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Old 08-05-2010, 01:31 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I know people have posted about this before, but each case seems to be unique so i want to post this separately, I hope someone can help!

I have been suffering the black screen of death, i.e. the PC boots up, gets to the Microsoft loading bar, and then instead of entering the desktop I am presented with a black screen and a low-res white mouse cursor, which I can move around but nothing else. If I press shift 5 times the little window pops up asking about it, but that's all I can do.

The two things that happened previous to this problem were a) a Windows update, and b) an instance when I plugged in a USB joystick and the screen went a bit glitchy. Upon restarting the computer, i had the aforementioned black screen.

SO FAR:

I initially thought it was the graphics card, so I replaced it - no change.

I entered BIOS and set it to fail-safe default - no effect, problem still remains.

I booted from my Vista disk and ran Windows repair. It said nothing was wrong, but that I should check no USB ports are being used. Of course no USB ports are being used! but other than that, Windows repair is no use!

Fan is operating normally

NOW:

The issue doesn't appear to be with hardware. Someone recommended disabling the NIC but I couldn't find it in BIOS (i have abit BIOS).

My only option as I see it is the last recourse: wipe the computer and reinstall. Can anyone recommend other action before I resort to this?

Thanks in advance
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