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A Green Screen On Start-up


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#1 EwenB

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:20 PM

For the last few days my initial boot up delivers some strange results. In normal circumstances when the boot process starts the BIOS information is scrolling white characters on a black screen. In my case I have scrolling white figures on a green screen. This occurs until the process reaches the Vista marching caterpillars which is usually a black screen… for me it’s green.

At this stage a blue screen appears so fast that I am unable to read it in detail but it begins “A problem has occurred with your computer and it is being shut down to prevent damage…..” etc. At this point it will restart and the process is repeated for maybe three times until it will start properly or it will give me a number of start options like “Last satisfactory startup” etc.

Once the system is warmed up it will start quite happily with no problems. I should mention that green only appears where the screen would normally be black. Once the desktop appears (if it appears) the colours are normal

NOTE: This is not a dual boot set-up... both operating systems are completely independent of each other. I use XP predominantly.

I have three drives attached as follows:

1.) 160gig containing XP
2.) 320gig divided into 3 partitions which also has XP on it (my test copy)
3.) 160gig containing Vista which is mounted in a removable case. This is so I can switch drives using the BIOS. I can therefore switch this drive off and so protect the system restore information which XP would otherwise faithfully destroy.

In recent days too I have been having trouble with the XP installation on the 320gig drive relating to incorrect partition information and an incorrect boot sector and I am wondering whether this has some bearing on the matter. In desperation I deleted all the partitions on the 320gig this morning and later in the day when the system has cooled I’ll try a reboot and report back.

I should also mention that both the PC and flatscreen monitor are eleven months old

I would appreciate some suggestions in the meantime though.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:35 PM

When the computer is booting, keep pressing down F8, and when you get a menu select "Disable automatic restart on system failure (or some variation of that)", and press enter. When you get the blue screen write down the details and post them back here.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:55 PM

Without the BSOD info we're just shooting in the dark here. But since there's problems with the video - I'd start with updating the video drivers to the latest available version at the website of the video chipset manufacturer (nVidia, ATI, Intel, etc).
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Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:55 PM

Thank you for that. I'm at work now and I'll do that tonight and post back.




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