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Q: Black Screen of Death

Ive had my Hp laptop for a good while now and never have i had any problems until yesterday, when I closed my laptop without shutting down (ive done this many times before) putting it into hibernate mode. Today I opened it back up and the screen is total black. All the lights on the keyboard work and the fan seems to be running fine. Ive watched many yotube videos on how to resolved it and followed the tips given such as, linking my laptop to a tv, taking out the battery and just using the charger, I even try switching out the ram. Not sure what to do now any ideas please

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Preferred Solution: Black Screen of Death

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


I'm getting the black screen with movable cursor or KSOD (Black Screen Of Death) on Windows Vista.

What happens:
The system powers on.
Start windows normally
Windows splash screen
-> Black screen <-

What I can do:
I CAN enter BIOS and have reset the default settings.
I CAN press F8 to give me advanced boot options, but all options have the same result, apart from "Repair your computer".
I CAN load the "Repair your computer" option.
I CAN move the mouse around the screen.
I CAN press shift 5 times to get a dialogue to appear, but no control panel.
I CAN press the power button to shut down the system.
I CAN start up in safe mode, which is exactly the same, but with lower resolution.

I CANNOT seem to do anything else.

However, there are workarounds to accessing the hard drive:

I CAN use MSDaRT or the System Recovery Tool.
I CAN use the hard drive as an external USB hard drive on another machine.

What I've tried:
Startup Repair - Could not detect a problem.
System Restore - No restore points.
Windows Complete PC Restore - A valid restore location could not be found.
Windows Memory Diagnostics - No errors.
SFC Scan - No problems.
Stand alone system sweeper - No problems.
Hotfix Uninstall - Nothing to uninstall.

I also COULD do a partial or full "Packard Bell Recovery", which is essentially like reinstalling windows. I DO NOT want to do this.

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A:Black screen with movable cursor or KSOD (Black Screen Of Death) Vista

I think I saw this post aver at Toms but I also think you gave some additional info.
I think what may be going on it during the switch from the windows low res video driver to the driver used in normal mode.

Since you can get into safe mode try to go to device manager.
Start|right click computer|properties|device manager.
Look in the display adapter.
Is there a yellow exclamation mark there?
Or is it showing the video that you know should be there?
Please post the video that the machine uses and or the PB model.

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In need of serious help.*
To begin, I am stupid and haven't backed up any of my files so for now a windows reinstall is out of the question. (unless it's completely necessary) okay, so the problem: I was using my computer as normal. Then while on Google Chrome, it started getting slow and said "not responding" this happens all the time, to everyone so I waited and then the dreaded Blue screen of death appeared. Didn't get a look at what it said because it shut down almost immediately. After that it loaded as normal? Which is weird, I think. But got stuck after startup on the black screen of death. All I have is a cursor. Can't do ctrl+alt+del, can't load any of the safe modes. When I go on startup repair, it says "no restore points" on system restore and "could not detect a problem" on system repair or whatever it's called. There must be something to fix this?! :/ I live in hope that the whole system doesn't need to be wiped clean because as I said, I stupidly haven"t backed up my files.*

Can anyone help?? Please?

A:Stuck on black screen of death, after blue screen of death

this sounds like it should be a BSOD thread, post a seperate thread in the BSOD section following the posting instructions for BSODs, make sure you include the dump files, if you don't know how to do that, it should tell you in the BSOD posting instructions.

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Hi been tying to solve BlackSOD for awhile now, can be very in frequent problem , then at other times, I will get a lots of Blacksod all at once.
PC will fail most of the day for days on end. Then Balcksod stops for while , like right NOW. Today PC booted no problems able to post.
Last night PC would not work at all, for hours. PC was going into a BlackSOD , when staring Windows. or soon after desktop appears.

Here are my specs: All compents where bought in 2011 at PC D.I.Y , store PC D.I.Y then built the PC. , not me :)

OS: win 7 64 bit Home premium , purchased at PC D.I.Y install by PC D.I.Y on the 17/01/2011 or thereabouts, ( reading off invoice).

AGE OF SYSTEM HARDWARE: All components where new when built on the 17/1/2011, or thereabouts.

AGE of OS: OS has not been re-installed since it was first installed, but have re-installed from a backup 12/12/2012 approx. ONCE, to try and stop BlackSOD. which started sometime in FEB/March 2013.

CPU: Intel 17650/3.00Hz/4.8GTs QPI/8M CACHE/LGA1366

GPU: ATI 6950 using ATI 12.10 version using older driver as 13.1 driver Blacksod still happened.

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth-X58 LGA1366,6DDR3,SATA3,UBS3,RAID,RMGS-6GBRM

PSU: PWCO-HX-750 , Corsair HX-750 ATX Modular PSU 140mmFAn 80Plus sliver

CASE: Antec 900 Two Black ATX Tower Case, lots of fans

System manufacturer: ?
Exact mode number: ?

A:Black Screen of Death or Black Gaming Screen of Death


How are the temps and voltage readings? If the PC is currently overclocked please reset back to defaults for testing purposes

Boot into the BIOS and post the temp and voltage readings. Usually Under Hardware Monitor,PC Health Status, or similar.

Once you have this info Install HWMonitor and take a screenshot of the program at idle and under load.

There could be a possible problem with the processor that could be caused by heat or voltage, or a bad CPU.

Download and install Prime95 (if you don't already have it installed) and perform the test
-Open Prime95 and choose Just stress testing
-Run each test (Small FFTs, In-place large FFTs, and Blend) for a few hours each to see if there are any errors produced or critical temps reached.

Common Platform Error Record @ fffffa8008925038
Record Id : 01ce475c64645785
Severity : Fatal (1)
Length : 928
Creator : Microsoft
Notify Type : Machine Check Exception
Timestamp : 5/2/2013 17:42:27 (UTC)
Flags : 0x00000002 PreviousError

Section 0 : Processor Generic
Descriptor @ fffffa80089250b8
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My first time I had this BlackSOD problem was while playing BF3 , a few months ago, one day all good , next BlackSOD , the only way out, was a reboot , as keyboard and mouse where non- responsive. The only thing I had done was install an ATI 13.1 beta driver. I got rid of it and went for the normal one ATI driver 13.1
Since then I have come to suspect the drivers for ATI, ( now using 12.10 non Beta, tried ATI 13.1 ones still got the BlackSOD) & Razer deathadder when I was using the Synapse 2.0 version. I'm now using the legacy DeathAdder_driver_v3.05_Eng instead. Still getting BlackSOD.
But since I'm here posting , I would like know how to stop the BlackSOD. as would half the planet.
At this time 3/5/2013 my PC has been running for hours will out any problems , using the ATI 12.10 but last week , when I was using the ATI 13.1 drivers it took 6 attempts of trying to get the PC to stay ON.
As of the 3/5/2013 PC boots up with out any problems , Until of course I run anything like a GAME!. Then I can be certain a BlackSOD will happen at some point. like a few nights ago while playing BF3 for a few hours. BlackSOD in the middle of a game, The BF3 gamers nightmare!.
I tried to do an Up-grade using my Win 7 64 home , that is, keep all my stuff and let window re-install itself , but the Windows Compatibility Report comes but BLANK , only saying "An error prevented a required compliance check from completing. Cancel the installation... Read more

A:Black Screen of Death or Black Gaming Screen of Death

First things first update your BIOS it is very old:

BIOS Version: American Megatrends Inc. 1304 , 2/08/2011
Next uninstall the following it is likely doing more harm than good:

Start Menu\Programs\Wise Care 365
Start Menu\Programs\Wise Disk Cleaner Free
Start Menu\Programs\Wise Registry Cleaner Free
Start Menu\Programs\Wrye Bash
Next run some hardware tests the errors you are getting indicate possible hardware failure / defects:
Furmark will stress test your GPU
FurMark: VGA Stress Test, Graphics Card and GPU Stability Test, Burn-in Test, OpenGL Benchmark and GPU Temperature | oZone3D.Net

FurMark Setup:
- If you have more than one GPU, select Multi-GPU during setup
- In the Run mode box, select "Stability Test" and "Log GPU Temperature" (BurnIn test in newer versions).
Click "Go" to start the test
- Run the test until the GPU temperature maxes out - or until you start having problems (whichever comes first).
- Click "Quit" to exit

Also report the temperatures of your GPU at idle, and when it maxes out during the stress test
Next run prime95 this will stress test your ram/CPU:

Prime95 Setup:
- extract the contents of the zip file to a location of your choice
- double click on the executable file
- select "Just stress testing"
- select the "Blend" test. If you've already run MemTe... Read more

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i believe virus deleted a system 32 exe file it is a confident guess. I have a true black screen nothing at all comes up doesn't load anything no hot keys work. windows 7 hp laptop I need to know if I can get into bios if f keys don't work, cd repair disk don't work. what can I do power button and wifi button lights up on keyboard and fans are running but black screen no response. it is not a graphic card problem not a hardware problem at all. please help

A:Black Screen of Death true black no keys work at all!!!HELP

Do you see the bios splash screen?
Did you ever enter BIOS before, so you know how to do it?
Do you see the win7 animated welcome screen (prior to logon)?
cd repair disc .... you mean this? System Repair Disc - Create

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Hello everyone.

I have a Toshiba Satellite L450D-13X computer for the kids, and for the price it's a good laptop. Have had no issues with it until two weeks ago when the screen froze for the boys whilst playing a game and downloading a program from the net. Had to do a force shutdown and since then we have a BSoD on every boot-up. This is what we have tried:

On 'Starting Windows' we are given an option of either 'Launch Startup Repair' which ends up as BSoD or 'Start Windows Normally' which reverts back to the 'Starting Windows' option list.
Any attempt to enter 'Safe Mode' results in BSoD.
Attempting to boot an ISO of the Windows Recovery Disk on a USB key (we did highlight it and promote it to the top) results in BSoD. Borrowing a proper Window 7 installation DVD and highlighting this as an option results in BSoD.

In fact, the only option we used that threw up something different was using advanced boot options. On one of these options we got the Blue Screen of Death with the following information:

Disable Bios Memory Options such as caching/shadowing

Tech info

Stop: 0x000000ED (0xFFFFFA80023C2CDO 0xFFFFFFFFC0000185 0x0000000000000000 0x0000000000000000)

I don't mind erasing the hard drive and starting again, there's nothing on it that's critical. I'd very, very much appreciate a steer on this. Checked the web for stuff and nothing seems to assist in any other options. I am not particularly tech literate but can follow instructions.

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A:Black Screen of Death/Blue Screen of Death

Hi, malbekh; and welcome to the forum. Please read these threads and post back. We will be glad to help you.

[1 - Novice] How to ask for help with a BSOD problem


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Hi, thanks for checking my question. I haven't found an answer to my particular situation:

Dell xps m1430 laptop w/vista (32).

It all started with a blue screen w/scrolling text after the fated restart. The blue screen text said "if this is the first time you've seen this message..." and then comp restarted, again showing the blue screen, then restarted into windows repair mode, after repair mode tried to fix the problem comp restarted, then the screen went black / blank right after the little windows loading animation (where the bar keeps moving from left to right and there's a small windows logo).
It all happened fast, so there may have been steps I forgot, but that's the jist of it.

Now screen always goes black / blank during startup after the windows loading animation, so I can't start windows in normal mode.
I can start in safe mode if I manually force shutdown by holding the power button, so I'm not imploding with fear... ok I am.

Possible causes:
1. This occured right after installing 11 vista updates (that restart was when I saw the blue screen)

2. Also occured the restart after running a patch called "Vista TCP/IP and UAC AutoPatch 6.0" I downloaded it from softpedia, the developer was listed as defcon, and their website listed was securevista.net, but the site is down(I found this out after the problem occured). The patch had lots of positive reviews, and lots of people on other sites also suggest using it to re... Read more

A:Solved: Black screen of death at startup, all began with a blue screen

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Just today, I turned on my computer and got the blue screen of death, so I restarted my PC. Then a black screen came up saying "Windows could not start beacuse the following file is missing or corrupt : \windows\system32\config\system."

You can attempt to repair this file by putting the winxp cd in etc...

Now when i turn on my computer there is just a black screen showing, with nothing at all on it.

Any ideas anyone?

Thanks very much for your help.

A:Blue screen of death, boot problems, black screen startup

It's a nasty error that requires some persistance and resourcefullness to overcome without a clean install.

If you have a Windows CD or have the recovery console installed, you might want to have a go at these directions.


Forum example of a successful recovery here:


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The issue started a few hours ago when I was playing League of Legends, specifically when the game has finished its loading and crashed to Desktop which is a common problem on my laptop. As usual I would restart the game, but before I could do that explorer.exe crashed, my entire Desktop has turned to the familiar transparent whitish filter before the "Explorer.exe has crashed" message popped out, which was peculiar at the time because this is the first time it had happened.

So I allowed the program to restart, it didn't. So I shut down via holding down the power button and rebooted the laptop. It went into Startup Repair, and did its automated repair, so I let it repair while I did my stuff. When I returned, the repair had completed and it booted the laptop into the infamous Black Screen of Death with a movable mouse cursor. This is right before I could log on to my user account, and I decided to search for solutions initially on Google using an available PC.

Most of it didn't work, for starters, booting up to Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking and Last known Good Configuration brought me to the same movable mouse cursor with black screen combo. Safe Mode with Command Prompt has the same problem, and the Command Prompt does not appear.

After which, I accessed the Repair menu with the F8 button right after the BIOS loads and tried every option. First, Repair Your Computer did not work as it couldn't find any problems after the first initial repair it did. Syste... Read more

A:Black Screen of Death with Mouse Cursor before Login Screen

having the same problem here on my toshiba satellite L655-1je laptop. did everything srwalpha did but to no avail. hence, bumping this up for help pls...

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While attempting to restore a previous backup of my system (with Norton Ghost 15), I got an error, and the system rebooted. Upon reboot, I get the black screen of death with just the cursor instead of the usual login screen. I have tried the following thus far:
These all give me the black screen of death with movable cursor:boot in safe mode
boot in safe mode with networking
boot in safe mode with command prompt
last known good configuration

I did an initial system startup repair which went through and said it repaired it, rebooted, but no change.
I did a pre-boot diagnostic test - nothing
memory test - nothing
tried restoring from restore point, but it says I don't have any (LIES! BLASPHEMY!)
tried restoring from restore point on external disk - seemed okay, then failed.
chkdsk - found some stuff, fixed it, no change.
tried ctrl+alt+del on black screen of death - nothing
Now, I know that the hard drive itself is alright, that is, the information is still all there still. While I can't give you exact specs, I can tell you that I am on a Dell Studio XPS running Win7 home premium 64 bit. I'm at a loss as to what else to do. Despite being a black screen, with just a movable cursor, the system still appears to be running, as every few minutes, it will show the "thinking" cursor, where it shows the little circle next to the arrow. If anyone has any tips or suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

hugs and kisses,

A:Black Screen of Death during boot, before login screen


Known issue some users have it others don't did you try Why is my screen black when I start Windows 7? or this mentions a "black screen of death" fix but i would be verry carefull running executable files from unknown sources

Windows 7 Black Screen Of Death Fix

also this http://www.everything-microsoft.com/2009/12/01/windows-7-bsod-black-screen-of-death-freeze-and-potential-fix/

but it also points to external sources microsoft should fix the issue or that *.exe should be authenticode signed so you have a way to verify it's trustworthy.

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I've having an issue that I think some ppl had, windows 8 crashing going to blue screen of death or blank black screen and then it restarts by itself, also I have noticed that it says repairing disk in D:/

I have one SSD 120gb in the C:/ which it host the operating system and some minnor programs, in a HDD which is my D:/ drive there I have my games.

ASRock 990FX Extreme 9
AMD FX 8350
Kingston Hyper X 120GB SSD
WD black 500GB HDGB HDD
Corsair Vengeance 8gb Ram 2133Hz
Windows 8

Thanks for the time, if more info is needed I willl gather it and post it

A:How do I fix windows blue screen of death and black screen

Update, seems that some tweaking did fix the problem, go to search and type power, in the left click on the one that says change what power buttons do, then uncheck the box that it says turn on fast startup (recomended) then save changes and a restart and youre done -at least for me it worked-

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So for the past 2 weeks I've been crashing none stop usually after playing game for about an hour or just browsing or watching a movie, its a mixture of Page fault in none page area, Memory management, IRQL not less or equal, among others. I don't know whats causing the crashes or any help would be greatly appreciated. i had this laptop for since early december 2009.

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) II Dual-Core Mobile M500, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3836 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series, 320 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 291444 MB, Free - 24376 MB; D: Total - 13495 MB, Free - 2249 MB; F: Total - 99 MB, Free - 95 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 3642
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Disabled

A:Blue screen of death, Freezing, and black screen

Have you installed anything lately? There could be some program or service doing something that isn't needed.
How's the case temperature? Perhaps it's running too hot.

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I am running windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and facing with a big problem,I suppose.
-Black screen sometimes appears after windows is starting(after this)
-Blue screen of death always appears when I am trying to connect for more than 7/8/9/10 times on some of wireless networks,and very rarely appears when I'm playing a game or doing something on the internet.
-Some programs freeze sometimes such as Firefox,DivX Player,Winamp...
Please help me guys!

A:blue screen of death,black screen,freezing...

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1) When booting the computer, after the motherboard splash screen the screen turns black and nothing happens. Everything is still on and the fans are running.

PC Spec's:
Motherboard: Asus M4A78-E SAM3 780 ATX
Processor : AMD Athlon II X4 620 2,6GHz 2MB, 95W, AM3
RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR2 800MHz/Cl5/XMS2-6400
Graphics (x2 Crossfired): XFX PCIe HD5750 512 MB
Power supply: Corsair VX 450W
HDD1 (Windows 7 (64) installed): HD500GB Samsung SP SATA-2 7200RPM Spinpoint F3
HDD2: 250GB storage
DVD: DVD RW Samsung 22X DL

This PC has been in use for approximately a year.

1) When I turn the power on, all fans start running like they normally do
2) Using the ASUS Express Gate splashtop that launches before the motherboard splash screen I'm able to browse all my files on both harddrives
3) Pressing DELETE at the motherboard splash screen takes me to the Bios Setup Utility, which I can navigate
4) At the Bios Setup Utility, it says that the Primary IDE Master and Primary IDE Slave are "Not Detected". Not sure if this is significant.
5) According to the Bios Setup Utility it should attempt to boot from the correct HDD. Trying to boot from the second HDD yields the same results.
6) Pressing TAB at the motherboard splash screen to view BIOS POST Message only leads to the same black screen
7) Switching the monitor made no difference
8) The monitor can't find a signal from any other ports

I'm at my wit's end. I do not und... Read more

A:Motherboard splash screen - then black screen of death =(

I went into the Bios Setup Utility and reset to factory defaults. I then changed the boot order so that I would boot from DVD before HDD. For some reason this did it. It now works. Maybe it just needed time to rest? Because this hardly sounds like the solution to my problem.

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I have a computer running Windows 7. Last night the computer was running fine. This morning when I turn it on, i get a black screen. To fix the problem I conducted a system restore. After it finished restoring, the computer restarts and everything worked fine. To make sure if everything was in working order, I restart it again. After the "Starting Windows" screens comes up, I get the Blue Screen of Death. I can't even read what the error says because the computer just restarts itself. I did not connect anything new to the computer. I performed a hardware diagnostics to see if it was a hardware failure but no error was found. I can't even get into safe mode. The SFC.exe will be my next step.

A:Windows 7 Black Screen then Blue Screen of Death

The SFC.exe did not work either.

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The only 2 times I have experienced a black screen of death was after having installed a Microsoft update. I'd like to know what is the best way to respond to this situation. I am only aware of one option and that is to power off and power back on again. Is there other options?

A friend I have who works in IT told me that if the logon screen does not reappear because Windows is stuck at a black screen, the update (specifically a security update) may have reset the permissions in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell key. He says that MS denies that this happens. I assume workarounds get offered if this stuff actually happens, otherwise there is nothing a user can do.

In Safe mode, Windows repairs will revert the update and reconfigure Windows, but if the black screen keeps on happening each time you try that update, is there something that a user can do before trying it again? Teaking com recommends draining the power completely before doing repairs - is this the only option?

I understand that the user gets an error code to help in diagnosing and fixing a problem, but if that does not work and the black screen continues, what should a user do before zipping the CBSlog and Windowsupdate log for analysis here? The tutorials here are great but they do not include what is best to do when the user is staring at a black screen. Are there options?

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I am running Windows XP and was using IE 6.0 when this happened.

I was on-line searching for info on the tv series house (I wanted to know what time it's on). I clicked on the fox website and was able to watch full episodes of the ones I had missed, but I had to install their movie player first - which I did. Towards the end of the episode I noticed that the audio was a little off from the video and the video was slowing down/stopping and starting again. In my bar at the bottom of the screen I noticed that Mcafee was running it's updates (which was odd because it's supposed to do this in the middle of the night, not the day. So I stopped the movie player and tried to expand the mcafee scanning icon. It wouldn't do it. So I tried to close IE and it wouldn't do it. I pulled up task manager to terminate IE that way after I did this I noticed there were 2 files running called "dumprep.exe" and 1 called "mcupdump.exe"?? that had really high numbers by them - so I terminated them hoping that it would make mcafee stop. (I figured since mcafee was the only thing running and everything else was locked up it had to be those files that were causing the problems).

Well - the entire system locked and wouldn't unstick itself. So I did a hard boot (held in the off button until the computer shut itself down), waited a few minutes and then started it back up again.

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A:Black Screen of Death Need Help!

It sounds like for some reason the monitor is stuck in power save mode. Try turning off the computer. Then turn the monitor off. Now unplug the monitor from power and wait 1 minute. Now plug monitor back in and power on. Then power on PC.

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Hi after my computer boots it gets stuck on a black screen with a mouse cursor in the middle. I have been researching and reading for a solution but have not found one that works for me. I can't boot into safe mode or even safe mode with command prompt so i cant do any registry fixes which some people suggest. Iv also tried last known good configuration but that didnt work either. ctrl + alt + delete doesn't work either. iv tried doing a clean install and using the windows diagnostics and recovery toolset version 6. but they havnt worked either after the loading files bar the KSOD comes back again, it is like the computer cannot read the discs or it wont boot from them. Please does anyone have any solutions that i may try? Thank you very much for your help in advance.

A:Black screen of death

If your motherboard has integrated graphics, enable them in BIOS. Also check if the gpu is properly positioned. If not, buy a cheap 9400GT and exchange it for the card you currently have to test out the motherboard.

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This is not on my pc directly but it is on my uncle's laptop. He starts the computer and windows loads but right as soon as the window loading screen goes away the screen is all black its as if there is no video card enabled. we have also tried plugging in his monitor from his desktop since he has a laptop connector that allows you to hook a monitor up and display whatever is on the labtop. You can't navigate anything or anything liek that. Any Suggestions?

A:Black Screen Of Death!

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running windows 10. I keep getting a black screen and nothing works. once in a great while I will also get a screen saying windows encountered and needs to shut down. I've already checked to make sure it's not some kind of malware.

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so i have a windows 8 laptop and every once in a while the screen goes black and its unresponsive and i have to manually turn if off and restart it now i have looked up this problem and it says i need a windows 8 disk and i dont have one soo idk wat to do help

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Yesterday I was watching something on my computer (I use VLC to watch movies) when my Spybot started acting up. It popped up a billion warnings (they're not really warnings though, more like "Do you want to allow this application...etc etc") - one of them was "regedit" but it contained no information in the details nor did it say what this was linked to. I didn't start up any programs, nor did I install anything new in the last few weeks. So I pressed "no" (as in 'do not allow this application') because I didn't know why I got so many pop ups all of a sudden.

Then everything slowed down significantly so I decided to restart. When I restarted everything seemed fine. I finished my work last night and closed the laptop (I don't usually shut it down, it just goes to sleep when I close it) This morning though it was completely frozen, I had to restart it manually.

It got to the log in screen. I logged in. And after that, all I could see was a black screen with the cursor (which I could move) Task manager wasn't coming up. Nothing was working.

After that I had to go to work. Just went back home (since I live across the street) during lunch to try and fix it. I tried going into safe mode but same thing happens. Blank screen. Task manager doesn't work. I tried going back into regular mode. Again, black screen but this time task manager worked. I manually opened explorer.exe through task manager. I did a system restore. Same problem though but ... Read more

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Hello everyone,
Just recently i got a problem with my pc running windows 7. what happens is, everything works fine to the point where i reach the login screen, i click on my user icn, enter my password and then it loads and i get a blank black screen with only the cursor showing.
what's weird is when i switch my user account and use guest or administrator (i have 3 accounts), i can successfully login and see my desktop and task bar and icons. it's only when i log into my user account that i get this problem.
i have searched everywhere for a solution but with no luck.
someone please help me!

thank you!

A:Black Screen of Death

Hi realnsleo and welcome to SF.
It's just a hunch but it looks like explorer.exe isn't started/crashed due to a possibly corrupted profile.
press CTRL-ALT-Del and check the task list, if explorer exe runs.
If not, in Task manager go to File/New Tasl(Run) and start explorer.exe from there.
If that works, we'll figure out how to fix your probably corrupted user profile.


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For about two years, the screen will suddenly go black and stay that way until I reboot - it can happen at any time, for example on or off the internet, working on documents or playing games, just after startup or after working for hours. Sometimes it won't happen for weeks and then it wil happen 2 or 3 times in an hour - I have tried to track the problem before but have never got anywhere. There is only one error that occurs in event viewer - sometimes it is around the same time as the BSOD and sometimes it is there but nothing happens to the computer.

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Date: 19/03/2009
Time: 1:44:25 PM
User: N/A
The Cam 3200, WDM Video Capture service failed to start due to the following error:
The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

Yesterday, I researched the message and thought it was caused by some software that was related to a digital camera so I uninstalled/deleted the relevant folders.

Today, the computer has crashed again but the error is now slightly different.

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Date: 20/03/2009
Time: 9:15:56 AM
User: N/A
The Cam 3200, WDM Video Capture service failed to start due to the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.

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A:Black Screen of Death

If you have the drivers/software installed for a digicam...you simply need to remove such (I suspect that the files are damaged)...then reinstall if you want.FWIW: Removing installed software should be done via Add/Remove Programs. Removing drivers may need to be done via Add/Remove Programs and via Device Manager.This may be useful: How to uninstall hidden devices, drivers, and services - Tech-Recipes.com - http://www.tech-recipes.com/windows_instal...on_tips504.html Louis

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I have had my new Dell Studio 15 Laptop for under a week. Earlier today, after it updated, it took a while to log in, so I restarted and it was fine. Then, about 20 mins ago, I start, log on and get the Black Screen of Death. I safe moded and did a system restore. It is on now, but I am afraid to shut it off. Any advice?

Btw, I am not tech savvy, so...bare with me.

A:Black Screen of Death


Originally Posted by degausser_

I have had my new Dell Studio 15 Laptop for under a week. Earlier today, after it updated, it took a while to log in, so I restarted and it was fine. Then, about 20 mins ago, I start, log on and get the Black Screen of Death. I safe moded and did a system restore. It is on now, but I am afraid to shut it off. Any advice?

Btw, I am not tech savvy, so...bare with me.

OKAY, so Windows checked and said that:
Problem Event Name: Blue Screen
OS Version: bunch of numbers
Files that contributed to it:
a minidump TODAY...wth?
and 2: users/my name/appdata/local/temp/wer-515729-0.sysdata.xml

Please translate that into English.

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Hi I recently started up my desktop and suddenly it was a black screen with only the cursor. There was nothing I can do, can't get into task manager or anything. I tried going into repairs during the startup and tried system restore and the others but no go. Safemode does not work either same black screen issue. We tried putting in a Vista upgrade disk in but after you click on install vista, I receive a message stating "A required CD/DVD drive device is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB, please insert it now." I tried downloading the driver file from the hp site and also extracted the setup file which I then put in the usb. But when I plugged in the usb and tried going to that file I still get the message no driver.

Any help is much appreciated!

HP Pavilion Elite m9715f
Windows Vista home premium x64
8 GB
AMD Phenom x4 9650 Processor
750 GB Hard drive

A:Black Screen of Death

Hi why are you using a vista disc you could do better with a win 7 disc and run a start up repair

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Hopefully I am in the right forum here. Sorry if I am not.

I ran into a problem the other day. I was playing everquest 2 when i got the infamous blue screen of death. When windows finished dumping the memory, the computer rebooted itself, went through all its bios stuff with out any errors showing that I can see. When it came time for windows to load, nothing came up. I got the black screen of death with the cursor in the upper left corner which blinked a few times then it dropped down two lines where it sits and blinks for as long as I let it. When I went to open up the computer case, the area on the top back of the case was extremely hot (area of the power supply). I open everything up, the usual dust is settled on everything. So I blow and vaccuum everything out, reseat the ram, video card, and cpu. Try it again and same thing, black screen of death. My keyboard is a logitech 5000 which is bluetooth and it won't allow me to get into bios, so my next step there is to get a ps/2 keyboard. But until, then I figured I would post here and see what you guys thought might be the culprit. Hard drives spool up, no unusual beeps from the mobo.

Thank you.


MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor
CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4 x 1024MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
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I have two computers, both running WinXP SP2, both having the black screen of death!!):

The first computer is a dell desktop, Intel Pentium iii, GeForce 4200 graphics card, 256 mb of RAM.
this computer is different from the other, I first got the screen of death on this one when i went to the display properties menu and changed the display settings. now everytime i turn on the computer I have to wait like fifteen minutes for the monitor to turn on while the CPU has been running, after the monitor turns on, the computer has skiped the BIOS boot up screen n everything, it just directly goes to the black screen with a movable cursor, no commands will work as I've already tried, and I don't have any WinXP cds.

my second problem is with a dell Inspiron 1000, Intel Celeron, and 256mb of RAM.

this computer has had problems, when it used to boot it will just go to the login screen then just show my desktop after trying to load up, I downgrade its RAM, and put it's original RAM in other computer, but I decided to install a new OS(Ubuntu 10.04) on the Inspiron, so I had to retake the RAM, once I did the computer didnt even ask me to press F1(because of the RAM change), the computer just simply went to the black screen with no movable cursor, but this computer does go to the bios etc. though i've already tried safe mode etc. and no commands work, i have no xp cds, but i do have the ubuntu cd, i would like to boot from but it wont let me!!!! Any help plizzz!!!!

A:Black Screen of death

Start a second thread for the second computer. No one that can help you is going to waste time trying to figure out which computer is which in the middle of the same thread.

On the first computer (and only, for this thread), boot to Safe Mode and select the boot option "Use Last Known Good Configuration". Report results.

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Not a blue screen of death, but rather black.

Here's my issue. Shut computer off during vacation. I have a surge protector. Came back, boot up, no go. Boots until windows logo appears, then it just goes black with only the mouse cursor up. Nothing will exit from this screen. CTL-ALT-Del, no go.
1. Rebooted in safe mode and same deal and same black screen before login prompt.
2. Enabled low resolution to verify its not video card. nothing.
3. Entered BIOS and switched to boot from dvd drive with install disc. Went to Start up repair. said it could not fix. here is the readout on the bottom:

Root cause found:
Boot manager is missing or corrupt.
cannot repair automatically
Repair action: File repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x15
Time taken = 0 ms

4. Went to system restore: Cannot restore no points
5. Went to system last known image: No images created (my fault) just installed windows like 2 months prior with no issues.
6. Went to command prompt and did a Bootrec /bootfix and Bootrec /rebuildbcd. Nothing, still black screen.

Some background info in case it relates to the dillema. I have windows installed on my E:/ drive and seperate from my data HD (C:/), so I can run a bit faster. But, I still have some old data on the E:/ drive that I absolutely need and subsequently never moved to the C: drive. The E: drive is from my old computer, so I have some important photos and documents I do not wish to lose. So, I'm contemplating reistalling wi... Read more

A:Black Screen of Death??????

have u booted without restart after system failure from 'F8' to get a bluescreen error code?

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Hi AAAAAAAAAArgh running windows xp professional, on boot up pc seems to load ok right upto logo screen , no strange beeps or noises but the screen turns black , can still see the arrow cursor and can move it but cannot see anything else on screen . Tried F8 works ok to get safe mode screen up can move up and down the headings with arrow keys to select any heading , tried various but the same happens just a black screen . tried loading recovery cd that came with the Mesh Matrix PC nothing happens . The actuall pc sounds fine but its about to go through the window can any body guide me through this , PLEASE . Martin

A:Black screen of death

Just a thought but, canu get into bios and check the vid to see if is being regonized at all or if thier are additional setting, kinda sound like my issue
refer to my post!

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I am having a major problem on my primary PC. I am currently on an old PC.

I use 2 PCs together networked. The PCs are side by side on my desk with each having it's own monitor. I use windows Vista on the newer Pc and windows XP on the older -- the one I am currently on. And I use a program that allows me to use one mouse and keyboard for both computers. It's called Synergy.

The problem is that sometimes when I watch full screen video on the Vista machine the synergy seems to cause Vista to crash if I am not careful. well.. I wasn't careful enough apparently. So when my PC crashes I usually use system restore to go to an older restore point and this fixes the problem. well this time system restore says there are no restore points for some reason. And when I try to boot in normal mode or safe mode there is a black screen and my mouse pointer is there and that's it. So I have no choice other than to restart and try again and I have the option of either going into recovery -- system restore - or "boot menu" and that is it.

Does anyone know of some other way I can get the system restore to work and revert to an older restore point?

I have tried the different Black Screen of Death fixes I have seen doing a google seach -- such as registry edits but they didn't work.

Also, I did have an issue recently where whenever windows update updated my PC it was causing a crashing problem and I would have to go to a previous restore point. So I had to disable Window... Read more

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So the other day (yesterday) I was using my computer as I do almost everyday and was playing the game WorldofWarcraft then my comp froze, nothing worked, no mouse pointer or anything.

I had to do the Hold Power button for 6 seconds to turn off method., Restarted it, then it opened fine. Then I opened WoW and got (don't remember exactly what it said to my annoyance) a error message I think saying it couldn't find the video drivers or something.

So I restarted it again, and then opened WoW, and got a black page with mainly green and blue Vertical lines on it and again at that page, the system froze up.

F**k I said to myself, not good, so 1 more time I turned it off and restarted it, only to find out that Nothing would appear on my monitor, Not only would nothing appear but as its a newish flat screen, it showed me the Message "Searching for Signal" aka no signal, as if it wasn't plugged in (yes I checked, its plugged in).

I wasnt 100% sure where to post this but figured this is a good place to start.

If anyone has any ideas what this could be PLEASE post a tell as im poor and cant afford to buy a new computer.

Pentium 41.5Ghz
1x 512 Kingston SDRam, 1x (xyz brand) 256Mb SDRam
ATI Raedon 9250 128Mb Video Card
1x 80gig 7200 HD
1x 60gig 7200 HD

(dont know Mobo specs and if ya need any other info Pls just ask and ill try to find it out)

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well, im going the cheaper route and going to replace my video card, the one Im gettng is a PCI-E card, Im not sure this is the correct one, does anyone know how one checks whether or not this is the correct one,

the new one will be a ATI X1650, and my old, now kapoot one is a ATI Raedon 9250.


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I've been fighting over 2 weeks now with this problem and after hours and hours of struggle I decided to look for a help.
I will be detail as possible and hope there is someone who can help me through this to fix the problem I have.

First here are my specs:
Intel i7 M620 2.67GHz
4.00GB RAM
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
GeForce GT 330M (1440x900)

My problem is rather deadly and I have no idea where it's coming form.
I'm getting a random black screen of death where the screen goes black and the computer completely freezes. I know the computer has frozen because my friends on messengers like MSN or on Steam client displays me as offline.

It's not frequent, but it seems it appears randomly WHILE I'm using Photoshop CS4 or RIGHT AFTER my video player, KMPlayer, plays a video file (The video shows for a second and my computer goes into the black screen of death).
Since it's quite random and it doesn't happen for the most of the time, so I cannot reproduce them to try new things such as playing a song to see if it stops immediately.

However, I realized a similar issue occurs when I try to play a few PC games.
I own about 350 Steam games, and I've tried about 200 games and here are the few games that suffers from the similar issue:

Audiosurf - ONLY HAPPENS on pro modes. When the level loads and the camera view moves to the player, there is a shutdown blink and the computer stops. No sound.

Worms Reloaded - HAPPENS ON RANDOM. Black Screen of Death.

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A:Black Screen of Death

No one knows?

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Afraid my laptop may have crapped out. I installed the iCloud control panel for Windows and got a restart prompt. It has happened several times where the screen stayed black after a reboot or coming back from suspend, but it always worked again after a hard restart. Not this time...
Windows won't boot to the login screen regularly OR in Safe Mode. It just stays on a black screen with the mouse pointer. I don't have any boot disks to try either but might be able to make one at work with a little direction. I'm generally fairly savvy but not so much with new OS/BIOS stuff. Chk Dsk actually ran once and found no problems. A few other Windows utilities from the F8 menu also found no issues. Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool is running now - no problems yet.
I was thinking it might be the graphics card (comp has an onboard Intel GPU plus a discrete Radeon card, which had been turned on 24/7/365) but can't find a way to enable/disable them in the BIOS to test. Trying to boot with low resolution or last good config don't work either.
Random note: there were a couple profile IDs that I didn't recognize when I logged in to the F8 menu. Not sure if they might be default ones (ASPNET and HomeGroupUser$)?
Anyone have any ideas? I have a bunch of files I would really like to avoid losing...

A:Black Screen of Death

You can try to retrieve your valued data files by several methods.
The simplest (IMO) is to remove the hard drive and connect it as a secondary drive to a working system...then move the files to either hard drive, USB, or other storage.

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I was installing some updates for XP and I had to do it over three days because it took so long on dial-up but dsl has not reached my area yet. After it was downloaded/installed I was playing some music on the windows media player when all of a sudden the screen went black. I have played this same music for months so I don't think that it was the cause. I can try to boot-up, but all I hear is the fans going. The monitor show "no signal, going to sleep". I would like to know before I take it to the shop if this is that infamous black screen of death. Would it be worth it to get it repaired? Any info on the subject would be appreciated.

A:Is this the black screen of death?

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Windows Xp Professional. Dell. Intel Pentium 4 HT


I was having an issue with mallware called "Malware Doctor." So I ran Malware Bytes as usual, and after the scan it found 2 Trojans. I removed them and it asked to restart my computer to complete the process. I clicked ok, then when it restarted the normal screen came up then just went black.

I have tried rebooting several times, I am able to hit F2 and F10 and see the setup and boot files. I can also hit F8, but when I make any selection after hitting F8 it either starts again with the black screen or if i select to start it in safe mode I get a bunch of white text saying "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe" etc...
I have tried hitting ctrl.alt.del with nothing happening.

Please help if you can.

A:Black Screen of Death!

Hi .BC Removal Guide, Malware DoctorIf you have already tried all of the above listed steps for removal...then I suggest following the instructions near the bottom of the link...which begin "If you are still having problems...."Louis

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Hi, bare with me here as I try to explain this as clearly as possible. So yesterday I tried to boot my laptop only to get a black screen, no bios/post, nothing. Power lights come on, fans spin, but that's it.

I had tested it down to the point where I was pretty sure it was a GPU/Motherboard issue. It has always run pretty hot so my plan was to do a GPU reflow.

However this took a strange turn this morning. After leaving it sitting for 12 hours I tried to boot it up and surprise, it went into post. After that it went to a windows update screen, went to updating 100%, then I got a blue screen of death with the error code "worker thread returned at bad irql" then it restarted. After that straight back to black screen of death and can't get it to post again.

This has really confused me as I was sure it was a mobo/gpu issue until this and was all set to perform a reflow today. Now, not so sure what to do.

If anyone has some helpful insight into my issue I would very much appreciate it.


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I am getting frequents black screen of deaths.

Very few times, what I see is Black screen while working on After effects or browsing internet or watching movies, today I got 2 black screen while playing multilayer MW3 and even on Batman.

What it does?
The screen goes black and CPU is running. Keyboard lights goes off.
1 in 10 times I see that whole system gets restarted again.

Graphic driver is latest updated.
CPU temp are 30-34 C idle and 45 C while playing games
Mobo temps around 38 C normal, 50 while playing games.
RAM are okay in MemTest.

I recently tested my system with Performance test with all test and it shows result as 2022.4

What can be the issue of black screens?

I checked my CPU it has black lines.. See images.
I tried to rub it with cloth and it was getting off, is that dust? Will that effect? If yes, then how can I clean it in a better way? Is this CPU is issue?


My system specs:
Mobo: ASUS M4A88T-M
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T BE
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked
PSU: Seasonic Gold X 650W
12gigs RAM

Dump files:

A:Black screen of death :( Help!

This could be caused by a power related problem.

This could be the power supply - power levels dropping below the minimum requirement.
Do you have a multimeter you can use?

This could be a motherboard problem - one part of the Power Logic Circuit that is malfunctioning.
Check all you cables from power supply to motherboard for positive connection.
A test: unplug the lead from your computer case power switch and reset switch from the motherboard and run it without those for a while. You can start the PC by briefly touching the 2 leads on the power switch pins with a screwdriver.

This could be a problem with a failing component - causing a short circuit that resets the system.
The most likely suspect is the video card, only because the symptoms happen during video tasks.
The quickest and easiest way to diagnose or eliminate the graphics card from the equation is to borrow a known good card and test the system with that.
But it could be any other attached component too.

The black marks on the processor pins looks like corrosion, but that could be normal, especially on an older motherboard. The key is if the pins are relatively smooth it is OK, but if the corrosion creates a raised surface, or can flake off, then it can become a problem.

As always, the more information you can give on what the system is doing when these problems happen the better we can understand what is happening. And telling us the results of the tests above can help narrow down the possible causes.

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so i dont know much about computers so no fancy talk thanks.

heres my problem i have a HP computer, windows 7
my computer was walking all fine until suddenly switched it on next day and it says window is loading
but when its done it just have a black screen with a cursor icon that i can move.

ive tried google help and youtubing it but to no avail. because ctrl alt delete dont work when i press it nothing pops up.

i tried system restore but it cant find system restore point. i dont want to reinstall everything if theres any to fix it without that
would be much appreciated

thanks im loosing my mind trying to find out how to fix it

A:<<HELP Black Screen Of Death>>

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I am having terrible problems with what seems to be only occuring in my Incredimail program. Every time I open an email/click a link/edit settings...etc., my pc reboots itself. I am using Windows XP Home as my OS. Here is my HJ log just in case it's not just Incredimail. I have totally uninstalled and then reinstalled Incredimail and it is still occuring:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:37:41 PM, on 6/7/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Softwin\BitDefender Communicator\xcommsvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\1133319488\ee\AOLSoftware.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\Video\LogiTray.exe
C:\Program Files\eBay\eBay Toolbar2\eBayTBDaemon.exe
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Ok so my friend gave me his laptop so i could fix it but I cant seem to be able to so i need sum help from the community.

Laptop: Toshiba Satellite L305 - s5883
OS: Vista 32 Home

On boot it loads the BIOS then goes onto loading vista. NO splash screen just a black screen with a cursor(active) i can move the cursor around.

1. Ctrl + Alt + Delete (nothing happens absolutely nothing pop up no task manager or login nothing)
2. Booting into safe mode + command prompt (nothing pops up not even the CMD) just the black screen with cursor agian
3. Booting from vista disc (again nothing happens it loads vista then black screen nothing shows up) and yes i changed boot
order to CD first
4. I even attempted to do a clean install with windows 7 (loaded windows 7 no splash screen just a black screen)

Detects hard drive/ram/cpu so i do not believe it is a hard ware issue but i could be wrong.

possibly a corrupt bios? (never delt with this before so if it is could some one give me step by step instructions on how to fix it plz)

so i need your guys help with potential fix can not do a reformat as i can not boot from the discs no CMD or safe mode or task manager :*(

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everytime my computer turns on it says system can not store from original...because image corrupt. whats that mean!?!

A:Black screen of death!!

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I have tried so many ways to fix my computer. The most common method to fixing the black screen of death seems to restarting from a recovery point but my comp doesn't have any :(. can you help?

A:Black screen of death

Restart the computer and press F8. In the Advanced Boot menu (Safe Mode etc) choose Repair Your Computer. If you have a Windows DVD you can also boot from the DVD and choose Repair Your Computer.
You also can download the ISO image of Seatools in my signature. Burn the image to CD using IMGBurn. Also in my signature. Boot off of the newly created CD and run the Short and Long tests on the HDD. If either test fails, the HDD needs to be replaced.

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Hey, I have a Compaq Presario CQG1 and am using Windows Vista. Two days ago I deleted a couple of files for games I used to have installed on my laptop but have uninstalled, these files were in the program files folder (I mention this because I initially worried this might have been the cause). When I turned off the computer 15 windows updates were automatically installed, the windows updates that occasionally come up on vista.
The next morning when I started up my laptop I had a black screen rather than the log on screen, I restarted it and used system restore which did the restore where it starts it up in the last known working condition or whatever. It then started up properly and quickly. I had to reinstall the updates but afterwards it started up fine again so I thought it was sorted.
However whenever I turn on my laptop now it goes to the black screen and I have to restart it, or wait for ages. I also got a malware virus but my security software noticed it and got rid of it and I am currently running a whole computer scan to see if I have any others. The last time I turned my laptop on I had to restart it twice before the log on screen popped up in normal time. Does anyone know what may have caused this and how I can fix it? I will take it to a local computer shop if I don't find a fix but it would be nice to sort it myself if I can

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Sorry about the title, just saw alot of BSOD threads, and I guess it was just my attempt at a bad pun.

Anyways, jokes aside, the problem is pretty serious; I'll try to explain it to the best of my abilities, although it's a pretty weird one:

It all started yesterday, while I was watching some videos on my computer when I started to feel a little sleepy. Deciding I was too sleepy to concentrate, I decided to put the computer in sleep-mode so I could pick up where I left off, before going to sleep myself. 6.5 hours later I woke up, and tried to turn it on by pressing a key on my keyboard... no response
tried shaking and clicking my mouse... no response
checked the VGA and tried again... no response
power button... no response.
So I gave up and hard reset the computer, but when I tried to turn it on again (now here is the weird part) it would turn on... put it wouldn't do anything. The fans, the lights, cd-drive, graphics card-fan... all worked (or were at least getting electricity) yet no bios or loading screen or anything for that matter.

Long story short... I've tried pretty much everything, and I know that's a cliched statement-- but I've literally disassembled everything till it was just the Motherboard, Graphics card, and PSU. And I've tried hooking it up to a different monitor, and I'm sure it's not the monitors since both work when hooked up to a different computer. I've even tried reseting the BIOS manually; no avail.

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A:BLACK screen of death!!!

If you can't see the POST, it's probably a hardware problem.
Check the coolers (both CPU and video) to see if they are adequately powered, that their fans are working, and that there's nothing clogging the coolers.

The most likely component causing this type of problem is the video card - so try another video card. DON'T buy one unless you can return it for a full refund. We're just throwing parts at the problem until we can figure out what it is.

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