Need some help with a computer problem that just cropped up. I'll try to explain as much as I can below and hopefully you can help me out.
My computer has been running fine since my last Windows 7 Pro 64-bit reinstall around December--drivers updated, Windows Update done whenever it pops up, MSE updated and running regular scans. I like to keep my computer as up-to-date as I can, though for the past few weeks my PSU fan has been more noisy than usual but I haven't seen any signs of PSU failure. I have a Dual Core E8500 (no overclocking), 4GB PC3200 RAM, GTX 460, Asus P5QL-E mobo, 128GB Crucial M4 SSD running Windows, and a 500 WD 2nd HD for storage, and an Acer G235H running at 1920x1080.
I rarely shut it down, but rather put it to sleep when I'm not using it, but whenever I update drivers or do Windows Update it restarts without a problem.
Anyway, this past weekend I went away, so I shut the computer down. When I returned the computer would boot, go to the black Windows splash screen (the one with the colored dots swirling into the Windows logo), and then my monitor would flash the No Signal error and go blank. But the Windows log-in screen would still be running--if I typed my password and hit enter then I can hear the Windows welcome sound, but I just wouldn't get any signal to my monitor.
I started Safe mode, uninstalled the Nvidia drivers, re-downloaded the latest drivers, and restarted my computer. It booted up just fine into Windows no problem. So, I reinstalled the Nvidia drivers and restarted my computer, and same problem as before.
This time at the Safe Mode menu, I chose to go to the last good configuration, which is where I am typing this from now. Windows is running on its generic drivers in 1280x1024. If I try to lode the Nvidia drivers from Windows Update, I get the same problem as when I tried the drivers I downloaded from the Nvidia site. So it seems to be a problem with the native 1920x1080 resolution.
Any ideas what might be the problem? Is there a way to load the Nvidia drivers, but not have it go straight to my monitor's native resolution? Do you think this is a video card problem? Or might it be the PSU that's been noisy recently?
Let me know if you need more info to help me out.