Originally Posted by barkeater
I know this is a bit dated but I didn't see anyone respond so I'll give you my $0.02 in case your still having issues.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
If you are able to get into bios, you need to enable your igpu (if you haven't) and then connect your monitor to the mobo gpu ports (i.e., dvi, etc.). If you can't even get into bios, while computer is powered down, change to the backup bios and see if you can get in with that. If neither of those works, try and get your hands on a graphics card long enough to install and use it to get into the bios. Sounds like you have a corrupt video driver.
Thanks for your reply! It turned that I remembered having an old GeForce 6200 laying around, and when I hooked that up - Voila! I could see again (Hallelujah!). Then, since I had been actually booting into BIOS, (and being unfamiliar with the layout of it), had been higgledy-piggeldy hitting keys in vain to get out, I buggered up the BIOS settings - but at least I could see what I was doing now. I had tried both BIOS's, so they were both messed up. I cleared, and then launched Windows, which just said "You have a problem here, and I'll be damned if I can fix it for you", after an hour or so of making a heroic attempt.
So - I had to reinstall. then I went and downloaded the BIOS version that came installed (F14), and flashed just in case there was a built in bit of corruption.
All that done, I took out my ancient GPU, and went back through integrated... Bam! No can see... so I found an old Dell LCD in the basement, hooked it up... guess what??? Yep - everything was fine. Don't get it - the other monitor worked fine at first, and still does on my old rig, but I can't hook it up to this one. Well, actually it's fine on this one provided I don't need to get into BIOS - if I just let it boot up, it's fine in windows. (Weird) Haven't had a problem since.
I really appreciate that you took the time to answer!!!!
And... a quick question - I was thinking of updating the BIOS, but I see that 14 is the latest stable?? Should I update anyway? If so what does everyone recommend? Thanks!!