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Windows 10 - flickering screen? Can't do anything?? - help!

Postby james090 » Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:36 pm

I am not a primarily a Windows user, so thought i'd ask here with this problem.

Just borrowing a good spec gaming PC to see if I can use for audio running Windows 10.
It was all formatted, and after a few turn ons, it seemed to do its own thing with Windows updates that it needed?

Anyway now when i launch, even before getting to the password page to get into the machine, the PC just has a continuous flickering screen every second, and i cannot do anything??!!

just random intermittent flashes that wont allow you to do anything or get anywhere?
all i can do is shut down???

Any ideas what this means and how i move on or get around it??
Very frustrating!
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Re: Windows 10 - flickering screen? Can't do anything?? - help!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:57 pm

Have you checked that the cable between monitor screen and desktop is secure? And if so, it might be worth checking that any internal graphics card is secure too.

But your description sounds like a connection/broken cable issue rather than anything specifically windows-related.
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Re: Windows 10 - flickering screen? Can't do anything?? - help!

Postby james090 » Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:23 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Have you checked that the cable between monitor screen and desktop is secure? And if so, it might be worth checking that any internal graphics card is secure too.

But your description sounds like a connection/broken cable issue rather than anything specifically windows-related.

Yes agree and very weird as this hasn't been moved?

I checked the cable in different DVI sockets (there are 2) and a HDMI socket with the same cable and a different cable.

It maybe as you say, just loose internally?

But i wanted to ask if there was some weird unwanted Windows update that its done automatically, that conflicted with Windows drivers?
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Re: Windows 10 - flickering screen? Can't do anything?? - help!

Postby wireman » Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:57 pm

It would be useful to know if it gets to a BIOS setup screen but if you are unfamiliar with it then that could be problematic and you don't want to type anything when on a BIOS setup screen you can't see.

If it is a windows driver then you can boot into safe mode but again it helps if you have experience of PCs.
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Re: Windows 10 - flickering screen? Can't do anything?? - help!

Postby james090 » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:14 am

wireman wrote:It would be useful to know if it gets to a BIOS setup screen but if you are unfamiliar with it then that could be problematic and you don't want to type anything when on a BIOS setup screen you can't see.

If it is a windows driver then you can boot into safe mode but again it helps if you have experience of PCs.

This actually loads to the Windows 10 wallpaper, so I am guessing its a little further 'in' than the BIOS, but it starts flickering madly when on the W10 wallpaper screen it asks you to input the password to get in..

It so bad that I can't input anything to open up the PC?!
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