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.
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
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