Display problem

By stelch
Mar 24, 2005
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  1. Hi

    I have a problem with my pc. What happens is that when the pc boots and after the welcome screen when the desktop appears and halfway loading the start-up programs the monitor blacks out and comes on again. I have tried other graphics card drivers but still the same problem. At the moment I am using the nVidia 71.84 driver.I have a P4 3.2Ghz 1 GBRam PCI Express card GeForce PCX5900. Any ideas?

    Stelios
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 837

    are you overclocking your video card? that sounds like when it changes frequency as the coolbits or rivatuner settings are loaded.
  3. C0d3Warr10r

    C0d3Warr10r Newcomer, in training Posts: 55

    3rd Party Driver

    You may have tried this already but try searching for the Omega drivers for your video card, I've used these on some systems in the past and gained not only stability, but also performance. Be sure to use DriverCleaner to uninstall your video card drivers completely prior to installing the Omega's though. Also, check out the items starting up when your computer boots, as there may be something spyware related. Start->Run->msconfig-> Startup Tab... google anything that you are not familiar with, and find out what it is prior to unchecking it.

    Hope this helps,

    C0d3Warr10r

    Big Blue:
    Asus P4P800 I865PE
    P4 2.8GHz 800MHz
    2048 KingMax PC-3200 CAS 2.5
    Maxtor DiamondMax 9 /160GB /7200RPM /8MB Cache
    ATI Radeon X800 Pro
    Enermax 420W PSU
    Aspire X-Dreamer II
    Lite-On 12X DVD+/-RW
    Sony 48X CD-RW
    Samsung SyncMaster 997DF 19" CRT
    3DMark03 Score: 10,035
  4. stelch

    stelch Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Thanks guys for the tips, but unfortunatly nove of them worked. I did not overclock the card. In any case I did reformat and reinstalled XP pro and to my suprise the problem is still there. I gave up now I don't know what to do and where to look. I also installed the Omega drivers but still no go. :hotouch:
  5. Tonkyboy

    Tonkyboy Newcomer, in training Posts: 33

    How old is your graphics card ? Does it require connection to a separate power source ? Can you borrow a graphics card from someone you know just to test if yours is giving up, before going out to spend a lot of money on a new one ? Or even get someone to try yours in a different system ?

    Good Luck.
  6. stelch

    stelch Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 63

    My card is only 5 months old but your suggestion makes sense.
    What I have also noticed is that everytime I try to copy a video file, nomatter what size it is, the same thing happens i.e. the monitor goes black and comes on again.
    Nevertheles I will have my card tested in another pc and see what happens.

    This is my card
    http://www.xpcgear.com/asusen5900.html

    Stelios
  7. nellakita

    nellakita Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    i have heard of this problem before and as far as i know it has nothing to do with the video card the two main solutions i have heard causing these problems are the OS or the HDD
    with the OS SP2 has had this problem occure many of times and uninstalling doesnt fix the problem always sometime it needs to be formated also registry problem will cause these exact problem
    Hard drive can also cause this problem if the hard drive is giving out
    im not saying this is the problem but these are the most common causes of xp not to boot up properly and monitor problem
    let me know when and if you figure out what the problem and what was the problem
  8. nellakita

    nellakita Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    you could try repairing the OS with the cd
    or do a roll back to when the comp was working properly
  9. C0d3Warr10r

    C0d3Warr10r Newcomer, in training Posts: 55

    Clarification

    Nellakita,

    I think Stelch has already done a clean install of WinXP so here closest restore point wont take the computer back far enough to resolve the issue.
    ________________

    Stelch,

    After reading your post again with fresh eyes this morning, it occurred to me that this "Blinking" might occur at system boot because your video card supports multiple displays. After your machine boots, goto your Device Manager and click on the + sign next to Display Adapters. You will probably notice that there are 2 devices that look almost identical except one has (Secondary) at the end of it. You may need to contact ASUS regarding the method of disabling the multi-display function of your card. I've used ASUS products for years now and have always found them to have reliable products and support staff.

    As Nellakita said, your HDD may also be the cultprit, but try to exhaust a couple other avenues before giving up the ghost and start ripping out hardware. You have good, quality equipment that isn't old enough to start replacing on a whim. If you do another install of XP, try *not* installing SP2 to see if that effects anything (simply uninstalling SP2 may not effectively remove all the stuff M$ forcefeeds your system) and be sure check out the ASUS contact info below.

    Asus Contact Info:
    Tel: 502-995-0883 (select option 3)
    Email: http://vip.asus.com/eservice/techserv.aspx

    Once again, I hope this info helps,

    C0d3Warr10r

    Big Blue:
    Asus P4P800 I865PE
    P4 2.8GHz 800MHz
    2048 KingMax PC-3200 CAS 2.5
    Maxtor DiamondMax 9 /160GB /7200RPM /8MB Cache
    ATI Radeon X800 Pro
    Enermax 420W PSU
    Aspire X-Dreamer II
    Lite-On 12X DVD+/-RW
    Sony 48X CD-RW
    Samsung SyncMaster 997DF 19" CRT
    3DMark03 Score: 10,035
  10. stelch

    stelch Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 63

    C0d3Warr10r
    Thanks for all the info you gave me. I had a look at the Device manager and at the Display adapters there is only one showing "NVIDIA GeForce PCX5900" saying that this device is working properly. I have to mention that my Seagate Hard drive is also 5 months old, the same as the graphics card. It is also fair to say that all these problems started when I tried to install another exhaust fan and I blew my mother board. I have replaced the mother board with exactly the same one and ever since I have this problem. As I said I have done a complete format and re-install XP2 but with no cure. As I also mentioned the blinking occurs when I try to copy a video file. I don't think is the Hard drive because when I remove the graphics card and connect the display directly to the mother board then everything works OK. Could it be a setting in the Bios? I did restored the defaults on the bios and still no go. What I want to know is whether is a hardware or software problem.
  11. stelch

    stelch Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 63

    OK what happened is that I took my 5900 PCI Express card back to the dealer and he said that it was faulty and replaced it, free of charge, with an Asus Extreme N6600 GeForce 6600 PCI Express 256MB DDR Video Card w/TV-Out & DVI, Is this a good card?


    Stelios
     
  12. Tonkyboy

    Tonkyboy Newcomer, in training Posts: 33

    I can't speak for your particular model as I do not have experience of the ASUS card, but the 6600 in general is a very capable graphics solution, and particularly in newer titles, shuold give improved frame rates and image quality over the 5900. I would be happy with the exchange.
  13. nellakita

    nellakita Newcomer, in training Posts: 54

    did some suching around and found out that the card is a good card and i also found out my cousin has that card and loves it and he is really int gaming so i think its safe to say you got your self a fairly good card i also think any asus card is pretty much a good card i have had my share of asus cards and have no compliants
  14. stelch

    stelch Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Well after using this card for a few days I would say that I am very happy with it. I enjoy MS Flight Simulator 2004 and with this card I get better frame rates and textures get loaded quicker than my previous card.

    Stelios
  15. C0d3Warr10r

    C0d3Warr10r Newcomer, in training Posts: 55

    Gratz

    Stelch,

    I'm glad you were able to get such a good deal from a local computer store. At the end of the day, your problem was resolved, and you got an upgrade out of the deal.... gratz

    C0d3Warr10r

    Big Blue:
    Asus P4P800 I865PE
    P4 2.8GHz 800MHz
    2048MB KingMax PC-3200
    Maxtor DiamondMax 9 /160GB /7200RPM /8MB Cache
    ATI Radeon X800 Pro
    Enermax 420W PSU
    Aspire X-Dreamer II
    Lite-On 12X DVD+/-RW
    Sony 48X CD-RW
    Samsung SyncMaster 997DF 19" CRT
    3DMark03 Score: 10,035
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