This is a puzzling problem.
I put this card in, and it works fine for five years. Then, one day, it quits.
-I get the boot screen
- I get the "Windows is Loading" screen
but as soon as it loads into the windows environment, the monitor goes into standby mode, as if it's not plugged into the computer at all. If connected to the TV set, I get the snow show on the TV.
The computer is booted. I can access all my documents, etc, through the network from the other computer.
I thought this was a card failure problem. So I got another Geforce card (similar but slightly newer) and threw that in there. Same problem.
I tried to boot into safe mode, but the computer wouldn't let me move the cursor to select safe mode. I restarted it, and got the same treatment. It booted up on its own after its 30 seconds had expired.
I'm going to update this in a while -- I have a friend on the way bringing a non-Geforce card in to try, and see if it's the slot that's gone.
It seems to have a problem at the point where it would select a resolution for itself (loading the Windows environment).
Any ideas? It's not the cards, and the machine's booting up OK, but I can't get into the control panel to check it out because I can't see anything.