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Posted on 2007-12-05
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Ok, so I have an HP Pavillion zd8000, and when I boot it up, it just has a black screen. It will start up in safe mode fine, and when I hit F8 when it is starting up and choose "VGA mode" it works too. But when I am in VGA mode - if I try to turn up the resolution it black screens again. I tried re-installing the VGA drivers for the mobility radeon X600, but it didn't work. Any ideas? Anyone who can help me fix this is god.
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by:mystics7
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have you tried lowering or raising the refresh rate
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by:David-Howard
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Is the video card listed and selected within the BIOS?
Do you have a different video card that you can test on your system?
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by:nobus
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any errors in device manager?
if it is recent, a system restore can help you out.
you can also run from a live cd, to determine if it is hardware or not :
ftp://ftp.uni-kl.de/pub/linux/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V5.1.0CD-2006-12-30-EN.iso      Knoppix      
www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/                                     BartPe
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The motherboard has a problem and it needs to be replaced. This is the only way.

To be more precise, the problem is in Video chip and this is a common problem with ZD8000-series of Notebook. Video card is not removable on this notebook.

If your notebook is still under warranty, I would recommend to replace it. If not, then you will have to buy another one or use it in "VGA mode".
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by:jeffiepoo
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Well, I tried many many things before I finally figured it out conclusively, but basically nichkin hit it right on the dot. Here is what I did before I finally figured it out.

It worked fine on a fresh installation of windows on a new tech drive until I loaded the video card drivers. Then it screwed up pretty bad. I concluded it was not a software problem. Thanks guys.

-Jeff
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