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Black screen < setup is checking system hardware configuration

Question: Black screen < setup is checking system hardware configuration

Hello all.

Today I turned on my computer and my antivirus, "avast", was not working. The recommended actions for it was to repair it, or to make sure your system is updated. I tried repairing, no luck. So I went to the windows update page through the start menu, and installed the " .net framework 3.5" update. After it was completed, my system restarted by itself. When it booted back up, I got a black screen saying "setup is checking system harware configuration", this message is up for 1-2 seconds. Then the message is gone, and I'm left with a black screen and a headache. I waited for some time, but nothing happened. I rebooted again and the same thing happened, so I decided to reboot from my Windows XP cd, and reinstall windows, but the same thing happened, except there was a "press any key to boot from cd" message. I pressed a key, but it took me to the same black screen and "setup is checking hardware configuration" message. This process was repeated at least 10 times. I tried to take out some of my RAM, 2 out of the 3, but the same thing happened.

So what could it be, corrupted HDD, RAM, is from microsoft?

Any ideas?
Thanks a loooot guys.

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Preferred Solution: Black screen < setup is checking system hardware configuration

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I'm working on someone's laptop. It has a error when turned on stating a disk error occured. press ctrl alt del to restart but of course when you press those keys it keeps giving you the same message. So I decided to reload windows but when I boot it up with the recovery disk, it states "setup is checking system hardware configurations" but after that the screen goes blank. Any idea how to solve this in order for me to reload windows?

Anyone??? Please HELP!!!
 

Answer:Solved: Blank screen after "setup is checking hardware's configuration"

Please someone help Anyone????
 

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Installing XP Professional on new HD OK up to checking hardware then goes to black screen then nothing.
Please help I am a newbee on do it myself.
 

Answer:checking hardware then goes to black screen

The motherboard POST hardware checking? or the XP installation hardware checking? Are you using an official Retail version XP disc?
 

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I was trying to put XP home on my laptop (700mhz, 384 k Ram) previously running Win ME. First time & 2nd it did some installation, then it went wrong with antivirus software on the old set up. Then it did some instalation & rebooted, but when continuing to load XP it hangs with the above legend on screen (I left it for over 1 Hr) I can still boot in ME then run the XP disc, but whatever I do it hangs at this point. Perhaps I should have formated the HDD first, but am reluctant to do so then have no OS installed. Any suggestions appreciated.

Answer:Set up checking hardware configuration !?!?!

you need to go into the bios to set it to boot cd rom first then put in the xp disc and reboot and follow instructions that should work

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So here's my problem
I hibernated my PC and when i turn it on it say windows can't start or something so I restart it.
When the PC turn back on i found myself with 2 options: launch startup repair or start normally.
This thing happens a lot so i choose start windows as usual.
Suddenly it says checking file system c
I let it be for about 10 min it says that windows having a problem cause of recent app
So i let it be for 5 minutes and suddenly it shows black screen with cursor like how it supposed to be before log in to windows. I though i had to wait so i wait but nothing happen. I tried every solution i found online like press windows button and type cmd or r, press ctrl alt del, and trying safe mode. None of those worked!
I don't want to re install the windows cause i don't have the installation cd
Btw i tried to press on anything so that the check got cancelled but it returns to the black screen without entering login screen. Help please

Answer:Stuck after passing checking file system c: screen became black

Hi Matsu5003,

Welcome onboard.

I think you did not get any response mainly because your problem description could not be understood.

Press the Power button on your Desktop (?) for more than 5 seconds to shut down your PC.

Remove it from the Mains Supply and leave it for half an hour to dissipate all charges in it.

Now connect it to the mains and switch on your PC.

Describe exactly what happens after the BIOS run.

If you get an error message carefully note it down and post.

The knowledgeable folks here ( not me ) may then perhaps be able to help you on that cue/clue.

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I created two partitions on my PC and installed XP and Windows 7 Beta.  The machine kept booting straight into XP and I went into the System Configuration file and modified the Boot settings from "modified" to "normal".  Now I just get a black screen and cannot even get into Setup.  When I try to boot off the CD, the screen is black and therefore have no options.  What have I done and how do I correct?Message Edited by ericf10 on 01-25-2009 10:34 AM

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I just built this system from scratch and it seems to POST fine without errors. All the parts were known to be working prior this as well. I popped in the Windows XP CD, which I know works, and I choose to boot from CD, get the "Setup is inspecting your hardware's current configuration" message, goes to blank screen like it's going to proceed but never comes back up. I had it wait for 15min so it's no slow at responding or anything. What could be wrong?

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My brother just bought a computer and no OS was included. (HP D530 - slim desktop). I've tried installing Windows XP professional SP2 on it. This CD has worked perfect on my PC. But after I get to "press any key to boot from CD" and "setup is checking Hardware configuration" the computer restarts... Everything is onboard and no additional cards have been added as of yet.... I've temporarly installed Windows 2000 Just to see if there is a problem with the system in general...but 2000 works fine....It's just not the operating system my Brother wants.

Any information would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks
 

Answer:XP installation problem. Comp restarts as the "Setup is checking your hardware config

If you are trying to use the disk that came with your computer,
it is not legal to do so and it is probably locked to the computer
it came with by configuration and hardware.
 

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Hi,

I am trying to install windows xp on my pc that have linux fedora already installed. I get the message "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration" then my pc freezes. What should I do?

ps: I tried it with pro edition and media edition, none worked.

Thanks for the help.

Answer:[SOLVED] Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration

Are you installing on a separate HD, or a different partition ?

Are you formating the HD before trying to install ?

Run the HD's diagnostic utilities, downloadable from the manufacturer, to verify the HD is good.

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When I boot my comp it freezes at "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration." The computer has 2 processors and 4 scsi drives if that matters. Any idea whats up?
 

Answer:XP hangs on Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration.

Is your PC listed on Microsoft's XP compatibility list and have you checked and installed needed BIOS updates to support XP?

If the answer is yes for both, what is the make and model of the PC and the exact error message your are receiving?
 

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This a problem that has persisted in my computer through three motherboards, two processors, a graphics card, two Operating systems, and a RAM overhaul.
The only items that have stayed consistent are the graphics and sound card, at this point.

The Problem:

Typically while playing a game, after 1-3 hours, the screen will go black, and the speakers will emit loud popping/crackling. This happens without warning. Sometimes (Rarely) the computer will immediately reboot. Usually, it just locks up. I used to think this was a graphics card issue, but...

Today, it happened while I was just doing some desktop publishing work, while listening to iTunes. I'd had iTunes up for about 5 hours, playing music in the background. Without warning, the system crashed to black screen+popping.

Because this happened when I was at my desktop, and not in a game, I think it is not related to graphics, and the X-fi is probably the culprit. I checked the Windows event manager, and Vista has no clue it's happening, so the crash is happening at a pretty low level. Any ideas?

Steps I've taken so far:

Replaced Power Supply,
Disabled onboard motherboard sound,
Updated BIOS/Flashed CMOS,
Updated Chipset drivers
Uninstalled/Reinstalled newest Sound card Drivers
Uninstalled/Reinstalled newest graphics card Drivers.
Purchased additional case fans.

The previous system, which encountered the same problem, was an Evga board running XP, with different RAM.
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Answer:Hardware causing Low-level system Crash? Black Screen+Repeating Sound.

The only thing that caught my attention in your post was - 'Sometimes (Rarely) the computer will immediately reboot' - I had a dead power supply once and like you i would be playing games and my computer would reboot, it would also reboot SOMETIMES when i wasnt playing games, just listening to some music and chatting to friends. I replaced the power supply and yeah it solved the problem, i never faced any black screens though. You havent mentioned anything in your post about changing the power supply. Could it be the power supply, anything to maybe suggest that ? The power just cuts even momentarily causing the computer to reboot or somewhat shut off - causing the black screen and the speakers outputting crackling ?
 

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This has not been built yet. It is for SQL and Oracle work. Is my setup good? Any and all advice will be appreciated.

Setup
Intel Xeon (Nocona) 2.80 GHz
Supermicro X6DAL-XG-O
4 x 512 MB DDR333 ECC Reg.
LSI Logic Ultra320 Controller
________ 74 GB U320 HDD
Sapphire Radeon X300 SE
Apex Super Case w/ 350 W PSU
Generic Floppy Drive
Optorite DVD+/- RW
LG 52x CD-ROM Drive
Generic Keyboard
Microsoft Optical Mouse
Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server

I might install 3 x 36.6 GB SCSI-3 HDD instead since I also have an Adaptec SCSI-3 controller, I believe it is a SCSI-3.

What do you guys think?

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sometimes my screen will black out for a second or two like as if the computer is stoppin or skipping. kind of hard to explain. please check my hjt log as maybe there is a known virus on there.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:09:08 PM, on 3/14/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\supportsoft\bin\sprtlisten.exe
C:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPwuSchd2.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Compaq Connections\5577497\Program\Compaq Connections.exe
C:\Program Files\iMicro\NT-USB54M\Installer\WINXP\NT-USB54M Wireless Client Utility.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
c:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\2d8407673ea9865ef7cd775540e3a36b\update\update.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
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Answer:checking for viruses and black out screen

My laptop is having serious virus problems. pop ups keep popping up in the system tray sayin that my computer is being watched and XP security tool 2010 keeps scanning and finding viruses. A pop up came up saying that i have trojan-sms.symbOS.Viver.a.. i tried running other malware scans but nothing will load up on the computer.

also when i try to open firefox it says "firefox is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen"
 

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Hello I had to format the hard and I lost the drivers CD.I have downloaded the audio drivers from http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-61506.html and installed it.However, the sound hardwars does not seem to work.The same happned when I tried to install drivers for Wireless hardware. (wireless connection only worked after I used Fujitsu Siemens drivers!!) Any help?  

Answer:Configuration of sound hardware and screen

did you install the drivers or simply unpack it? You have to install the drivers from your drivers folder under c:\ drive. 

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Alright, so originally I had Windows 10 and during an update, my Gateway laptop crashed. After that it stopped booting up all the way and left me at a black screen. I then used Alt+F10 and tried to Factory Restore my computer and it Restored at 100% but then was stuck at 99% for the update. I looked online for a solution for this and many forums had said to just restart. I did this and now it's stuck on a black screen with a bunch of white text saying that it's checking the consistency of my disks and every time I let it hit 0, it pops up a bunch of new text and then restarts the process continuously. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!

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When I try to install windows xp pro, it picks up the fact that the CD is in there, and it'll come up on the black screen and say: "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration" for maybe 20seconds, then that message disappears and it will sit there and do absolutely nothing...
 

Answer:hang after "setup is inspecting your hardware configuration"

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I am trying to reinstall windows using Windows Media Center Edition 2005. Whenever I boot from cd, I get a black screen that says Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration. It stays there for about 5 seconds then reboots. If I attempt the same thing with WinXP Pro SP2 it loads fine. The CD does not have scratches, smudges, or prints, etc

I tried removing some ram, my extra dvd and hard drives, the external devices, and the pci cards. Still the same problem.

My specs:

AMD Athlon XP 2200+ (1.8Ghz)
Gigabyte GA-7VT600-P-L
MSI GeForce FX 5600 128MB AGP w/ VIVO
-NOTE: I normally run an MSI 6600GT but it's rma'd right now for a dead fan.
1.5 GB DDR (3x512) Running at 333MHz
-Kingston ValueRAM PC2700
-Generic RAM PC3200
-Kingston ValueRAM PC3200
EVGA NVTV TV Tuner
Soundblaster Live! 5.1
Generic 10/100 NIC Realtek Chipset
120GB Maxtor SATA HD on via 8237 sata raid mobo chipset
80GB Maxtor IDE HD
16x LG DVDROM
Sony 16x +/- DVDRW
Enermax 450W PSU

I've noticed that the FX 5600 is not on the compatibility list, however, this card is part of the nvidia forceware driver for Win XP MCE.

Anyway I'm at a wits end trying to figure this out, so I'd really appreciate some help on this.

Answer:System reboots at Setup is inspecting your hardware

Kingston ValueRAM PC2700
-Generic RAM PC3200
-Kingston ValueRAM PC3200

use 1 stick only, and make sure its on the qvl list

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Hello everybody, I am new here and I have a problem with the installation of Windows 7.

I bought a new PC I assembled myself:

- AMD Athlon Phenom II X4 3.2 GHz 64 bits
- 4 GB RAM DDR3 1333MHz Kingston
- Motherboard MSI 770-G45
- ATI Radeon 5770 1GB DDR5 PCIE 2.1
- Samsung SpinPoint 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB SATA II
- LG BlueRay 10X
- Power Supply Unit Corsair 550W (according to their website it should be just ok for this system)
- No overclocking whatsoever

I think it can pretty much run 7.
And I also bought two copies of Windows 7, specifically:

- Windows 7 Professional 64 bits English
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits Finnish

they're absolutely original, I have serial number, hologram sticker and everything.

The computer I am using now is not the aforementioned, is another one on which I run XP Pro SP3.

After I assembled the new PC, I tried installing Win 7 Pro on it, but more or less when it is copying files the screen goes black and apparently the installation stops (it stayed even 5 or more minutes that way and nothing happened).
By "more or less when it is copying" I mean that it may happen while setup shows the list of available disks, or while partitioning, or while copying/expanding setup files (on this topic, I noticed it is blazing fast in formatting over 200GB, and it takes an eye's blink to copy Windows setup files, while when it says that it is expanding it always shows 0% completed and after a brief while screen goes black. Is it normal for it to b... Read more

Answer:Black screen on Win 7 Setup

Hey,
Welcome to Seven Forums. This sounds like a weird issue.
Have you tired another installation disc? Sometimes, an installation disc will be corrupted or scratched, and if it doesnt read right, it could fail, as in your situation.

Try to use another disc and let us know how it goes,
Ben

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Hello, Yesterday I picked up a new 15.6 inch Spectre from Best Buy.  It's the new 2017 model.   When I booted it up for the first time and was proceeding through the setup screens, suddenly the screen went black.  After awhile, there was nothing I could do except try to reboot the system but the black screen kept coming back.  I was about to reach out to support when I was finally able to boot back in--and it took me back to the question I left off on. I was able to complete setup and the computer seems fine except it drops wifi sometimes when watching videos.  Otherwise, this is a very beautiful and well - built computer. However, since I'm still within my return window I'm wondering if I should exchange it based on the issues I described. Thanks in advance. 

Answer:Screen went black on setup

Hi,Yes this would be the best example of return. Please exercise this right and get a new one.I would definitely return it since it was picked up just yesterday.RegardsVisruth

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Note: not SPAM, and ad, or anything like that...just a really really long, detailed, desperate request for assistance!

Hello all competent techs!

Time is of the essence.

I'm the owner of a young, generation Y eBay company out of Manchester, New Hampshire. Among other things, we sell consumer electronics and computer components, but we specialize in hard disk storage. Specifically, we're processing more than 10,000 hard drives through our facility each month, although we are still quite a small business by many distinctions. Accordingly, we are looking for a free or very very low-cost but effective solution to our hard drive processing (testing+wiping) needs.

I am in the process of building a hard drive testing/wiping station. I have decided to use multiple retail/out of the box motherboards attached to a KVM to switch between boards since I can use them in my business (if the testing station project fails as currently designed). The MAIN GOAL is to test/wipe up to 40 hard drives at once using a total of 5 motherboards. Other project goals include:

Required: Evaluation of S.M.A.R.T. drive data for health/performance and/or very-extensive read/write testing
Required: (At least) minimal drive-format demonstration
Required: Interoperability for 1.8"/2.5"/3.5" ATA/SATA/SCSI/SAS 1.5Gbps/3.0Gbps/6.0Gbps hard drive conditions (USB support optional)
Required: Simultaneous or queued drive testing and/or wiping for at least 5 drives per motherboard
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Answer:Hardware/software issues w/ hard drive test/wipe system setup

Again...this is NOT spam...thanks in advance for your help. -Nick
 

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I was in Windows 10 setup using the Media tool. I have reached the step where it restarted then a big circle came up with three parts under saying like "Copying Files" and other two things. Then, suddenly it restarted and only a black screen was there. No cursor, sounds, screen. Now I am installing Windows 10 again but fearing the same will happen again. This is NOT a black screen at the log screen; I have not even finished the installation yet and get a black screen.

Answer:Black screen while in Windows 10 setup

Black screen is a Linux invention and not a Windows one. If it happen ounce again, press the sleep mode button on your keyboard and the monitor will enter in sleep mode. Press any key to recover it. Never face an issue like that one in the past 3 months and I installed many releases of Ten. Check also to update you Graphics drivers…

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Setup (win7 ultimate 64bit) went fine until its first restart, then it took 10 minutes or so from bios to black screen to login.

After login, everything is fine and smooth. Installed latest nvidia driver for 8800gt win7 64bit, installed antivirus and spybot s&d. restarted.

Again with the 10-minute-black screen. I can't have this.

I have winxp 32bit on the same hard drive but different partition.

I use two monitors but tried using just one and still have the same problem.

I have updated my bios (gigabyte motherboard), still have the same problem.

What is causing this problem? I'm not willing to upgrade/downgrade/change video card, motherboard, cpu or hard drives. Does not make any sense. I only want to try win7 since it's "faster" but I'm perfectly content with winxp sp3. Why is winxp not having this problem? geez.

Can anyone help or should I just give up on win7?

Thanks,
-Sen

Answer:black screen after first setup restart

Check Diagnostics>Performance log to see what is causing delay: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Performance Information and Tools\Advanced Tools

System restore to before this started, then add those apps/driver listed back in one at a time with restore point and time to check performance after each.

Likely Video driver. Windows 7 installer/Updates should have the latest WHQL since MS paid bill to develop them, try any beta or Vista, then try Vista driver in Vista compatibility mode.

Could be AV. Suggest Avast free home for lightest weight least intrusive.

Only use the basic Spybot scan function, not realtime, internet or tea-timer. Restore to before install to reinstall if so.

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Hi All,
this has me stumped.
Upgrading my PC (listed to the left) to windows 10 and it went through the setup ok with no issues but when it came to load up the machine on "first use" it went to a black screen with the HDD maxed out. stayed like that for hours so its reverted to windows 7.

Anyone got any ideas?

Answer:Windows 10 Black screen after setup

Looks like it's trying to install windows 10 and then rolling back to Win 7 due to issues, check the logs here, in case there was a roll back.

C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\Rollback\setupact.log
C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\Rollback\setupact.err

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Windows XP/ When restarting computer, get blue screen that says, checking file system on E: the type of file system is NTFS. One of your discs needs to be checked for consistency. You may cancel the disc check, but it is strongly recommended. When allowing to proceed, freezes on (Stage 1 of 3) File record segment ----------------.
Then i click on any key and then the PC starts but is very slow. After 2 minutes the page or any clicked document stops loading and than again after few minutes it starts.
The CPU red light is most of the time constant instead of blinking.
I have scanned with antivirus but doesn't show any virus or malware.
There are 3 partition in my hard disk C,D,E
If i click on the E drive it takes 15 just to respond.And again if I click it will take 15 minutes more.
C and D drive is responding properly.
There is problem with Drive E. CAN ANYONE OFFER SOLUTION TO ME AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.
 

Answer:Windows XP/ When restarting computer, get blue screen that says, checking file system on E: the typ

Maybe it's malware related issue, ask here for help, @argus and @TwinHeadedEagle will maybe know what's the issue.

http://malwaretips.com/forums/malware-removal-assistance.10/
 

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Hi,
Barely computer literate, so please be gentle.
Not even sure if this is the correct forum, so mods please excuse and feel free to move to the proper one.

ISSUE:
Just experienced a "black screen"/blank screen display for 3rd time since purchasing this system ~2 months ago.
1st time:~ 4 weeks ago MS Office 2007 SP2 (legal, patched) was open and there was an open document. Stepped away for ~45 min and returned to a black display. Had to hard boot from reset button on tower.
2nd time: 10 days ago, system idle (not even browser was open), except for OEM McAfee Security Center and email client running in background.
3rd time: 1 hour ago, system idle.
Each time this happens, there is no cursor or mouse - just a black display.
Have to hard boot from the power button on the tower each time.
No problem rebooting.

W7 is OEM. No new recent hardware or software. Everything is fully patched. BIOS is current and drivers are the most current offered by the computer maker (though there is a newer video card driver at the ATI site, it has not been tested/made available by Dell). I practice scrupulous computer "hygiene" and the system is not infected. I do not game or use P2P.

My "custom" power plan (designed to keep USB power to my UPS & allow scheduled tasks, such as AV scans to run) is: screensaver on after 10 min, display off after 30 min, computer sleep = never.

I know how to open the W7 events viewer, but have no idea how to interpret what I fin... Read more

Answer:Black Screen (W7 64) - hardware test OK

The first thing I would try is to change the Display Off setting to Never and see if that makes a difference.

Jim

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I have a HP Omen 15-ax080n.If i open games of microsoft store, watch video's on every browser, watch video's on the netflix app for windows and many more things the video stays black, but the rest is still showing like the controll buttons. On the browser i can turn off the hardware acceleration and it's gone, but it is not helpfull if i run heavier things. Its very annoying and i hope that there is a way to fix this. Greetings,Niels van Hecke*from the Netherlands

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Hi, starting last week my PC began to crash while playing a few different games (which I've played for awhile without error, Dragon age origins, Civ V, Heroes of Newerth).  Here is what happened; I'm playing everything is normal, then my monitor goes black, it does not give me a no-signal error. Sometimes the in game sound and/or the music playing on Winamp will cut out, but not always. I reboot my computer, but the monitor does not come back on unless while the comp is off I unplug the power for a few seconds before turning it back on, then everything works fine. I think some of my hardware is going bad however I'm not sure which part, I'm thinking video card, mobo, or processor. I have not had this happen outside of a game.Windows XP SP3Intel Core 2 Duo E8500Mobo; GA-X48-DQ6video; Asus-EAH3870X2Ram; OCZ3G18002G X2Using the Mobos on-board Realtek HD audio.

Answer:Black screen crashes, hardware going bad?

Sorry to do this, I know how some don't like it but its been over a week so.... BUMPAny idea what the problem is? how I can tell whats going bad?

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Is there any way of enlarging the box that opens with MSCONFIG so that you can see all the information on the Startup box without having to keep altering field widths or scrolling?

Answer:System configuration screen

I don't think there is a way to make it bigger sorry.

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Hello all competent techs!

Let me preface this problem with my willingness to pay a reasonable fee for a solution, or for consultation resulting in a successful solution. If someone solves my problem publicly in this forum, I promise that I will find a way to STILL provide that person a cash bounty reward and/or some free hardware as a thank-you! I may also be interested in paying for consultation on an alternative implementation if it's simply not possible to do what I want using the method and setup I'm attempting. However, time is of the essence.

I'm the owner of a young, generation Y eBay company out of Manchester, New Hampshire. Among other things, we sell consumer electronics and computer components, but we specialize in hard disk storage. Specifically, we're processing more than 10,000 hard drives through our facility each month, although we are still quite a small business by many distinctions. Accordingly, we are looking for a free or very very low-cost but effective solution to our hard drive processing (testing+wiping) needs.

I am in the process of building a hard drive testing/wiping station. I have decided to use multiple retail/out of the box motherboards attached to a KVM to switch between boards since I can use them in my business (if the testing station project fails as currently designed). The MAIN GOAL is to test/wipe up to 40 hard drives at once using a total of 5 motherboards. Other project goals include:

Required: Evaluation o... Read more

Answer:Hardware/software issues w/ hard drive test/wipe system setup + REWARD!

Will (unfortunately) be up all night trying to figure this stuff out. Oh the joys of working in the IT industry...

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Hello all competent techs!
Let me preface this problem with my willingness to pay a reasonable fee for a solution, or for consultation resulting in a successful solution. If someone solves my problem publicly in this forum, I promise that I will find a way to STILL provide that person a cash bounty reward and/or some free hardware as a thank-you! I may also be interested in paying for consultation on an alternative implementation if it's simply not possible to do what I want using the method and setup I'm attempting. However, time is of the essence.
I'm the owner of a young, generation Y eBay company out of Manchester, New Hampshire. Among other things, we sell consumer electronics and computer components, but we specialize in hard disk storage. Specifically, we're processing more than 10,000 hard drives through our facility each month, although we are still quite a small business by many distinctions. Accordingly, we are looking for a free or very very low-cost but effective solution to our hard drive processing (testing+wiping) needs.
I am in the process of building a hard drive testing/wiping station. I have decided to use multiple retail/out of the box motherboards attached to a KVM to switch between boards since I can use them in my business (if the testing station project fails as currently designed). The MAIN GOAL is to test/wipe up to 40 hard drives at once using a total of 5 motherboards. Other project goals include:
Required: Evaluation of S.M.A.R.T. drive d... Read more

Answer:Hardware/software issues w/ hard drive test/wipe system setup + REWARD!

From what I have read about DBAN: "DBAN does support older IDE drives, newer SATA and some SCSI drives. I was unable to test a system with SCSI drives"

Have you considered the Enterprise version EBAN?

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After updating all apps during start up my screen turned black. It is still black. I am afraid to turn the computer off and back on. What should I do?

Answer:Setup screen is black after updating all apps

This is right out of the box first time use.

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Hey guys,

I thought I'd share my experiences for those who may have similar setups. I have a Sager NP8265 laptop, with AMD/Intel switchable graphics.
I did a clean install using an ISO I got from Mosharino's beautiful thread up there.

You MUST install the latest Intel graphics drivers, and then, DO NOT REBOOT, for you MUST ALSO install the latest ATI drivers (13.11 beta right now).
If you don't do both, you will get black screen of fun when you do reboot. BSOF. Not as fun as it sounds.

As far as upgrading rather than a clean install, if you upgrade, you will likely get the black screen anyways. So what you have to do, is reboot to safe mode after the upgrade completes (oh you'll know, cause all you can see if a black screen, with a mouse cursor), and remove both graphics devices (device manager, right click the graphics adapter, uninstall)

Then you can boot into Windows normally, albeit with sh*te graphics. Then do the installs as I outlined above.
After a couple of reboots, you should (..should..) have a functioning machine again, that doesn't even look like sh*te!.

Hopefully this helps someone who had the same issues I did!

Both x64 and x86 versions can be found here:

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...01&FamilyId=39

AMD Catalyst? Notebook Display Driver

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Hi,After working normally, I restarted my 1.5 years old Yoga 2 and received the "Default boot device missing or boot failed. Insert recovery media and hit any key.".  I used the Novo button to enter the BIOS. Options 1, 3 and 4, take me back to "Default boot device missing" (Normal startup, boot menu and system recovery). Option 2 (Bios Setup) takes me to a black screen. No text, nothing. Pc goes completely idle.  Any suggestions?  The pc was working just fine before I rebooted. Pc runs on Windows 10.

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Hey guys, ive recently (Within the past 2 or 3 months) been having 'black-screen' crashes during games (Mainly Everquest 2 and Boodline champions) increasinly more consistently. Crashing never happened untill a couple months ago and this week it has become noticably alot worse.

Heres my computer specs:

Processor: Intel core i7 920 (Stock clocked at 2.67ghz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Ex58-UD5
Ram: 6gb Corsair Dominator
Graphic Card: Nvidia GTX295 (Stock clocked)
PSU: Corsair HX 850W

Now bearing in mind this whole system is pushing on 3 years, was built on October 21st of 2009, it may just be that one of the parts (My suspicion is the graphic card) is failing now.

Ive ran an incredible amount of tests to try and pinpoint what exactly is causing this issue to almost no avail.

I have ran Memtest from HCI design with 7 or 8 instances of it open testing 800 or so meg of ram a time and left it to finish and came back with no errors, so guessing the ram is fine.

I ran IntelBurnTest a few times and it came back with no errors which i could see, which i hope eliminates my CPU being faulty.

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
Clock Speed: 2.80 GHz
Active Physical Cores: 8
Total System Memory: 6141 MB

Stress Level: Very High (4096 MB)
Testing started on 28/08/2011 20:11:38
Time (s) Speed (GFlops) Result
[20:15:42] 204.215 37.7431 3.170248e-002
[20:19:45] 204.922 37.6130 3.170248e-002
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Answer:Black Screen Crashes - Hardware issue?

Hi...I've deleted your inline log. We don't allow that here because it messes up the search function and makes it useless.

Please see this thread on how to attach a file: HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post
 

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I got dell inspiron 5423 core i3 processor windows 8.1 installed, 500GB SATA and 32 GB SSD. My bios is Aptio American Megatrends A13 and secure boot on. I have done some disc clean up earlier.
After rebooting it showed the Dell screen with the F2, F12 options but after that it goes straight to a black screen with a frozen white underscore. It is not booting from its hard drive and it has got secure boot enabled so that i can not boot using usb/CD drive. I pressed the power button to turn off then back on my computer and proceeded to press first F2 but it went back to the black screen with a white underscore, then restarted again pressing F12 went to the black screen again, restarted one more time pressing F8 for safe mode but nothing works. So i will not get past the initial dell screen. I have done ePSA and comes with error code 2000-0332 video integrity problem. Also i have done CMOS battery trick as well. Nothing is working. I've looked up on Google what to do, but couldn't find a definitive solution. Please help.
 

Answer:Dell inspiron 14z Black screen when goes to bios setup

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My laptop runs Windows 7 HP 64-bit.

HOW THE PROBLEM STARTED:
I was trying to repair install the OS from setup from my hard disk. When I returned after two hours, there was a black screen, and system was non-responsive. I waited for another half an hour, but decided to restart the laptop.


Since then there were two options in the boot menu:
1.Windows 7 2.Windows Setup Rollback

Either of them lead to the same black screen(even the backlight is off) after the windows logo.The black screen stays indefinitely long until I repeatedly press Esc/CtrlAltDel/CtrlShiftEsc, which causes reboot after some time

when I selected Windows 7 option and ran in Safe mode, a low res setup screen saying that
"Windows cannot complete the installation in safe mode. to continue installing windows, restart the computer"
appears and then the system restarts

Then tried repairing the OS from Command Prompt in the repair options. I tried bootrec, of which FixMbr and FixBoot ran successfully, but ScanOS and FixMbr showed 0 windows installations.

Since this step, the "Windows Setup Rollback" Option has disappeared from the Boot menu, but the back screen after booting and the "setup cannot continue..." screen still appears in safe mode.

Startup repair can't detect any problem
sfc /scannow says that there is a system repair pending, restart and try again
No memory hardware errors

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Answer:Black screen after boot, Stuck Windows setup

See this tutorial to save your data then either reinstall Windows or continue looking for other solutions available here to repair it
Peppermint Live CD/DVD/USB - Create for Emergency Backup[2]=Backup%20Restore

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Hi, I have a Win XP Mediacenter. It was working perfectly fine until I used System Recovery to turn it back to the original state it was in when I first bought it. Now, for some reason, whenever I turn it on, when it gets to the setup screen where you have to go through all those options (giving pc a name, etc., etc.), the screen is pitch black. The monitor still receives signals from the computer though. There is also still music (the one that gets played during the intro setup). Can someone help me resolve this? Thanks!

Answer:Black screen replaces Intro setup (RESOLVED)

Can you boot into safemode at all? Try booting into there and changing your resolution to the most generic one, 800x600 I think it is. Post your results.

Regards,

Brandon

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my computer was functioning like ususal until last week when i noticed it was updating various items and warned not to turn off the computer until the updates were complete. i think it is likely the computer was not left alone to perform the updates. my son was trying to use the computer that day and may have interfered with this process. The next interference with the computer functioning normally is due to me trying to correct the issue that has been going on for the past week . when attempting to use the computer i was met with a black screen with f10 rom setup and boot setup f12 (i think) i have tried to look in the setup menu for help and ended up pushing buttons i should not have pushed and as a result of my ignorant desperate search for a way to get windows to open i have managed to mess things up worse than ever i'm afraid. i tried to follow the tips provided in the support pages to no avail, i opened the computer checked the memory module seating, i pressed windows logo button and b then power only to havr the screen go solid black and caps&num lock lights to come on and blink non stop and power button will not turn computer off. I am at my wits end! i don't know what to do! adding  to the problems here is that i have no discs of any kind for this computer as I bought it on ebay and it came with no discs at all it was ready to go on arrival, and updated to windows 10.it is possible to go into the blue computer setup pages after power on. if not there th... Read more

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How to fix Toshiba satellite A665 stuck on black screen or keeps sending me to phoenix securecore setup . I tried to use the F8 trick and wouldnt work please help me get into my laptop

Answer:How to fix black screen that sends to boot menu or bio setup

Check the BIOS to make sure the hard drive is being properly recognized; it may have died. Let us know what you find.

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Hi, I'm new here. Yesterday I got a virus on my computer that was detected by the trend PC anti virus program and it said it modified start up files, so I told the virus program to undo the changes, it seemed like all was well, so I turned off my computer and went to school. When i got home I tried to turn on my computer only to see a black screen and hear no beep, and im pretty sure its the virus, but since theres not even any writing or a mouse on the screen I cant enter my bios or recover, I was wondering what components I need to replace to fix this or a way to get to that recovery menu so i can recover back before i downloaded the virus and solve the problem instantly, but I cant get to it since nothing happens when I turn my PC on, anyone got any ideas? Oh and im pretty sure its a boot sector virus.

Computer model: Compaq Presario SR5180AN Desktop Computer
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual core processor 4800+
RAM: 2048MB DDR2
Hard-drive: 320GB 3G
GFX: Nvidea Geforce 8500GT 3D

I realise it may not have been the virus which is why I posted in this section of the forum as I have seen similar problems but without mention of a virus.
 

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So something goofed up with my system. Was running at 4.3ghz for over a year just fine. I set it back to stock speeds to benchmark. Tried going back to 4.3 and now I don't show anything on screen. It's black.

When I clear the cmos and remove battery I get a notification on screen stating it was reset to default. Press F1 to setup or f2 continue. Each option still provides a black screen. No bios.

Help?
 

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i should of read more into the instructions of the xp repair install but i think those last bits were a bit vague. either way i'm at this point now. when i left the repair install alone and then came back i had thought it was reinstalling and formatting instead of just repairing. but i panicked and forced the computer to shutdown when the screen was asking for further instructions when it was at the choose regional language part along with 33 minutes to go. now this is what i see when i reboot. once it gets to setup is restarting screen it then turns into a black screen with nothing but my mouse pointer, which is responsive. there must be something i can do? a file i can just delete so the whole thing gets restarted or reversed so i can try a proper repair install. please help here? :S thanks if any! before i found more clear instructions i forced shutdown about 3 times thinking regular windows xp home will startup. last thing was booting off of my xp home cd but the dang repair option was not there. i did google and find something like "delete a folder in the C: dir and it should revert... but i wasn't sure. so here i am. i was running windows xp home with updated to sp3. so i think thats all relavent info. i also thought of borrowing my friends copy of hirens boot cd to see what it can do.. but im not sure :S! help please? it would be very appreciated.

Answer:XP repair install says setup is restarting but then black screen

are you sure that the computer is not working when you get the black screen ? is the hard drive making noise or the hard drive light flashing that would indicate the computer is computing ?
it may take windows a while to recover from the power lose. it may be doing a disk check but may not be able to supply a GUI (show graphics)

if it seems like it is computing, let it run for a while to see if it can recover.

if not i fear you may have to do a clean install, but that does not mean you will lose all your data. there are ways to recover that.

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just bought a new laptop, got as far as the Windows "hello" feature and adding a PIN, walked away for a minute and the screen turned Black. I could still move the mouse pointer but could do nothing else. I then shut it off, held the power button on for about 10 secs and then the firmware started updating. Is this a concern or is it fairly common?

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System Type: M710sSerial number: MJ05UN7COperating System: Windows 10 Home Premium 64-bitBios version: LENOVO M16KT40A, 10/5/17 The issue is whenever I try to access the Bios setup (whether by pressing F1 repeatedly with Full PC Shutdown enabled, or by Windows 10 Advanced Startup option), I only see a black screen, as my monitor apparently doesn't detect bios activity on my screen, making it impossible to do anything like enable Intel Virtualization Tech or change my video card output. This black screen issue also seems to apply to the Lenovo pc startup logo (if there is one for my machine) and the Windows 10 loading screen.

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Can someone please help me, i was reformatting my computer and everything was going well until my computer randomly restarted halfway through the installation. Then after when i boot my computer it says "Setup is Being Restarted...." and then it goes to a black screen. All there is on the black screen is a cursor which i could move wen moving my mouse. I have tried using my computer in safe mode but it did not work because i get the same error. I'm using Windows Xp Professional SP2
 

Answer:Solved: Black Screen Of Death After Setup Is Being Restarted

The installation disc of XP may be corrupt/modified or there's a problem with your hardware, either ram or hard drive.

Is the windows installation disc original or does it have any scratches/blotches on the media?
 

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When I'm doing something graphically demanding like a video game my computer crashes to a black screen and a buzzing coming from my speakers, and I have to hard reset. It use to only do it when doing games like ArmaII but now it does it in minecraft and BF2. I have cleaned the inside of my computer, and I have checked temperatures in BIOS and 3rd party, and they are in a good range. I have done a clean install of windows 8 and re-installed all my drivers. So I am sure this is a hardware problem. Someone suggested that it might be a power supply problem, but I think it may be with my video card. What do you think is wrong with it? What should I do / replace?

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 945 41 ?C
Deneb 45nm Technology

RAM
8.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)

Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A89GTD-PRO (AM3)
Graphics
MAGNAVOX @ 1920x1080
AL1916W @ 1440x900
ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series

Hard Drives
977GB Western Digital WDC WD10EALS-00Z8A0 ATA Device (SATA) 30 ?C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST BD-RE UH10LS20 ATA Device

Answer:[SOLVED] Black Screen and Buzzing hardware issue

Lets see if the voltages can tell us anything.

D/L and run Hardware Monitor do something intense like a virus scan or gaming for a bit, Alt+Tab back to HWM expand all the trees and use the Win7 snipping tool to grab a screen shot of the HWM window, post the screen shot using the paperclip button in the advanced message box(Go Advanced button).

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I really baby my  2-3 year old T400.  If it's on and I'm away for a few hours, the screen would go black and freeze.  A few times CNTL+ALT+DEL would bring it back, but then the next time a reboot was necessary.  During startup some screens would remain black and others would flash past.  At the end, the homepage would be black.  Finally, I noticed a faint buzzing sound coming from the right hinge area.  Getting closer to listen, I could smell an electrical smell.  Not good. I took the laptop to a friend with a monitor and there it worked fine (laptop screen still black).  So the screen connection appears to be shorted.  It's not in warrantee. I'd give details about configuration, but can't...high end of performation. Advice please: 1.  Repair the screen connection?2.  Can I buy a used T400 on ebay and literally replace the guts with my machine's?  If so, what would need to be replaced to make the ebay machine turn on and be exactly like my machine?I'm thinking it'sw easier to do this than the screen connection repair.3.  I could probably get by with a cheap monitor, but I'm afraid the thing would catch fire!! Any other suggestions? Thanks,Rich 

Answer:T400 Screen gone black...hardware problem...options?

is this a switchable graphics card model?

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running a dell vista, almost 2 years old. last night, went to turn off computer before bed. upon moving the mouse to deactivate the screen saver, i noticed firefox and aim were already closed though I did not close them. I went to restart them and my computer rebooted. It went to a black screen after the initial boot, i never saw the log on screen.

after another reboot, i was prompted for a repair program. it searched for problems, then it took forever to repair and it hung up. rebooted again

same thing but this time after the repair, it prompted me to do a restore. i finally allowed it to do a restore point.

after reboot, i got to my log in screen. under normal, i cant log in as the first application it saw, it seemed like it failed. numerous times i tried and i would get different errors.

werfault.exe app error

atbroker.exe app error

even got a few blue screens, one of them was PFN_LIST_CORRUPT

another was PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGE_AREA

I got into safe mode but with a black background, nothing on my desktop. no programs seem to work, at least the few i tried like virus checker. i cant run msconfig from start screen, it flashes and disappears. I have to open task manager to do so. I attempted to go to start-explore and the windows explorer screen flashes very quickly and disappears. Im trying to backup some documents.

I noticed I can go to safe mode in command prompt and I can run a directory on documents and my files are there.

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Answer:black screen after log in, memory diagnostics said hardware problem

update

diagnostics on extended has gone to 55% or 28% overall. it finally got past the 21% hangup

update again

onto part 2 of the test. hung up at 21% of that as well. prob be another 30 minutes for it to move past 21%
 

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Hello!

Gateway NV55C laptop with Windows 7 and Hitachi HD.

1. Turn computer on. Get "No bootable device-insert boot disk and press any key."
2. Windows 7 Setup Disk. "Windows is loading files...", then dimly backlit black screen with movable cursor.

Any ideas how to get past this?

Regards,

Leaning

Answer:Black screen with cursor. Will not boot to HD or load setup disk.

Boot into BIOS setup to see if hard drive is detected. If not try reinstalling it to see if you can get it to show up in BIOS setup. If not replace it.

If HD is detected work through the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

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Hi. I'm running an Acer Aspire upgraded from Windows 8 to 10. If I just leave the screen with the subject content (above) I eventually get to logon to the computer; if I press [del] I get to the BIOS. I ran Belarc Advisor and got 'Boot Mode: UEFI (please run as administrator to see Secure Boot status)' I don't know what to do to boot to where I'm prompted to enter the password and logon to the desktop.

Answer:Windows 10 boot gives me a black screen & 'Press [del] to enter setup'

Your hard disk must be set as the primary boot device. Not sure how it's set in the Acer BIOS, but most will say, Windows Boot Manager, so that must be the primary.

Maybe someone else may know around the Acer bios

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Hello, I have a huge problem with the computer my uncle has built for the family. When I load it up, the very first screen comes up saying the "Energy EPA Pollution Preventer" and "press del to enter setup" etc. The problem is, the keyboard wont reconize it, so I cant press Delete. I think I have the keyboard into the right slot...when I put it in, the scroll, number, and caps lock flash and then they wont flash when I press their keys. I belive the operating system is XP but I cant be too sure because I cant get past this screen!

By the way, It dosnt do anything at the black screen, like go through the drives and stuff like on the startup of a working comp. all it says it:

Award pulg and play BIOS extention V1.0A (with a flashing underscore under the A"

Someone please help me! I want to get it up and running so badly!!!
 

Answer:Computer freezes at black screen (press del to enter setup)

New info - when I pop in the windows Xp cd, it runs through the detecting of the stuff, but when its finished, it just restarts itself...but the 2nd time, there is no detecting.

thanks for any help
 

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Hello, I am trying to install Windows XP (because Windows 7 is damn slow) Corporate Edition 64-bit but after the Copying Windows Files setup portion, the setup wants to restart my computer, but after the motherboard logo, I just get the blacnk screen with white dash - if CD is inserted I get "Press any key to boot from CD....." and a white dash at the end with nothing happening. I've searched for a solution everywhere, but I didn't find my case. I have installed XP atleas 20 times on this computer, and I've never had such problem before. I thought it could be because of the 64-bit version, but after trying to install the 32-bit version I have got the same issue, which has never happened before. Windows 7 installs perfectly. I have: removed the CD from the drive; Updated the BIOS to the last version; Tried running in safe mode and nothing helped. My computer specs are: Processor: Intel Pentium DualCore @ 2.80 GHz, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 650GB HDD SATA2, ATI HD 4770 512MB DDR5 Graphics Card, American Megatrends Inc. 0502 BIOS. I hope there's somebody out there to help me because I really want XP.
-Mucky
 

Answer:Black screen with white dash after first portion of Windows Setup?

Seems that Windows XP installation is not detecting or having problems with your SATA2 drive.

Try going to BIOS and Switching the SATA2 drive out of RAID mode if possible see if that helps.

Windows Xp has issues with SATA2 Drives.

Or you may need to slipstream your copy of Xp with sp2 or 3 if your cd is only SP1 for it to recognize and work with SATA drives. Also with SATA drives I believe Windows XP only recognizes 128GB 137GB SATA drives.
 

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So I recently updated Intel HD graphics to the latest version.I had some issues with Windows update installing an update and it was stuck installing. I tried to fix it using System restore.After the restore, the lenovo logo showed up and loaded, then a black screen showed up. After a while, Lenovo veriface (I use them to login) showed up but it was flickering/flashing.( The camera was also blinking). After it verified my face, I couldn't see anything it was full of black screen, if I closed the lenovo veriface, it wouldn't show the windows graphics interface.I tried to press F8, shift +F8 in the beginning , nothing seemed to work.I could open UEFI bios settings by pressing f1 though. In that, I tried to change the graphics to UMA, it also didn't work. F10 also worked, it opened windows boot manager but it only displayed my hard diaj.I have a lenovo g50-80 with windows 8.1 64 bit.I think by reinstalling the Intel HD graphics, it could be fixed but since I couldn't login in normal boot or safe modePlease help!













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Answer:After system restore, screen flickers on welcome screen with black screen and no safe mode

hi Aashib,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
From your observation, it looks like the System Restore didn't completely pushed through the restore point that you've chosen.
 
Can you try the following:
1. After logging in via Veriface and getting a black screen, press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc key (this should open Task Manager). If the Task Manager window opens, try one of the following:
  a. click on File > New Task (Run...) and type rstrui to open System Restore and try to choose a different restore point.
  b. If there are no other restore points, type explorer instead and see if you get the desktop/metro screen then perform a clean boot and observe.
  c. If nothing happens after typing explorer, type msconfig, navigate to the Boot Tab and Tick on Safe Boot (minimal) then hit OK to restart. Once the machine boots into Safe Mode, perform a clean boot, untick Safe Boot (minimal) under msconfig and observe the machine in normal mode.
     - Link to picture
 
2. If Step 1 doesn't work, try to Enter the Push-Button Reset (PBR) mode - this is like a recovery environment to restore the pc from a previous working state. To do this, hold the power button while Windows 8.1 is loading up ---this is where you see the spinning white dots (you may need to do this 2-3 times). If successful, you should be able to see an automatic repair screen to repair the damages system files. If it fails, ... Read more

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So for the past few weeks, my PC's been acting up. Whenever I restarted my PC, after the Win logo, the screen just flashed. On and off and on and off. Somehow, I managed to restore a backup I had of the fine state. Now, I got the following error:






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Windows
Problem: Video hardware error
Files that help describe the problem:
USBXHCI-20130825-2018-01.dmp
sysdata.xml
WERInternalMetadata.xml
View a temporary copy of these files
Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your computer.
Windows
Problem: Video hardware error
Files that help describe the problem:
USBXHCI-20130825-1920.dmp
sysdata.xml
WERInternalMetadata.xml
View a temporary copy of these files
Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your computer.
Windows
Problem: Video hardware error
Files that help describe the problem:
USBXHCI-20130825-2018.dmp
sysdata.xml
WERInternalMetadata.xml
View a temporary copy of these files
Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your computer.
Windows
Problem: Video hardware error
Files that help describe the problem:
USBXHCI-20130825-1920-02.dmp
sysdata.xml
WERInternalMetadata.xml
View a temporary copy of these files
Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your ... Read more

Answer:Win 8 flashes black screen on boot. Video hardware error?

Video error:

Code:
Please update these older drivers. Links are included to assist in looking up the source of the drivers. If unable to find an update, please remove (un-install) the program responsible for that driver. DO NOT manually delete/rename the driver as it may make the system unbootable! :

tapoas.sys Sun Jul 11 20:31:59 2010 (4C3A627F)
OpenVPN Virtual Network Driver
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=tapoas.sys

HECIx64.sys Tue Oct 19 19:33:43 2010 (4CBE2AD7)
Intel Management Engine Interface
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=HECIx64.sys

RTKVHD64.sys Tue May 31 05:18:41 2011 (4DE4B271)
Realtek High Definition Audio Function Driver
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=RTKVHD64.sys

btmhsf.sys Wed Nov 2 08:26:12 2011 (4EB136E4)
Intel Proset Bluetooth HighSpeed Filter Driver
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=btmhsf.sys

tap0901.sys Thu Nov 24 13:50:27 2011 (4ECE91F3)
TAP-Win32 Adapter V9 or[br]OpenVPN driver or COMODO
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=tap0901.sys

iBtFltCoex.sys Fri Dec 9 14:45:13 2011 (4EE26549)
Intel Centrino Wireless (Bluetooth Adapter driver
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=iBtFltCoex.sys

Analysis:
The following is for informational purposes only.

Code:
**************************Sun Aug 25 10:48:04.607 2013 (UTC - 4:00)**************************
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\John\SysnativeBSODApps\USBXHCI-20130825-2018... Read more

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I have a COMPAQ Presario M2000 laptop (Win XP with latest updates), 3yrs old, working fine till recently when it shut down 3-4 times showing the blue screen of death ( with white lettering saying something about memory dump etc).
Since then, after switching on , hear two BEEPs & can see the black screen with COMPAQ logo, then ‘Press F1 to resume and F10 to Enter SETUP” on top.
Nothing happens on pressing F1 or F10.
Have checked by replacing RAM, removing HDD, on battery only, on power only-but result is same!
A week of doing nothing later, I one day switched on and found it booted normally,left it on for 4-5 hrs and while working on it, it FROZE. On removing power n restarting same problem recurred.
Is it a a major problem or a minor one? Would appreciate if someone can plz guide me as to what could be wrong and what else can be done by me at home.

Technical help and parts are not easily available in my city, so will have to lug it to a bigger city if something major wrong!
 

Answer:Solved: Laptop screen black with F1to resume/F10 to enter SetUp

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My wife has a computer with an ASUS P5ND motherboard that's been failing to boot lately; I'm not sure what's causing it, but it may be a motherboard problem, so I'm posting here. Essentially, what happens is that the BIOS boots partially (including a successful sounding startup beep) and then the screen goes black. This had been occuring during the Windows boot process (I run Vista; the Windows logo would appear briefly, and then the screen would go blank and the booting process would hang), but now I'm getting a message saying that the BIOS post failed and then the screen goes black. I can then press delete to enter setup, but the screen blacks several seconds afterwards.

Admittedly, this may be a video card problem (feel free to move it if so), but my wife noticed no graphical artifacting or other signs of damage (other than a Skyrim crash to desktop, which is probably par for the course for the game). For what it's worth, she has a GeForce SLI setup of some kind (I'm not sure what, but if it would be helpful, I can check); I've tried reseating the cards and the bridge to no avail (though immediately after doing this, I *was* able to view the set-up screen successfully, without the screen going blank; further reboots led to the blanking set-up screen again).

Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions as to the nature of this problem before I take it in for repairs, I'd greatly appreciate them. I'm pretty mystified, and... Read more

Answer:Potential issue with motherboard -- failure to boot, black screen on setup

It may very well be the motherboard or even the power supply... SLI setups require a lot of power
 

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Win 10 installs and opens the first time. Once it gets reset (it automatically starts downloading updates and requires a reset), it boots back to a black screen where nothing happens. I tried repair, etc. from the Win10 installation DVD, but it gives me an error. I have deleted all content on the HD and done a clean install at least 10 times. I have tried DDU (driver display uninstaller), and that was able to boot once, but required another reboot, during which it said "Unable to install updates, removing updates" (windows updates, not DDU updates) or something like that. Then it booted to a black screen again.

This is a brand new build with SSD, HDD, ODD, and GTX 970. I have downloaded the latest 970 driver from Nvidia web site, tried installing from Nvidia CD, tried DDU then GEforce Experience, etc. All ultimately end in black screen on reboot.

I can boot into safe mode if I go into msconfig on first initial boot at the completion of installation. If I don't do safe mode, I get black screen on next normal mode reboot no matter what I do.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:New install on clean hardware, 64bit, endless black screen on reboot

It's probably the graphics driver. Boot into safe mode and see what it is in Device Manager (search for it). If it is Microsoft, it means that Windows Update decided the nVidia driver is old or incompatible with Windows 10 and replaced with a Microsoft driver instead. Try to run the setup or manually install the nVidia driver. While in Control Panel, expand the display adapters list by clicking on the +. Then choose your graphics card, right click and select Properties. Now click on the Driver tab. Driver provider should be nVidia not Microsoft. To manually install the nVidia drivers, click the Update driver button. Always select last option until you see a "Have disk" button. Press that button and browse to the folder where the driver files are extracted (usually in This Computer, C:, nVidia folder). Then you should be presented with the model that is most compatible to your hardware. Click on it and proceed with the installation. Reboot and you should be OK.

Another cause of your problem is probably that the chosen display settings (resolution and color depth) are incompatibile with your monitor, hence you see a black screen instead of the desktop. This happens rarely and it is because Windows didn't identify the monitor correctly, so it tries to set an unsupported resolution. To see if this is your case, reboot some times until you see the troubleshoot screen. Choose advance boot options and then the one that says "Low Resolution" or similar. This will... Read more

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Hi guys,Cable HDMI 1.4b (also tested 1.4a -- too same problem) is connectecd to the television, so gaming is fine. But something of app is trying to use a hardware accelaration, then happens black screen (like flicking, sometimes... when other web components which need a hardware appceleration). When i play a video on vimeo.com, i can't watch something on vimeo... but screen is truned off during playing a video.... when i pressed with mouse for action to stop, then screen has been resumed. Using port VGA worked as fine. Only port HDMI. I need solution , but i must have enabled hardware accelaration from app Google Chrome but i am web developer.My Laptop Y510p, GF 750M  SLI

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Just purchased two Dell U2715H 27" monitors the other day and a Dell XPS8900 tower.

intel Core i7
16GB Ram
NVidia GTX 960
I am having an issue where when I launch two steam games I run into a crash. The games i'm trying to run are "Pure Pool" and "Pool Nation FX". Both games sometimes run without any issues, but occasionally when the game has ended the screen which I was gaming on will turn completely black, not even backlit, just black.

Also when I launch the games sometimes the monitor in which the game is running will be completely black, not even backlit, but i'll still be able to hear the sound.

What is really odd is that when I close the program such as the pool game, the black screen will still remain. (please note I can still use task manager on my other monitor).

Also, sometimes when I finish playing either game I won't get any black screen, but when I come to restart my computer one of my monitors will be black, not even backlit as before.

I can run DOTA 2 without any issues at all. This PC and monitors are both new purchased this week.

Answer:Computer with dual monitor setup showing black screen on game launch

One thing I also notice is that when running in Window mode it tends to perform better, but yesterday as I was playing Pure Pool, the screen just went randomly black even when in windowed mode.

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Just purchased two Dell U2715H 27" monitors the other day and a Dell XPS8900 tower.

intel Core i7
16GB Ram
NVidia GTX 960
I am having an issue where when I launch two steam games I run into a crash. The games i'm trying to run are "Pure Pool" and "Pool Nation FX". Both games sometimes run without any issues, but occasionally when the game has ended the screen which I was gaming on will turn completely black, not even backlit, just black.

Also when I launch the games sometimes the monitor in which the game is running will be completely black, not even backlit, but i'll still be able to hear the sound.

What is really odd is that when I close the program such as the pool game, the black screen will still remain. (please note I can still use task manager on my other monitor).

Also, sometimes when I finish playing either game I won't get any black screen, but when I come to restart my computer one of my monitors will be black, not even backlit as before.

I can run DOTA 2 without any issues at all. This PC and monitors are both new purchased this week.

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Hello, Not long ago I purchased a Lenovo Y500, and used for about three months without much to worry. One day my screen went completely black (like with no signal at all) first though something was broken, but for good luck trying things out connected an external display using the HDMI output and noticed my computer was completely functional, just not outputing info the her screen. Used the One Key Recovery and screen was usable again. That happened a couple more times. Last of those times, got a friend to install from scratch and using a copy of W8.1 we installed everything without a problem, but the computer keeps sending signal to external screens (with both vga and hdmi) cables but her screen is still black. Could anyone please provide some pointers as to what should I do to get the laptop screen working again, or should I take it to a workshop and get the screen replaced. Just any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, and please forgive my English (not native) and the long message, --Victor

Answer:working system but black screen lenovo y500 system

Hi Victor,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I?m sorry to hear that your Y500 Laptop is displaying black screen even after performing clean installation and it is working as expected with the external display is connected. This issue seems to be hardware related, I would strongly suggest you to contact our Technical Support for further Assistance to get the details of the nearest Authorized Service Center to get the issue analyzed.
 
Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure they will be a great help.
 
Do post us back for further queries.
 
Best Regards

Shiva Kumar






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I have upgraded my laptop from the original Windows 7 to Windows 10 and would like some advice about the configuration of the mSata SSD.  My understanding of the situation is that the mSata drive is (or at least should be!) configured effectively as a cache for the C drive, storing the most frequently used files and therefore offering some of the benefits of an SSD whilst at the same time keeping the storage capacity of a conventional hard disk drive - in much the same way as Seagate did with their Momentus XT drives.
Following the Windows 10 upgrade, I am not sure that the mSata drive is still working as it should and I can find no documentation to assist me on the subject. Also, since the price of mSata SSDs has dropped substantially, I would like to consider the option of replacing the existing 32Gb SSD with a bigger one - say 128Gb, which at least in theory should give a very useful speed boost cost effectively.
Can anyone provide any further advice on the configuration of the mSata on the 7720, and whether what I am proposing is actually a feasible option?
Many thanks.

Answer:Inspiron 17R SE 7720 - Checking configuration of mSata drive following Windows 10 upgrade.

Upgrading to Windows 10 generally breaks IRST, which then must be reconfigured (see below).
Yes, a native SSD is far faster than even a hybrid setup -- but 128 G is very confining for use as a boot drive.  Consider 256G a more practical minimum size for a Windows boot partition.  Also remember that the mSATA interface in this system is 3G, not 6G -- so you won't get the full speed boost you would from installing a 6G SATA 2.5" SSD in place of the hard drive.
It's also true that mSATA (which this system uses) is now obsolete technology - it's being rapidly supplanted by M.2 form factor drives (which your system cannot use).
This is the documentation for installing IRST
www.dell.com/.../SLN286337

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Over the past week I've been fixing my mom's pc which was LOADED with viruses, trojans spyware etc.  You name it she had it, I think.   Thanks to evilfantasy it seems to be back to normal except for this one thing.  He told me to ask you over here on this forum.  I did a search as directed but couldn't find my exact problem:When I load windows now, after the black "setup" screen another screen comes on asking me to select Windows XP Professional or Window XP Home edition.  Pro is highlighted and there is a countdown timer that says something like "the highlighted item will be selected in XX seconds or press enter".  How can I bypass that?  It's a minor inconvenience after what I just went through with the malware but if mom has to click something that might get her in trouble...I have a feeling she'll manage it Thanks in advance.Jeani

Answer:After black "setup" screen another black screen comes on

PS. It's a Dell Intel Celeron 2.53GHz w 256RAM running Windows XP pro w/ SP3

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XP home desktop 2005 1.8GHz AMD 3100 Sempron processor (e-machine)I use AVG virus control(always been great for me)
every time I boot up, within minutes my screen goes diagonal striped, what I mean is diagonal striped colors of any color-could be blk/white, could be purple lght/drk could be browns...I tried to hook up through my other machine's monitor and got the same thing on another monitor-so it seems that is it in my hardware not the monitor(which is new)...I'm ready to throw it out and buy new-can anything fix this bugger?
I do a huge amount of online work, clean out regularly (do my housework clean out files-check if defraging is needed), did so, and in just a few days checked and had 645K files-!wiped them out and then the fun started-with the diagonal lines-thought I must have wiped something important out-so tried to restore-but-to add to the fun-the diagonal lines came up just about two minutes in and I had to shut down to reboot-of course now I can't do anything! NOTHING AT ALL!! someone suggested it may be a bios thing-to start up in safe mode-but I can't get that far before the stripes come on the screen...!! lol I'm not techy enough to go through that - SO-tried to remember the keys for resetting to factory settings...but can't remember-I think it's alt/F-11 is that correct? well, I don't know what will work.
ANY suggestions for a fairly non techy person? or is it time to throw the towel in on this old work horse
I'd be grateful for any simple suggestions... Read more

Answer:probably hardware-just checking first

Hello and Welcome to TSF...

Do you have an integrated graphic card or separate one???
This sounds like graphic card issue, now either if you have an extra one built in your PC you have to clean the contacts with rubber eraser and graphic card slot with brush, or your graphic card is broken and you need to replace it...

Would be nice if you can test your PC with another graphic card.
This way we would know if the problem is with graphic card or with something else...

Keep us posted...

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Can anyone remind me how to call up the list/spec of hardware within my PC. It's a command I have to put into "Run" as I remember but I can't remember the command is. I don't mean Device Manager by the way.

Answer:Checking Hardware in PC

Scrivers,Fraid I don't know the command you want but have you tried Belarc Advisor will give you info on soft and h/ware, and it's free, oh and will tell you if MS updates are up to date.click here.Regards

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I need help ASAP. My computer was having many issues today, so I did a system restore. When it was done, it downloaded updates, I only restored it back to yesterday. Now, when I log into my account, the screen stays black and all I see is the pointer. What can I do to solve this? The PC is shut down right now.
 

Answer:Solved: Screen is black after system restore and update. Set back one day, screen is

Usually, system restore is used to resolve problems like this. You might want to consider doing a clean install and see if that has any affect. Hopefully your data is saved on an external or flash drive. There's also additional options that you can find here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Resolving-stop-blue-screen-errors-in-Windows-7

-- Ryan
Windows Outreach Team
 

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Hi,

So on my computer, every time i start up my computer, it goes to the the starting windows screen, but then it sends me to the "checking file system on C: the type of the file system is NTFS. One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. you may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue. " it gives me the option to cancel the disk check by pressing any key, but it won't cancel even though I am pressing keys. so then it continues on to "CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3) and every time the computer freezes and shuts down when it reaches about half of my files being processed.
Any help would be appreciated

Answer:Computer won't load pass the screen "checking file system on C:"

Deegan,

Welcome to the forums!!

On a different computer, download Gparted, boot with it and attempt to run the disk check available with this software.

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Hello, I'm new to Techspot. I was recently involved in a rear end car crash. Sadly my computer was in the trunk and the whole backend of the car was pretty smashed in =/ my computer ended up traveling from the trunk of the car to halfway on top of the back seat =(.
The computer looks to be mostly in tact, the only things that have been affected is the ram fan that was shaken loose and the cd rom which completely does not work.

The case is completely intact no dents or scratches.

I have noticed however that my computer has alot more trouble processing regular tasks, like opening my computer, downloading and installing files from the internet, and opening warcraft 3( bluescreens when I play for more then 20 min).

System specs:
OS: Windows XP professional (5.1.2600) SP3
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
Mainboard:EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Video Card: PNY XLR8 VCG98GTXXPB GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
Ram: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB

I was wondering if there was anyway I could possibly check if all the hardware is still intact . =) thank you for your time.
 

Answer:Checking if hardware is faulty

Wouldn't hurt to reseat your RAM and vid card, and any other plug in cards. The heatsink may have came loose on your CPU or graphics card causing them to get hotter than normal, which may be a cause for a blue screen. I've never reseated a graphics card heatsink, but its probably less of a pita than a CPU one. Just remember if you reseat you are going to need to clean off the existing paste and reapply before seating it again.
 

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Thinkvantage toolbox doesn't check some hardware like ethernet card and express card. Any tool that can check those out? They don't work/show up in device manager for both Windows and Linux and I'd prefer to have a definitive answer whether there is hardware flaw. No warranty now ... Thanks.

Answer:hardware checking tool

'afternoon.
 
You could try out sisoftware sandra 2012 lite: http://www.sisoftware.net/
Not sure everything it can or does check for, but the price is right.
 
hth.

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Hey guys n gals!

Have a quick question. Unfortunately, yesterday some a$$ decided they were going to steal the RAM from my work laptop. I'm just wondering if there is anyway to detect about what time they did this? I right clicked on "My Computer" and went to "Manage" and tried browsing through the event logs, but I have no clue what I'm doing once I'm in there! I found a "Hardware Events" log under the "Apps. and Services Logs," but that log is empty. (Not sure if they knew what they were doing and somehow cleared it after taking it, but that would've required them to log on after taking it to my knowledge.)

Any help is greatly appreciated! It won't really do much, other than give me a time of when these guys stole it, but I'd like to let my boss know and let them decide on how/if they want to pursue anything.

Thanks!
 

Answer:checking the hardware event log

disregard that comment.... that was a dumb question how about this one if you go to event viewer go to system ... looking at a server right now not a desktop but i am hoping these are the correct directions. it should tell you when the last shutdown was if it was an unexpected shutdown or a normal shutdown.
 

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My son has a Toshiba Satelite P205 that he just upgraded from Windows XP Home Premium to Windows 7 32-bit. After the upgrade completed the computer booted fine. The within 20 minutes he got the BSOD and the system rebooted. Now he can't get Windows to fully start. We've tried all of the options from F8 with no success. We have the Toshiba System Recovery Disk but it won't launch. (The Boot sequence has been changed to boot from CD/DVD and then the Hard Drive.)

The Memory Diagnostic from the Windows 7 disk ran fine with no errors.

I'm thinking I might need to re-format/wipe the drive to start fresh but don't know where to obtain a boot CD(no floppy drive on this laptop). Does anyone recommend a software that I can purchase to clear everything without destroying the CD/DVD accessibility so I can then use the System Recovery Disk to put it back to the original factory Settings?

Answer:System goes to black screen before login/welcome screen after Win 7 32-bit upgrade

Toshiba, usually pressing F12 when the Toshiba Logo appears will get you to the Boot device menu. If not then,
Go here https://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/pubLogin.jsp Choose the Download Tab, No Login required, That is for the Forums.

Download the user manual and see how to get to the boot from CD/DVD drive.

The Drivers tab will show the Toshiba drivers. They are needed for Windows 7, If no drivers for WIn7, Then don't, as getting all that are needed will be a royal pain.

I've even seen certain model of Toshiba that have a XP Bios and a different bios for Vista.

Good Luck
Roger

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Hi can anyone help me ive posted on another forum but have not been able to get any luck...ive now been directed here...This was my post....any ideas on my problem...http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...ml#entry1185424Brief overview:Everytime i load up I get a Black Screen/prompt Before Welcome Screen. The System hangs on until i click ok.This window's prompt is always a different title with the name of a location. Inside this pop-up window are square charaters(usually two square characters). It is square because my system cannot read that type of character(I think thats why the are square characters). So to get passed it to reach the "Welcome" screen, I must click "OK". After I click "OK", the "Welcome" window comes up, and then everything is ok as I am on my "desktop screen".http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/7449/omnk...64q7cp667d0.jpgThis is what it kind of looks like..

Answer:I really mean this I need help.., Xp Black Screen/prompt Before Welcome Screen!, System hangs on pro

Black screen = Master Boot RecordSomethings not loading correctlyhttp://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503

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Hi,
I apologize if this is not the right section, this seemed to be the most suitable.
I am using a 3D Connexion mouse and when I try to execute an executable file for the software configuration, I get the following error?
"Exception: Unable to cast object of type 'System.Configuration.Internal.ConfigurationManagerInternal' to type 'System.Configuration.Internal.IConfigSystem'"
I've talked with the mouse vendor and they have no idea.  My OS is Win7 64.  Does anybody know what this is?

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Hello everyone love the forum and have gotten many answers to my questions in the past from here which I very much appreciate. Recently I decided to build my own computer I have chosen the parts and tried my best to keep them compatible with each other however I would very much like to be double checked as I am one who often misses things like this. Hate to find that out after investing as much money as I plan to. The parts I have decided on are as follows

-Computer Case: Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP
-Power supply: Cooler Master Real Power Pro RS-650-ACAA-A1 PSU
-Motherboard: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel
-Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
-Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s (X2)
-RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
-Video Card: EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS
-Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series
-Monitor: Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support
-Keyboard: Logitech G11 Silver & Black 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Standard Gaming Keyboard
-Mouse: Logitech LX7 Wireless Optical Cordless Optical

That is what I have so far but as you probably noticed I have yet to choose a diskdrive yet and am looking for some good suggestions as far as those go as the last I bought was quite fli... Read more

Answer:Solved: Checking Hardware Compatability

You don't mention what OS you are going to use?
4G of ram will be wasted unless you go for a 64bit OS.
Not sure you need the sound card, onboard is pretty good these days.
I like LG, Panasonic or Benq optical drives.
Everything else looks great should be a good machine
 

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i am thinking about buying a laptop online. how do i check that what he says is there?

Answer:Checking hardware on pc bought over internet

Hi Red24, welcome to TSF..

if you're referring to an online auction, you should be able to find out the make/model number of the machine then Google for more information on that machine. If the person has built the machine their self, it would be more tricky to double check as people mix n match to make systems. If in doubt, probably best to avoid...or make sure the seller has perfect feedback score and has a history of selling similar items.

Hope that helps

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Hi,

I just installed a new memory chip, new Video Card and new hard drive. My system worked fine for about 24 hrs, then last night it crashed and gave me the blue screen. I dont' know which one caused the crash. I just found the problem with a bad memory module that was causing my computer to restart on its own constantly, thanks to this forum and everything was running fine, no problems once I took out the bad module.

I just installed a new module, a new NVidia Geoforce video card and a new Maxtor 250 gig hard drive (just for storage).
Last night it crashed and gave me a blue screen.

Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
2.67 gigahertz Intel Celeron
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded
Board: SiS-661
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 02/16/2005
331.01 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
252.87 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

COMBO IDE5232CO [CD-ROM drive]

Maxtor 6Y250P0 [Hard drive] (251.00 GB) -- drive 1, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD800JB-00JJC0 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 0, SMART Status: Healthy
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 A-LE [Display adapter]
ViewSonic VE710b-2 [Monitor] (17.1"vis, December 2004)

Here is the mini dump file:
Microsoft ? Windows Debugger Version 6.11.0001.404 X86
Copyright ? Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\WINDOWS\Min... Read more

Answer:System Crash/Blue Screen/New Hardware

Are these memory modules you refer to...are they the same...made by the same manufacturer, etc.?

I guess I have to wonder...what makes you think that you solved what you classified as a memory situation...by buying one module of RAM?

It's usually not that simple, IMO.

Louis

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I am currently using windows 7 64-bit.

I downloaded windows 10 from the ms site (the automatic icon never appeared on my pc), and am using the media creation tool.

All goes fine until 'Getting Updates', when it hangs on 'checking for updates'.

I have tried playing with the settings in Windows update, but suspect the problem lies in there somewhere... my windows 7 was recently proving unable to install all its updates also. I've tried various solutions for that but no luck.

Is a clean install the answer?

Thanks!

Answer:Windows 10 setup: hangs on Checking for Updates

Create a flash drive or ISO using the MCT.
Disconnect from the internet then run setup.exe from the flash drive or mounted ISO (right click on it and select Mount).
Don'tcheck for updates, just begin the install. When complete, reconnect to the internet and continue.

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I am currently using windows 7 64-bit.

I downloaded windows 10 from the ms site (the automatic icon never appeared on my pc), and am using the media creation tool.

All goes fine until 'Getting Updates', when it hangs on 'checking for updates'.

I have tried playing with the settings in Windows update, but suspect the problem lies in there somewhere... my windows 7 was recently proving unable to install all its updates also. I've tried various solutions for that but no luck.

Is a clean install the answer?

Thanks!

Answer:Windows 10 setup: hangs on Checking for Updates

Create a flash drive or ISO using the MCT.
Disconnect from the internet then run setup.exe from the flash drive or mounted ISO (right click on it and select Mount).
Don'tcheck for updates, just begin the install. When complete, reconnect to the internet and continue.

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hello,
i just built a cor 2 duo e4500 with a intel motherboard, 1 gig patriot ddr2 800, and maxtor 250 gig sata hd,
After i did my first boot into the bios, i noticed that it was very very laggy, it was very slow going from one window to the other, i somhow managed to get into windows setup and format which took a while since everything was coming up very slow and delayed. Than when it got to the screen where it actualy turns colorful and starts installing windows like just a few seconds after it starts, i get the blue screen where it says
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer,
I switched the ram with another of the same stick i had in my house from another computer, but nothing changed, i tryed several times and it gave that message on the same moment right when it says 35 mins remaining at setup.
If anyone knows what i can do to fix this or tel me what the problem is, i dont have much time.
Please any help will be appreciated greatylyy
 

Answer:plezz help!! , blue screen during windows setup on a new system

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I have a Dell dimension 2400 with Windows XP service pack 2. Now at boot-up I get a hardware wiazard attempting to install drivers for unknown hardware. I lauch the wizard and it finds nothing. I insert my Canon cd with drivers and it still finds nothing. Under Printers my printer is on lpt1, online and the default printer. Under device manager it shows 4 unknown devices in yellow with yellow ? marks.

I have disabled and deleted these and they comeback each time the hardware wizard runs. The com1 and ecp printer 1 devices all show that they are working properly. I have deleted and attempted to reinstall software drivers . The installation process halts when the system attempts to ping the printer and determines that there is no connection between the desktop and the printer. I have rebooted the system and printer. I have checked the cable.

I have tried using all of the usb ports on the pc. I have swapped the cable out and tried a new cable. Bottom line Windows says that the com and lpt ports are working. I have checked connections. Is my controller card shot and windows doesn't realize that its dead. Or is there a registry issue since I had this spyware trojan virus. Any ideas? I have the answer for getting rid of the spy crusher virus if you are infected with the spycrusher Virus malware.

The same hardware wizard routine kicks off for the hardware wizard whether or not the printers are connected or not. I have stopped and restarted the spooler as well.

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Answer:Hardware Wizard Wants To Setup Unknown Hardware

You might want to look at the Device Manager to see what type of device it is listed under. To access this follow these instructions:

Right Click MY COMPUTER
Select PROPERTIES
Click HARDWARE tab
Select DEVICE MANAGER
See what the Device Manager recognizes the device as.
Go to Dell.com and seach up the drivers for your computer.
If nothing else works, try installing all the drivers, Windows will tell you if the driver will work or not. Good luck and post results plz.

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Hi

My laptop keyboard has stooped working in Windows 7 (normal and safe mode). However, I can use it to get into and navigate around the bios, and also do hardware checks like the memory check etc.

I have a usb keyboard plugged into windows now, and that works fine.

Any ideas as to what's causing the problem in Windows?

Thanks fro your time and help.
 

Answer:Keyboard only works in bios and hardware checking

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Hi
I was wondering whether or not it is possible to check previously installed hardware on a computer. I believe that my laptop was supposed to come with 4GB of RAM, and as of recently I have noticed it with 2GB. If there is a way to check hardware logs I'd be able to see whether or not it came with 4GB and would be able to check when it vanished.

Otherwise, I submitted it for repairs a while back, and during the duration of the repairs, the computer updated its Windows Experience Index. When does this happen? The repairs involved replacing the keyboard and I'm wondering if a hardware change like this would cause the experience index to automatically retest. If not, then either they ran a test [which is entirely possible, but I'm not sure why they'd need to] or this was caused by the removal of some physical hardware [does that trigger an automatic update?]

This would be really helpful, if you need information regarding the specs of the PC just ask, but the laptop was an Asus VX6s.
Thanks

Answer:Checking previously installed hardware logs

Hi,

If any hardware is removed or added, then Windows Experience Index will inform you that a hardware change
occurred and will ask you to re-run the test, it does not (as far as I know) run itself.

Unfortunately, you cannot check previously installed hardware as once it is removed, it is removed
completely from the system.

For your motherboard, both 2GB and 4GB come pre-installed, so there is no way of telling.

I had a company who removed 1GB of 2GB installed RAM on my mothers laptop when it
came back from repair, I complained and they replaced the "stolen" module free.

Hope this answers your query.

cheers

Dave

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Hello i am experiencing ocassionally blue screen error, i have to power down the notebook to restart it, i get this only when i am using the battery only, not connected to a power supply, sometimes happen, sometimes not. The blue screen shows me: "Hardware Malfunction NWI: Parity Check / Memory Parity ErrorThe system has halted" Can you guys suggest me something to fix this? thanks

Answer:Blue Screen on T60 (Hardware Malfunction, system halted)

Does your machine have the Intel Wireless adapter? If so, which version of the Intel driver are you running?zinoy

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i have a compaq windows xp. i got up dis morning to find a black screen and system fix. i have nothing in my documents, nothing n e where can n e 1 help plz. thanks

Answer:black screen with system fix

You have a nasty virus/infection. Your documents etc are not deleted just hidden, so don't worry. Post over in the virus/trojan area. They can help.

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I'm new here.I couldnt find any solution for my problem anywhere and i thought i can find it here.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit and im trying to install it for about 6 months.

I installed it once but after one week,os is gone and stuck at classpnp.sys

Here are the steps i followed when trying to install;

Selected Boot Menu > CD/DVD

Seen windows is loading files.

Seen Starting windows but its gone before the 4 colored windows logo comes.

And endless black screen.

I also tried to boot from dvd in safe mode.It hangs at disk.sys

I checked rams.

I have 1 gb x 2 rams.There is blue and brown sockets for rams on my motherboard.

Both of rams connected to blue ones.When i disconnect one of them pc opens but same issue.

When i disconnect one of them and connect it to brown socket pc didnt opened.

Please help.

Answer:Windows 7-Setup hangs after windows is loading files with black screen

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Vyron Vass


I'm new here.I couldnt find any solution for my problem anywhere and i thought i can find it here.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit and im trying to install it for about 6 months.

I installed it once but after one week,os is gone and stuck at classpnp.sys

Here are the steps i followed when trying to install;

Selected Boot Menu > CD/DVD

Seen windows is loading files.

Seen Starting windows but its gone before the 4 colored windows logo comes.

And endless black screen.

I also tried to boot from dvd in safe mode.It hangs at disk.sys

I checked rams.

I have 1 gb x 2 rams.There is blue and brown sockets for rams on my motherboard.

Both of rams connected to blue ones.When i disconnect one of them pc opens but same issue.

When i disconnect one of them and connect it to brown socket pc didnt opened.

Please help.



Hi and welcome

Why is my screen black when I start Windows 7&#63;

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whenever i power up my laptop my screen remains black and fan runs at very high speed i have to manually power up and down a number of times before my system starts normally.the same problem also exists while trying to shutdown or restart windows my screen goes black and system never powers down when trying to shutdown and system never boots up again while trying to restart.also while trying to wake up from sleep mode my system remains black and desktop never shows up.

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Hey everyone,

Recently I've been experiencing these strange 'crashes'. The screen goes black all of a sudden and the laptop is unresponsive. I end up having to restart the computer by holding down the power button.

Here are my laptop's specs :

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (SP1 not installed)
Originally came with Windows Vista but the laptop manufacturer, Sony, provided a free upgrade from an install discWindows 7 was installed about 1 year and 9 months ago

laptop will be 2 years old at the end of July
Sony VAIO VGN-FW340D/W
Attached is a zip called dump.zip which contains the dump files and system performance report.

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

ayahirano

Answer:System Hang / Black Screen

First let's do the easy thing, run a secure file check and see if it comes up with anything.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Barring that working we should probably move on to the below.

I don't see any minidump files were none in the c:\windows\minidump folder?

If not it might be useful to create some to have a better look at what's going on here.
First assuming the files don't exist you need to enable minidumps

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
Under the Write Debugging Information header
Select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
OK your way out.
Reboot if changes have been made.

Then we'll try using driver verifier to see what's causing the hang.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
(Please read all instructions for driver verifier before using as it's possible it will make the machine behave badly and you need to know how to undo it.)

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when switch on the CPU first it is showing blue screen Intel Inside logo, after that for some times black screen with blinking cursor. Finally it go to black screen. After some time system getting restarted. I checked hard disk is working. I ve doubt on data cable with loose contact.please suggestions me from anyone?

Answer:Black screen after switch on the system

usual sign of the master boot record having gone missing.Boot the xp cd via the bios and go into recovery console. Run the utility fixmbr.

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My laptop (sony vaio, windows 7 64bit) was not working properly so i ran system restore but while it restarted for the restore windows performed an automatic update, on startup now all i get is a black screen with a cursor. I have tryed startup repair and chkdsk/r in cmd, alas to no avail. Can anyone help? I have some data that i would like to save so I'd prefer not deleting everything just to restart windows.

Answer:Black screen after system restore

First boot the computer with an Ubuntu Live CD to a USB HDD. Once safely backed up, Reboot the computer and press the Assist key, or F10 to enter Sony Vaio recovery. This should restore your computer back to factory defaults then you can restore your backup

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Hi
My XP, SP 3, windows crashes. Screen goes black for some seconds and then it froze and I have to restart it. The required restarts increased over time.
I just noticed that system's events don't log after December 21st.
I didn't have a hardware upgrade recently and all drivers work fine.
BTW, I've scanned the system with an updated ESS and it didn't find anything.
Google didn't help me, may you do!?
Thanks :)

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List of installed softwares:

Adobe Reader 9
ESET Smart Security
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 4.1.0
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
Mozilla Firefox 12.0
Nitro PDF
Orbit Downloader
Realtek AC'97 Audio
The KMPlayer
Virtual CD v5
WebM Project Directshow Filters
WinRAR archiver

Answer:screen goes black and system froze

A computer that freezes or restarts on it's own is caused by overheating or a failing Power Supply Unit. shut down the computer, remove the side panel and clean out all dust, blow out all fans with a can of compressed air. Look at the label of the PSU. Report the Make, Model# and Wattage. Start the computer and make sure all fans are spinning.
Try doing a Clean Boot.

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I had a crash and I wiped everything clean. Usually my desktop Pc let's me install Windows but now I have this screen I can't get passed and it says operating system not found please remove hard drive. Ctrl alt del to reset computer. Checked on you tube and got more confused than I already am. Need help to eliminate black screen so that I can reinstall windows. Thanks. I hope I am putting this ? In the right place. Your system information I am on my tablet now. Have no access to desk top.
 

Answer:Black screen with Operating System not

How exactly did you wipe the hard drive?
What's the brand name and model name and model number of your desktop PC?
What Windows version and bit number was running in your desktop PC before you wiped its hard drive?
Do you have a Windows install disc?

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