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I have the Black Screen of Death. Should I go into safe mode?


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#1 hiprocka

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 04:14 PM

Here's the story:

The charger on my laptop went out unbeknown to me. The laptop had been running on battery and the battery had run down. I closed the lid with a view to keeping it in a law power state until I could get a new charger. But then I realized that I needed to get files off the machine. I opened the lid and did so. However. The battery had essentially run out of power by the time I had finished. Then I took it home and connected the charger to a different outlet and saw an indicator light come on. Thus, I felt that it was safe to turn on the computer. Bad move. the black screen of death came up and then the power went totally out.

I just got a new charger and I am convinced that it works and that that was the original problem; thus, it's time to turn on the laptop. However, I have a felling the black screen of death is going to come up when I do so. I have been told that you can F8 into safe mode and then restart the machine from there. (1) Is this true. I have a modern Toshiba laptop running Vista. (2) What should I do if and when I get into safe mode. Thanks.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:03 AM

Well first turn on the computer and see what it does. No one can really help you until you do so. Tell us what happens and then we can advise on what to do.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:26 AM

Well first turn on the computer and see what it does. No one can really help you until you do so. Tell us what happens and then we can advise on what to do.


I told you that it is going to be the Black Screen of Death. I'll just F8 and restart instead.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 01:31 PM

There is no such thing as a black screen of death

BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) Is not totally blank. It will contain an error message giving you clues as to what is wrong

If you can get into safe mode, using F8, you might need to replace your video driver and check your power settings

Edited by garmanma, 10 April 2009 - 01:35 PM.

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