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Vista boots to a blank black screen

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by brianwall, Apr 14, 2012.

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  1. brianwall

    brianwall Thread Starter

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    Vista boots to a blank black screen but the screen saver is visible when it kicks in.

    This is a friends PC so don't have any other details. It appears as if Vista boots OK and that his screen saver is set to about ten minutes. The fact the bios boot checks and screen saver are visible rules out a monitor or graphics card problem I'd have thought.
     
  2. Mark1956

    Mark1956 Malware Specialist

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    Have you tried to boot into Safe Mode?

    Start tapping the F8 key as soon as you switch it on, you should see a Menu appear, use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode with Networking and hit Enter.
     
  3. brianwall

    brianwall Thread Starter

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    He's tried that, same thing...
     
  4. Mark1956

    Mark1956 Malware Specialist

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    Do you have a Vista DVD?
     
  5. brianwall

    brianwall Thread Starter

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    Yes he does and is currently backing up his files using Linux. It is clear it is Vista that somehow is not displaying the desktop. He can't run a repair reinstall as he has to do that from within windows which he can't see! He was planning on upgrading to Win 7 anyway so we'll see.
     
  6. Mark1956

    Mark1956 Malware Specialist

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    Try this:

    You may need to change the boot order in the Bios so the CD drive is in 1st position.
    Bios Boot Order Guide

    1.Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start your computer.
    2.Press a key when you are prompted.
    3.Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
    4.Click Repair your computer.
    5.Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    6.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, select Startup Repair.
    Let the repair run and do not touch any keys until it displays a result. Select to view the report and put it into your next post.
     
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