing, i uninstalled it and installed the lasted version of McAfee i could get my hands on (8.5i) it also found nothing.

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A:Monitor goes blank, works in safe mode


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I just installed a new 40 gig hard drive on my 4 year old computer, I'm running Me. Everything seems to be working but my display now looks like it's in safe mode- the backgound looks terrible (as do any digital pics) I have the m991 monitor 19" & it worked fine before my hard drive failure-- is it possible I messed up a card for the monitor? I've tried to change display settings & the computer doesn't offer any other settings. The graphics card is 32 mb Nvidia geforce2 -- Is there some other way to change verify settings besides the control panel? Am I missing a driver? any help would be appreciated.Thanks

A:Solved: monitor fuzzy/looks like safe mode

Update or reinstall your Geforce drivers.


Remove any current drivers first, through Add/remove programs.

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has anyone ever experienced or seen this problem?
I boot into safe mode and after a few minutes my monitor loses signal as if its unplugged EVERY TIME.
if I hard restart the computer (front panel restart button) it beeps oddly on start up and I have no signal to my monitor.
but if I shut down the computer totally it will be fine once I start it again (unless I go into safe mode.. then it does the same thing)

this is awful since I need to get into safe mode to run scans and such and can't do anything that takes longer than a minute or two.

A:Monitor loses signal while in Safe Mode

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Hello to all and thanks for helping. 
Did a very dumb thing in retrospect. My computer running windows vista is connected to my flat screen TV with a HDMI cable because monitor is broken. Windows did an update the other day when I turned on my computer. After completing the update Google Chrome repeatedly crashed. I thought it might be a virus and tried to troubleshoot starting with a full scan running Windows Defender in safe mode. 
I used the msconfig to select minimal safe mode, and restarted the computer, not realizing the drivers for the external monitor would be disabled. So now I have no way to see the screen that is loading. Is the first screen the logon page, the desktop page in safe mode, or some other page because I keep pulling out the plug to shutdown the computer. In addition I have used the F8 key along the way so don't know if that has altered the original sequence of how pages load. One other thing....I have two users on my computer, so don't know if I have to first choose the user. One requires a password the other doesn't. I was using the one with the password when I wrecked my computer.
 I have tried to logon with no luck. 
After I think the page is loaded I left click the mouse on the touchpad and then type in my password.
From there I have tried many combinations of keys and shortcuts. I hit the windows key+R , thinking the the run window will pop up. Press the delete key to clear the contents of the run box and left cli... Read more

A:Stuck in safe mode with only an external monitor

Hello, and Welcome
You will need another computer that can burn an iso file. If it's Windows 7 you can right click the iso file and select Burn Image. I do not know if the Kaspersky Disk will recognize our external monitor.
The Kaspersky Rescue Disk needs to boot and be seen in order for this to work.
Here is a post that explains editing the registry. It's from the Windows 8 forum but should work for Vista.

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I have just put together my first computer: Windows 10, Intel i5 4460 Processor, XFX R9 380 Graphics Card, 8GB RAM DDR3, 120GB SSD and a 2TB HDD.

I thought I had managed to do everything correctly. However when trying to launch the Radeon Support app I received the error message: "No AMD Graphics Driver installed...." despite the fact that I had used the auto detect and install feature from AMDs website.

I then started following this guide (https://community.amd.com/thread/180667) to do a Clean Install of the AMD Graphics Drivers.

The issue I now have is that at the booting in safe mode stage I have no signal going to my monitor (have tried DCI and HDMI), and have tried this on two different monitors with the same issue.

I booted in safe mode using Windows+R and msconfig telling the system to start up in Safe Mode with Networking. I think I left it checked so it would always do this and as such am stuck in a loop of being unable to see anything when I start up the computer. Is there any way I can escape this?

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Hey all, any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. Basically I have a USB keyboard on my desktop (using laptop at the moment) and I was unable to get into safe mode normally because the keyboard was only activated once windows had started up. Anyway, so I went into msconfig and set it to automatically start into safe mode (it will do this on every restart automatically - simply restarting the computer will not make it start up normally). Unfortunately, now it's stuck because for some reason my PC does not detect the (normally) working monitor while in safe mode! so now I have no monitor with which to see my way out of safe mode, and it's now stuck like that. Any suggestions...?

A:Stuck in Safe mode with undetected monitor

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Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have a Dell Dimension 9200 running XP Home Edition and has been running fine with a Dell 2007WFP LCD Monitor connected via a DVI cable with a 256MB ATI RAdeon X1300 Pro PCI Express Graphics Card.

Until this morning that is. When I started up I get to the welcome screen then after around 10 seconds it goes black though the login music sounds and the disk sounds like it's all running as normal I just can't see anything (cursor included).

I use Zone Alarm Security Suite and it completed a system scan yesterday, while updating the anti virus it said that any changes would take effect the next time I started up which was this morning.

I'm able to get to my desktop via safe mode and I've downloaded the latest drivers for the monitor but I can't update the drivers because the Properties option under Settings->Advanced->Monitor is greyed out.

I'm also able to get to the desktop via VGA mode and using a VGA cable though the monitor settings are greyed out here also.
I've also tried removing and replacing the graphics card to no effect.

Totally stumped as to what to do next, the setup's worked fine for a couple of months now so strange that it would stop. I'm a self employed designer so need to find a solution soon before impatient clients start chasing me down!

Thanks in advance.


A:LCD Monitor goes black at Startup - Ok in Safe Mode

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Just come home with new box, and it will only start in safe mode, so figuring it might be my monitor? as everything else attached is from them, as in keyboard and mouse, only have speakers attached otherwise

I have a diamond view older style monitor

Thanks if you can help

ETA: I did post a question asking if my monitor would work with Vista yesterday if it looks familiar, i am hoping there is a setting i can change anyhow

A:Solved: New pc will only start in safe mode, is it the monitor?

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I have a Dell Dimension 8100 that started giving me fits a few days ago. No problems whatsoever until one day it would only boot into safe mode--before I could tell it to do that the monitor died. Tried the monitor on another PC and it worked fine. Then I tried another monitor on the Dell, and the same thing happened as with the first monitor, only now the monitor dies before it even loads windows.

I haven't made any system upgrades recently, and it still has most of it's original hardware (I added 1Gig of RAM a year ago).

Any idea what the problem might be, or how I can get the monitor to stay on long enough to try and run a few tests? I'd appreciate any help I can get...


A:PC almost makes it to safe mode, but then the monitor dies

It could be a few typical things: PSU, these come with a cheap 250W generic PoCrap. The video card. It could also be overheating, try removing the side and putting a table fan on it. To troubleshoot for the PSU, try disconnecting the pwer line to Floppy drive and CD/DVD and any other hardware, but not the HDD (you need this to boot to the OS).

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I have an Toshiba Sattelite laptop with Vista. The backlight in my monitor went, so I have hooked it up to an external monitor. However, the monitor only seems to work when I boot up in safe mode.

A:monitor doesn't work except safe mode

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Problems here

I have a Dell E153fp monitor hook to a Dell dimension 2300.
My problem is; I installed win xp pro. Was in the process of changing the pixel settings, when I realized that there was only one setting for this.

I unchecked the "Hide modes that this monitor cannot display" DUH on my part, I may have clicked on a setting that I shouldn't have. The screen went blank.

The only time that the monitor shows an image at all, is at the start up, showing the OS then gos blank. I here the windows opening music, but no image.

I tried opening in safe mode, all 3 of them.
The only thing that comes up, looks like a series of commands that have system/32 in them. Thank you...Robb

A:Monitor blank and cannot load in safe mode

Hello and welcome to TSG!

I'm going to move this to the XP forum where it will get better attention.

Good luck with your problem.

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Is there a way to force Windows to use the default monitor settings as used in Safe Mode, but when running in normal mode?
My Nvidia GE 6100 graphics began scrambling the screen. Safe mode works ok, but on normal startup, the screen is scrambled or goes fuzzy and everything freezes. I think it's a hardware problem (it started after I added memory) but I want to keep running until it can be fixed. I have updated the drivers but it did not change anything. I tried deleting the Nvidia driver, but Windows keeps finding more.


A:Using Safe Mode default monitor settings

When first boot up hit F8 right after the BIOS screen and choose "low resolution video mode" if it still scrambles the screen it may be a hardware issue with the RAM. I can't remember if it's a laptop card or a desktop card or both.. anyways, If you can get to the device manager quick enough uninstall the video card and choose "delete the driver software" when the dialog box pops up to prompt if you want to delete the driver. This should force windows to use the default VGA driver and then you can download the latest one, relatively speaking, from nVidias site. I would do this while the new RAM you added is out. Once you get the drivers updated plug in the new ram and see if the issues happens again. If it does, get different ram or get all new ram of equal types. I have seen Integrated GPUs freak out over different types(speeds)/sizes of ram..

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Trying to hook up different monitor to computer; getting a "Not Optimum Mode" message; trying to reboot computer hoping to get to safe mode to change resolution to 1280x1024. Monitor remains blank during reboot so we can't do. (Sorry this is sort of a repost of the same problem...thought I worded it poorly before, now I know I should have just edited...)

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I've been infected, using Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit and it's caused a couple of things to happen: at first I was getting redirected in google and general slowdown. Then I ran Malwarebytes and cleared a bunch of stuff, downloaded and Microsoft Security Essentials, installed some windows updates, then eventually my internet stopped working altogether. Then my monitor stopped working, saying there was an input timing error. I system restored and it didn't do anything except remove Microsoft Security Essentials basically. I can boot in safe mode 640x800 or whatever, and just now found out I can boot in this safe mode with directory assistance and get a normal resolution. Ran Malwarebytes again, removed 8 things... can now connect to the internet in this safe mode, but I know my computer is far from repaired. Here's a Hijackthis log if it helps.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 4:41:43 PM, on 10/16/2011Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6002.18005)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exeC:\Windows\system32\wuauclt.exeC:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exeC:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exeC:\Users\Josh\Desktop\Maintenance\Hij... Read more

A:Internet and monitor only work in safe mode -- Hijackthis log

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Running Windows XP Professional. Monitor flickers randomly after startup, mouse displays in triplicate (sometimes), task bar clock has a line through it, then the machine restarts. Attempt system restore to an earlier time fails. Malwarebytes, AVG, Avast and SuperAntiSpyware find no malware or virus. Machine has no issues in safe mode with networking. Any idea if I am dealing with an infected machine or video issue? Never seen anything like this. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

A:Monitor flickers after startup - Works in Safe Mode

Video Card Issue.

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I'm running a Dell Inspiron XPS with Windows XP SP2. A few months ago, the laptop was dropped and the monitor was fragged. I've been using it with an external monitor ever since, no problems. Now, however, I need to boot to safe mode so I can run System Restore. But no matter what I do, I can't get the external monitor to kick in so I can see what I'm doing in safe mode.

Normally, the external monitor kicks in automatically as soon as the laptop asks for my username and password during startup. Anything to that point is just flickering lights on the broken monitor - and then the laptop monitor goes dark and the external one takes over.

But whenever I follow the directions for Safe Mode -- hitting F8 to bring up the startup menu -- it seems to prevent the external monitor from taking over. (I've tried repeatedly using the Fn-F7 combo to manually switch it over, but no joy). As a result, I have to navigate the setup menu blind, by guessing where the cursor is according to how many times I've tapped the up or down arrows. This is not working. I can't seem to get into safe mode, and I definitely can't get the external monitor to take over so I can see what I'm doing.

Any help would be most appreciated.

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Running Windows XP Professional. Monitor flickers randomly after startup, mouse displays in triplicate (sometimes), task bar clock has a line through it, then the machine restarts. Attempt system restore to an earlier time fails. Malwarebytes, AVG, Avast and SuperAntiSpyware find no malware or virus. Machine has no issues in safe mode with networking. Any idea if I am dealing with an infected machine or video issue? Never seen anything like this. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

A:Monitor flickers after startup - Works in Safe Mode

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Hi,My Computer which has Win Xp Sp3 is behaving like it is in safe mode , eventhough it is in normal mode .I noticed this because ,1. Avira Antivir Guard and Update cannot be launched bcz Scheduler is not running.2 . I tried to start scheduler ( under services.msc ) , but can't start it bcz of error 1084 ( safe mode situation ) .3 . I can't use Windows Update , bcz of error Error number: 0x8007043C ( same safe mode condition )4 . I ensured that BITS was set to automatic , but it can't run bcz of 1084 error.I have scanned with Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D , SuperAnti Spyware ( in real safe mode) - No DetectionHere is the dds log ,DDS (Ver_09-09-24.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK Run by Administrator at 16:45:23.03 on Mon 09/28/2009Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_12Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.510.112 [GMT 5.5:30]AV: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Antivirus *On-access scanning disabled* (Outdated) {5D467B10-818C-4CAB-9FF7-6893B5B8F3CF}AV: AntiVir Desktop *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {AD166499-45F9-482A-A743-FDD3350758C7}FW: ZoneAlarm Security Suite Firewall *enabled* {829BDA32-94B3-44F4-8446-F8FCFF809F8B}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop�... Read more

A:Safe Mode Error, WinXpSp3 behaves like it is in safe mode even in normal mode

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Hello all,

Having a very strange problem and I've looked everywhere for a solution.

Monitor and keyboard are not functioning. When I boot up they work for a few seconds while the Dell desktop loads, then after loading XP the monitor goes to standby and the lights on the keyboard turn off. Safe mode works however. My computer was running all night, and I came to get it out of standby and it wouldn't react.

My attempts at solving:
-unplugged power supply, monitor, and keyboard
-tried restoring settings from a previous day (still went to monitor standby)

I'm really worrying it's a virus, and one I'd have no idea how to remedy. Any have suggestions?

Thank you.

A:Monitor/Keyboard fail to run after startup, but work in Safe Mode

How come no one in his forum can ever help me out, common guys I was quite thorough and explained. Can someone offer SOME advice please...?

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This is occurring using two different monitors. Both monitors had been working. Brought PC to a live music gig, hooked it back up in studio and it won't boot any operating system into desktop.

PC has an nvidia 9300 and both DVI and VGA outputs work on boot. The drivers were installed on windows, and it worked before the drivers were installed.

I tried booting into Ubuntu and it never loads the screen. If I try booting into Windows XP it at least shows the login dialog.

I can access the bios, and boot menus and there appears to be no hardware errors. Fix this problem and you are a saint to me.

A:Monitor Fail after Windows XP Login Screen (already tried Safe Mode w/ VGA)


is this a laptop?

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