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Windows 7 black screen and cursor boot - Graphics card related

Q: Windows 7 black screen and cursor boot - Graphics card related

Hi all, heres a quick run down of my problem. about a month ago my pc started having errors at bootup. it would get as far as the desktop, then freeze the desktop, allowing me to still use my mouse but i couldnt select anything and the system would hang. After restarting on average about 5 times it would then work and my pc would run perfectly.

about 2 weeks ago i had a blue screen crash that mentioned something about the display drivers. (i was using a radeon 4870) i figured this, with the startup problem must be my graphics card on its way out. one day i started my pc and was greeted by my 1st 'black screen' with cursor and decided enough was enough and took out my graphics card, leaving only the on board graphics (radeon 4250). my pc worked fine for a few days and i decided to try and work out if the problem was software of hardware related so i reinstalled my 4870 card. this immediatly booted me to the black screen with cursor so strait away i took it out again.

so now im back to my on board graphics, however this time the problem has not gone. i am writing this via safe mode as i am still getting the black screen with cursor appear at start up.

ive tried start up repair which says there is no problem, ive tried disabling and uninstalling/re installing the onboard graphics but still the black screen.

anyone have any ideas short of re installing windows? thanks in advance

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Preferred Solution: Windows 7 black screen and cursor boot - Graphics card related

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Windows 7 black screen and cursor boot - Graphics card related

In Safe Mode I would run "chkdsk /r" from a cmd prompt for "c" drive on the hard drive as this sounds like a hard drive issue.

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Hi all, heres a quick run down of my problem. about a month ago my pc started having errors at bootup. it would get as far as the desktop, then freeze the desktop, allowing me to still use my mouse but i couldnt select anything and the system would hang. After restarting on average about 5 times it would then work and my pc would run perfectly.

about 2 weeks ago i had a blue screen crash that mentioned something about the display drivers. (i was using a radeon 4870) i figured this, with the startup problem must be my graphics card on its way out. one day i started my pc and was greeted by my 1st 'black screen' with cursor and decided enough was enough and took out my graphics card, leaving only the on board graphics (radeon 4250). my pc worked fine for a few days and i decided to try and work out if the problem was software of hardware related so i reinstalled my 4870 card. this immediatly booted me to the black screen with cursor so strait away i took it out again.

so now im back to my on board graphics, however this time the problem has not gone. i am writing this via safe mode as i am still getting the black screen with cursor appear at start up.

ive tried start up repair which says there is no problem, ive tried disabling and uninstalling/re installing the onboard graphics but still the black screen.

anyone have any ideas short of re installing windows? thanks in advance

A:Windows 7 black screen and cursor - Graphics card related

Welcome aboard.

First, you are to clean the dust inside the computer, reseat the ram modules, clean the edges with cotton clothes, Reseat the sata and power cables, update the display driver.

Those actions may change the situation there.

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Hi, my video card died this morning so I installed one from a different computer. I have a three year old Dell Vostro 410 running XP Pro. I took out an nvidia G310DE from a different Dell computer and put it into my computer. I managed to get a display so I uninstalled the old ATI drivers, restarted and installed the new nvidia drivers. When I restarted, I got a black screen with a white square cursor after the windows splash screen. I can boot into safe mode with no issues though. I've tried the driver from the nvidia website, the dell CD, and let windows look for drivers. Each time, I get the same result.

I've been at this for the past 4 hours now and can't think of what else to do. Thanks for your help!

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<<I've tried the driver from the nvidia website, the dell CD, and let windows look for drivers>>

Why would you use the drivers from the Dell CD...which I would think are only for the Intel onboard video?

Did you disable the onboard video in the BIOS settings?

Did you completely uninstall all the ATI software...both via Device Manager and via Add/Remove Programs?

I think I'd take a look at Device Manager and see what's reflected there.

Louis

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Hello,

I have been experiencing problems with Windows 10 ever since I've installed a new graphics card: the MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti. It worked well the very first time. But rebooting gives me a blank screen. I have been able to enter the system once (by clicking the spacebar and entering my password blindly but that does not seem to work anymore) to try and update the driver that came with it. I wasn't able to as I first needed to uninstall the previous one, which required a reboot. I was also able to check under Device Manager / Display Adapters to disable the shared Intel Monitor and enable the GeForce card. As confirming these new settings also required a reboot, I decided rebooting was probably the best option. I should have known better. I'm back to my blank screen and nothing seems to work. I have tried F2, F8, F10, F12, Windows + P + down arrow twice, spacebar, and Ctrl.

Would any of you know how to reboot and enter the system? And what to do next?

Thank you.
Skippy

A:Blank screen + cursor after instelling new graphics card / Windows 10

Possibility the card is faulty. Try reseating the card again and the 6pin Power connector. What Wattage PSU ? Do you get the Manufacturer's logo screen at boot ? What are you using to the monitor HDMI, DVI ? Check that also by swapping cables.

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When I turn on my computer I get a black screen with a cursor on it which I can move. Nothing is working right now, my OS is windows 10, also my password is not working and I don't mind having to complete factory reset it as the PC is new and no important information is on my computer. Thanks
 

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I was having problems with my charger for a couple of weeks. I bought some cheap online charger that provided my computer with the wrong wattage. Eventually my battery became ruined due to this, but I bought a new one. However, my computer kept shutting off due to the lack of power. So it would completely shut off. This may have done some hard drive damage I suspect, since I cannot boot into OS anymore. I have tried another HDD and it seemed to work.

I'm trying to resolve the problem with my hard drive though. I plugged it into my other computer via usb and it seems fine. I am able to grab any files I need from it. NOW as for my laptop, the PC turns on like normal. I get the bios screen. I get the Windows logo screen. Then I get a black screen with a mouse cursor in the middle.
I can move the mouse, but the buttons don't do anything--left or right click. No keys on the keyboard change the screen. Ctrl+Alt+Del does nothing. Windows key does nothing. Esc does nothing, etc. At this point the only option is to hold down the power button and turn it off.
What I've tried:
I tried to start it in safe mode, but the same thing happens. It shows the system files that are loading. The last file it shows loading is Windows/system32/DRIVERS/amdkmpfd.sys then it goes to a black screen with a mouse cursor again; only this time it is in safe mode resolution so the mouse cursor is larger and not as sharp. Also, no keyboard strokes have any affect just as with normal mode.
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A:OS Will not Boot -- Black Screen with Cursor Windows 7

  
Quote: Originally Posted by DomMartinelli


I was having problems with my charger for a couple of weeks. I bought some cheap online charger that provided my computer with the wrong wattage. Eventually my battery became ruined due to this, but I bought a new one. However, my computer kept shutting off due to the lack of power. So it would completely shut off. This may have done some hard drive damage I suspect, since I cannot boot into OS anymore. I have tried another HDD and it seemed to work.

I'm trying to resolve the problem with my hard drive though. I plugged it into my other computer via usb and it seems fine. I am able to grab any files I need from it. NOW as for my laptop, the PC turns on like normal. I get the bios screen. I get the Windows logo screen. Then I get a black screen with a mouse cursor in the middle.
I can move the mouse, but the buttons don't do anything--left or right click. No keys on the keyboard change the screen. Ctrl+Alt+Del does nothing. Windows key does nothing. Esc does nothing, etc. At this point the only option is to hold down the power button and turn it off.
What I've tried:
I tried to start it in safe mode, but the same thing happens. It shows the system files that are loading. The last file it shows loading is Windows/system32/DRIVERS/amdkmpfd.sys then it goes to a black screen with a mouse cursor again; only this time it is in safe mode resolution so the mouse cursor is larger and not as sharp. ... Read more

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Hi there, I really need help.
My laptop has been acting really weird the last couple of weeks. It would crash randomly, and sometimes when I picked it up to put it somewhere else, it crashed too.
Now, I thought this was a problem with Windows 8.1, because it didn't behave like this before with normal Windows 8. So I Refreshed my laptop, and after that it worked again, without crashing.
I left it in sleep mode while I got some sleep too, and when I booted it up this morning, it crashed again.
After that the whole laptop wouldn't boot up, and now the only thing that shows is a cursor on a black screen, and it seems to be stuck in sleep mode, because I can't even turn it off completely manually. So I can't access the BIOS or make it boot up in Safe Mode.
What the hell should I do??

Specs:
Toshiba Sattelite L50-A-15U
Windows 8 64-bit
Intel i7 4th generation processor with Intel HD4600 graphics card
nVidia GeForce GT740M graphics card
2x 4 GB DDR3L RAM

A:Windows 8 won't boot up, black screen with cursor

Remove battery and it will power off. Insert battery and power on. Acess bios now.

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So here's my story. I have a Toshiba Satellite L505-ES5018 laptop running a 64 bit Windows 7. My laptop restarted with the usual Windows updates as it went through the 4 steps and percentages to update and I logged back in. Also as it seems to happen often, the flag at the bottom right of my desktop alerted me that I still had some updates that I needed to install after installing the previous ones. I went through the control panel, System and Security, and started to download the extra updates through Windows Update. The updates installed, the laptop restarted, and my log in screen came up and everything seemed normal. I wanted to take a nap so I put my laptop on hibernate from the log in screen. When I woke up however and pressed the power button to wake it back up, the Toshiba boot up screen showed up but after that there was only a black screen with the blinking cursor in the top left corner which has prevented me from getting to the log in screen and completely boot up my computer.

I have put my hard drive in another Toshiba laptop of my family's and it does the same thing so I know this is an issue with my hard drive. I'm not sure what the updates did, but it seems to have done something to the files that prevent me from booting up. I do not have my Windows CDs that came with the computer since my mother moved and I don't know what she did with my things since I am currently in college. I have tried Ctrl + Alt + Delete but all that does is restart the boot up screen ... Read more

A:Windows 7 black screen with cursor on boot up

When this happens, it could mean that one of your updates was installing and became corrupted, our was incompatible to begin with. When your computer its booting up, you should try to access the boot menu to see if the option to boot from last successful configuration is available. If not, can you enter the system recovery menu (F9), and try to recover the computer by resetting it to an earlier configuration? Do you have the install cd for windows?

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Running Windows 7 Ultimate
Yesterday my iolo System Mechanic software said it had quarantined a file, a I ran a scan using it's SystemShield and it found nothing. I ended up turning off my system and now no boot. I'm sure this is virus/malware related, I'm just too much of an ameture to get it fixed alone.
I have tired booting in safe mode and I get the same result, black screen, and a moblie cursor. I do have my Windows 7 disk, so I could get to a command promt I just don't know what commands are needed to be typed.
Any help is awesome. Thank you.

A:Windows 7, black screen with cursor after boot

Flashing cursor is an indication you lost your boot loader
 
.http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/32523/how-to-manually-repair-windows-7-boot-loader-problems/

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I have a friend's machine that she has asked me to try and fix it is an Acer Z610 all in one touch screen.
 
 She told me that when the machine was turned on (immediately before the problem) it was scrolling a message about replacing invalid security ID with default, that may not have been the whole message, unfortunately she didn't write it down.
 
The machine now boots through the bios screen and past the windows loading screen with the pulsating logo,  the screen then goes black with a white pointer and that's all, the same thing happens in safe mode.
 I have booted to my Windows 7 Recovery disc, the memory scans OK, but the boot repair fails very quickly and system repair fails on all of the available restore points quoting a failure of some memory location.
 
Other than removing the HDD, using another machine to get her data off (she has made no backups despite my advice) and then re-installing windows, I can't think of my next step.
 
 
Can anyone offer me some help please?
 
Graham

A:Windows 7, boot to a black screen with cursor

Welcome to BleepingComputer, I have reported your topic as unbootable so a member of the team who deals with these problems can help you. Please be patient.
 
xXToffeeXx~

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I cannot boot to windows 7. When I turn my computer on I get a single post beep. Then I get a black screen with a white courser on the top left screen. I have tried many things to troubleshoot this problem. I have removed all usb devices. I have removed each device inside the computer such as dvd and blu ray player. I have re seated the RAM and reset the cmos battery. I have used different sata cables to drives. I have also tried to boot to cdrom and try to recover windows using the windows 7 cd. After trying all this it still results in a black screen with a white courser.

I am running a Gigabyte 990xa-ud3 mobo
AMD FX 8150 8 core processor
4x4 16 gb corsair vengeance 1600 MHz RAM
Evga N560 GTX video card
lg blu ray player

Unfortunately I do not have many replacement parts to see if the hardware is the problem. I did try my old video card and that did nothing.
Any advice would be helpful.
Thanks
 

A:Can't boot to windows black screen with cursor

When you tried to boot to cdrom what disk was in the drive, are you sure it is bootable, and are you sure that the computer really tried to boot to it?
 

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I'm having a problem with my Dell Dimension 8300, running Windows XP. I have an 80g Maxtor HD as my main drive and a 500g WD secondary drive. When I attempt to boot, I get a blue screen with the message:A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.If this is he first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the Stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try changing video adapters.Check with your hardware vendorm for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.Technical Information:*** STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xF74BB2B2, 0xF789E4AO, 0xF789E1AO)*** FLTMGR.SYS - Address F74BB2B2 base at F74A3000, DateStamp 480251daAs far as the info in the message, I see this screen with the same info everytime I rebooted.As far as disk space, my main drive is 80g aand I have about 20g of free space.I'm not sure if anything in the message refers to drivers. Not sure how to change video adapters when I can't get into Windows (Standard Mode or Safe Mode).Also not sure how to deal with any of the BIOS suggestions (or even know if it's a good idea to mess... Read more

A:Can't boot Windows XP (Standard or Safe Mode), Black Screen w/cursor then Blue Screen

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Hey!
I had some problem yesterday when I was about to turn off my PC for the day, and I got a "regular" old blue screen and a memory dump, which was completed. I restarted the PC just to see nothing was wrong, and it loaded just fine. Turned it off without further issues. Today when I started it up it took forever to get past the Welcome screen (Windows 7, very fast SSD), and when it did there was just a black screen with a mouse cursor I could move. Ctrl-Alt-Del did nothing.
I rebooted a couple of times, same story. Rebooted into safe mode with networking, and it did the exact same thing, black screen, mouse cursor, nothing else. Rebooted into safe mode without network and it loaded up fine. Did some googling on my phone and started with the regular reverting to an earlier configuration, and uninstalled the most recent updates and programs (nothing new was installed yesterday though). Also checked regedit for the value to shell and something else, and disabled a number of startup objects in msconfig. No change. Also ran the starup repair tool in F8 repair thingie and did a chkdsk on boot drive. No change. I then figured the network part of safe mode might be an indicator, and tried to delete the Ethernet adapter in devices, and rebooted into a regular startup. And it worked! I got in, without any network obviously, and Windows immediately installed a driver for my Ethernet adapter. I rebooted again and the black screen was back. So I went back and deleted the adapter again i... Read more

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Ok it all started when I ran Nod32 antivirus. I ran it because I had some viruses on my computer that I wanted to get rid of. After the scan there were 180 some detected objects that were quarantined or deleted. So then I restart my computer and after the windows xp logo there is just a black screen with no cursor. And after awhile the computer will just restart and try booting up again. I tried going into safe mode and safe mode with command prompt but I still get a black screen with no cursor. The last known good configuration doesn't work either. I'm pretty frustrated because I did nothing wrong. I am also having a feeling that nod32 might have quarantined some infected files that are essential for Windows Xp to boot. I also do not have any windows xp disks with me because I lost them a very long time ago. Is there anything I can do to fix my computer? Thanks.
 

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Hi there, Windows 7 system recently froze on me when I attempted to move a large folder to a USB harddrive. I was not able to close the file window so I decided to shut down my PC with the regular Start -> Shut Down.

Now when I try to turn on my computer, after the "Starting Windows" and the Microsoft flag it goes to a pure black screen with just a mouse cursor (movable), no keyboard commands or right clicks work (eg. ctrl+alt+del does nothing).

I tried booting into safe mode, safe mode with network, they all do the same thing after the "Starting Windows" screen. Tried booting with my Windows 7 Pro 64 bit installation disc as well and went into start up repair - no problem detected. Tried system restore and it went successfully, however after clicking restart the same thing happened again!

This is really driving me crazy, could some one please help me out? I really don't want to reinstall Windows and lose my files (since I can't even get into any form of Windows interface I am not able to do a repair install).

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

[Update]: something strange just happened now - after quite a long time of wait the Picture with a user name underneath it does show up! However when I clicked on the picture to try and log in, the computer automatically shut down and restarted...does that help? Lastly I am really lost now as I just tried booting with my Windows 7 installation disc and NO restore points show up anymore as opposed to ... Read more

A:Windows 7 Pro 64 bit black screen with mouse cursor only on boot up an

Use System Restore and restore to a previous point.
Update all of your Drivers and get all Windows Updates.
If this doesn't fix things, then you're going to have to backup your stuff, wipe the hard drive, and reinstall Windows.

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Hello
 
I upgraded to windows 10 from 7 last week and used it for the next couple of days.  Since the last few days whenever I start my laptop I see the Dell Inspiron logo with F2 & F12 in the bottom right corner and then it is black screen with blinking cursor.
 
I've tried pressing every avaialble F buttons during start up but to no avail.  I am not able to start or view anything even safe mode or nothing.  It is just showing me black screen with blinking cursor right after boot up.
 
As always, your help, time and effort is greatly appreciated folks!
 
Thanks much in advance
PP

A:windows 10 black screen with blinking cursor after boot up

Folks!
 
I am not trying to rush...but any help!!

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I have a Windows 10 desktop PC I built a few years ago which will no longer boot.
 
The BIOS splash screen displays (and I can access the BIOS by pressing Del at this point), but after that there is no Windows loading screen as usual, just a black screen with an underscore/cursor character in the top left corner which flashes indefinitely. I have left the machine in this state for over an hour and seen no progress.
 
While this black screen is shown, I can press CTRL + ALT + DEL and the machine will reboot. I can also press the physical power button on the machine's case and it will turn off immediately.
 
I have read around a bit online (I've always worked in IT, so can usually solve my own problems!) and tried each of the following (rebooting several times after trying each thing):
Mashing F8 and SHIFT + F8 during boot to try and enter Advanced Startup
Checking boot sequence in BIOS has the HDD as first boot device
Manually forcing boot from the HDD through BIOS
Removing all other boot devices from the boot sequence in BIOS
Removing all connected peripherals (USB dongles for Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, even network cable)
Physically disconnecting other listed bootable devices internally where possible (i.e. disconnecting power and data between motherboard and optical drive)
Resetting BIOS to default settings
Nothing so far has made any difference and I cannot get the machine to boot.
 
I do not have another machine available which can take th... Read more

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Greetings,
 
 I am completely lost and will paypal anyone with the correct answer. We are a repair shop been in business for 32 Years. We have a windows xp pro machine in here that is used for a milling company. The software that runs this machine is uber expensive, So formatting a starting over is not an option.
The Machine Is: Dell Precision T3400 
It has New tested and known good ram 4 GB
It has an Acronis Image of the original HD (for testing purposes only) in it
It will boot and run to another Hard drive ... Making me pretty certain there is an issue with the OS it's self.
When I try to turn it on the following sequence happens every time:
Windows XP logo comes up and then a black screen with no cursor
Here is what happens when you try to go into safemode ...it fails
Safemode with networking ... Same fail
Last Known Good ..fail
Enable VGA mode ...fail
start windows normally ..fail
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Now for with a Windows XP pro cd in the drive
boots up to first screen ... tap the letter R
it asks what drive  answer:1
it asks for password to admin: answer press enter
Then I have command prompt : I type in chkdsk /r press enter
it successfully does it no errors
I then Typed in Fix mbr..It says it had a non standard MBR and asked if I wanted to fix it I said yes...
then it reported that it was fixed
Then I typed in fix boot.... it asked if I wanted to do that sure why not!
It said it was done
I then typed shutdown -r
the comput... Read more

A:Windows XP Pro Failure to Boot Black screen no cursor

The NTFS file system may be corrupt/damaged.  AFAIK, the only way to repair it (not files) is to reformat/repartition/reinstall.  I am not saying that's your problem, just one of the possibilities.
 
Me...I would check the functional status of the original hard drive...a clone of a troubled drive/partition...IME, it's garbage in, garbage out.
 
Louis

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Greetings,
 
 I am completely lost and will paypal anyone with the correct answer. We are a repair shop been in business for 32 Years. We have a windows xp pro machine in here that is used for a milling company. The software that runs this machine is uber expensive, So formatting a starting over is not an option.
The Machine Is: Dell Precision T3400 
It has New tested and known good ram 4 GB
It has an Acronis Image of the original HD (for testing purposes only) in it
It will boot and run to another Hard drive ... Making me pretty certain there is an issue with the OS it's self.
When I try to turn it on the following sequence happens every time:
Windows XP logo comes up and then a black screen with no cursor
Here is what happens when you try to go into safemode ...it fails
Safemode with networking ... Same fail
Last Known Good ..fail
Enable VGA mode ...fail
start windows normally ..fail
--------------------------------------------
Now for with a Windows XP pro cd in the drive
boots up to first screen ... tap the letter R
it asks what drive  answer:1
it asks for password to admin: answer press enter
Then I have command prompt : I type in chkdsk /r press enter
it successfully does it no errors
I then Typed in Fix mbr..It says it had a non standard MBR and asked if I wanted to fix it I said yes...
then it reported that it was fixed
Then I typed in fix boot.... it asked if I wanted to do that sure why not!
It said it was done
I then typed shutdown -r
the comput... Read more

A:Windows XP Pro Failure to Boot Black screen no cursor

The NTFS file system may be corrupt/damaged.  AFAIK, the only way to repair it (not files) is to reformat/repartition/reinstall.  I am not saying that's your problem, just one of the possibilities.
 
Me...I would check the functional status of the original hard drive...a clone of a troubled drive/partition...IME, it's garbage in, garbage out.
 
Louis

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I have seen this topic posted many times in several forums, but in reviewing the messages and responses, none seem to apply or resolve my situation. I am posting this in hopes of some fresh help.

I have a Dell Latitude D800 laptop (2003 era) with 250GB (IDE) drive (replaced about 6 months ago) running Win XP-Pro, SP-3. One day I shut it down, then the next day it wouldn’t boot up. No new hardware or software installed for ages (perhaps other than Win & McAfee updates). The POST screen displays momentarily, but then it goes black with an unmovable blinking cursor in the upper left hand corner. I’ve disconnected and unplugged all cables and peripherals to no avail. Attempts to boot into safe mode with F8 key are fruitless, as is Cntrl-Alt-Del key. I can boot from CD via F12, enter BIOS set-up via F2, or run Dell diagnostics. I’ve booted from into Windows Recovery mode via the OP Disk CD and done repair, and also invoked “bootcfg/rebuild” command, all to no avail – black screen/cursor still returns. I can see no obvious command in the BIOS that if changed might solve the problem. One odd thing however, is that the hard disk capacity in the BIOS reads 137GB, yet the capacity is 250GB. If I had to guess, it would almost seem like this is closer to what might’ve been available free space on the disk, as though the BIOS can’t see a large portion of the disk (yet when booting into recovery mode the operating system appears to be recognized on the C drive !?). I cannot fi... Read more

A:Windows XP will not Boot - Black Screen, Flashing Cursor

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My Computer Specs:

Dell Inspiron 6000
Windows XP, service pack 3
160GB HD


Hello!

This morning I tried to boot up my laptop: it showed the initial BIOS screen, the progress bar filled, then it went to a black screen with a white blinking cursor in the upper left corner.

I waited several hours to see if anything would happen, nothing.

The green lights above the keyboar (such as Numlock, capslock) are lit up. I checked the battery pack and it is full. Last night the laptop was working just fine.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

A:windows won't boot - black screen w/ blinking cursor

Try pressing F8 during bootup to get to the boot menu and try booting into Safe Mode.

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I have a Windows 10 desktop PC I built a few years ago which will no longer boot.
 
The BIOS splash screen displays (and I can access the BIOS by pressing Del at this point), but after that there is no Windows loading screen as usual, just a black screen with an underscore/cursor character in the top left corner which flashes indefinitely. I have left the machine in this state for over an hour and seen no progress.
 
While this black screen is shown, I can press CTRL + ALT + DEL and the machine will reboot. I can also press the physical power button on the machine's case and it will turn off immediately.
 
I have read around a bit online (I've always worked in IT, so can usually solve my own problems!) and tried each of the following (rebooting several times after trying each thing):
Mashing F8 and SHIFT + F8 during boot to try and enter Advanced Startup
Checking boot sequence in BIOS has the HDD as first boot device
Manually forcing boot from the HDD through BIOS
Removing all other boot devices from the boot sequence in BIOS
Removing all connected peripherals (USB dongles for Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, even network cable)
Physically disconnecting other listed bootable devices internally where possible (i.e. disconnecting power and data between motherboard and optical drive)
Resetting BIOS to default settings
Nothing so far has made any difference and I cannot get the machine to boot.
 
I do not have another machine available which can take th... Read more

A:Windows 10 PC won't boot - black screen with flashing cursor

Sorry for the delay in responding - I've been traveling and also have been very busy.
 
Try these free, bootable hardware diagnostics to start with:  http://www.carrona.org/initdiag.html
 
As you have updated to W10, you can download a tool to make bootable installation media from here:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/ 

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Hello
 
I upgraded to windows 10 from 7 last week and used it for the next couple of days.  Since the last few days whenever I start my laptop I see the Dell Inspiron logo with F2 & F12 in the bottom right corner and then it is black screen with blinking cursor.
 
I've tried pressing every avaialble F buttons during start up but to no avail.  I am not able to start or view anything even safe mode or nothing.  It is just showing me black screen with blinking cursor right after boot up.
 
As always, your help, time and effort is greatly appreciated folks!
 
Thanks much in advance
PP

A:windows 10 black screen with blinking cursor after boot up

Folks!
 
I am not trying to rush...but any help!!

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RELEVANCY SCORE 80.4

Hello.

Yesterday, when i booted into my windows 7 64bit installation it took me to a black screen with a cursor and nothing else.
What happened was i was trying to tweak the 'authui.dll' (i wanted to remove the logon picture...never do that again) and i changed a height and a width value. At reboot it took me to the black screen.
I booted into another windows install and changed back the files and restored every permission and ownership manually.
Then my original windows install (instead of booting normally this time) didn't manage to start. I have 'no gui boot' enabled. Instead of giving me 8 or so little blue lines on the top, it gives me the lines and a Bunch of other colorful dots horizontally. The colored dots change slowly and nothing happens.
In safe mode i see the same dots but Over the DLL loading screen.

I created a bootable usb drive that has the official windows installer on it and it is the same version as i use.
The installer console detects my original istallation, but i can't run sfc /scannow at all. (gives me the same error every time, screenshot below)

I also tried 'Upgrade'-ing but i could only do that if i were running the original installation.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. If i can't fix this installation in like 2 days i'm screwed

A:Boot to black screen with cursor/Repair Windows

Bad news, Speedgamer pal !

You try SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot to bring authui.dll in its place .

Later, if needed, you mar run Startup Repair .

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RELEVANCY SCORE 79.6

Hi

First, sorry if this problem already has been adressed elsewhere. I have googled for roughly 10 hours and now im spent.

I have encountered a problem regarding the boot process of my computer (ASUS N53SV Laptop) with Windows 7 Premium 64 bit installed.
Yesterday i formated a harddrive. My computer has 2 harddrives labelled C and D. Windows is installed on the C drive, and i formated the D drive using the designed windows tool.

Today my laptop has been unable to boot.

At first the computer appears to be booting, however after the "Windows is starting" along with the Windows logo has been present for a while, a screen similar to this one appears: http://cdn.howtogeek.com/wp-content/...1217020232.png

Trying to start normally loops back around to the same screen, trying to repair the computer results in the computer ending up with a black screen with the mouse cursor present and able to move around.

However the following problems are present:

- I cannot open task manager (or anything else for that matter) at the mouse cursor screen, thus i can't use the "restart explorer.exe solution" or anything software related for that matter.

- When trying to enter Safe Mode i end up with the same screen and limited options. This goes for all variations of safe mode, along with the "Last good configuration" and "low resolution video" options as well

- When trying to boot from a Recovery disc (created from another Win7 pc) i end up in the same... Read more

A:Windows won't boot after format / Black screen of death (with cursor)

It sounds like you are not setting the machine to boot from disc first

Sorry i dont know your computer experience but are you sure you have entered bios and double checked the boot order ?
DVD first them HDD second
Also are you sure you have created your media correctly ie bootable
Be aware a recovery disc created on a 32 bit machine will only work if your machine is 32 bit and same for 64 bit
You could also try putting your downloaded iso onto a usb flash drive and boot from that if you are having optical drive issues

Tutorial here for reinstalling and the first part gives instructions for download and burn to usb if it helps
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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HI, I am unable to boot into windows 7 in either safe or normal mode, All options using a win 7 boot disc leads me to a System Recovery Options screen where the keyboard and mouse pointer are frozen and my options are diminished.
 
What i believe has happened is my son has informed me he was trying to install a game and needed winrar to extract the contents, The file he was trying to install brought the AVG virus program to life. Viruses were quarantined and files deleted.
 
This was yesterday evening. When I tried to fire up the PC this morning the black screen is as far as i could get.
 
The PC in question is a HP Touchsmart 610 all-in-one with Intel i5 and 14gb ram.
 
It is used daily for my work as a freelance graphic artist.
 
I was prepared to format and re-install but i cannot even find a way to do that at this stage.
 
I would really appreciate any help to sort out this problem.
 
Regards
John

A:Unable to boot into windows 7 Black screen + blinking cursor

Instructions for a Windows 7 Repair installation.
 
A Windows 7 Repair Installation will require a installation disc.
 
If you do not have a Windows 7 installation disc you can download a free legal ISO image of Windows 7 SP1 at  Windows 7 Forums.  You will need to download the same version of Windows 7 that you have installed,  This image is hosted by the Digital River store which is an official distribution partner of Microsoft.  This is a genuine untouched image which is safe to download. 
 
 
Attention:  If you do have a Windows installation disc, skip Part A and go to Part B, Step 1b.
 
 
Part A, Steps 1a - 6a
 
The ISO image will need to be burned to a DVD in order to create a bootable installation disc.
 
1a)  To burn a ISO file to a DVD please download ImgBurn and install it.
 
2a)  Insert a blank DVD into your CD/DVD drive tray, and then close the tray.
 
3a)  Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc.
 

 
4a)  Click on the Browse for a file icon:
 

 
5a)  Locate the ISO file you want to burn, and click on the Open button.
 
6a)  Click on the blue arrow to start burning the bootable DVD.
 

 
 
Please note:  In order to boot from this DVD you may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD/DVD-ROM is the first device in the boot order, and the hdd is the second device.
 
 
Part B,... Read more

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RELEVANCY SCORE 79.6

Hi, I've got a problem with my laptop not booting Windows 10.

Asus N71vg
Dual boot OS Windows 10 (main partition + 1 data)+ Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu boots ok, but I wasn't able to mount and access two partitions that were used by Windows.

Windows won't boot. After selection in grub menu boot sequence doesn't proceed further than black screen with blinking cursor.

I tried using Windows recovery usb:
System restore, Image recovery are unfortunately not an option.
Startup repair couldn't repair it
Via Command prompt I was able to access files on both of my drives.
There isn't an option to enable Safe mode (I don't know why).

Since Ubuntu is working OK, my guess is that something is corrupted with partitions or MBR. Reinstalling Windows is an option, but I would rather not have to.

I was following this thread, but I am not sure what to do or to read out whether my disk is ok and that is a problem for win7.

Another thing I tried is to if fix mbr via Command Promt and bootrec /fixMbr command.

There aren't solutions that worked for me, so help would be appreciated.

A:Windows 10 boot error - black screen with blinking cursor

Ubuntu can mount the windows partitions and you must be able to read the contents.
I feel your windows partitions need dskchk
you must have a gparted program. or you can install it.
I hope you can do a check of the partitions . if it does not show the partitions you have more problems than you think.
do not commit any thing with the gparted unless you are sure.

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Hello,
I hope someone here can help with this older computer.  This is an Windows XP Hp Pavilion a255c machine that was showing signs of the hard drive going bad due to reallocated sectors. A new hard drive was purchased and using Acronis a clone of the drive was made. The original drive is still booting and working ok, but a little slow at times. Also windows did have some malware programs on the drive which were cleaned up with combo fix malware bytes and some other cleaning programs before the clone.  The original drive still boots fine in the computer but the new drive will get past the bios loading screen and sit there with the cursor.  You can press ctrl+alt+delete to reboot and you can boot to cd's such as knopix or hirens which i have done to check on things.  I have since downloaded the latest bios from HP and installed it using the old drive. I have also ran chkdsk and selecting to repair.  I have also tried re-cloning the drive in case the clone might have gone bad even though no errors were reported. The hang is before it starts to load windows so no f8 for safemode.  From reading other forum posts I suspect that a rootkit might be the issue however with the original drive booting fine I am not sure.
 
I would like to try to fix the problem rather then a re-install since there are a lot of important programs that would be difficult tore-install again. But the more I have looked and tried that is starting to look like the only opt... Read more

A:Wont boot, black screen with cursor right before windows logo

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RELEVANCY SCORE 79.6

Hi everyone, I know it's not a blue screen, and I'm sorry if it's not in the good section. But I really need some help and ideas ^^ I posted this topic on AMD forum

My computer (HD 6870 ; I5 2500k ; windows 7) is having some annoying trouble: when I boot, I get a blackscreen (but with some light switching (backlight I guess ?)) after the windows logo. I have my mouse cursor and I can BLIND type my password, then I hear the sound of windows starting. But I still have a blackscreen.


I don't know if their was any driver update, I was on holidays, my friend using my computer and he didn't notice any changes, he doesn't know if their was any auto update (he didn't do any manual update).


Anyway, I uninstalled AMD driver, got my graphic card in vga mode and it boots fine.

I did many "clean" uninstalls for AMD driver (by software menu in windows, with the clean uninstall amd software, with DDU,both in safe and normal mode)

Nothing changes, still get a black screen with mouse cursor.


I tried installing other driver version, i got a whql one for 2014 (13.2 I think), same problem. I tried with many drivers, same problem all the time.

I tried installign drivers manually (by device manager) and with amd setup. I tried custom installs and full installs.

My windows was up to date.

I tried sfc /scannow, no errors.
In the end, I tried a clean WINDOWS install. So I formated my ssd and re installed windows and ..... Still the black screen when I install the newest AM... Read more

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Hi,
Yesterday I was playing a computer game, when my pc suddenly shut down, so I restarted and tried again, and the same thing happened.
So I figured the PC might be overheating, I told my dad, who got rid of the dust inside the PC.
But after putting all the cables back into the pc, when we tried to restart the computer, all it did was show bios information (American Megatrends etc) After that the computer continues, but after it says "checking NVRAM... update OK!" it goes to a black screen with a white blinking underscore on the top right of the screen. I can't see any sign of windows whatsoever (I have windows Vista). I tried getting to the safe mode, which I read about after googling. But I can't enter safe mode, all I get is a screen saying "Please select boot device" and it shows 4 options: 3 "USB: Generic Flash" options and 1 "IDE:HL-DT-ST DVDRAM" option. But whichever one I choose, it just goes back to the black screen... I read about this on google too, and people said you should close this screen and keep pressing F8, but when I do, nothing happens, all I see is the black screen.
Does anyone know what to do to fix the problem?
 

A:Windows won't boot: Black screen with white underscore cursor

Go back inside the computer and make sure the cables to the hard drive and from the motherboard to the hard drive are secure and connected
 

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Hello everyone. First of all, I would like to start off by saying I love your forum here. I have used it many, many, many times in order to resolve a problem I encountered here in our computer repair shop, so much props goes to you guys.
 
We have a customer's computer running Windows XP Professional that will not boot. After the Compaq splash screen, it simply hangs at an all black screen with a white blinking cursor in the upper left hand corner of the screen. I have already searched your forums as well as poured over Google searches and tried various things. The things I have already tried to no avail are:
 
1. Boot into Recovery Console from Windows XP Pro CD and fixboot/fixmbr
2. Replace RAM with new RAM.
3. Replace NTLDR file from a working Windows XP Pro machine
4. chkdsk /r
5. Used a guide here on your forums for using xPUD with mbr.bin on a USB. Not sure what was supposed to of happened, because nothing did after I followed all the steps. Completely unchanged.
6. I have also tried booting into Safe Mode, which also does nothing.
 
Finally, out of my own frusteration, I booted the computer to Hirem's Boot CD and used it's "Fix NTLDR Is Missing" tool using the first option out of 10 possible fixes and wham! Boots Windows first try. However, upon restart of the customer's computer I am again greeted with the black screen and a blinking cursor. I must use Hirem's Boot CD to boot Windows each time.
 
Obviously one would assume it's an NTLDR issue, but... Read more

A:Windows Doesn't Boot - Black Screen With Blinking Cursor

Need more info on computer. Compaq with what onboard?

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RELEVANCY SCORE 78.8

Hi, my pc will not boot into windows properly.
 
system is a Toshiba Satelite L500d, AMD Turion Process, 4gb RAM running Windows Vista Home Premium (I think - not 100% certain, dont know which service pack is installed)
 
The computer appears to start up normally and then I simply get a black screen with the white cursor. So far I have tried.
 
Normal mode boot : black screen white cursor, ctrl alt delete does nothing.
Safe mode - black screen white cursor, ctrl alt delete does nothing
Safe mode with networking - black screen white cursor, ctrl alt delete does nothing
safe mode with command prompt - black screen white cursor, ctrl alt delete does nothing
last know good configuration - black screen white cursor, ctrl alt delete does nothing
 
boot to F8 - repair your computer and it does load the system recover options.
 
System restore starts but then gives the message 'no restore points have been created'
Startup repair reports 'startup repair could not detect a problem'
 
 

A:Cant boot into Windows - suspect a virus - black screen with white cursor

Gazsa,
 
typically this is a sign of the computer trying to boot from something other than the hard drive. (In most cases) Double check that all flash drives are disconnected, there there is no cd in the disk player.
 
Most have already tried this, but I didnt see you mention this, thats why I ask.
 
Hope this helps

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Hello,
 
The problem: when i power up my computer it goes thorugh its full boot mode.  I get my login screen for password, enter password and then the computer finish it's boot with a black screen and the mouse cursor active.  I can't do anything except move the cursor around.
 
What i can do: I can boot the computer in Safe Mode and have full functionality in that mode (for which i was able to backup personal files).  I tried one function where you can roll the computer back and that didn't work.  I am currently trying 'Startup repair" and waiting for that to finish. It finished and failed: "BadDriver"
 
How it started: It started when a system update popped up on my screen (faded out the main screen ann a dialog box popped up in the center of the screen asking if i authorized this update.  I cannot remember the specifics, but it was for updating some flash drive or something. Like an idiot i absentmindley clicked ok and it ran the update then rebooted my computer and that's when the problem started....
 
Help please!

A:Windows 7 - Black screen w/active cursor but can boot in safe mode

Hello, and Welcome
Can you do a system restore to a date before the system update?

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RELEVANCY SCORE 77.2

Hello,

Our trusty ol laptop, Sony Vaio VPCCW13FD, refuses to load windows 7 home premium 64bit (original install since purchase). I get stuck right after the 'starting windows' logo at a black screen with a moveable cursor. Strange thing is that I can plug the hdmi output to the TV and I can move the cursor around on the tv as well and the display off/on physical button also functions normally, all the same in safe mode with/without networking and normal.

This happened when I tried to optional update the Nvidia video card through windows update (by itself). Mid-install it failed and displayed a message something like 'reverting to previous graphics controller' and then reboot now/later showed up and it has not boot up since.

I think it's just stuck mid-boot at the graphics driver part but I don't know how to fix it without doing a clean install, which is last resort. System restore seems to have lost all its restore points even though i remember seeing 'creating restore point' in the beginning of the update, and the recovery partition will only do a clean install - no repair options there either.

I then burned the win7HP x64 iso and tried to do a repair options from disk with no results. Thinking back to the XP days, I proceeded to try a non-destructive install on top of existing OS from the disk, but it then says that the upgrade can only be started from within a functional windows, and the only option is custom install which wipes... Read more

A:Vaio laptop won't boot, black screen with moveable cursor after starting windows logo

Hi have you fixed this issue or still require assistance??
 

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I was playing Modern Warfare 2, and just after a match had finished, and was changing to the game summary, instead of going to the game summary, the screen was was covered in vertical lines alternating dull yellow and dull green (similar colours in the game summary menus). it stayed like this with the sound in the background still going for like 15/20 seconds. it woudn't allow me to ctrl alt delete, or escape or anything. I believe it had froze. The screen just went to no signal and turned off. I tried resetting the computer, but the screen doesn't come on (i turn the screen on and off and the screen stil goes to no signal). I took out the graphics card and put it back in and the screen still doesn't turn on. I also tried switching the dvi plug to the 2nd one on my card and it still doesn't turn on.

The card is XFX Ati Radeon HD5770. I bought it yesterday, after my original card ASUS Nvidia 8800GTS 640MB was artifacting (2nd time its happend), which is currently being fixed under warranty(2 months left)
The card has been worked fine the last 2 days.

when i try to turn the computer on it doesn't seem to start up like it use to, even without the screen working - there is no beep which usually happens when u first turn it on.

Anyone know what the problem is?

My comuter specs are:
Cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4Ghz/4MB/1066FSB/Dual Core)
Mother board: Gigabyte 965P-S3
Power Supply: Antec Neo HE500 500W
Ram:kingston 2GB Kit (2x1GB) 667Mz
Screen: Acer ... Read more

A:Screen not turning on - i believe its graphics card related

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I keep getting this blue screen on occasion for what I think is my graphics card. I had to get a new one after my old one died on me. I have a Dell Inspiron 530 and the graphics card is a Nvidia GeForce 210. The Blue screen reads:

Stop: 0x00000116 (0x8A688008, 0x8ED27AD6, 0x00000000, 0x00000002)

nv7ddmkm.sys -Address 8ed27AD6 Base at EC08006
Date Stamp 4e992973

Thanks! Help me if you can!


Easier to read specifications:

Dell Inspiron 530
Nvidia Geforce 210
Running Windows Vista
32-Bit
Intel Duo Core CPU
4 GB of Ram
Lots of Space on the Hard Drive

A:Blue Screen, Perhaps related to Graphics Card

Welcome
You show BugCode 116. This will help
STOP 0x116: VIDEO_TDR_ERROR troubleshooting - Windows 7 Forums

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This has happened several times in the past few days. I fear my graphics card might need replacing? I've attached the error message below.

when i login to play games i can play for like 10mins then the screen goes black and the computer restarts, this doesn't happen all the time sometimes i can play for long time without the screen going black i dunno what happened




Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 2057

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: a
BCP1: 0000000000000010
BCP2: 0000000000000002
BCP3: 0000000000000001
BCP4: FFFFF80003086F1F
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Files that help describe the problem:
C:\Windows\Minidump\102213-16848-01.dmp
C:\Users\JAMMILL\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-36332-0.sysdata.xml

A:Blue Screen - Graphics Card Possibly Related?

Post in BSOD Help and Support - Windows 7 Help Forums and read the BSOD posting instructions!

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RELEVANCY SCORE 74.8

This has happened several times in the past few days. I fear my graphics card might need replacing? I've attached the error message below.

I logged in to play World of Warcraft and after a explosion of lines and abnormal colors, the screen went blank and then a blue screen showed up. Upon restarting regularly, I had repeated blue screens. I'm running in Safe Mode now. Thanks for any help, it would be greatly appreciated!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6002.2.2.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033

Files that help describe the problem
Mini032011-06.dmp
sysdata.xml
Version.txt

View a temporary copy of these files
Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your computer.

Extra information about the problem
BCCode: 116
BCP1: FFFFFA80096FA010
BCP2: FFFFFA600241A110
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 0000000000000002
OS Version: 6_0_6002
Service Pack: 2_0
Product: 768_1

A:Blue Screen - Graphics Card Possibly Related?

Please follow these instructions
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

BC116 is caused by a defective GPU/RAM or PSU
STOP 0x116: VIDEO_TDR_ERROR troubleshooting

Test RAM RAM - Test with Memtest86+
Do some stress tests with OCCT
OCCT (OverClock Checking Tool) 3.0.0 download from Guru3D.com

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RELEVANCY SCORE 74.8

This has happened several times in the past few days. I fear my graphics card might need replacing? I've attached the error message below.

when i login to play games i can play for like 10mins then the screen goes black and the computer restarts, this doesn't happen all the time sometimes i can play for long time without the screen going black i dunno what happened


Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 2057

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: a
BCP1: 0000000000000010
BCP2: 0000000000000002
BCP3: 0000000000000001
BCP4: FFFFF80003086F1F
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Files that help describe the problem:
C:\Windows\Minidump\102213-16848-01.dmp
C:\Users\JAMMILL\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-36332-0.sysdata.xml

A:Blue Screen - Graphics Card Possibly Related?

Post it following the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions.

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hi, usually my computer starts right up and the monitor lights up as well. sometimes tho, the computer seems to start, but the monitor on light keeps flashing and monitor doesnt light up. I hear the motherboard beep ok, then I hear the windows music playing (the welcome to windows 7 screen music) so it seems the computer function is working, just the monitor doesnt light up. so I hit reset and it works fine. happens about every 7 or 8 boot ups. suggestions? Msongs

A:boot related problem caused by graphics card/drivers?

Check your monitor cable connection
Make sure your video card is seated properly
Check device manager to see if there is a video error
Download and install the latest video driver
Check your Event Viewer for any error messages

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I'm trying to recover from the black screen/blinking cursor of death, and have come to the bcd fixing stage. Looks like this, from a few sources on the net:

Bootrec.exe


bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup

c:

cd boot

attrib bcd -s -h -r

ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old

bootrec /RebuildBcd

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

However I don't seem to have a c:/boot folder! What gives? Machine is Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed on a 64-bit SSD with a 500gb normal hdd as backup storage (currently unplugged).

Thanks in advance

A:Trying to fix black screen/blinking cursor on boot - no c:/boot folder?

Here are a few forum posts that may help, check them out;

1.http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...or-672399.html

2.
Black screen, blinking cursor

Good Luck!

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Hi, all. You'll have to bear with me a little; I'm not a particularly technical person, so I'll try my best to explain the problem.

The gist of the issue is that although my computer (XP service pack 2, using comparatively old hardware - old and faithful) seems to load up fine, as soon as it comes off the initial Windows loading page with the loading bar etc, the screen goes black and, although the mouse cursor can be seen, the page where you select users shows up as just black.

I've been having problems with my computer since it updated to service pack 2, early last month. After that, it tried to update me to Windows Media Player 11 but every time it tried the whole system would crash, burn and restart itself. At one point, when I sent an error report, I was told the problem was due to a virus of some kind - a trojan, I think; I saved the information on my PC, but that's obviously a little useless right now, as I can't access it and there aren't any backups. I run AVG as a virus scanner, which I find effective, but it has never found any kind of virus on there. As far as I was aware, it was clean. I used the Windows Live cleaner, as they suggested; it found nothing either, and neither did Netcom 3, my registry cleaner (which also has a virus/spyware scanner). In fact, it's come up completely clean for some time. However, since I updated the service pack, the Windows firewall hasn't been in operation, and I could never get it working again. Though I haven't used any dod... Read more

A:Black screen with cursor when I boot up my PC...

Hi Glastea, and welcome to TSF.

I have several suggestions for recovery of your system but most of them include using an XP cd. If you don't have one, perhaps you can borrow one from somewhere? Some of the solutions i can suggest may include using your serial key. (a 25 digit code which you may find on a sticker on the casing of your machine) This of course depends where and how you purchased the pc.

It is my opinion that you will need the cd at the very least. You are legally entitled to copy that cd if you need to but your problem will arise if you don't have the 25 digit serial key code.

Please post back if you have, or can obtain, a cd and i will do my best to help.

Btw, registry cleaners are a no no and thats probably made your problems a whole lot worse.

The only other alternative is to remove your hard drive and slave it to another machine to retrieve any important files but at the end of it all you still need the aforementioned disc to restore your operating system.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 73.2

Hi, I'm not sure where this should go, so I figured this would suffice. My laptop took a 2 foot fall two days ago while running and then I continuted to use it for a few hours until it shut itself down. While trying to start it back up it was saying that no hard drive was detected and the startup repair claimed the same thing with error code: 2000 - 0141. It also said on another screen that a process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated. I got it to go to normal mode without being able to do anything and safe mode to transfer some pictures to a flash drive and did a virus check that came up clear, but noted that some files may not have been checked. I have Avast Antivirus. A weird thing did happen while turning it on and off trying to see what would happen: one time there was a new user on the welcome screen indicated as AvastAntivirus something or other...tried to log in to that, but of course I didn't have the password. So now after a few startup repairs, it starts up, takes a while to do so and if you get a screen to choose safe mode, safe with networking, safe with command prompt, or normal all selections lead to a black screen and cursor. While the sytem tries to load and runs through all the drivers it always stops at \Windows\System32\Drivers\aswRvrt.sys

HELP, please

I also was reading some other people's posts...If I have to do this Farbar thing, how do I find out if my laptop is a 32 bit or 64 bit?

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A:Black screen and cursor only upon boot up

My first assumption is that the disk drive is loose (or worse). Remove it and firmly replace it. Your second screen shot indicates that it is a Dell laptop so there is probably a maintenance manual (or user guide) on their web site and/or in your possession.

Secondly I'd run the hard drive diagnostic if there is one in the BIOS (Setup).

And if you can get far enough run disk check with error correcting.
 

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Hi,
I have a laptop my brother says they haven't installed anything lately. It boots up fine in safe mode. In normal mode it boots up and goes to a black screen and the white cursor.

I can move the cursor around and can do CNTR-ALT-DEL to get the Taskmanager or switch user screen and all that ok..

I ran the self diagnosis from the VIsta windows cd and No problem found.
I let it self test the memory like your tutorial said to do, no problem found.

Any more ideas??

A:Black screen w/cursor after boot up

Also, he has never setup a restore point, so that is not an option.

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I was having problems with my charger for a couple of weeks. I bought some cheap online charger that provided my computer with the wrong wattage. Eventually my battery became ruined due to this, but I bought a new one. However, my computer kept shutting off due to the lack of power. So it would completely shut off. This may have done some hard drive damage I suspect, since I cannot boot into OS anymore. I have tried another HDD and it seemed to work.
 
I'm trying to resolve the problem with my hard drive though. I plugged it into my other computer via usb and it seems fine. I am able to grab any files I need from it.  NOW as for my laptop, the PC turns on like normal. I get the bios screen. I get the Windows logo screen. Then I get a black screen with a mouse cursor in the middle.
I can move the mouse, but the buttons don't do anything--left or right click.  No keys on the keyboard change the screen. Ctrl+Alt+Del does nothing. Windows key does nothing. Esc does nothing, etc. At this point the only option is to hold down the power button and turn it off.
What I've tried:
I tried to start it in safe mode, but the same thing happens. It shows the system files that are loading. The last file it shows loading is Windows/system32/DRIVERS/amdkmpfd.sys then it goes to a black screen with a mouse cursor again; only this time it is in safe mode resolution so the mouse cursor is larger and not as sharp. Also, no keyboard strokes have any affect just as with normal mode.
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A:Black Screen With Cursor OS WILL NOT BOOT

Windows repair disc may fix a broken startup like this... 

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Hello,
I have a laptop that will not boot neither in normal mode nor safe mode. It gets past the Windows logo, but then the screen turns black with just a white cursor. If I wait long enough, the laptop will eventually reboot.
 
I have managed to boot to OTLPE and do a FRST scan.
Any help would be much apreciated.
Here is the FRST LOG:
 
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 14-10-2014
Ran by SYSTEM on REATOGO on 15-10-2014 12:44:43
Running from B:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Desktop
Platform: Windows 7 Home Premium (X86) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 10
Boot Mode: Recovery
 
The current controlset is ControlSet002
ATTENTION!:=====> If the system is bootable FRST must be run from normal or Safe mode to create a complete log.
 
 
ATTENTION!:=====> THE OPERATING SYSTEM IS A X64 SYSTEM BUT THE BOOT DISK THAT IS USED TO BOOT TO RECOVERY ENVIRONMENT IS A X86 SYSTEM DISK.
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
 
==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================
 
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the registry item will be restored to default or removed. The file will not be moved.)
 
HKLM\...\Run: [RtHDVCpl] => C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVCpl64.exe [11895400 2011-06-24] (Realtek Semiconductor)
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A:Black Screen with Cursor NO BOOT

Greetings Mrunreal and to BleepingComputer's Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum.

My name is Oh My! and I am here to help you! Now that we are "friends" please call me Gary.

If you would allow me to call you by your first name I would prefer to do that.

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