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« on: May 23, 2008, 11:22:41 PM »

Hello everyone, I do not know that much about computers, but anyway I've ran into a problem with my computer last night..

I was surfing the web last night then all of a sudden my monitor went black and the green light on it turned to orange.. I figured I may have accidently pushed the stand-by button and it just went into hibernation but after clicking the power, I realised that my computer was actually still running, the screen just went black. When I move my mouse and push buttons on the keyboard, the monitor will not power back up. If I turn the monitor off then back on while my tower is still running, it will say "No Signal". The only way I can get my monitor to start up again is if I reboot my computer. But then I run into another problem.. the monitor will go black again with the light turning orange. I find it happens at random times, sometimes it'll happen during the start-up menu, othertimes I can be on the desktop for a good 5 minutes before it does it. I brought my tower to my buddies house and it wouldnt even recognize his monitor at all... im suspecting that was because I needed to install the software for it though.. anyway does anyone have any ideas whether this would be video card or monitor related? My computer is no means new, I have a Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, 1Gig Ram, ATI Radeon x700 Series graphics card.. my monitor is one of those bulky ones that look like a small tv.. its atleast 5 years old but has not been mistreated and has been working great since purchased.

I appreciate any help I can get.. I've already ran Error-Checks, did a Virus Scan (no viruses detected), even went to the extreme of reformatting my computer and the monitor STILL goes black.. frustrating.
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008, 11:37:35 PM »

I should also note that sometimes when I reboot my computer, the blue screen of death will appear right after the Windows XP loading screen.. Could it just be my computer on the fritz?
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008, 05:18:20 PM »

Hello and Welcome to TSF

I am suspecting your video card. Have you removed it and reseated it? Do you have another one you can swap and try?  Your blue screen could be a driver issue.
Please provide us with your Stop errror # (0x000000BE for example)
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