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#1 donatello

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 06:53 PM

Hey all,
My dad-in-law has a Dell laptop Inspiron 2600 1.25GHz, 256K, Celeron with Win xp home that WAS functioning fine... He wanted to give it to another family member but preferred the hard drive was wiped clean. I used Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") and then reloaded with the original Win xp home disc and all went well. The computer/monitor functioned normally until on a reboot after the reinstall, the monitor (after the "normal" Windows XP splash screen)went black. I hooked up an external monitor and it mimics the laptop. So every time I reboot, I get the splash screen and then black. I believe the the computer would be fully functional if the monitor worked because I can hear the usual "sounds". alsoooo, I can't remember if I was able to install the driver disc before the problem, although a generic video driver should have allowed it to function. I went to Dell and hooking-up an external monitor was mentioned, followed by pressing FN & F8 keys at the same time. It didn't toggle back and forth or anything.
Any help is appreciated, Thanks



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Edited by garmanma, 26 February 2010 - 07:13 PM.


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#2 donatello

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 06:37 PM

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 09:34 PM

Im not sure but did u get a disk from Dell labeled "Drivers and Utilities"? If you did, did you use install them that would be my only suggestion. Try the display driver.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 12:16 AM

Have you tried to boot to Safe Mode?

Hold the F8 key just before the splash screen appears.

Let us know if you can get past the black screen.
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Posted 13 March 2010 - 10:58 AM

Thank you Matt3 and MrBruce1959 ! You both helped me. I hit F8 to safe mode which allowed me to SEE my desktop so I could install the video driver. I thought, wrongly so I guess, that there were "generic" video drivers when installing XP... All works fine now !
Once again, THANK YOU ! :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:28 AM

No problem, glad to help :thumbsup:

Edited by matt3, 14 March 2010 - 11:29 AM.





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