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For the last two weeks or so, my computer's been having problems displaying images when booting. Anytime between the initial POST screen all the way until after the Windows loading screen the monitor will sometimes go black, and the power light will start flashing. I've had a few other issues recently as well that may or may not be related. The first one started around the same time - it only happened twice, and I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't write it down, but I do remember it was something about dumping the memory, and that the screen advised me to uninstall any new hardware I had recently installed (there isn't any). The last issue I posted about before, which is that ATITool's fan speed detector was actually working backwards. The link to the problem is here.
To add to that problem, I think temperatures might be inaccurate as well, since whenever the fan speeds go backards (I lock the fan at 30% (which is actually 70%) whenever this happens, so there shouldn't be any danger of overheating in normal desktop use), they're around 3-5c lower at idle than they are normally.

Regarding the black-screen boot problem, POST beep (and CPU fan fail warning) are working just fine, I'm getting a single beep, so I don't think it's a serious hardware problem on any of my core components. Interestingly enough, I believe that everything is actually running while the screen is black. On three separate occasions when the screen went black before POST was finished I hit "Del" to get into my BIOS, hit "F10", "y", and the PC restarted itself (meaning to me that the computer itself was working, just not displaying images).

On another somewhat interesting note, one time after I got my computer to boot after the black-screen problem, my computer decided to run chkdsk. I let it go hoping that the problem might be related to the hard drive (cheaper than the graphics card or monitor), but it came up clean.

I ran Prime95 with small and large FFT's for three hours apiece after returning everything to stock, no BSOD's or restarts. ATITool's artifact scanner runs beautifully for an hour as well. Memtest86 for two hours didn't show any memory errors.

So, here's the list of things I've tried so far:
Backing off the overclock and returning everything to stock.
Stress-testing all components that I can think of (Processor, RAM, graphics card, hard drive)
switching DVI cables, switching DVI ports on the graphics card, and switching to the analog port on the monitor.
Double-checking all power connections and re-seating the graphics card.
Updating graphics drivers (only to 8.2, I'm still a bit wary of the 8.3 release - and really, they should have all issues on the X1900 cards ironed out anyway).
Clearing the CMOS.

None of those fixes have worked, although I haven't seen the blue screen in a while (it happened once while overclocked, one while not overclocked, and not while doing anything more stressful than running an instant messenger, media player, and internet browser either time). I'm pretty much at a loss as to what exactly is wrong. I'm thinking either the graphics card or monitor right now, although they seem to be working fine once they get up and go. Games still run smooth and don't crash, and I don't have any dead/stuck pixels, image deterioration, or anything like that.
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do u have the /noguiboot or /bootlog checked in msconfig? Mine does that also but i dont wanna see the windows loading screens.
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do u have the /noguiboot or /bootlog checked in msconfig? Mine does that also but i dont wanna see the windows loading screens.
It's not just the Windows loading screen, it sometimes won't display POST either. And it's not as if the screen is just black, the power on LED is flashing on the monitor.

But to answer your question, no, neither of those options are checked.
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