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#1 Barry (NJ)

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:36 PM

Well I think I hosed things pretty well. I tried upgrading the monitor drivers and now the computer boots with no output to the monitor. I tried booting into safe mode to no avail. There is no signal sent to the monitor at all. I pulled the HD and can view its contents and I copied all personal documents to another PC. Is there a way that I can do a system restore, to a point before I messed with the monitor drivers, while the drive is plugged into another PC, or is FDISK and a full re-install my only option?

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 10:43 PM

Do you see any screen activity on boot up?

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 10:23 AM

FWIW: Generally, there is no such thing as "upgrading monitor drivers." So, I am curious as to what you actually did.

System manufacturer and model?

If custom, motherboard manufacturer and model?

Monitors, like everything else, don't last forever. Have you tried another?

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:30 AM

Do you see any screen activity on boot up?

Hello Phil, I see no monitor activity at start-up.


FWIW: Generally, there is no such thing as "upgrading monitor drivers." So, I am curious as to what you actually did.

System manufacturer and model?

If custom, motherboard manufacturer and model?

Monitors, like everything else, don't last forever. Have you tried another?

Louis

Hello Louis, I've tried other monitors, and that monitor on other computers. The monitor works, and others don't on the effected PC. The PC is a Dell (about 2 or 3 years old) with the video-card built into the mother-board, the Monitor is a Magnovox 17" LCD TV with a VGA input. I'm at work so can't give more specifics at the moment. When I get home, I can get the drivers that I installed off the HD, as it's still connected to a different PC as an auxiliary drive.


Thanks Guys!

Edited by Barry (NJ), 30 November 2009 - 11:35 AM.


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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:52 AM

A bit puzzling and odd is that nothing shows on the screen during boot, drivers should have no effect until loaded by the system. Even with the hard drive disconnected the system will go through boot screens, I found that out by accident a long time ago!

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 02:12 PM

A bit puzzling and odd is that nothing shows on the screen during boot, drivers should have no effect until loaded by the system. Even with the hard drive disconnected the system will go through boot screens, I found that out by accident a long time ago!

Ya know Phil, similar thoughts started crossing my mind not long ago.
I wonder if I some how changed the bios...

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 02:43 PM

Ok find your mother board documentation, look for the bios clearing jumper and follow the directions maybe that will do it as it resets to the board defaults!

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 07:46 PM

Well thankfully no documentation was needed. There are 2 little pins sticking up right near the MB battery that are labeled, in the tiniest text, CMOS Reset. I put a jumper on 'em, plugged in the computer, un-plugged it, removed the jumper, plugged it back in, and voila, I have a monitor! Next I set the clock etc. I then shut it down, unplugged it and re-installed the HD, and...

Well now it doesn't recognize the HD as being plugged in even when it is...

I can plug the HD into another PC, with my USB - IDE Drive adapter, and read from the drive, but the other PC doesn't recognize it when it's plugged into the MB.

Any suggestions?

Edited by Barry (NJ), 30 November 2009 - 07:46 PM.


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Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:07 PM

Go into the bios there is a section that should let you have the drive recognized.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:23 PM

Go into the bios there is a section that should let you have the drive recognized.

DOH! Thanks Phil, It's up and running!

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:31 PM

Glad I could lend a hand, I try, it lets the really smart guys handle the tough stuff!

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