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Vista Black Screen on startup
Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:02 PM
Yesterday, on startup, it went straight from the windows startup splash screen to the black screen of death. here's the rest of my adventure:
I was able to boot in safe mode, and did a malware scan and removed "suspicious" items. I also ran a Hijack this, but didn't see anything that immediately jumped out as being a threat. I tried to reboot after the malware scan, and was met with the black screen once again.
Next step was a repair/restore, both of which resulted in either a lockup, or a black screen. Rebooted again in safe mode (this time with networking)
i went ahead and did a defrag, as well as a scandisk and dskchk /R. After the dskchk, everything seemed to boot fine. When i tried to reboot "normally", again i received the black screen, but was able to boot normally when i tried "last known good configuration".
Once again, I tried to boot in safe mode (this time with "advanced" debugging) and that worked fine. Windows apparently downloaded an update while i was checking system settings, and i decided to go ahead and install them. After the installation auto-reboot, Windows was up and running fine.
I added a new "guest" user, thinking that if things were back to normal, then that might help with the multiple users. However, when i just now rebooted again, the black screen came to haunt me.
I'm out of ideas, so i thought i'd post here to check if anyone else can help.
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