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screen goes blank at random times

By f33t
Jul 4, 2005
  1. 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.
     
  2. Gamester

    Gamester TS Rookie

    First thing I would try is to do an error-check on your hard drive. Click on your "My Computer" icon then right click your hard drive icon, go to "Properties". Click on the "Tools" tab then, under Error-Checking, click "Check Now..." Then check "Automaticly fix system errors" and "Scan for and attempt to recovery of bad sectors". You'll have to restart then it will automaticly start the check. Hope this helps you.

    Gamester
     
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