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    Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    Hi everyone: Maybe I can get some help here. This problem has been occurring on and off for several months so I am pretty sure it has nothing to do with SoBig. Anyway, I will be on the computer, then walk away and come back to the computer about 15 minutes later and instead of the screensaver being on, the screen is black. I have hibernate and standby turned off, and in control panel I set all the controls to in power settings to do "nothing." Yet, the screen is black and it seems as if the monitor turned itself off. Then I go to turn the computer off, and it will NOT turn off. I have to unplug it, then plug it back in, then power it up and then and only then will the monitor come back on. Can someone help? I don't know if it is Win XP or the monitor, and I really do not want to go and buy a new monitor if I don't need one. My Monitor is a Phillips 109S - 19" screen - screen refresh rate is 60 HZ Adapter Type NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64 Pro. Can anyone help: I am stumped. Thanks. <img src=/S/bagged.gif border=0 alt=bagged width=22 height=22>

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    Perhaps the option to blank the monitor after a certain length of inactive time is set in the BIOS? Have you looked into the BIOS setup immediately after power-on?
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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    I haven't looked in the bios. Could you tell me where I should look? Thanks.

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    It will be under Power Management. It may say something like " Video Power Down Mode" " Hard Disk Power Down Mode" anyway check those and see how they are setup. Also if they are setup for Standby or Suspend Timeout you will need to enable "Keyboard Power On" that way all you have to do when it does that is hit one of the keys on your Keyboard and it should come back on. I personaly disable all those features because I don't like using any of them.

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    Cowboy: only thing in the Bios under Power was for the fan speed and something else. I just don't know how to get this monitor from turning itself off. If someone else can think of something, please let me know.

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    Nancy,
    1. ) Do you have the latest NVIDIA drivers? 2.) If you go to the power settings and the advanced tab in the bottom half of the window make sure that the 'When I press the power button on my computer' is set to what you want it to do. 3.) In your device manager find your keyboard - on the power management tab make sure that 'allow this device to bring the computer out of standby' is checked. 4.) Are you running an UPS?

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    YAY!!!!!!!!! I THINK FIGURED IT OUT. THANKS EVERYONE, but the problem was that when I was in Safe Mode doing a system restore, as Administrator I told the machine to turn the monitor off after 20 minutes. When I went back into Safe Mode and re corrected that I want it to do NOTHING, it seems as if the problem is solved. *Hope Hope* <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    Well, if you will change things, then what do you expect??!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>
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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    John: I don't think your statement is called for. Actually it was changed by accident as Administrator. I thought this forum was for helping people not putting them down. <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    Nancy -- it was supposed to be a <big><font color=blue>JOKE</font color=blue></big>, as the smilies were supposed to indicate.
    I thought I was known/notorious for these!
    I'm sorry you didn't read it as such... <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16>
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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    Woops. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    The unfortunate thing about computers is that you can't interpret if a person is joking or not because there is no voice. Sorry if I misinterpreted your joke. Unfortunately, I am having a bigger problem. It was the monitor after all because I am on a different monitor and it's not doing what it was doing before. However, I can't get into Safe Mode because I am getting an error message that says to replace a corrupt file. Anyone know how to replace corrupt files? I am backing up my stuff now so I can go back in and get the corrupt file error message. I think I may have to do a non desctructive recovery, which always turns out to be DESTRUCTIVE. lol <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    Probably use the Recovery Console if you have the WinXP CD.
    Found this at expertsXexchange about 3 or 4 posts down.

    If safe mode is not an option then since you can boot part of the way it may be an idea to use the WinXP recovery console. To start the Windows Recovery Console, use any of the following methods: Start your computer by using the Windows Setup floppy disks or the Windows CD-ROM. At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press F10 or press R to repair, and start the Windows Recovery Console.

    Once at the recovery console you can use the following commands to help fix the problem.

    BOOTCFG /Rebuild : this rebuilds the xp boot configuration.

    CHKDSK drive /p /r :The chkdsk command checks the specified drive and, if necessary, repairs or recovers the drive. The command also marks bad sectors and recovers readable information.

    FIXBOOT drive name:Use this command to write the new Windows boot sector code on the system partition. In the command syntax, drive name is the drive letter where the boot sector will be written. This command fixes damage in the Windows boot sector. This command overrides the default of writing to the system boot partition.

    FIXMBR device name: Use this command to repair the master boot record (MBR) of the boot partition. In the command syntax, device name is an optional device name that specifies the device that needs a new MBR. Use this command if a virus has damaged the MBR and Windows cannot start. You can obtain the device name from the output of the map command. If you do not specify a device name, the MBR of the boot device is repaired, for example: fixmbr deviceharddisk2. If FIXMBR detects an invalid or non-standard partition table signature, FIXMBR prompts you for permission before rewriting the MBR. FIXMBR is supported only on x86-based computers.

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    ok cowboy check disk worked and now the error message is gone and I can get into safe mode. I have another problem, though; maybe you can help. It was in fact the monitor that went bad so I unplugged my HP M70 monitor from my Windows 98 SE system, and plugged it into my Win XP system. It is working, but everything is a slight haze of green. Seems like I am missing color. Any suggestions? I checked in Device Manager and it says my video card is working properly. Even when I open up Microsoft Word, I am missing yellows, and other colors.

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    Re: Win XP Problem (I think) (Win XP Home Edition)

    Check the cable coming from your monitor, the {Male} connector pins on the end that plugs into the back of the computer {Video Card}. Check and see if one of those pins is bent over or broke off and not sliding into the the holes on the{Female} Video Card Connection Input. Another words the cable that runs from your monitor to your Video Input. If one of those is missing or bent and not pluging in correctly it will cause that problem. Like for instance color problems. There are Pins that are for different colors , and if one is bent , broken , or missing, so will the color.
    It's not hard to bend one when your trying to plug it in, or lose one when you unplug it. On some of the older Monitors they have pins missing because they are not used. For instance pin #9 may not be there and thats OK. The site below will show you these.
    This will show you the Pinout on Monitor Cables and there corrosponding colors. Pinout

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