That is a puzzler.
So the fact that you can see something on the monitor tells me it's not the monitor, but something else.
I haven't totally ruled out something like the inverter for the back light, I have tried the flashlight trick and had no luck but not sure if I'm just not getting a good angle or something. but the timing and how bright and clear the screen is during those 2 seconds also has me thinking its not the screen, or the vid chip for that matter.
1. How long ago did this start happening?
about 5 days ago
And when was the last time you were able to see the monitor normally?
same, it wasn't progressive at all.
2. Did anything happen prior to this issue? For example, did the power go out while you were working, or had you just installed an update or driver?
nope no power outages or failed updates,
3. Does the computer stop working, or can you tell that it's running but you can't see it (like you hear the welcoming sound)?
no, I've forced shut down so many times though that I think I have the startup fix/start normally screen popping up. 0
Find/make an emergency boot disc or a Linux OS on a CD - boot from that and let us know what happens.
I've tried a few disks, windows repair disk, seatools boot disk, and hiren's boot disk. no luck with any.
Thanks for the suggestions, if anything else you think of, no matter how off the wall pls let me know.