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Windows 7 blank screen and no cursor on startup

So my computer is ****** sideways. A few days ago it started blue screening every now and then, no big deal, I just ignore it. Then starting yesterday it would freeze up randomly then after maybe 5-10 minutes of me being logged on it would freeze and blue screen. So I decided to try and use a system restore, and that worked for a short amount of time, then didn't work when I tried it again because the error came back. So I tried to use a windows 7 installation disc to reinstall Windows 7. My operating system didn't pop up in the list so I had to load the drivers. But there were a million folders that I'd have to go through to try and find the damn file, so I tried a few obvious ones you'd think would work to no avail. I tried using the last known good configuration option as well, and that didn't work. So I rebooted the PC and before I even get to the windows startup it just shows a black screen with no cursor. I can access the boot options, system bios, stuff like that but I can't do anything else. Sorry if that was hard to read, I'm not really good at explaining stuff, and any help would be much appreciated.

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Re: Windows 7

Looks like you'll have to reinstall Windows 7.

It's quite a mystery why you couldn't.
- Unclear what OS should popup in what list.
- Unclear why you had to load drivers.
- Unclear what drivers you were looking for
- Unclear where you searched them. The hard disk is a bad place, since you can install on an empty hard disk, and the DVD certainly doesn't have a million folders

The only reason for Windows 7 install failing on a blank hard disk on a machine that ran Windows 7 before is a hardware issue. Then have that repaired. If it works, then don't forget to install all drivers from the driver disk or the makers site.

Moreover, the symptoms you started your post with, could very well be hardware related also. That can be any hardware: disk, RAM, motherboard.

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W7 disc

I don't know what your disc normally shows but mine does not show a list when booting.

I certainly do not have to install any drivers prior to using the disc.

Go to a working machine and put a copy of memtest86 on a disc.

Verify it boots.

Put the disc in your machine and see if it will boot and run.

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