Video Driver Problem. Display blank starting at Welcome Screen
This is a strange problem as most of mine are because they are never simple...
Anyways, just went out for a short drive, and filled up with gas. When the PC went into standby, all was fine. When it came out of standby, no video. The music was still playing, but I got a "No Video Detected" flash on my screen. The touchscreen still worked because I could guesstimate where the buttons for volume were and they worked. The screen itself is ok, because 1) it flashed the "No video" message clearly, and 2) because while rebooting, it can see fine until the welcome screen.
When you reboot, it does the BIOS thing, and the XP logo with the horizontal loading bars comes up as normal and look fine. Then after the XP logo where it is supposed to turn blue and say welcome (same place where the screen resolution is changed to your settings), the monitor shuts off.
Now when this happened before, I plugged in a CRT and adjusted my resolution because it was wacky. Well now the CRT does nothing. It too loses a video signal at the same spot.
So I boot into Safe Mode, and everything can be shown. The video display is at 640x480 like it usually is and 4-bit colour which looks really awefull, but it displays. I read on another forum I found while googling that to fix this, you uninstall the video drivers from the Device Manager tab of System Properties from Safe Mode, and then reboot and the computer will reinstall the video drivers and all will be well.
Well I unistalled, booted into regular XP, and the resolution was still 640x480 with 4-bit colour. Then it automatically detected the video adapter, and automatically installed it with a "your new hardware is ready to use". So I reboot into normal, and like clockwork, at the start of welcome screen it goes away.
This is sort of annoying because I am not a fan of having only 16 colours (not 16bit, but 16 colours total)...
So, what is this?!
I figure I have narrowed it down to being the video driver at fault, but not sure what to do to fix it because as soon as I get to regular mode, it automatically installs the old drivers again and the problem persists.
I think my next course of action would be to download the drivers fresh and see if I cant uninstall in Safe mode, reboot into safe mode, install video drivers, and back to normal, but perhaps some XP gurus out there can tell we what is going on.