I'm using an IBM Thinkpad T42 running Windows XP. My video card is an ATI Mobility Radeon 9600. I'm not exactly sure what I did if I did anything but last night while I was using my laptop my screen went blank but my hardrive light was still flashing. The screen wouldn't come back for anything so I restarted it and the screen goes black again after a few minutes of using my computer. So , again I restarted and the screen would be blank on boot. Not even the screen where it says "IBM Thinkpad" displays. Testing out a few more restarts I found out that the screen would go blank at random times. Either during boot or right after Windows XP loads or after a few minutes of using the laptop. On certain times after a restart I would get an error message about my ati driver causing the problem. So I try to reinstalll the latest catalyst driver from the ati site but it can't install because it says I have to have a Standard VGA driver installed before installing the new driver. The thing is that I don;t know how to install the Standard driver. I'm also wondering if its even the driver thats the problem because the screen does go black even in the BIOS. I assume it's a hard drive problem, maybe causing a .dll fill in my video drivers to be corrupted or some sort. I don't know really. I would really appreciate it if someone knew what my problem was and how to fix it.