When I turn on the computer in the morning I do not get a screen. I have to shut it off and turn it on, over and over again. Now it's up to seven tries before it works so I just leave it on all night long to avoid the grief.
What does your cable provider say? If they are like my last cable provider they will argue that they don't have a problem, it is your computer. I finally dumped them and went to DSL. I remember how they treated my problem every time I think about going back to cable and therefore continue with the hiccups of DSL.
It's totally black. No matter what I try to do it remains black.
I shut the computer off by pressing the button on the tower and that's how I turn it on again (and continue turning it off and back on).
When I get the totally black screen the light at the bottom is blue. (I'd try it again to be 100% sure it's blue but may never get back on the computer tonight!) Right now the tiny light at the bottom of the screen is green.
It sounds to me like it's your monitor. Your computer may be okay . . . you should be able to pick up a used monitor pretty easily - you might even try freecycle.org to see if anyone in your area has one for free.
Or if you have a neighbor who will loan you one for 30 minutes, you can try to hook it up to see if that's the problem.
Definitely recycle electronics (our area just had an electronics recycle day so we discarded an old printer and microwave). If the monitor is good, donate it if you decide to buy a new monitor.
How does your system behave if you just leave the power on for days? Some say leave it on 24/7 and others say shut it down if not in use. I leave mine on except for severe thunder storms (and I am at home).
Yes, I'm used to all the starting sounds and the computer is definitely starting normally.
Beep??? I've never had a beep and don't have one now.
Sometimes I get extremely fast flashes on the screen but it always goes black. Flashes like the Windows one, another that says the computer did not shut down properly, an HP flash but they aren't on the screen for a full second. Then it goes back to black but the tower still hums along happily.
Sorry, again! Windows XP.
I tried hibernate in the past and it worked fine. Now when I try it something goes amiss and it seems to cycle and then is back on full power. I've tried hibernate three and four times consecutively (after it automatically goes back to full power) and it won't remain hibernated. The maximum time it will hibernate is about two minutes, if that.
It's ok about the beep. They don't all do that, but they used to. It can also let you know if there are errors with things on the motherboard. I was just looking for more specifics about what happens when you power-on your computer. Thanks. =)
Just for grins, do this (trying to rule out any software issues that might be causing this)...
Start ---> Run
In the box, type: msconfig
Click: OK (Or, simply press the Enter key)
When the window loads, you'll see a series of tabs across the top. Click the one that says, "Startup".
How many things listed there have a checkmark? (Names unimportant right now, just wondering how many.)
Do you see " dumprep 0 -k " listed there?
How much can you tell about your system? Specifically, do you know what video card is in it? If not, it's easy info to find. =)
Do you know how much RAM your computer has?
In the mean-time, you might want to check the video cord for any damage. Carefully remove the cable from your monitor to the back of your computer. Look at the pins on it and see if any are bent. (longshot, but ya never know) =)
My monitor plug keeps backing out of it's slot - the screws loosen? Check your connections/connectors like Eggs said and I have to use the screwdriver on my monotor connections every couple of months to tighten them back up.
It has been 2 1/2 months now and I am again needing to do it.
Right after the window opens, you'll probably get another window asking you if you want it to search for WHQL drivers. Just tell it "No", for now. =)
When the window finally finishes loading (might take a few seconds)...
Click the button that says: "Save information as"
Now you'll be prompted to save the file as you would any other. Just remember where you save it.
You just created a text file that tells everything you'll probably ever be asked (and then some) about your machine . Keep this handy. =)
Find the section about "Display Devices" (video card) and find:
(still leaning towards monitor, but checking a few other possibilities)
BTW... did you ever try and borrow a monitor from your neighbor? =)
There's not a lot of unnecessary things running at startup, on your machine. Good job! =)
You could also use some more RAM, since you're running (likely, a lot of) "onboard" hardware. RAM's cheap right now, and the biggest bang-for-your-buck upgrade you can do. It's also one that you can do yourself. =)
I think your monitor's dying/dead. (though, video card is still not out of the question) =)
I'm sure the problem isn't software-related. You don't have a lot running at startup. There wasn't the dumprep file, so you're not having any memory issues. It's not heat-related, because it does it from a cold start. The video card is built in to your motherboard, and uses the system RAM. It's possible but not probable that the onboard video has errors, but without physically inspecting it, there's not much of a way to tell. That leaves the cable to, and the monitor itself. If it's a flat panel monitor, at two years old it may be toast. I've seen them die literally days after a one year warranty ran out. That machine still has an old CRT monitor on it. ;-) They (flat panels) are nice in that they don't take up much room on a desk, but I'm not sold on their reliability (and I know there's tons of people out there that will disagree).
Anyway, I bet if you replaced the monitor, it would work. There's gotta be someone that lives near you that would bring over their monitor to see. =)
I guess the next rainy day will find me at Best Bet buying a new monitor. We saw great differences in prices when we bought this one - Westinghouse 19". Is there any to avoid or any that work better than others?
Thank you for your extreme patience and tireless efforts, Eggs. I do appreciate it.
tcs - I was in WI but most likely years before you were even born! Thanks for the kind offer.
Have you tried freecycle (http://www.freecycle.org) before? It takes a minute to sign up to the yahoo group for your area, but I'll bet there's somebody out there with an old monitor. People can post to either ask for or say they have something available. It must be free. Once you get a response, then you make arrangements privately for drop off or pick up.
I just recycled a monitor a couple of months ago. It seems they're everywhere. Or you could try Craig's list and see what's on there.
I'm thinking you'll want to go with lowest cost. When/if you decide to upgrade your computer, you can probably get a good deal for the whole package. I'll be there will be good sales after the holidays.
Ah, Melissa was just saying the same thing on another forum. That's too bad as it's such a great concept.
One other thought: we have a local computer repair guy here who also takes old computers for recycle. That's where I dropped off my old monitor, even though it was working just fine. I wonder if you have someone like that in your community who might have an inexpensive monitor?
Yeah. Don't get me started on that one. Originally, computers were supposed to make us so efficient that we wouldn't have to work 5 days a week. Instead, they've morphed into devices that we have to be connected to 24/7.
And without them we're incapacitated. Something's wrong with this picture . . . at least I've held out and don't have a Blackberry or cell phone. It's not easy, but I'm hanging on.
They quite quickly turn into things that we couldn't imagine life without. I don't even think that I could go shopping with DH (wanders off looking at things) without a phone in my pocket. The ones that are hooked to the internet are so great when shopping, traveling & etc. I may only get about 10 calls a week, but I couldn't be without it.