Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:49 PM
Hello, as my topic states, I am having the "Black screen of death" issue. I am running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit with a Nvidia Ge-Force GTX 460. I built the computer not even six months ago.
Upon startup, after the windows logo, all I am presented with is a black screen. After a minute the "logged into windows" sound will play over the speakers, but nothing else. Task manager is not accessible, but pressing enough keys will yield some error noises. With this problem I am unable to log into Normal mode, though I can log into safe mode.
I have discovered, because I can log into safe mode, that if I disable the drivers for the graphics card, that I could then log into normal mode. However, enable the drivers, accept the reboot, and viola: black screen.
I have updated the graphics drivers. Uninstalled and reinstalled with new drivers, old drivers, beta drivers, and everything in between. I believe I have ruled out drivers. I have also reset the BIOS, installed a different model Nvidia card, reset the BIOS again..and did all the same driver swapping with that card. Both cards work flawlessly in other computers. My knowledge on hardware and issues is virtually nill, but I wonder if my problem is the not-even-6-month-old mother board? (ASUS M4A79XTD EVO)
I have not tried a clean install of windows 7, though I am about to grab a spare hard drive and do just that. Also, I have read on a few other forums, of others having this same issue. Apparently, a company (forgot the name) released a download that could fix this problem, however, it did not fix my problem. I have also, based off of others' experiences, disabled the audio driver that comes with the Nvidia card.
I believe everything I have listed is all I have tried.
Thanks in advance for your time at looking over my problem. Please, take your time~