screen goes black when trying to boot

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by RWM, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. RWM

    RWM Guest

    I have an old HP that came with ME that I now figured I would try
    putting Ubuntu on. When I turn it on I see a screen for a few seconds
    and everything then goes black. If I hit the enter key I hear it
    booting into Windows but still nothing on the screen. Does this mean
    my video card has gone bad?

    Any other thoughts?

    Same thing happens if I try booting from the Ubuntu disk.
    RWM, Sep 3, 2007
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    Jim Michaels Guest

    try a different boot manager.

    I ran into a computer once with a video card that would lose sync when
    the connector wasn't positioned correctly. when I screwed the hex
    screws in that are supposed to come out of the card (using pliers), all
    was fine.

    ummm... is your video card screwed into the case? I have run into a few
    that didn't have any screw in the bracket inside the case. both sides
    of the card should be seated into the slot or you will have major
    problems with system stability, possibly burning out the card and maybe
    doing damage to the motherboard, though this doesn't happen often.

    Jim Michaels
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    Jim Michaels, Sep 6, 2007
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    BS Guest

    Try swapping out the monitor first. Look at the video card secondly. Since
    you get a brief picture, it sounds more hardware related than your video
    drivers. Can you boot the computer into safemode? That will force Windows to
    use the old vga driver.
    BS, Sep 6, 2007
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