Windows shows blank screen
This is an unusual and difficult problem to describe that I'm having. I am having an intermittent problem unlocking my computer. Usually when I go to bed, I lock my computer, you know where it just display the welcome screen and a place to enter you password...
Well lately when I get up for the day my monitor won't display anything. Other times it will show the screen to enter my password and log in, but when I do, instead of showing my desktop, it's just black/blank. My keyboard still responds. I can press the num lock key and see the LED turn on and off. But still can't see anything on my monitor. Only way to fix it is to reset my computer.
It's a rather difficult problem to diagnose since it's intermittent, and the only words I can think of to describe it are general, which makes searching for help equally as difficult. I have checked the monitor cable and it is plugged in tight, so that is unlikely to be the problem.
For the record, I am using Windows 7 RC. Has anyone encountered a problem like this before? Or have any ideas on how to troubleshoot this?
IMO sounds like a vid card issue. I am running Win 7 RC on both my laptop and desktop without any issues. Could also be just your monitor telling you its time to replace. If you have a laptop hook the monitor to that and see if you can duplicate the issue
Last edited by bbcrackman; 08-09-2009 at 03:09 PM.
No laptop but I have a couple of spare computers. It's weird because this really only started about 3 weeks ago. And I have been running Win 7 RC since it came out in may. I'm hoping it isn't the vid card. I wish the problem wasn't intermittent so I could troubleshoot it. It only ever happens when I go to bed and get up in the morning. Of course the troubleshooting computer issues isn't exactly the first thing I want to do when waking up either heh.
Did you make a backup of your C: before you installed Windows 7?
I had it on my Desktop and my wife ended up not liking it so i had to put Vista back on it. Sooner or later I'll put it on my personal notebook though. We had ur problem and it was on the Desktop. Two screws on the male end of the end of the vid card cable. One was loose and had to be screwed back in.
I concur with BBC, sounds like a video card problem ... is it a standalone card or integrated into the motherboard? If you have someone that you can borrow a card from, I would try and swap that out first and see if it helps. Win7 RTM (and RC) has been pretty stable thus far.
Originally Posted by sunkast
I like the way you think. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone that I can borrow a vid card from. Thankfully it's not integrated into the motherboard, so if I do need to replace it, it will be easy.
Originally Posted by apuntsel
I have the 8600 GT as well (PNY branded). The latest driver for that is 188.8.131.5235. Do you turn the monitor off at night or just let it go into sleep mode? From the control panel in power options, did you make any changes there? Just maybe something else to check.
Mine is EVGA branded. I usually turn the monitor off when I go to bed. Though I don't think that has anything to do with it since I can turn the monitor back on in the morning and see the log in screen. But who knows really. The driver version that I have is 184.108.40.20671. I'll look for the update.
Originally Posted by apuntsel
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