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      18th Apr 2009
My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
downloaded and installed a few.
tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
laoding for 30 minutes)
I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx 30
minutes on restart with a blank screen

desperately will need help as going abroad with laptop in 3 days time and
need to sort.
If you can possibly help please follow this post

I will update tomorrow (uk)

I will appreciate any help on this as I am not too clever with computer and
probably me thats messed up.

thanks


 
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      19th Apr 2009
SS said this on 4/18/2009 6:35 PM:
> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
> downloaded and installed a few.
> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
> laoding for 30 minutes)
> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx 30
> minutes on restart with a blank screen
>
> desperately will need help as going abroad with laptop in 3 days time and
> need to sort.
> If you can possibly help please follow this post
>
> I will update tomorrow (uk)
>
> I will appreciate any help on this as I am not too clever with computer and
> probably me thats messed up.
>
> thanks
>
>

Sorry, no help except to say, that most people don't suggest updating
drivers on a routine basis. The drivers that came with your PC are
probably all you will ever need. My Dell Laptop is 3 years old and
I've never upgraded any drivers. If they worked day one, unless you
change hardware, I see no need to update drivers.

My humble opinion however. Take it with a grain of salt.
 
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Don Phillipson
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      19th Apr 2009
"SS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
> downloaded and installed a few.
> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
> laoding for 30 minutes)
> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx 30
> minutes on restart with a blank screen


1. Start in Safe Mode if you can (usually key F8 during reboot).
2. And then run System Restore to restart as of a recent
date BEFORE you used Drivermax. This works only if you
had System Restore configured to save good boot data.

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Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)


 
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      19th Apr 2009

"Don Phillipson" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> "SS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:WAsGl.36728$(E-Mail Removed)2...
>
>> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
>> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
>> downloaded and installed a few.
>> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
>> laoding for 30 minutes)
>> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
>> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx
>> 30
>> minutes on restart with a blank screen

>
> 1. Start in Safe Mode if you can (usually key F8 during reboot).
> 2. And then run System Restore to restart as of a recent
> date BEFORE you used Drivermax. This works only if you
> had System Restore configured to save good boot data.
>
> --
> Don Phillipson
> Carlsbad Springs
> (Ottawa, Canada)
>

Doesn`t look as if system restore is going to work had it running for a few
hours and did not restore.
Also tried `last known good cofiguration` no joy.


>



 
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Paul
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      19th Apr 2009
SS wrote:
> "Don Phillipson" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>> "SS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:WAsGl.36728$(E-Mail Removed)2...
>>
>>> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
>>> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
>>> downloaded and installed a few.
>>> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
>>> laoding for 30 minutes)
>>> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
>>> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx
>>> 30
>>> minutes on restart with a blank screen

>> 1. Start in Safe Mode if you can (usually key F8 during reboot).
>> 2. And then run System Restore to restart as of a recent
>> date BEFORE you used Drivermax. This works only if you
>> had System Restore configured to save good boot data.
>>
>> --
>> Don Phillipson
>> Carlsbad Springs
>> (Ottawa, Canada)
>>

> Doesn`t look as if system restore is going to work had it running for a few
> hours and did not restore.
> Also tried `last known good cofiguration` no joy.
>


Is "Safe Mode" still working ?

Did Drivermax attempt to update your graphics driver ?

Laptop graphics drivers are a little different than desktop
video cards. Desktop video cards are generally all similar
and based on a reference design (while some cards have small
differences, the differences are not enough to prevent an
image on the screen). Thus, a graphics driver downloaded from
ATI or Nvidia, will work most of the time, and work as well
as the driver that came in the desktop video card box.

But as far as I know, not all aspects of the video hardware
in a laptop, are covered by Plug N' Play. The graphics driver
the laptop manufacturer offers for download, is the correct
one for the flavor of LCD panel installed in the laptop.
The laptop manufacturer is the first place you look for a
driver. So you want to go to Dell/HP/Acer/Gateway for
that. Going to ATI/Nvidia/Intel or some other GPU chip
manufacturer, won't give nearly as good results. That might
be a reason to get a black screen - the graphics output
isn't going to the LCD any more.

Paul

 
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      19th Apr 2009

"Paul" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> SS wrote:
>> "Don Phillipson" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>>> "SS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>>> news:WAsGl.36728$(E-Mail Removed)2...
>>>
>>>> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
>>>> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
>>>> downloaded and installed a few.
>>>> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
>>>> laoding for 30 minutes)
>>>> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
>>>> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx
>>>> 30
>>>> minutes on restart with a blank screen
>>> 1. Start in Safe Mode if you can (usually key F8 during reboot).
>>> 2. And then run System Restore to restart as of a recent
>>> date BEFORE you used Drivermax. This works only if you
>>> had System Restore configured to save good boot data.
>>>
>>> --
>>> Don Phillipson
>>> Carlsbad Springs
>>> (Ottawa, Canada)
>>>

>> Doesn`t look as if system restore is going to work had it running for a
>> few hours and did not restore.
>> Also tried `last known good cofiguration` no joy.
>>

>
> Is "Safe Mode" still working ?
>
> Did Drivermax attempt to update your graphics driver ?
>
> Laptop graphics drivers are a little different than desktop
> video cards. Desktop video cards are generally all similar
> and based on a reference design (while some cards have small
> differences, the differences are not enough to prevent an
> image on the screen). Thus, a graphics driver downloaded from
> ATI or Nvidia, will work most of the time, and work as well
> as the driver that came in the desktop video card box.
>
> But as far as I know, not all aspects of the video hardware
> in a laptop, are covered by Plug N' Play. The graphics driver
> the laptop manufacturer offers for download, is the correct
> one for the flavor of LCD panel installed in the laptop.
> The laptop manufacturer is the first place you look for a
> driver. So you want to go to Dell/HP/Acer/Gateway for
> that. Going to ATI/Nvidia/Intel or some other GPU chip
> manufacturer, won't give nearly as good results. That might
> be a reason to get a black screen - the graphics output
> isn't going to the LCD any more.
>
> Paul


It still works in safe mode, I think graphics was one of the drivers.
Its a Dell laptop so will go and look for graphic driver.>


 
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      19th Apr 2009
Of course you know by now that was not a wise thing to do. There is no
reason to update your laptop drivers by using anyone other than the
manufacturer of that laptop. Dell has a comprehensive update area on their
site for your laptop and you should not use DriverMax or anyone else to do
the job that Dell have already done so well.

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"SS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:WAsGl.36728$(E-Mail Removed)2...
> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
> downloaded and installed a few.
> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
> laoding for 30 minutes)
> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx 30
> minutes on restart with a blank screen
>
> desperately will need help as going abroad with laptop in 3 days time and
> need to sort.
> If you can possibly help please follow this post
>
> I will update tomorrow (uk)
>
> I will appreciate any help on this as I am not too clever with computer
> and probably me thats messed up.
>
> thanks
>



 
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      19th Apr 2009
Point taken, we live & learn.


"Randem" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Of course you know by now that was not a wise thing to do. There is no
> reason to update your laptop drivers by using anyone other than the
> manufacturer of that laptop. Dell has a comprehensive update area on their
> site for your laptop and you should not use DriverMax or anyone else to do
> the job that Dell have already done so well.
>
> --
> Randem Systems
> Your Installation Specialist
> The Top Inno Setup Script Generator
> http://www.randem.com/innoscript.html
> Disk Read Error Press Ctl+Alt+Del to Restart
> http://www.randem.com/discus/message...tml?1236319938
>
>
>
> "SS" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:WAsGl.36728$(E-Mail Removed)2...
>> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
>> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
>> downloaded and installed a few.
>> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
>> laoding for 30 minutes)
>> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
>> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx
>> 30 minutes on restart with a blank screen
>>
>> desperately will need help as going abroad with laptop in 3 days time and
>> need to sort.
>> If you can possibly help please follow this post
>>
>> I will update tomorrow (uk)
>>
>> I will appreciate any help on this as I am not too clever with computer
>> and probably me thats messed up.
>>
>> thanks
>>

>
>



 
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