Guys, first of all, to anyone that has been following along with my monitor travels:
I had purchased a 64-bit Win-7, (from a seller), and it was that copy that I have been runing and trying to get set up over the last several weeks. This includes all the monitor issues I was having. Samsung said it sounded like a hardware issue. I was darn reluctant to unhook it and cart it off, so I've been putting that one off.
I thought I would try once more, so I went back to my backup of the "bare" install -- just installed, nothing more. When I went to activate it, it wouldn't. When I talked to Microsoft, they told me that that copy had belonged to an MSDN member who had lost his membership, and that the number was invalid. They told me they would sell me a reigistration for $195. I told them thanks but no.
I was seething and mulling what to do, and decided I would revert back to my 32-bit Widows copy -- that I KNOW is valid.
When I installed it, my monitor problems went away.
A bit costly but a worthwhile lesson. Too bad I had to pay for the (bogus) Windows and for a new video card to learn...
I suppose I'm just a bit gullible and apparently careless.
I'll know next time...
Is there a way to tell if a copy of Windwos a person might be thinking of buying is legit? It doesn't need to always be from MS or a store, 'cause what if a user just wanted to sell their copy?