Ok, this might be a bit lengthy so sorry in the long-run! I figured if I told you exactly the ins and outs of this problem, it would let you help me a little better... I hope.
My WindowsXP was custom built by a Computer company not far from where I live. I've been using it perfectly for the past 2 years, but until recently- from June onwards, I started receiving it's first share of problems. My virus scanner expired on me, and a whole load of unwanted nasties came in. My machine would load on me one day, and then suddenly freeze, causing me to manually reset it. When I pressed the restart button, the screen I have suddenly went blank with no signal. Similarly, I tried to shut the power off at the mains, and then switch it back on again to reboot. The same problem happened. I could hear the tower whirring away inside, but there was no signal on the screen. This has been continuing for the past couple of months. It's pot luck whether it lets me load onto the system or not. A few weeks ago, I bought a new Virus scanner and Security suite. Norton found a few viruses and lots of Spyware etc. That was all removed, but the problem still persists.
After that, I figured the best thing to do was to take it back to my manufacturer, who said they found nothing wrong with it- as it "had been left running over night, without crashing" They upgraded my memory, and it seemed to work. I took the PC home again, thinking it was fixed. The next day, I came to turn my PC on, but the problem happened again. Back to the shop the PC went, which in turn they ran yet more tests. The problem wasn't running the machine, it was turning it off and on again. I thought they'd fixed the problem, but similarly, the day later the problem came back to haunt me again. This time I wiped my PC myself, which it did seem to like. Some of the existing files were still visible, so obviously the format hadn't gone to plan. I took it back to the shop to have it professionally wiped, and in all fairness- they did a good job. The PC worked whenever I turned it on and off. (bearing in mind, this was when the system was running, and I turned it on/off soon afterwards) It's like the computer doesn't like running when it's cold or something! Usually when the computer tries to start when I press the power, it will freeze- freeze my mouse, and then a funny alarm will continually whine from within my tower. It's really strange. Yesterday, the problem came back once again, but I don't know how it's caused.
Someone tried to help me last night, and asked to look at my DxDiag logs, so I took a look too. To my surprise, I found two Display tabs that I could look at. Display tab 1 suggested that this monitor run in a certain resolution, and the other Display tab said another. The only thing that did appear to be different was the resolution. After some advice, I ran tests on Display Tab1 and 2. Display Tab1 worked fine, and passed it's Direct X tests. On the other hand, Display Tab2 failed all it's Direct X tests. Everything else to do with my PC passed all it's tests, except just this unknown 'Display Tab2" one.
I did some searching around in my device manager, and it says my NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 is working fine. Something which I don't understand is that why is there two display tabs?! I only want one monitor, but the Display configuration lets me alter settings for two. Yes, I used to run the XP on a normal monitor, but now I run it on a Flat Screen. I don't totally understand what's happening here. My friend who was helping me at the time suggested that I might have two graphics cards running in conflict with eachother? As my machine was custom built, I'm not sure what's in my tower or not! I don't really like the idea of routing around in my tower for something I don't know what to look for. I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to the technical stuff. :rolleyes: Sorry. One thing my friend was concerned at was that my NVIDIA card thing didn't have a MHQL signing or something like that. He suggested that I update my driver to the newest one from NVIDIA, but since it looks like I have two monitors- could that be the reason behind the conflict? (If there is one, and if it's causing the problems?!)
My System specs and details are as follows:
XP Home edition. Service Pack2 installed.
1.67GHz 256Mb of RAM.
I'm sorry this is really lengthy. If anyone knows how to help me, ask me questions- please do. All I say is please talk to me simply though, all the technical jargon I don't understand! I'm happy to send anyone my DxDiag reports if they need them. Thanks for your time, :)