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#261740 12-Dec-2019 16:48
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So I came home from work today and turned on my PC then went and opened a few windows etc. 

 

When I came back my PC was running but I had a blank screen. I waited a bit before turning it off and on again.

 

I've done this a few times, when it starts up I see the BIOS menu, windows icon and loading spinner then it goes blank. I've once had a blue screen saying windows failed to load but not all the time. I left the blank screen for 10-15 mins and went to the shop thinking that windows may be very load to load but nothing.

 

Any ideas?

 

Last thing I did last night was shut down and install update.


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  #2374356 12-Dec-2019 17:10
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Do you have a video card in addition to the motherboard display output by any chance?





 

 

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  #2374362 12-Dec-2019 17:20
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freitasm:

 

Do you have a video card in addition to the motherboard display output by any chance?

 

 

 

 

I believe so, the black screen with blue windows tiles and the spinning loader is from the graphics card isn't it? 


 
 
 
 


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  #2374363 12-Dec-2019 17:22
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You will have to check. In some systems if you update the video card Windows will default to the motherboard video output - if you have the monitor plugged to a video card (and not to the motherboard) then you will see a black screen... Plug the monitor to the motherboard to see if anything appears.





 

 

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  #2374369 12-Dec-2019 17:33
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freitasm:

 

You will have to check. In some systems if you update the video card Windows will default to the motherboard video output - if you have the monitor plugged to a video card (and not to the motherboard) then you will see a black screen... Plug the monitor to the motherboard to see if anything appears.

 

 

 

 

How would I plug the monitor into the motherboard? my motherboard doesn't have a VGA or DVI, HDMI input on it.

 

 

 

Are you thinking my graphics card is broken? I may have an old one I could replace it with this troubleshoot that.


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  #2374370 12-Dec-2019 17:36
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kiwis:

 

freitasm:

 

You will have to check. In some systems if you update the video card Windows will default to the motherboard video output - if you have the monitor plugged to a video card (and not to the motherboard) then you will see a black screen... Plug the monitor to the motherboard to see if anything appears.

 

 

How would I plug the monitor into the motherboard? my motherboard doesn't have a VGA or DVI, HDMI input on it.

 

Are you thinking my graphics card is broken? I may have an old one I could replace it with this troubleshoot that.

 

 

That was the question on my first reply: do you have video output on the motherboard? It is clear now you don't so you shouldn't worry about going down this route. 

 

No, I am not thinking your graphics card is broken (although it could be possible). I was only asking about the motherboard because as I explained above sometimes Windows might start sending output to one display with no monitor attached. It's obvious not the case here.





 

 

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  #2374374 12-Dec-2019 17:40
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freitasm:

 

kiwis:

 

freitasm:

 

You will have to check. In some systems if you update the video card Windows will default to the motherboard video output - if you have the monitor plugged to a video card (and not to the motherboard) then you will see a black screen... Plug the monitor to the motherboard to see if anything appears.

 

 

How would I plug the monitor into the motherboard? my motherboard doesn't have a VGA or DVI, HDMI input on it.

 

Are you thinking my graphics card is broken? I may have an old one I could replace it with this troubleshoot that.

 

 

That was the question on my first reply: do you have video output on the motherboard? It is clear now you don't so you shouldn't worry about going down this route. 

 

No, I am not thinking your graphics card is broken (although it could be possible). I was only asking about the motherboard because as I explained above sometimes Windows might start sending output to one display with no monitor attached. It's obvious not the case here.

 

 

Oh right, I understood that question as, if there a video card output vs a motherboard output (BIOS screen vs other types)

 

So it could motherboard or graphics card issue? I'll switch out the graphics card shortly.. any other ideas?




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  #2374397 12-Dec-2019 18:33
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So I replaced my graphics card and it loads up fine... so there's my anwser


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