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dual boot xp loads white screen over desktop

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#1 davidblaine


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:51 AM

I've seen a lot of threads about something like this, but not this. I've got an PC that runs either Linux or XP. Right now it defaults to xp. It was running fine until I did the last windows update. Upon restart it loaded a white screen instead of the regular desktop. Up until that point everything looked normal on startup, WinXP Splash screen, etc.

Now here is where my problem is different from most. I don't even see the cursor. I can use keyboard commands to shut down and/or restart, I even used keyboard commands to roll back to another day, but that doesn't help.

And now for the really weird part. This computer is running fine. I can go home and use Team Viewer to connect and operate the computer and everything is running fine.

If I boot to Linux (Ubuntu) then the monitor works fine, so it's not the monitor.

I've tried disconnecting the two usb accessories, a wifi antenna and a camera feed. No difference.

So, apart from reformatting the entire computer and starting from scratch, any ideas? Thanks so much


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:46 PM

Try doing a System Restore to a date previous to this issue.

Can you boot into Safe Mode?

If yes, is the color the same there?

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#3 davidblaine

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:41 PM

Hmm, well, I already tried the system restore a couple of times. Tried booting to safe mode just now, using F8 at boot. No difference. Then I tried something out of frustration. I turned the monitor off and then back on. Guess what? I got a regular screen. Funny, when I boot to Ubuntu, I get a normal screen without having to do that. Now I'm thinking it is a monitor problem. I'll bring an old CRT out here and hook it up and see if it makes any difference. Thanks.

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