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No monitor in device manager

Posted on 2005-03-06
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Last Modified: 2013-12-03
System is a Gateway 2.4 GHz, 1 GB HD, Nvidia GeForce Ti4600 card, XP with SP2.  Monitor is Gateway FPD1810.

My system only works in safe mode right now.  I've re-installed XP home twice, but monitor goes into standby mode after booting up.  I now have no monitor folder in device manager.  

The obvious solutions of trying monitor on another computer and checking to see if video card is loose are very difficult because I've had to build the CPU into a wall system and the cables don't allow any movement or access.  Before dismantling my whole office, I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to determine if the problem is in the monitor or video card, or perhaps elsewhere.  Or how can I get the computer to recognize that I have a monitor?

Question by:rsaldino
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greyknight17 earned 1500 total points
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I assume you tried hitting F8 to try to get into Normal Mode already?

Try reinstalling your video cards in Safe Mode.  Restart and see if you can boot back into Normal Mode.

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ID: 13471908
Yes, I've tried F8 to no avail.  One time only yesterday, I was able to get into XP (not in safe mode) by using 'Last Known Good Config'.  But that no longerworks.

I uninstalled the Display Adaptor, re-installed XP, but no luck.  There is still no recognition of any monitor in Device Manager (no folder for Monitor) and my monitor is listed as 'Default' under Display--Settings--Advanced.  I have tried some higher color bits and higher resolutions but the best I can do in safe mode is 1024 x 768 at 16 bits and default refresh.  Yesterday, I had a choice of refresh rates, but other rates besides 60 MHz seemed to black out screen and go to standby.

Wish it was a USB monitor so I could try it with my laptop, but I can't get to the other end of the monitor cable to unplug it

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ID: 13473314
Closing out question.  A chkdsk /p /r in recovery console seems to have solved my problems.  A monitor is now listed in Device Manager and I can boot into Windows XP.  Thanks.
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Hi rsaldino, glad you got it resolved.  You didn't need to give out your points if you resolved this yourself.  So if you want, you may ask for a refund.  You can do that by making a post at:


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