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Solved: Black Screen Before Welcome screen appears

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by chrisdbirch, Oct 1, 2008.

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  1. chrisdbirch

    chrisdbirch Thread Starter

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    Hi

    Recently XP Pro has been taking ages to boot up. The system post screens come up and the windows loading bar shows no problem but then before the windows welcome screen appears followed by the desktop i get a black screen for approx 30 - 60 seconds.

    Once the desktop has finally loaded the pc works absolutely as normal

    I have not installed any new hardware or software recently.

    I cannot hear any drive activity during the black screen

    Would appreciate any ideas
     
  2. shinybeast

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    I would suggest starting with error-checking and defragmentation of your XP installation
     
  3. chrisdbirch

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    Drives have been defragmented and their are no errors in event viewer
     
  4. shinybeast

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    Not that it would make any difference, but I was talking about a drive scan for errors, like what used to be called scandisk, but in XP is called error-checking. Did you make any system configuration changes?
     
  5. Pookie

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    My wifes computer does this since I installed a driver other than the one microsoft provided for a video card. So in testing I uninstall the driver and put m$ in and there is no long blank pause, upon reinstalling the mfg driver it has the stall again. Everything works fine either way except for the pause.. So maybe check drivers?
     
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    Have you run CHKDSK in dos mode?
     
  7. chrisdbirch

    chrisdbirch Thread Starter

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    thanks for the help - it was actually a faulty card readed which when disconnected sorted the issue
     
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