Basically: 2005 Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop. Works fine, but the monitor suddenly stopped coming on while booting a few weeks ago. After tinkering with the Power Save modes, I was able to get it back up and running.
Few weeks later: monitor comes on when initially booting, but shuts off as XP loads. Multiple reboots will occasionally fix the problem...but usually not.
Took it to my tech guy and he suggested it was a hardware problem with the monitor...however (with some tinkering I did today) I found that the monitor will ALWAYS stay on if I:
1) Put it into Safe Mode
2) Immediately Press F2 (taking me to the system info screen) when I turn on the computer. And then clicking "Exit" to load XP normally.
Thoughts? Ideas? I'm guessing this would point more towards it being a software/driver issue rather than hardware...