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Dell/ Vista stuck on black screen

by aerobaker / January 15, 2009 8:36 AM PST

Dell Inspiron, dual core processor, 3 gb RAM, 3 months old, Vista Home Premium.
After restarting the laptop it was stuck in a "not responding" mode. The desktop looked fine but no response to any programs.
Shut down and starting up in safe mode- no change. I attempted to start up in "Last known good configuration". Ever since, all I get is a black screen with a white cursor.
I tried "safe mode with comand prompt", "Repair your computer", "Low resolution video"-same results. I can't even get back to the desktop or to some command prompt. Need help please


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Just a test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2009 10:20 AM PST

Try unplugging USB devices.

Also, I ran into this if I hibernate, remove power, upgrade the RAM and try to start up. It hangs big time. I never found a good fix but to put the RAM back to its original size, shutdown proper and then upgrade the RAM.


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by aerobaker / January 15, 2009 10:55 AM PST
In reply to: Just a test.

the only USB device I had plugged in was for the mouse. I unplugged that, but it changed nothing. I can hear it spool up, but it stays on the black screen

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F8 F8 F8 F8 F8
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2009 9:50 PM PST
In reply to: USB

After the POST screen (which is NOT the Microsoft Windows screen) I tap F8 about twice a second to get a start menu and try last known good configuration, safe mode, etc.

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by aerobaker / January 16, 2009 4:07 AM PST
In reply to: F8 F8 F8 F8 F8

I accessed that particular screen too. From there I went through most of the options, without success. It always ends up on the black screen. Even when I tried to "safe mode with command prompt" it does not show anything. So even if I knew what command to type, I couldn't.

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Since no command prompt
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2009 6:17 AM PST
In reply to: F8

You have to consider what has to be done next.

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Just to clarify...
by AkulaTheDeathScythe / January 15, 2009 2:24 PM PST

the computer posts but when windows boots all you get it the black screen with the mouse? Or are you able to log in if you are using a password proteted user account?

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black screen
by aerobaker / January 15, 2009 7:10 PM PST
In reply to: Just to clarify...

I don't get the option to choose an account. The last thing I see is the screen showing "Microsoft Windows" with the little moving bar underneath. All looks normal up to that point, but then it goes to and stays at the black screen with the white cursor. I can move the cursor with the touchpad, but that's all I can do. I've tried to start it with the recovery disc, but I can't access it.

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Black screen
by shepardc / January 16, 2009 7:02 AM PST

If you can get to safe mode, go to system restore and restore to a point a day or two prior, when the system was working well.

I've done this twice in the last couple weeks on a laptop and it's worked both times to fix the black screen problem. I haven't determined what driver is causing it, but pretty sure it's a corrupt driver that will need to be restored.

I posted a similar response to a similar thread earlier today.

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last know config
by aerobaker / January 16, 2009 7:27 AM PST
In reply to: Black screen

I was able to get to the "last know good configuration" option. It ends up the same - black screen. I' wearing out the power button, shutting down and restarting this ting.

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Now it will not power up
by aerobaker / January 16, 2009 9:04 PM PST

I shut it down last night, this morning it will not power up. Plugged in or not, there is absolutely no response to the power button.
I'm at a loss here

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Dell Laptop
by carolb152001 / January 16, 2009 9:18 PM PST

I have a dell laptop that just stopped one day and we tried to get it to start up again but the screen comes up black and then goes with lines re back and green and white is there any information you can give me to try and bring it back or is it crashed please help before I throw it out, Im having someone looking at it and he thinks the edrive is gone on it I can't send the model yet because its not here but when it comes back I will sure to send it to you when I get it back ty If you can help with this problum caroline

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