Screen keeps going blank on new build

By andy cooke
Jun 16, 2006
  1. Hi there,

    I'm looking for some advice on a newly built computer.

    Everything has gone really well and seems to be working fine except an issue with the display. during boot and when windows first starts the display goes blank for a second or so then comes back. If I try to enter the display properties it does it again when I open the properties from the ATI icon in my sustem tray and again on exiting the display properties. It also does it when my antivirus updates are installing for some reason.

    I have tried two monitors (both known to be working) and it is the same on both. I think the drivers are all up to date.

    It's the first time I've built a computer and it might be something really simple I've missed????

    Intel Celeron D 2.93GHz LGA775
    Asrock 775Twins HDTV motherboard
    Onboard ATI radeon X200 based graphics
    Onboard sound
    80GB Hitachi Sata Hard drive primary
    60GB Western Digital IDE Hard drive secondary
    512 DDR RAM.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. It is just really frustrating......
  2. Punk_youth

    Punk_youth TS Rookie

    just a question or two
    running windows xp? (x64? pro? home?)
    latest bios?
    latest drivers for your mobo (and subsequently video)?
    also, is the mobo under a warrenty of any kind (maybe they'll offer free tech support)?
  3. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Sounds like a video problem to me. Try updating drivers, or get MoBo driver updates. Just out of curiousity, what are you using that system for?
  4. andy cooke

    andy cooke TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Running Windows XP Home edition.

    The system is a budget system for my mother-in-law just for general internet access and word processing utilities mainly.

    I'm checking for updated drivers.....
  5. andy cooke

    andy cooke TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Still having problems

    Right then....

    I've tried reseating everything I can. occassional blank screen still occurs on startup and after certain operations on the display properties and antivirus applications. Its like the display is shutting down and then restarting after a second or so.

    I have checked the graphics drivers and downloaded the latest chipset drivers for the ATI Radeon X200 from their website (ATI Catalyst Control Centre version 1.2.2271.39125).

    I still get the same problem but I also get a CLI (Command Line Interface) error saying CLI has encountered a problem and needs to close. when i try to open the ATI control centre application. The control centre opens behind the error message box but the closes if I close the error box.

    It's not as easy as I thought, this building lark...

    respect to all you guys who can do it right!!!
  6. l3luemoon975

    l3luemoon975 TS Rookie Posts: 22

    i kind of had a similiar problem with my system that i recently built. but for me i just would only some times get signal to my monitor when starting up. have you tried to reseat the video card? you may also need to reseat your ram. thats what i had to do with mine. there was one other thing that i did as well but i forgot if i remember ill tell you later.
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