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black screen ....please help

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CPU: AMD Athlon™ XP 2400+ Processor (2.000GHz) with QuantiSpeed™ architecture
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Chipset: VIA KM 266
Memory: 256MB DDR (PC 2100)
Hard Drive: 60GB HDD
Optical Drive: 48 × 16x40x Max. CD-RW Drive; 16x Max. DVD Drive; 3.5" 1.44MB FDD
Video: S3 ProSavage8™ integrated (1 AGP slot available for upgrade)
Sound: AC '97 Audio
Network: 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
Modem: 56K ITU v.92-ready Fax/Modem
Peripherals: Office Multi-Media Keyboard, 2-Button Wheel Mouse, Amplified Speakers
Ports/Other: 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 on front), 1 Serial, 1 Parallel, 2 PS/2, Microphone-In & Head Phone jack on front, Audio-In & Out, 3 PCI slots (2 available)
Dimensions: 7.25"W x 14.125"H x 16"D

I have an emachine 2400+ athlon . it is 3 years old. I am running windows XP
I think the video card it came with is 3d generic.

My problem: yesterday i noticed that my desktop picture was garbled and dark, hard to make out. I checked my settings in display and they were the same as always 1074x768 I think i had it set on 16 color...anyways has always worked there. I tried updating the driver for video and that didnt work so i rolled back the driver. I finally decided to use my restore cd to reinstall the original video driver. I put it in went to video folder, found setup for the driver it installed and told me to reboot computer. I now have a black screen. I cannot get to bios and even if i did i couldnt see it. I tried the restore and rebooted...screen still black...never saw anything saying anything. I hooked my monitor to my daughters laptop and my monitor worked but it was very dark. I tried to adjust the brightness but the but the brightness box was black. Also before it went out on my computer i pushed the OCD on my monitor to try to adjust setting but all the boxes were just black.No bios splash, nothing, but everything is loading like usual cause i can hear the fans, see the lights even hear the little windows logon logoff music. any ideas would be appreciated. Maybe its the monitor???or video card??? or computer????
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First thing you have to do is try a known working monitor because it did not work right when pluged into the laptop.

I would not plug the suspect monitor back into the laptop.

When you get a known working monitor see if you can see the computer post or if you can enter and see bios then get back to us with results, will go from there
Most likely you have a problem with your monitor. The problem can probably be fixed by a qualified Electronics Tech but will cost as much as getting another monitor anyway. I have had similar problems on my old monitor but being and Electronics Tech with experience in repairs I fixed it myself.

As said by my Colleague Doby, checkout your system using another KNOWN WORKING Monitor before doing anything else. Whilst the type of fault that your monitor shows would not normally seem to be hazardous to anyones PC or laptop, why push your luck? If you can afford to wait for a repair shop to take a look and possibly fix your monitor, you can take that route. However the time it takes to find the fault(s) and fix them will mean a delay that might be easier and quicker to remedy by a replacement monitor. You could always get the other monitor fixed and keep it as a backup. I would warn you though that these days monitors are so cheap that only a tech doing the repair for his own needs would find it "economical" to do the repair.
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Thank you very much

I attached an old IBM 1997 monitor. Its small and old but it worked. I am on my computer replying yippeeeee LOL Thank yyou for taking the time to reply and help a complete stranger. That is very kind.:pray:

Im not going to have problems because of such an old monitor am I??? Dont want to mess anything up
No you should have no problem and your welcome
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