PC Not Working - No Video
Posted on 2003-11-16
My PC is not booting up at all. This started as a slight problem with the screen freezing, where I would need to reboot, quickly became a problem where I lost the video on my PC (except for safe-mode) and now does not show any video at all.
AMD 1700+ CPU
ELSA GladiacMX GeForce 2 nVidia 32 Mg video adaptot
Loaded with Win98
The PC worked fine on my previous CPU, a Pentium II 300mhz chip with the ELSA adaptor until my CPU was fried. I always used 1078x784 or 1280x1074 settings. I purchased the new AMD CPU along with the Shuttle mainboard and used the ELSA adaptor with it with great results. No problem at all until recently when my PC would freeze up at times and I would have to reboot. Even then, when I rebooted - no problem.
Then, I started having a problem with the video a couple of days ago. When the PC froze and I rebooted, I would get the Windows98 startup screen but instead of showing anything afterward, I would get a plain black screen. Instead of the login/password screen, it would be totally black. If I hit escape or typed in my password, I would hear the Windows startup music, but still no video.
On the suggestion of a local computer store, I started it up in Safe Mode (video worked at 640x480.) Then I deleted the video adaptor. When I restarted the PC, no change.
Then, in safe-mode, I went into properties for the video adaptor and changed to Adaptor Default properties. I was now able to restart and go into Win98 at 640x480. When in Windows98, I could change the settings to 800x600 and High Color. I was unable to get the PC to work when I changed to True Bit (32-bit) color, not could I get it to work in higher resolution than 800x600.
Every time I changed to the higher resolution, the screen would go black after the Win logo.
I tried reloading Win98, reloading the video adaptor software, reloading the mainboard & bios software. At one time the only thing that would help was taking out the ELSA video card and reseating it. Now when I boot up, there is no video at all. The PC starts but I cannot even turn it off unless I hit the power button.
Any ideas what the problem is and what to do about it?
Please be patient, because I have to use another computer to send this question, and I may not have access for a day or two at a time.