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Q: Computer boots to black screen?

Last night my wife was on the computer and a message appeared. It sayed hard drive is almost full and windows XP was shutting down. Since then everytime I reboot the computer I get nothing but a black screen. I clicked Ctrl Alt Delete and tried booting in Safe Mode and still a black screen. I tried the Last Known Good Configuration, Debugging Mode still black screen. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My best guess is that I need to delete some files, but i cant get in to do that.


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A: Computer boots to black screen?

Do you have any friends who have some tech knowledge/experience?

If her harddrive is as full as you say it is that is going to cause issues as you are experiencing. Suggest for the future you invest in an external harddrive to store items you want to save. And it seems you will need to delete a lot of files, etc. to free up space. basically Windows can't work.

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Hey folks!

So I made a thread before about this but it didnt go very well most likely due to confusing explanation.

Either way!

I've changed my video card to a Asus HD Radeon 5870 and my ram to 16gb corsair. First of my ram didnt work fully due to me having 32-bit w7, I then upgraded to 64-bit. Afterwards which my screen began flickering and often ending in stripes or a grey screen. When I booted afterwards I often get flickers during the mainboard logo and then gain an OC failure message. I havent OC'd my system at all, only setting I changed was the boot order to the harddrive.

I tried flashing the bios to a later version but with no luck and the system continued to crash. The day after my computer just refuses to start properly, when I boot the computer everything seems to run fine except my monitor doesnt get any signal.
I've tried checking all cables and connections three or four times but nothing seems to work.

A:Computer boots with black screen

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When i turn on my computer, it just goes to a black screen, no sign of the bio's screen or windows xp screen. No flickering or anything, no indication its connected except for the fact when i unplug the monitor the screen saying there is no cable on the monitor shows up. i tried a different monitor on it, same thing happens. It is connected to the on-board graphics card. I tried removing the hard drive to see if that was the problem, no luck. Shouldn't it at least show the bios screen? I tried removing the battery without any luck hoping it would reset any bios, I tried removing the ram, no luck. The power supply works, fans spinning on CPU and HD. I tried connecting my PCI GeForce fx5200 128mb graphics card to see if it was the intergrated graphics with the problem, but same thing, just a black screen. I also tried connecting another HD to it, no luck. I also tried connect this HD to another computer and it just comes up showing a recent hardware change made the computer start like this asking me to boot into safe mode or normally, but neither of them work, just freeze the computer once clicked on. Any ideas on what is wrong with it?
System Specs:
Widows XP Home
HP Pavilion a804n
Intel Celeron D Processor 335 (2.8GHz)
512mb pc 2700 DDR SDRAM
80GB Hard Drive IDE
CD-RW Drive
Intel Exteeme Integrated Graphics 64mb

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:HELP!!! Computer boots to a black screen!

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I have an A7v400 MX I was surfing on and it started to shutdown automatically. I changed the power supply and it does not shutdown anymore but when I try to boot the computer up it passes the boot up screen and will not load Windows XP. I cannot go to the bios setup either. I will have the option to load windows in safe mode or safe mode with networking or load windows at its last working settings;However, it will just stay black and then my monitor will automatically go into sleep mode. Any information to help resolve is greatly appreciated.
PC Info:
Asus A7V400-MX
1gb pc3200 ram
diamondmax plus 9 80gb
antec 250 power supply

A:Computer Boots To A Black Screen

Was curios if anyone could comment on the BIOS settings causing the above issue? I tried numerous times to access the menu and the screen will stay black just the same as when the computer runs post. I do not have the CD for it so I will try to search on line.

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Last night I downloaded a file from a Torrent site - Blackberry stuff (I'm pretty sure most or all was freeware stuff). I just noticed that that file has been removed. Kinda unfortunately because I did leave a comment on what happened to me and I asked if anyone else had the same issue. I'm guessing maybe they did because it is gone now.

I ran my AVG scan on it before opening it. It didn't find anything so I ran the executable. It locked up at one point after I started getting virus warnings from some new program (I did not write down what any of it was :-( ).

I had to do a hard shutdown. When it came up to my choices window, i.e. choose Safe Mode, Last Know, etc. I was unable to make any selections with my keyboard so it continued to boot Windows normally. The XP splash screen comes on and then the screen turns black with nothing further happening.

I can do a hard reboot but I can't get into Safe Mode because the keyboard isn't working and normal windows isn't working either.

Got any suggestions? Do I have some serious funk? Did some piece of hardware decide to stop functioning properly (power supply)?

I have been Googling this issue without any success. Sometimes it feels like you are the only one to ever have a particular issue.

This happened very late last night and now I am at work so I'm not able to touch it for the next 5 hours or so. The only two things that I can do right now is go into the BIOS settings or watch it go into Windows and then get the... Read more

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so one day (9 weeks ago) my computer crashed on boot up for no reason( right before you get to the log in screen ) then it restarted and I got a black screen, so I turned it off to restart. So since then I may get 1 of 5 things: a black screen, a black screen with mouse pointer, its starts up but the desktop icons don't work including taskbar, task manager and my computer, its crash(occasionally) or its just starts up normally. I think it's the expolrer.exe because one time when it started up to the black screen with mouse I was able to pull up the task manager and then I run explorer.exe and the desktop appeared, so it worked that one time.

A:sometimes when my computer boots I get a black screen with mouse

Hi Bikeboy and "Welcome to the Seven Forums.". . .

Now to your problem: Attempt a "Startup" in "Safe Mode" (Push F8 to go to Safe Mode). Once in Safe Mode go to "Recovery" and once in Recovery choice a time (Date) before the problem started for Recovery to see if that fixes the problem. . .Good Luck.

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Hello anyone who can help me,
So two days ago, I booted up my computer and it had me run a system repair. I didn't think much of it, but upon finishing the computer restarted and when it booted up, it went to a black screen that said "Replacing invalid security ID with default security ID". Today, it finally finished, 750,000 files later. After it finished, it went directly to a black screen with just the mouse pointer on it. I waited about twenty minutes, but nothing happened. So, I rebooted and started in safe mode, but the same problem occurred. And then the same thing for safe mode with networking and safe mode with command prompt. I don't know what to do next. My computer is a Dell Inspiron 540, with an upgraded processor: AMD Phenom II Black Edition Multi-Core Processor, and an upgraded graphics card: ASUS HD6770, with Windows 7-64 bit. I will give any other information required. Please help me.  

A:Windows 7-64 bit Computer Boots to Black Screen

Just a question.  Does the black screen with just the mouse pointer appear after you have logged in (I am assuming you at least have one user with a password set up on the machine)???
If it does something that I have done in the past when this has happened to me is do a Ctrl-Alt-Del and select the Start the Task Manager option.  This will allow you to at least see the processes and services that are running.  This has helped me find where the problem(s) might be (that is if you are familiar with what processes and services are supposed to be running)

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My wife's computer locked up on her and we had to reboot it, now it boots up to loading windows, then gives me a black screen with the mouse pointer, the mouse will move, so system is not locked back up.

I booted into safe mode and it takes me to the log in screen which allows me to choose administrator or guest, doesn't matter which one I pick, it loads up and gives me the safe mode around the screen, but stays black. I can ctrl-alt del and it brings up the task manager screen, but everything else stays black.

Could it be the video card?

Any ideas?

Thank you


A:[SOLVED] Computer boots to black screen

No, it would not be the video card as you can see the login and other stuff. My guess is a bad system file

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Hello everyone. Thanks in advance for reading my post.

When I turn on my computer it boots up to a blank black screen with only the mouse pointer arrow showing.

A little history.....
Yesterday I purchased a DVD writer and installed it and it worked just fine. Today I ran spybot SD update and then ran the immunize feature which also seemed to work fine. At the same time I was updating itunes to Version 9.0 when I got a small windows error. I don't know exactly what it said because I didn't have time to read it but it had something about win32 and that it was malicious software and would shut down windows.

I've tried to boot up with my last known configuration that worked. I've tried safe mode, safe mode with networking. None of these do anything different. All I get is the blank black screen with the white windows mouse cursor (which I can move about the screen). Which does me no good ;) Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much. I have AVG on my computer but didn't run it last night - unfortunately I was in the middle of downloading some music and when it started the automatic system scan I stopped it (dummy) so that it wouldn't slow down my download. Wish I hadn't did that.


Amil Singh

A:Computer Boots Into Blank Black Screen Only - No OS

Take a look...Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503.The blinking cursor on black screen typically illustrates a MBR problem which is correctable by running the fixmbr command from the XP Recovery Console.Louis

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530 with Vista that boots to a black screen with cursor in normal and safe modes. I disconnected all peripherals. I tried the recovery disk and it could not repair. I tried to run a restore and it said no restore points available. the video seems to work when booted to the system disk and safe mode with command prompt. would appreciate any help

A:Computer boots to black screen with mouse cursor

What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

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Hello all, I was letting someone use my computer and now I'm having all sorts of issues. I have started several threads about my issues, but I will reiterate them for the purpose of getting help. First, I installed ESET Security 6 then problems popped up. The usage of my RAM is way too high. I have 8gb in my laptop and the usage ranges from 24% to over 50% and no programs are open. Obviously I have processes running but I don't know which ones I can shut down. Then my Office 13 shortcut folder disappeared. I cannot find the shortcuts anymore and have to open word by opening an existing document and start a new one from there. Then my computer began freezing and my burning software quit working. I had to turn my laptop off, restart it, and then start windows normally. So I got some advice to install Malwarebytes and run a scan in safe mode with networking. Malwarebytes detected seven malicious entities all of which were variations of C:\ProgramData\InstallMate{number sequence}. All were removed and I restarted my laptop to initiate the removal. Once I did that the welcome screen ran for way longer than it usually does and then it changed to a black screen with my mouse present. I can use the computer in all variations of safe mode but that's it. I do not have a windows OS disk to reinstall or repair whatever damage has been done. I do not have a restore point for some reason, that disappeared, and all I want is my computer back to before I lent it out. Thanks ... Read more

A:My computer boots to a black screen with the mouse present...

Black screen after login, cruiser still works,

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My PC was given to me as a gift, but I was given it used from the previous owner and later found out it was refurbished. It is a Gateway NV53A. I have always had issues with BSOD's and Windows errors, and most of them either driver or memory related. I fixed and updated all drivers, but never did anything about memory except maybe some tests and they all came out fine. 3 days ago, I was using my PC just browsing a Web page and suddenly the screen went black. I thought it was the lcd, but I closed the lid to see if it would go into standby mode and it just stood there powered on and frozen... The only way it would react was if I manually turned it off holding power button. Sometimes it does boot up, sometimes it gets farther than others. What I mean is, sometimes it gets past the Gateway logo and crashes there, sometimes it boots up to to the home screen, and sometimes it doesn't even boot... How far it gets depends on how long the PC has been turned off. Odd I know... Anyways, I found out my motherboard requires ram with 1066mhz fsb whereas the current ram sticks it has installed are 800mhz.... I was told new ram with 1066mhz would fix my issues and allow my PC tu boot and run fine as it always did, but I just wanted to be sure that's my Issue, and I also wanted to know how come the computer ran fine (with the exception of BSOD's and some errors occurring every now and then) before and now suddenly I'm screwed. I'm currently using two 2GB DDR3 Ram memory sticks. The brand an... Read more

A:Computer starts, boots up and freezes at black screen

There is no issue in running slower (800mhz) RAM in a system that can run the faster (1066mhz) RAM. This, alone, will not cause this kind of problem. You got bad advice.

Do you know if this was the original RAM that came with the laptop? (Not very important but good info if you know)

It is possible that the RAM is defective, or the wrong specs for that laptop, or the two sticks have mis-matched specs, but if you ran a memory tester like Memtest86+ then any problems would have shown up there.

Your symptoms sound more like a power problem. At least that is where I would start. One thing you could try as a test is to remove the battery and run the laptop on just the power supply. Let's see if that changes anything.

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First of all let me say I have Windows XP SP2. I know SP3 is out, but last time I downloaded it for some reason my modems software wasn't compatible or something along those lines and I was told to uninstall SP3 until that issue was fixed.

I went through all of the step listed before this and since this HD is newish there wasn't anything on it that I could spot that shouldn't be here.

The other morning I turned on my computer and the internet
wasn't working. I restarted the computer, and the internet worked
for about 3 minutes, I unplugged dsl modem to reset it, restarted
computer, internet worked for 2-3 minutes again then stopped working.

I was puzzled so I tried my laptop (main computer has DSL + wireless router so laptop connects wireless) and internet ran fine on that.

I went to restart my computer again and this time when I tried to boot into windows it was a black screen. I pushed the restart button on my computer case, went into safe mode, ran AVG Free Virus scan, and no problems showed up. I tried a few more times to boot into windows normally but every time it only would show a black screen. I hit F8 while restarting to get to the menu, then I tried the "reboot into last working configuration" option and that didn't work either.

Next time during reboot I hit f8 to bring up the menu to boot into safe mode, and I saw an option (can't remember what it was off of the top of my head and I forgot to write it down). Something... Read more

A:Odd problem with computer (when boots into windows black screen)

Bump please.

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I am running a Dell Dimension 2400 with a Pentium 4 2.66GH processor, 1G RAM, on board Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV video adapter and a Samsung 940T LED Display. Operating system is Windows XP Pro.

This machine has started to show a black screen with no cursor upon pressing the power switch, there is no bios display screen or Windows start screen. It does boot if I enter the network password and I can hear the Windows start up theme play. The machine will continue loading and then within about 3-5 minutes, the display will start to flicker on and off. After about 3 or 4 flickers, the display will appear and the machine works as it should. Sometimes the screen remains black. If I turn the machine off via power switch, I usually get the boot display and Windows startup logo, and the display is ok. Once I get a video signal, it seems to work fine all day. If I reboot the machine during the day, it will do so without problem.

If I turn the machine off overnight, it has the same black screen problem. If I leave the machine on overnight, I get the black screen problem. I have disabled the screen saver and power saving options, the machine is set not to hibernate, nor are any hard drive or video power saving shut downs enabled.

I have updated the video driver for the graphics controller, run virus checking and malware scanners to no avail.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Solved: Computer Boots, Black Video Screen

Welcome to TSG---

Sounds like the machine clears POST and loads the display driver without issue---sounds like that to you, right?

If the computer's booting properly, and the display shows a fully loaded Windows desktop with no error messages when it finally shows up, I'm suspicious of the monitor.

Have you tried another monitor?
You can also turn off the monitor, disconnect it from the computer, leave it powered off overnight, then power it up in the morning when it's not connected to the computer. See if you get a self-test message--it might say "no signal", or show a coloured test pattern.

If you don't see the message right away, walk away for five minutes, come back and check again. Power it off and back on if you have to.

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I think I may have a virus, but cannot run any software since screen is black. Have been able to boot up in Safe Mode, and mouse does work - but still do not know how to run any virus software. Can anyone help? Thanks.

A:Computer boots up, mouse works, but screen is black


Can you boot up into the options menu

when you reboot, tap F8 repeatedly until the option menu shows up:

Arrow up to "Last Known Good Configuration" hit enter, see if you can reboot normally.

If you cannot reboot normally, boot back into the option menu again and this time arrow up to "safe mode with networking"
see if you can download and run the following programs

(if you have no internet access - download them to another computer and transfer to the infected PC via USB stick)

Please download DDS from either of these links


and save it to your desktop.

Disable any script blocking protection
Double click dds.pif to run the tool.
When done, two DDS.txt's will open.
Save both reports to your desktop.
Please include the contents of the following in your next reply:


Download GMER Rootkit Scanner from here or here.

Extract the contents of the zipped file to desktop.
Double click GMER.exe. If asked to allow gmer.sys driver to load, please consent .
If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run scan...click on NO.

Click the image to enlarge it

In the right panel, you will see several boxes that have been checked. Uncheck the following ...
Drives/Partition other than Systemdrive (typically C:\)
Show All (don't miss this one)

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I have tried EVERYTHING from the website, but whenever I push the power button the screen stays black, the power light is on and the f12 key stays red. I have hard reset, bought replacement AC cord, replaced CMOS battery and no help.

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Hello friends,

Today my computer started crashing. Whenever the crash occurred my computer sounded incredibly loud, ostensibly with fans blazing. Additionally, I noticed the crashing was occurring during gaming (but it hadn't ever before), so I put a temperature monitor on my second screen. I observed that it was crashing at only about 80-83 degrees, which had never led to a crash before. My card is a GTX 760 and should, from what I have read, be able to survive 83 degrees without my computer crashing. Later in the day, my computer started crashing randomly. Then, whenever I booted normally I would only get a black screen with a white cursor after logging in. Then I reinstalled graphics drivers and the computer worked fine for half an hour and started crashing again. An hour later and it will only boot to the black screen with a white cursor (although safe mode working is absolutely fine albeit running on my secondary screen for some reason). Some of the crashes have recorded as bsods by my computer and I have done what the sticky says with them. I believe the issue is my card going bad but I would love a more knowledgeable opinion from the wonderful people here. The log files are attached.

Thanks in advance!

A:Computer crashing randomly, boots with black screen and cursor


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My friend gave me his computer (Windows XP SP3) to fix. When I got it, he told me that it would boot up and then ask for a password (though he had never put a password on his computer) saying that the computer was locked down.

When Ifinally started to work on it, the computer would boot past the win logo with the progress bar underneath it and go to a blank screen (black) with a cursor. I tried ctrl-alt-delete, tried to hit it twice, no dice.

Next I put the computer into safe mode, again, same problem, this time a black screen with text saying safe mode in four corners. Again, ctrl-alt-delete wouldn't work.

Right now I'm scanning the computer for viruses using a the AVG live disk, but it would be really helpful if i could actually get back into the system. Is there a way I re-enable ctrl-alt-delete from a live disk? I don't have the actual Windows XP install CD, but I do have a boot-legged one I made that can only go into the recovery console. I also have many other different types of Live CDs. Any suggestions?

A:Ctrl-Alt-Delete Disabled and Computer Boots to a Black Screen

The problem here isn't that ctrl-alt-delete has been disabled, but that the system doesn't reach a state where it is able to respond to it. This may be be caused by a damaged installation, or it may be caused by a hardware problem, such a the hard disk.

Without the installation media, or the ability to recover from a recovery partition, your options are somewhat limited. If it will run from a live CD this would eliminate most hardware problems. You could run chkdsk from the recovery console but this isn't really conclusive. A better option would be a utility from the drive manufacturer. A thorough memory test would also be in order.

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Hi, my problem is below and would appreciate some help! Thanks in advance!

Situation: I was downloading files from Rapidshare. One link was clearly hijacked as my computer stalled for a moment (as though malware was installing in the background) and then continued. However frequent messages were displayed saying things like "your computer is infected, do you wish to activate antivirus software?". Obviously fake, they weren't branded and I kept closing them. Firefox began to display the error message "internet explorer cannot connect to the host" or something - "go here to fix the problem" all of which links looked like they went to the same ad site.

I turned my computer off, and now when I turn it on, it boots past the manufacturer logo (I see setup options i.e. F2 and F12) and then displays a black screen with a flashing white underscore in the top left. Can't boot into safe mode, or at least can't figure out how to do it.

Specs: Running Windows XP SP3


A:Computer boots to black screen, flashing underscore. Unresponsive

can you not get into safe mode because you've already tried, or have you tried pressing f8 after startup?
let us know if you see the boot options. you'd do better in the malware forum now, since anything that we
suggest may only ameliorate the problem, not completely fix it.

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Hi folks!Unfortunately, my 2 year old pushed some buttons on my Lenovo B590 laptop and something isn't right. Upon start up (Windows 7 64), I get a black screen with a moving cursor. Ctrl+alt+del doesn't bring up the task manager.I double checked the boot order in BIOS and that looks OK.Restarting in Safe mode works.I also updated the video drivers, and (strangely) I was able to restart in normal and everything looked fine. However, when I restarted again after that, I was back to the black screen in Normal.I've been Googling all morning, and done what I've found. If anyone else has any other suggestions, I'd be grateful for them. And if you have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to ask.Thanks!

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Here is the HijackThis log from my parents computer. I already uninstalled "Spruce" because i saw elsewhere online that it is viral, but the problem persists. Basically, whenever I boot the machine, I get a message similar to "sorry, your license has expired you need to increase your license to continue work click the button below to fix this problem", with a button below it. The screen is completely black and I cannot do anything on it, then it tries to a fullscreen page in IE called porntube. The below log was obtained while in safemode as I can do nothing when I boot the machine regularly.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 18:32, on 2008-01-06
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.gateway.net
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.gateway.net
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://ms101.mysearch.com/sa/srchlft.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.gateway.net
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A:Computer Boots to Black Screen with "License Expired" message

nevermind, I'm getting more prompt help on a different forum. please disregard.

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Windows appears to load normally until reaching the logon screen at which point 2 quick cmd windows flash on the screen and i'm left with a cursor and a plain blue screen.

No access to task manager through ctrl+alt+del.

I was thinking it's a video card problem until i plugged in an external monitor and saw a windows error box pop up saying that the program running requires that you not be on battery power.

Pulled the drive and scanned with avast and malwarebytes which found nothing.

Inserted Vista DVD but the repair function is only able to find the HP Restore partition and is unable to locate any backups.

The system runs "mini XP" from Hirens Boot without a problem, but no diagnostics that i ran have been able to find any issues...


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I have a Dell Desktop with service tag fgc3hh1. It a inspiron 518. We left for the day yesterday. When i went to boot it up this morning it shows the dell screen where i can push f2 for setup or f12 for boot menu. then goes to a black screen and never loads.

i have vista home premium'

i cannot boot in safe mode because it dont think the boot process goes as far as getting to the windows logo. I get the one boot screen then it goes to black . Lcd moniter still stay lit up and active.

what is the problem here?

A:Boots to black screen

Can you get into Setup? If you can, I believe it has a diagnostic for the hard drive. If so, run it.

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My PC boots to a black screen. I don't believe it is actually booting into windows tho. After a minimum of a 1/2 hour constantly rebooting it, it will possibly boot up just fine and works great there after? Their is no rhyme or reason to when it will actually boot up seeing as sometimes I may have to reboot it for a couple of hours straight before it Catches correctly?
Unfortunately it will Not Boot up at all now, no matter how many times I reboot [email protected]$#@$

I really need this PC to work and have little money to experiment on replacing different components. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have a gateway PC about 1 year old.

A:PC boots up only to a black screen!

Hi there,

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p with Windows Vista (SP1) and have the same problem. Windows boot up, but re-starts before the welcome chime.

Does anyone have help on this?


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When I turn on my pc it boots to a black screen with a mouse cursor that disappears when I stop moving it. I believe jv16 power tools x is the cause. I did run a registry clean under the "safe" parameters. Only deleted like 12 entries, after reviewing them they seemed harmless to delete(but i'm no expert). But I also ran their registry compactor, during which it asked me to restart in order to finish and when I did I was greeted with this black screen. Can't even boot into safe mode or anything. I put DaRT 8.1 on a flash drive and used file explorer to see if i could find a registry backup but I think all i have is partial backups(not really sure). I saw some files that appear to log what registry compactor did but I can't make much sense of it, much less how to revert the changes. I can upload them if necessary. Could someone assist please?

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I own a Dell XPS 720, i have had it for about 2 years now and have had no problems. Today i was using my computer as normal i went downstairs to answer the phone. When i came back upstairs the screen was black but the computer was still running. I tried bringing the desktop back but it had frozen i ended up having to turn it off by holding the button in.
When i restarted the computer the screen is still black i dont get anything come up at all, the computer sounds fine like its starting normal but i have nothing at all on the screen. Ive had a check of the cables for the monitor which are fine. I dont have a clue what to do because i cant do anything with it. I have checked the video card and it looks like its working fine.

Please help !

Thanks alot

A:PC boots but screen is black

Difficult to tell without more work. There are 12 different video drivers posted for that machine.
You could have a failed video graphics card, failed driver, failed hard drive, failed memory module, Failed monitor, a very dirty CPU fan or cooler from dust, fiber, or pet hair, or an infestation.
You start by seeing if it will boot to a screen you can see while in SAFE MODE. Once that is done, you remove all memory modules but one, and boot. Then change modules, and boot. Remove the hard drive and boot with another

First, to boot in Safe Mode, press the <F8> button repeatedly once per second as soon as you press the <ON> button. If you get anything that you can see on the screen in a very low resolution, you may have a bad video graphics card.

But there remains a lot to be done in tracking down the cause.

Video graphics cards for that model start at $32 and go up to $500, so you should start searching what is possible with your machine.

It maybe useful for us to have a great deal more information on your computer: Hard drive brand and size, installed memory, cpu, etc.

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Greetings all,
I'm not sure which Forum this is supposed to be in, but:
I'm using an IMac and a Windows XP partition. All was fine unitl I upgraded to Windows 7. After a couple of weeks of Windows 7 and some of my important programs like Paperport failed to function, I reinstalled a clean copy of XP. Now however, after I get into windows, about 1 to 2 minutes later, the entire screen goes black. Windows is still running but I can't see anything any longer. I've tried system restore, updating the video driver, you name it. I've checked for screensavers, hybernation and I've run out of options other than to start from scratch again. I have no problem in the safe mode, nor any problem in the Mac mode either native Mac or XP emulation with VMware Fusion 3 with the bootcamp partition.

Any constructive suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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first pc crashes after files and tranfer wizard.tryed to boot up pci.sys drivers are missing.then ran repair install nothing,fixed pci.sys driver prob with file overwrite through erd commander .We then booted up pci.sys warning gone but still boots to black screen


A:Boots to black screen

hmm installation of windows , problem persist, repaired file issue blank screen boot .

erm ow no i forgot key to go to repair console of windows cd . ow well
boot from the windows xp installation disk , then wait untill there is a option to go to repair console , or option repair a current windows it should bring you to a dos prompt, when there type "fixMBR" or in some occasions "Fixboot".

please let me know how that works out

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Well as the title says when I boot my computer it starts to boot into windows 10 and then goes into a black screen, my mouse is also on the screen and it can move, I let it sit for a while but to no prevail.
Any ideas?
Thanks for your time.

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I have an iphone case that charges it as well. i guess there was a short or something because the charging became sporadic. i plugged the usb into my computer over night and the next day when i booted up my computer it goes through the windows loading then instead of seeing my desktop i see a black screen. this is the same in safe mode. i've also rebuilt the system and i still get black screen. i'm puzzled cause i can get into and see my bios, and i see the windows loading, but when it comes to getting into the OS i get the black screen. any help is greatly appreciated. thanks!!

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I have an iphone case that charges it as well. i guess there was a short or something because the charging became sporadic. i plugged the usb into my computer over night and the next day when i booted up my computer it goes through the windows loading then instead of seeing my desktop i see a black screen. this is the same in safe mode. i've also rebuilt the system and i still get black screen. i'm puzzled cause i can get into and see my bios, and i see the windows loading, but when it comes to getting into the OS i get the black screen. any help is greatly appreciated. thanks!

A:XP boots into black screen

sounds like a power issue have you checked to see if your voltages are correct to your graphics card?

alternatively you may be able to plug in your monitor to another graphics card port to see what you can see... if nothing try replacing the graphics card see if you get anything then. If nothing double check that the power supply has enough power to power the graphics card and everything else in your system. With any luck you will either need a higher wat power supply or a new graphics card / monitor combo.

Gods speed and good computing friend

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Strange thing, my XP pro install worked fine, the the other day it started to boot got to the XP splash screen and then when the desktop was supposed to appear the screen goes black. no sounds nothing.

XP install is on the first of two HDD's wherein W7 ultimate is installed on the second and i dual boot.Shoud i just try to run a repair install in the XP install?

Ive tried safe mode and SM/ networking they hang at loading Mup.sys
I tried last know good configuration and it reacts the same as a normal boot.

Any thoughts?

A:XP Pro boots then black screen

When was the Win 7 install added...and how was it done?

Does it boot properly?

Win 7 was installed on this system...I mean, the hard drive wasn't moved from a different system was it?

What does the dual-boot screen look like?


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A few weeks back the PC would not wake up from it's sleep mode so I turned it off and it fixed the problem but now when I turn the PC on it boot's and I hear the 'MS jingle' but I am looking at a black screen, after hitting the restart button it start's up and I get the massage the PC was not closed down properly what mode do I wish to start it in, I have checked the task manager before closing down a number of times and there has been nothing running at close down---any idea's---cannot find anything in search similar

A:PC boots up but black screen

Can you enter into "safe mode"?

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I've got a mate whose PC takes 10-20 attempts to boot up after he presses the button.
There are no messages or errors etc. - just a black screen.
If he persists long enough, Windows XP Home finally kicks in and the PC runs fine after that.
I suspect the HDD is maybe on the way out but coulkd anything else be causing the problem?

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Hello I hope someone can help me out with my problem.

About the problem.
Yesterday I did a shutdown from the start menu and turned off my monitors, however the computer did not shutdown and was still on after 10 minutes so I just turned it off with the power button.
Today I started my computer it boots I get the usual loading bar and then a black screen and not my welcome screen.

So I have tried the following to fix it:
I tried booting with last known configurations, and got the same problem.
I tried booting in safe mode, it loads for about 5 minutes and then just stops loading.
I tested the memory with a memory test from Acer, no problems found.
I tried booting with a lower resolution, get the same problem.
Just to see if its not a hardware problem, I have booted a linux live cd and that worked.
I have an acer recovery menu but it wont let me recover to a previous point.
And I don't have a vista CD or recovery disk.
I think it was updating when I shut it down..

So i hope anyone has a solution for my problem, if you need more information please ask and I'll answer.

Many thanks for reading and maby even replying to my problem.



Somehow after waiting an hour doing nothing then rebooting into safemode worked!
There i could do a system restore and problem is solved!

A:Vista boots to black screen instead of login screen

See if there is information on that PC on making recovery disks. I just used 2 dual layer DVD's to make recovery disks for a Compaq laptop.

Also, next time your machine boots to a completely black screen....let it stay there while it re-configures it's self. Don't be so impatient

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Successfully running a GTX 7800 vid card on a DFI LanParty UT SLI board.

Installed a brand new BFG 8800 GTX in its place, using both 6-pin power jacks from
an Enermax 535 watt PS. The first few boots, I heard a single, long beep. Later, I
hear nothing. In all events, I eventually hear the XP bootup chimes, but nary a photon
of light escapes the new vid card. Black screen only. I previously removed the
GTX 7800 display drivers as per instructions prior to installing the GTX8800.

I tried both outputs on two monitors: A new Gateway 24" and a Jyndai L90D+ 19".

Is it possible I am doing-not doing some obvious, stupid thing that prevents the 8800
from putting out a signal, or should I best RMA the thing without delay? tia

(Replacing the GTX 7800 restores the signal... after an unusual delay.

A:GTX 8800 Boots To Black Screen - Help!

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system worked fine untill son decided the case needed a new fan, added fan using power from motherboard (mobo is ASUS P5wd2-E premium) when re-booted computer it would post then drop to black screen with curser. What I found was he also plugged power into the ez-connector, I'm not sure this would have any effect but it wasn't used as the power supply had the AT connector. I tried all the tests I knew but couldn't boot to F8, to try to do system restore, was able to boot to bios and select boot drive (cd) and tried to do a windows repair, (boot ini repair) the system sees drives, drives act as if it's cycling drive light blinks on case,did the repair but will not boot. anyone have any ideas

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My computer has been acting funny the last couple of days. For the last 3 1/2 to 4 years my computer has been running great without any major problems, then all of a sudden this past week the screen would boot to a black screen and not get to the Windows logo screen. I thought something got corrupt so I decided to reformat my hard drive. Once I did this everything would boot up ok again. After a little bit I decided to then apply Service Pack 2 to my system. Once it got installed I restarted the computer as it says, but then the screen would boot back to black again. Not knowing how to get out of this I reformated the hard drive again.

My computer is working again right now, but I can't apply Service Pack 2. I've tried 2 or 3 times and the result is always the same. This never happened to me in the past. What can be causing this weird occurance to happen?

A:Windows XP Boots To A Black Screen

Does anybody know what to do next?

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I have a compaq terminal that you'd see at a company work station. It has no cd rom drive. I reformated the hard drive and reinstalled windows in and completely whipping everything from it. Everything was going find until I transfered the computer to my father house. Then something wierd happen.

He'd turn it on, then the compaq logo would show, and then the whole screen would go black accept for the blinking typing underline thing on the top right and it'd just sit there.

I tried other hard drives to the same affect. I repaired the installation to the same affect.

Does anyone have a solution for me?


A:WindowsXP boots to black screen

Just to clarify things: was this machine working as a 'stand alone' unit prior to the installation of windows that you did? If it was, and the new installation had been running ok, it sounds as if something may have shaken lose during the transportation. Have you checked all cables and hardware for secure seating?

Do you have any unusual beeps?

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When i turn on my laptop it boots up Windows XP Professional and turns to a black screen but with the mouse ?

A:Black screen when Windows XP PRO boots up

michael101 said:

When i turn on my laptop it boots up Windows XP Professional and turns to a black screen but with the mouse ?Click to expand...
What were you doing with the computer before this started happening?

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Hi, currently my computer froze up after trying to run internet explorer, when i rebooted, windows booted to a black screen with a movable mouse cursor. When i boot into safe mode i get the movable mouse cursor with a black screen as well, except in safe mode, it says safe mode in the bottom corners.
Have tried all safe mode reboots with no success. It seems my desktop is not loading!!!

Please help, as i cannot boot up the computer to diagnos anything!!!!

thanx in advance

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Hi, as the title says really, when i turn on my asus netbook nothing happens on the screen at all.
But the lights do come on ( as seen in attachment )

Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:ASUS EEE PC 900 Boots To Black Screen

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Hi guys, hoping you can help.
I have a laptop with windows 7 home premium, which boots to a black screen so I can't log in.
The black screen has just the power button in the bottom right, the ease of access in the bottom left, the windows 7 Premum logo/Writing at the bottom centre of the screen and a usable cursor. Ctrl/Alt/Del does nothing.
When I try booting to safe modes, it just restarts so that is not an option.
I have tried last known good configuration, booting from the disk and system restore, repair etc and nothing is sorting the problem out.
The laptop is a Packard Bell Easynote TM80
HDD: Hitachi HTS545032B9A300
CPU AND Athlon II P320 Dual Core 2100Mhz
Thanks in advance

A:Laptop boots to a black screen

Anybody got any ideas?

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I just bought a Acer Extensa 5420-5687 notebook computer from bestbuy a month ago and last night,was just surfing the web and I started to get pop ups about spyware. So i figured it mustve been a site that I went to that caused me to get pop ups. So I did a system restore to the previus day,then when it restarted,it starts to a blank,black screen and a box comes up that has all my computer folders and everything on there. The only thing I can use is taskbar. So I used the taskbar to undo restore,but after it undid it,I still have the same problem. So then I tried setting up anther user account so see if it would boot up normally. It said preparing desktop but then it booted up to a blue screen with that box that has all the computer folders. Still no icons or start menu. I have windows vista premium and it came with a one year warranty but when I called it said Acer was closed. Does anyone have any ideas?

A:My Laptop now boots up to a black screen please help

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Hi guys,

I have a serious problem that I spent at least 10 hours trying to correct yesterday without any success and wondered if you could supply your expert advice?

I performed a clean install of Windows XP on an Acer Aspire 3000, everything was working fine until I came to update the Microsoft Framework. Once it finished installing the computer rebooted and after the Windows logo the screen remained black... The computer loads as you can hear the Windows start up music and I can hear it locking and unlocking by pressing the Windows key & L. So, it's fully functional but the display just doesn't work. It hasn't been dropped or I haven't disconnected any hardware. I have tried the following:

1. Using an external monitor and a flash light to check if the inverter needs replacing. It doesn't show on my LCD TV or my external monitor so it's not the inverter.

2. Pressing F8 and booting from the modes provided - Safe, Safe with prompt, Safe with Network etc. - The majority of these just "hang" on the last .sys file which I think was mup.sys - others just run in the background and then Windows starts (as I can hear the login music.)

3. Alt + F10 (EManagement for Acer) is not available and doesn't work.

4. I have entered the bios via F2 and changed the boot order to boot directly from my Windows disc. However, there is no option to boot from the CD as the only thing I see is "..." as if it were trying to load the CD. The CD actually... Read more

A:Windows boots & then the screen goes black (please help!)

IJ, do you happen to use Vipre antivirus/antispy software and ZoneAlarm Pro firewall software. If so, is your Vipre version 4.0? if the answer is yes to the above questions, then there is a known workaround.

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Hi all
I've got a gaming laptop, and now when I power it up, it boots to a black screen and Windows won't load. I've Googled a bit and find people with similar issues, many saying it has something to do with updating my Nvidia and/or receiving Windows updates.
Any ideas on how to correct this? I've done a full restore once, and after I accepted the Windows updates again, same result. I'd like to be able to receive the updates (mainly so I can get back to Windows 8.1) and update my Nvidia drivers of course.  Right now I have all Windows updating disabled to avoid bricking my machine again.

A:My laptop boots to a black screen?

As you're able to do a full restore, try doing it again - but this time update from the gaming laptop's website first.
Update ALL drivers (FYI - most laptops have switchable graphics - so using drivers directly from nVidia isn't advisable (use those from the laptop's website).
Then try the Windows Updates again.

Do them in batches, and set System Restore points in-between.

Good luck!

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