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    Default 2003 install problem

    Having problems installing 2003.

    It goes through the install no problems. It’s when it reboots and tries to load up. I get the Windows 2003 splash screen and then nothing; the screen goes blank.

    Any ideas?

    PS It’s on a Dell Dimension P4 2.5ghz with 256mb RAM. Should be plenty I think?

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    Will it load in safe mode?

    And yes, that hardware is sufficient.
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    Certainly sounds like a video card problem to me. Safe mode and then maybe swap the video card. Let us know!
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    Hit F8 on bootup and select Enable VGA mode. If it works you either have too high a resolution than your monitor can support or bad video drivers.
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    Thanks for the replies.

    Safe mode and VGA both work. I'll try a different monitor tomorrow (current is a 15" Dell TFT).

    Could this be the excuse I am looking for to buy a new 19" to match the other one next to it? Or could it be the graphics card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VantageUK
    Could this be the excuse I am looking for to buy a new 19" to match the other one next to it? Or could it be the graphics card?
    You could probably convince a non-technical person that it's the monitor, but it's the graphics card, driver, or incompatible display settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VantageUK
    Thanks for the replies.

    Safe mode and VGA both work. I'll try a different monitor tomorrow (current is a 15" Dell TFT).

    Could this be the excuse I am looking for to buy a new 19" to match the other one next to it? Or could it be the graphics card?

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    its most likely the card, but if you want to confirm, try swapping out the monitor for a known working one.
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    You need to set the resolution lower, such as 800x600 or 1024x768.
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    While at it, you should just throw more RAM into it for kicks and giggles
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    Wierdly, it works fine now.

    Not sure how. All I did was boot up in safe mode, checked all was ok, then left it for a few days.

    Switched it back on yesterday and it works fine..

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    I've seen video drivers before that for some reason wouldn't fully work until you had gotten fully into windows, which usually required a boot to VGA mode or safe mode. It is kind of random though, never worked to peg it to anything specific.
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    Somtimes, simply managing to load Windows in safe mode will allow it to fix itself. I've seen this happen numerous times.
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