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Black Screen With Blue Boxes (unreadable Text)

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#1 Franky-99


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Posted 20 April 2008 - 08:16 AM

Hi there,

Last week we had our motherboard replaced, and everything appeared to be fine, I done a reformat of windows and got my pc back to normal.

However, yesterday, I walked upstairs, and found the monitor showing a black screen, with blue boxes, which looks like messed up text (have attached a photo)

One other problem I had, is that the boot.ini was pointing to a windows installation which no longer existed, so at start up i had two boot options, but I have now fixed that by updating the boot.ini via msconfig.

Could these problems have been related?

Looking at that photo, has anyone had this happen to them?

Could this be related to the new motherboard being faulty?

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 20 April 2008 - 03:10 PM

What is the make and model of the PC?
Msconfig is a troubleshooting tool and should not be used for permanent fixes
To fix the MBR run FIXMBR
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#3 TechCow


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Posted 22 April 2008 - 12:32 PM

Based on what I see in the picture a lot of the time this is a memory or video card issue. What was the reason the original board was replaced? When the board was replaced was the memory confirmed in working condition also? If you have not tested the memory yet I would recommend doing so. There is a good guide that will walk you through it here:


Also do you know if the video card is confirmed in working condition? A lot of the time the video card and memory work closely together so thatís why I am wondering about these two parts.

One other thing you could try would be to install the memory into a different slot to rule out if it is an issue with one of the memory slots on the new board.

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