Originally Posted by jorsoft03
I wouldn't say for sure that it's a video/mobo issue yet. Especially since a system restore fixed it. Easiest way to check it out is to pop in your restore discs and wipe everything and start from scratch. Do you have them handy?
No i don't. The box came with a piece of paper shaped like a CD saying no need for a copy of the OS because the computer is equipped w/ system restore, if there is a problem, use that.
I found this out when i was going to wipe the OS and start from scratch. Nice, huh?
Originally Posted by KurrentEweser
Did you press function(Fn) F8 to activate the external monitor? Do you get a normal display when viewing the bios or while booting from your XP install CD? I would backup your data and reinstall XP SP3.
I think so. I pressed function and some Fx key. It may be F8 (the computer is at home right now) The key is labled in blue LCD/Monitor.
I don't have a XP install CD.
When booting with the external monitor i can see the funny letters everywhere and also view when XP is loading. After that, when my desktop should come up, it goes black.
Safemode is viewed normal on both my laptop screen and the Ext monitor.