Yesterday morning I was on the computer and had no problems. I logged off the Internet but left the computer running.
( Dell PC, Home XP, IE-8 SP-3 )
When I came home yesterday evening the monitor screen was black as usual and I tried clicking the mouse and nothing happened. I could not get the screen to light up nor could I see the cursor arrow.
I turned the power off and then back on,as it was it powering up all I had was a black screen. After about 3-4 minutes the Dell logo appeared although very dim. Within a few seconds it disappeared.
Black screen again.
A few minutes later the windows logo appeared, but disappeared a few seconds later also.
Several more minutes went by and the windows logo appeared and said it was loading windows. ( very dim) it also disappeared within seconds.
Black screen again.
Several more minutes passed and the user names showed up. I clicked on my user name and it started to load my settings. Black screen again.
This process took about 2 minutes.
All the normal icons next to the time in my tray are missing. I do have all the normal icons on my desktop. Everything is VERY dim. I have a background on the screen is very dim and everything has very very little color. Things are very hard to see.
I am able to connect to the Internet.
I tried system restore with no luck. I tried starting in safe mode thinking I would give the last good configuration a try. I was able to get to safe mode using the F-8 method, but the up and down arrows will not work so I had to press enter and start in normal mode.
Total time from power up to my being able to connect was about 15 minutes.
At first I thought that perhaps my monitor was shot but due to the start up problems I think I have something else going on here.
I ran full scans with Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security and they came up clean.
Any ideas ?
Lastly, at this point the screen is not black but is a very , very pale blue. the the colors I see are very dim.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Edited by bloopie, 23 December 2012 - 08:03 PM.
Re-moved to AII forum by request. ~bloopie