Windows XP Pro - Black Flashing Screen

By Stratusxp
May 5, 2008
  1. I know I had this problem awhile back when I last did a clean install of Windows XP.

    Everything installs fine and once loaded to the desktop my screen begins to go black for a few seconds or less and then the desktop reappears. Nothing is changed and the pc isn't frozen, it just constantly goes black and then re-appears. Happens every few seconds. This is before I install the monitor or video drivers. Once they are installed it is the EXACT same issue. Nothing changes.

    There is nothing wrong with the hardware. I use Vista on the same machine 100% flawlessly. I know there is a fix for this issue and I had to do it awhile back but I can not remember what it was for the like of me. Can anyone help? The Video Card is a Geforece FX 5900. Thanks in advance!
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I thought it was the monitor refresh related

    You could try another monitor to confirm it's not that
  3. Stratusxp

    Stratusxp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nope. Is not a refresh rate issue. This was a known issue awhile back and I know it was all over forums on how to fix it but I can not remember where I found the fix last time.
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