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HDMI works from cold boot to login screen then vanishes.

Q: HDMI works from cold boot to login screen then vanishes.


This is on a loptop Meldon E6882, running windows 7, to a LED TV HD.

From a cold boot both the laptop monitor and HDMI screen show the windows starting screen .. But the HDMI screen goes blank when the login screen appears.

I have tried different screen resolutions. No Luck.

I have tried from the 'screen resolution' page to get automatically detect the HDMI - No luck

I have tried from the 'screen resolution' page to manually select HDMI. Only offers VGA or component, no HDMI.

I think this maybe a disabled driver as I did a manual disabling of these some time ago in order to try and reduce the boot time. I cannot recall the names of the drivers I have put into manual start (some time ago), nor have I found any info on what drivers are needed for the HDMI. The screen driver is an Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000.

Any hints? I'd like to look at some video on the larger screen...

A: HDMI works from cold boot to login screen then vanishes.

Ok, please follow this tutorial to see and upload the system specs to the forum. So we know what components there are in that laptop. (As I cannot find anything by googling the name you gave)

Then we can talk about drivers.

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Okay... I though my old keyboard were broken so i bought a new one.... USB
problem is: Keyboard works fine at BIOS... but it wont make any signs of activity at login screen...

- Unable to get Fail-Safe modes because passwords
- No money...
- Presentaton in few days
- Tried with all my USB ports (7)
- No malware... checked with other computer
- No recovery cd ( Threw it away when i moved to another place )
So please HELP ME ASAP

P.S Sory for caps....

A:Solved: Keyboard works on boot but not at login screen

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Hi all,

I have been facing this very strange problem these past four to five weeks. My machine refuses to boot up from cold. During the cold boot, the system reaches the stage where the text box appears for entering user password. Now the moment I type any character on the keyboard, the system freezes.

But when I press restart and reach the same stage of entering the password, it proceeds normally.

I have XPSP3, two physical hard disks, 2GB RAM, DG965RY motherboard, Intel PIV cpu.

Is this a known issue, or is it something that I have stumbled across for the first time?

Thanks for your guidance...

A:Windows XP SP3 Freezes On Cold Boot, But Works On Restart

The primary C drive may be causing this. When you get Windows up, go to My Computer, and right-click on the C drive. Select Properties, tools, check disk for errors. Set a disk check on restart. See if any errors are detected

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Need some help figuring this out. I have a Startech PEXUSB3S400 PCI Express USB 3.0 Card that will not be recognized on cold boots. It is recognized no problem on any restart and works fine until the next cold start. Using the latest driver for the Renesas/NEC uPD720202 chip. MB has the latest FH bios and the latest chipset drivers v9.4.0.1017.

The Card works perfect in a 32 bit XP machine so I am doubting it is defective. I am getting really tired of having to restart every time I turn the machine on. Anyone have an idea where to start looking for the problem?

This is a new build. Thanks in advance.

Win7 64, I7 960 Bloomfield 3.2GHZ, GA-X58A-UD3R rev2, 12gb (3x4gb) triple channel kit of Corsair Vengeance Ram 1600mhz, Gigabyte GTX 550 TI Graphics card, Intel 520 240gb SSD.

I have included the following info from a discussion on another site for more insight. No solution yet.

Upon a cold boot DM is clear of any warnings or unknown devices. The USB Controller section just doesn't show the new card controllers. Since I have my DM set to be able to show "Hidden Devices" (devices that are no longer installed) when I tick that option the new card controllers do show in the section grayed out as they would if the card was pulled which I think is normal and not a problem in this case.

After a restart the DM controller section shows the new cards controllers as it should and the card works fine until the next cold boot.
Also On cold boo... Read more

A:New PCIe Card not Recognized on Cold Boot, Works Perfect on Restarts.

Posted in error

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If I shutdown my computer and do a cold boot it freezes at the Windows 7 Loading Screen. Once it reaches this point (and only this point) once I hit restart everything powers up just fine ( I can have the computer stay on for weeks and it is fine).

It only happens when I shut down.

I really need your help. I am completely stumped. Because of this problem I can't sell this computer or do anything with it.

Asus p5n-d
Intel Core 2 Duoe 2.13ghz
EVGA Geforce 9800gtx+
Corsair 4gb Ram
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Maxtor / Seagate Hard drives
Pioneer DVD RW

things I have tried:
- switching out and trying all my ram slots and ram
- disconnecting all unnecessary hardware
- reset cmos
- updated bios
- played with many different settings in bios
- disabled legacy diskette
- s3 instead of (s1&s2)
- Reinstalled Windows 7 ( around 8 times)
- on different hard drives
- Ran CC Cleaner

Windows Event Log
The only thing I can try and diagnose is this in the windows event log. But I don't know how to decipher this.

Warning: The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load for the device Root\SIDESHOW\0000.

Warning: The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load for the device Root\SIDESHOW\0001.

Error: \SystemRoot\SysWow64\drivers\libusb0.sys has been blocked from loading due to incompatibility with this system. Please contact your software vendor for a compatible version of the driver.

Details: - <Event xmlns="http://schemas.micr... Read more

A:Windows 7 64 bit freezes on cold boot (after a shutdown). But works perfect on restar

Run Memtest from a cold boot.


Memtest - Instructions:

Download the ISO (or the .exe for USB drives) from here Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

Then (if you have chosen the ISO) burn the ISO using ImgBurn: The Official ImgBurn Website

Boot from the CD/USB and run the test (at least 7 passes)

If that passes then run Prime95: CPU - Stress Test with Prime95 - Windows 7 Forums (run the Blend test as well as the SmallFFTs test)

Also, what brand/model PSU are you using?

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I'm new here and have searched the web but can't seem to find similar symptoms.
I've noticed after performing various updates (either to whatever programs or Windows itself - any ones that require a re-start) that when I re-start my laptop and when the Alienware logo appears, booting basically freezes. I'm only having issues when I restart...even when there are no pending updates to anything. 
I tested today and booting actually continues on its own, but VERY slowly.  If I get stuck at this screen and I press my power button, the laptop immediately turns off.  Pressing the power button again boots the machine (to what I consider) normally.  It basically whizzes by the Alienware logo screen and into Windows without issue.  If I fully shutdown, then use the power button to boot up, everything goes normally too.  Re-starting (anytime) is when my issue occurs.
My system:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 ProVersion 10.0.10586 Build 10586OS Manufacturer Microsoft CorporationSystem Manufacturer AlienwareSystem Model Alienware 17System Type x64-based PCSystem SKU Alienware 17Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4710MQ CPU @ 2.50GHz, 2501 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)BIOS Version/Date Alienware A14, 9/24/2014SMBIOS Version 2.7Embedded Controller Version 1.01BIOS Mode LegacyBaseBoard Manufacturer AlienwareBaseBoard Model Not AvailableBaseBoard Name Base BoardPlatform Role MobileSecure Boot State UnsupportedPCR7 Configuration Binding Not Poss... Read more

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Sony Vaio All-in-one VPCL117FX several years old
Win7 Home Premium SP1
When I start the computer cold, there's no display (Input:PC, Windows logo, welcome, etc.) for about a couple of minutes, I can see the hard drive being accessed (flickering light on the monitor) , then the desktop is displayed.
If I restart the computer again, it starts normally without a black screen.
If I shut down the computer, wait a minute, then restart it, again starts normally without a black screen.

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OS - Windows 7 64 bit SP1
Age of PC - 18 months

For the past 2 weeks or so, I have experienced a black screen with moveable mouse cursor when I boot first thing in the day. The desktop just won't load. I only fix this by shutting down using the Task Manager, then tapping F8 when the PC reboots and doing 'Start Windows Normally'. Then it loads fine, though more slowly than normal.

The PC has been running very slowly also and in the past 2 days, something started switching off my firewalls.


CHKDSK revealed one minor error which it fixed, but did not resolve boot issue. Scannow revealed nothing. SuperAntispyware removed three Trojans in safe mode (including autorun.inf, Trogan.Agent. Gen) but same black screen and cursor at boot up next day. Windows Startup Repair and Memory Scan revealed nothing and I have done the usual disk cleanups to ensure drive is not full (I have 800GB free of a 900 GB hard drive).

Scans with Sophos, CCleaner and MalwareBytes again reveal nothing of consequence in safe mode. I have now scanned with Ad-Aware, SpyBot, SuperAntispyware in safe mode again, but they find nothing major, although today the PC runs a little faster and firewall isn't switching off (yet).

I also have problems installing Windows Updates and have numerous MS Office errors and 'not responding' issues, including Firefox hangs and crashes and issues with Flash installation.

I have spent hours going round in circles so any help is greatly appreciated! I can provide H... Read more

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For about a month or two my boot up time has gotten longer and longer, and my screen stays black throughout the entire process. You can hear Windows booting up and then after a minute or two I hear the entrance sounds, but blank screen remains for time periods listed above.

I have tried these steps to see if it was my monito, cabler or onboard graphics:

Changed from one HDMI cable to change
Changed from HDMI to VGA change
Attempted a system restore to an earlier date and anything before a month it states file unavailable.
Attached an old monitor change and then on the third day it turned horrible yellow tone.
Reattached this monitor, same experience with yellow.
Used both monitors and same VGA cable on old laptop and they worked beautifully without issue.
Opened up box to reassure all the cables were in solid and fans were working and all cards/ram seated well
Reconnected everything except my passport external (usb3 connection) Yellow discoloration seemed to have vanished on restart.

Next cold boot had the same issue and took 21 minutes for display to be visible.
Assured all drivers for mobo, video, monitor were the latest available.

Works normally after it finally boots up, but I have scoured the internet trying to figure out what could possibly be causing this. I checked for heat issues, but didn't find one. Today when I got all the updates from yesterday I restarted and everything worked perfectly (full screen with no blank spots a... Read more

A:Blank screen on cold boot for 5-25 minutes

When you do finally get an image, what is it? If it is already on the full desktop I suspect the onboard graphics has gone bad, this has happened to me.
You could try to install a separate GPU card and see if that helps. Maybe a good friend has one you could borrow. The yellowish cast also seems to point to the graphics.

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Since getting my custom built PC, I have a BSOD that occurs after about 2 minutes of getting past the welcome screen and I only have this BSOD on a cold boot. If you could please help me and give me some advice on what i should do I would be extremely grateful!

I originally posted this BSOD on Seven forums: BSOD on first boot then okay! (NTOSKRNL.exe) - Windows 7 Forums
Thank You!

A:BSOD on a cold boot! After BSOD works fine!

You have about 15 dump files since 1/6/2013 and the causes for BSOD's with different processes. You might have a bad memory stick. Download Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool , burn, then boot up from CD to run the test

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Hey Guys

I have a Gigabyte Nvidia GTX560 TI Graphics card connected via HDMI to my Asus Screen.

On the back of the screen there is an HDMI Audio out port. (No speakers part of the screen)

How do I get the HDMI Audio play through earphones? And can I in turn connect this through my computer as i do have wireless USB earphones. (Which obviously won't work from the screen port )

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have been trying to figure this out for some time.


OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Processor: i5 760
Graphics: Gigabyte GTX 560 TI
Screen: Asus HD MS 228 21.5" LED LCD Monitor
Ram: 4GB DDR3


A:How the HDMI Audio works from my GTX 560TI to my Asus HD Screen(MS228)

Rayzr welcome to the Seven Forums.

With a USB headset you would be better off forgetting about HDMI and just plugging it into the computer. You have to remember that a USB headset or speakers is treated as a separate sound card and has and uses its own driver.

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Confused - help!
I get black screen when booting right after splash-screen w. Windows 7 (64-bit sys. in dual boot w. XP-SP3) - but the problem is only there when i have a HDMI-cable attached to the HD4670 card (with or WO my Samsung PS50C7700 hooked up at the other end of the HDMI-cable?).
With no HDMI attached to the grafics-card Windows 7 boots fine!
(EIZO-monitor S2110W on DVI all the time).

So no HDMI in Windows 7 - or what?!?

I have the HD4670 card running on the exact same hardware in Win XP-SP3 (same machine, dual boot) - and it's working just fine in XP-SP3 (WO sound on HDMI though...). What is this all about - pls help :}

Asus P5Q-Pro (BIOS v. 1613), Intel E8400/3Ghz, 8 GB OCZ PC-6400 DDR-2, Sapphire ULTIMATE HD4670 (512 GDDR-3) w. Catalyst 12.2, Windows 7 Home Premium (dual boot w. XP-SP3 on separate HD's). RAID-enabled system w. 1 GB RAID-1 storage attached.

A:HDMI on HD4670/Win7-64 = Black Screen on Start-Up! (works on XP-SP3?)

Had exactly the same problem.

I did two things to fix; First I lowered the resolution to 1280x1024 and it worked, but that drove me crazy, so I bought a Intel card with 1gb of video memory, which I'm told is the minimum one should use if one wishes to use HDMI HD 1920x1080. It probably would have worked fine with an ATI as well, but with at least 1gb of RAM.

The card I bought was a Gigabyte GTX 450 and I might have been able to go lower, but since it was only $90 I figured it was worth it.

If you have a card with 1gb perhaps you could give that a try, or try lowering the resolution and (maybe), color depth.

The machine in question was Windows Server 2008 R2, but hey, it's essentially the same as windows 7.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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"For Dim display issue if you use a flash light and point it on the screen you'll actually see the screen behind....And for display cable failure there will be no display or blurry..lines etc.."IF this is true, when flashing the light on the black screen, I was able to see it, although it was very dim, So, what do i need to do in order to fix the screen?

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I was moving our Dell Studio 17 laptop and the screen went blank. I thought it did a power save or something. But I could not get it redisplay flickers, nothing.

I rebooted, nothing.

I opened up the back and reseated the ram and verified the hard drives were secure. I vacuumed out any dust. No difference.

So I tried using the HDMI with our TV and it displays just fine. I try to toggle the screen (function F8 on my laptop) and it makes no difference. HDMI is always shown.

In the past when we use the HDMI to display netflix movies on our TV, I hookup the HDMI and the laptop automatically switches to the HDMI display and turns off the laptop display. When I unplug the HDMI, it wouldnt turn the laptop screen back on. I would have to reboot with the HDMI disconnected for the display to come back.

Now rebooting doesnt not bring the screen back.

Anything else to try? are there settings somewhere forcing the laptop to not send info to its own screen? BIOS?

This laptop has an ATI card and uses the latest drivers. It does have the Catalyst control center where it detects the displays. It seems the 'unknown' laptop screen and TV (when HDMI is connected, the only way I can see the screen at this time)..but it calls them duplicates and calls both of them #1 display.

Thanks for the help

A:Laptop screen went blank - external HDMI display works

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The problem started as a HDMI-cable was plugged into my running Satellite T130-17E and the screen was closed down. From that point the notebook screen stopped working. When booting the windows start-up logo is on for a couple of seconds and just before the entering the desktop the cursor is visible on the screen. But except from these short moments there is no action on the notebooks screen. When I reinstalled the driver to the graphic card there was some short moments (less than 0,5 sec) when the screen was active.

I can use the notebook without any problems via HDMI to my TV. And when I adjust the screens brightness (FN+F6/F7) the black screen can get more back-lighted.

When I turn off the HDMI-output or plugs it out - nothing happens on the notebooks screen.

Can some of you please try to help me out as I really need my notebook to work normal again. If you can help me sort out this problem I'll be very grateful-

Kind Regards,
Jacob Lindberg

A:Satellite T130 -Black screen- HDMI works perfectly

Hello Jacob

Start your notebook with HDMI cable and wait until windows is fully loaded. When you see the desktop on the TV use FN+F5 key combination and switch to the LCD back.

Can you do this?
Does it work?

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Hi all - running WLM 2012 on my Windows 8 Netbook using 10 accounts - all perfect.

Needed a clone on my Windows 7 Desktop machine with exact Database Navigation and Folder Tree for same 10 accounts as a final message destination, setting my Netbook to "Leave messages on server" for mobile usage.

So Installed WLM 2012 on Desktop; fine. Copied cloned Database from Netbook over to AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail.

Worked immediately, like a charm, all folders and messages in exact same folder tree and accounts (passwords to input manually) one 100% OK. Hurray!

However after 4-5 shut down/start-ups of WLM the entire folder tree collapsed into a basic tree consisting of just basic INBOX/DRAFT/SENT/Unwanted Mail/Deleted for each account, showing no messages, although all cloned data was still resident on disc in its correct above location.

No way to retrieve nor show any messages... nor the intended navigational structure - vanished (although data was in its original location)

Uninstalled WLM, delete clone Database, did the whole operation over again and hey presto, everything back OK.

After 4-6 shutdowns/startups of WLM 2012 the navigation Folder Tree collapsed back into 10 basic 5-line account blocks, not showing any messages, although all of them still reside in AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail.

What is this? How can initially everything run fine as intended and then... vapourise?

Driving me mad as I did the exercise 6 ... Read more

A:WLM Database clone on new machine initially works fine - then vanishes

Hi Sam, welcome to Seven Forums.
It could be down to how your mail accounts are set-up.
I sign-in to WLM 2012 on both my pc's with the same Microsoft account but only use my Gmail account. If I read a message on my Desktop it will not be available on my Laptop as Gmail archives messages when accessed by POP.
Do you use POP or IMAP ???

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Hey guys! trying to recover from a system crash here.. One of the issues was me not being able to install/uninstall microsoft antivirus, since it seems some files were deleted which it needed. I tracked that issue to yet another issue what windows installer could not start, which suggested me to check if it was enables in Msservice.exe, which I couldn't start either.

After some googling, I found a fix on MS website, which moved some dll around and asked me to reboot PC. After doing so, it stopped recognizing my keyboard and mouse (both usb) at the login screen, they are completely dead even thou they work on boot and in bios (and are detected in bios).

I tried to restoring to the point before the "fix", but same issue. Any ideas what I can do? I have recovery CD, but repair ain't helping, nor does safe mode. Windows 7, 64 bit.


A:Keyboard/mouse works on boot but not login

Have you checked your system for any Virus's and Malware...these are known to do what your experiencing. Have you run a registry cleaner to clean and remove any left over strings that aren't needed or used, which can cause some problems with the un-install/install of software.

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I talked to a friend of mine who knows about computers, and even he's never seen anything like this.

It's pretty simplistic, really. When I turn on my computer, it starts normally at first, but as soon as it would normally play the beginning tune and show the login screen, instead, the musical tone cuts off, and the screen flickers wildly at seizure-inducing speeds. I can see through the flickering the blue of the login screen, yet no profile icons or the text box. As well, I can see the little keyboard button, though its been pushed to the top left of the screen, and I can see and move my mouse normally (though the mouse icon itself relentlessly flickers, like the screen, between normal mouse, mouse with loading circle, and loading circle)

I have no idea what could be causing this, especially considering I just installed Windows 7 fresh all of 2 days ago. As the title says, I can still log in normally when in safe mode. I've heard a number of different opinions as to the cause, such as the prefetch/superfetch programs, possible faulty motherboard, the fact that I didn't do anything special even though I installed it onto a solid state drive, etc.

Any ideas on how I can solve this? I can provide further computer details if needed, as well as a list (that a friend had suggested I make) of every program that I install or alter from the initial Windows install.

A:Can't reach login screen normally, though safemode works.

try uninstalling your video drivers to see if that helps.


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I had recently installed an ATI Radeon 9550 Graphics card and ever since then the keyboard and mouse cause problems.The Keyboard will work in the BIOS screen but once XP loads up the mouse doesnt work nor does the keyboard. I am not sure if the mouse works in the BIOS since that only requires the keyboard. Not sure why the new video card would cause this problem. Also tried resetting the ESCD and used the windows XP Setup CD -R but without success. Have tried booting with different keyboard and mouse that were wired but still nothing. I have tried using the PS/2 converter but that too doesnt work, along with using a regular PS/2 keyboard and mouse but still nothing.
My Specs:
OS: Windows XP SP 2
Keyboard and Mouse: Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 4000

A:Keyboard works in BIOS but not in XP Login Screen

Stick to the PS/2 keyboard until you get that one working, Only then move to USB.

Now, you did power off the computer, plug in the PS/2, then powered on, right? PS/2 is not hot-pluggable.

What if you boot into Safe Mode?

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Tried to restore using system restore but no restore points are available. My mistake, i know...the keyboard works right up until i get to the welcome screen.

How can I fix this...any help will be appreciated.. Thank you.

Problem started when i followed these instructions to try and use my ps3 controller on my PC.

Win 7 32bit
Logitech mx3000 mouse and keyboard wireless. (I have tried reconnecting them).
Dell Dimension 9200

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Basically ^^^

Tried to restore using system restore but no restore points are available. My mistake, i know...the keyboard works right up until i get to the welcome screen.

How can I fix this...any help will be appreciated.. Thank you.

Problem started when i followed these instructions to try and use my ps3 controller on my PC.

Win 7 32bit
Logitech mx3000 mouse and keyboard wireless. (I have tried reconnecting them).
Dell Dimension 9200

p.s Sorry for the double post in the Windows 7 category.

A:Keyboard + Mouse not working at login screen[WORKS IN BOOTUP OPTIONS]

please do not duplicate posts
closing this one
continue here

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I realize that there are many threads with this title, but as far as I can tell, my case is unique.

The computer I use is an e-machine ET1331G. Specs are: 6 gig ram, 700 GB hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

So, there was an instance in which I shut down my computer by holding the power button, due to a problem with windows update being stuck on the first update if I tried to shut it down normally (I did the microsoft fix program the other day, but the thing crept back up and I didn't feel like doing it today).

When I tried to restart the thing, it would lose the video feed into the monitor. I popped my case open to see that the graphics card I installed (a Nvidia Geforce 9500GT) had gotten really hot and I took it out. I went to the PC's integrated graphics card but all that accomplished was getting a black screen with a cursor on it.

Safe mode works perfectly fine, but the normal start up doesn't at all.

I tried start up repair to no avail, I have scanned my hard drive with chdsk with no errors found, used sfc/scannow with no errors found. I have tried to fix windows update with the fix it program in safe mode, but it can't seem to fix it at all, in fact, windows update doesn't open in safe mode (but this could be normal for all I know).

A:Login replaced with Black screen with cursor, safe mode works

Black screen after login, cruiser still works,
Clean boot,
Troubleshooting for win-7,

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Hello all,
To get straight to the point, I have an Asus G74SX-XR1. It's got an Nvidia GeForce 560M video card. I use this computer for my karaoke business. After one night everything was fine, but then I tried to turn on my computer the next day and I got to the "starting windows" screen but then at login I got black screened. Naturally I thought a driver problem, so I went into safe mode (screen works) and tried different drivers but none of them allowed me to see the normal windows startup. 
I thought, ok, I just want and need a working computer, So I decided to upgrade and go to an SSD. I installed it and decided to reformat. Well upon reformatting, I still get the same problem!!! No login screen. The backlight is on but as soon as the finish setup screen appears I lose any graphics on the screen. Please help! Urgent!
EDIT: External VGA monitor works fine. Only laptop display doesn't. It's not the display/screen because it shows the post and starting windows perfectly.

A:Black screen at login, works in safe mode, done research no solution found

If your laptop display is only working in Safe mode, that means you have a driver issue, or you have it set to only use an external monitor.  You can go into the bios and set it to use only the laptop LCD.  Unhook the second monitor from the unit.  Also when you get into Safe mode, uninstall both the monitor & GPU drivers, along with any associated software for the Graphics chipset and monitor.
When windows boots back up, it will find and load the default Microsoft or manufacturer drivers for your machine.  Now of course, you can boot back into Safe mode, and install the drivers downloaded from the manufacturer website for your machine.  NVidia has been having issues with their drivers, both for Windows & Linux, so do not download from their site, the generic drivers for your GPU.

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My problem is twofold..

One: My PC won't recognise the hard disk when it's cold. At bootup it recognises everything on secondary IDE but nothing on primary. Is this a safety precaution or a symptom of malfunction?

Two: My CD burner only occasionally burns. It works fine in most other ways, occasionally giving me a CRC error when copying EXEs.

The burn LED only flashes when it is working and it never gives me coasters. My guess is it's software but this is just a guess.

Suggestions to replace the drive will not solve the problem. Reinstalling drivers didn't help, checking device manager settings were correct didn't help. Enabling IMAPI service in windows didn't help. Help!

CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2800+
Mobo: FICA AU31, Nforce2 chipset (MCP+APU)
PSU: 300W stock, runs everything fine.
GFX: ati radeon x1300xt, latest catalyst
Memory: 1gb & 512mb DDR dual channel
HDD: 80gb, swapfile 2.5gb

I'll post a Hijackthis log or anything else you might need on request.

A:Cold Start & Burner sometimes works


have you tried using another PSU, it may be voltage fluctuation .

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I'm having an issue here. I have a nvidia geforce 7300gt with hdmi to dvi plugged in and it seems I only get the crappy vista boot screen. How do I solve this issue?
have a vizio VO22LFHDTV 1080p.

A:no animated boot screen using hdmi to dvi


Welcome to Seven Forums
Is the issue with the boot-screen only?
Are you able to log into your desktop?


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Hey everyone.

So I've been having this issue where my computer won't boot up into the login screen for Win Xp. It simply posts, goes to the Windows loading screen, and just as it's suppose to display the users and login page, the screen just goes black. I can however get into safemode, but it simply won't boot on the regular startup.

I believe it's another system or boot file error that has malware as I've had a previous thread years ago with a similar issue, but need some assistance. Any thgouhts? What info can I get for you to take a peek? -Jeff
PS: I will post the event viewer as soon as I get home from work.

A:Windows won't boot, black screen before login. Boot.ini or system.ini issue?

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when i start my computer it doesnt show anything at all and then about 20 seconds later the login screen will pop up and everything works after that. it all started when i got my new graphics card and now i gotta plug my moniter into the card. and while its booting i can switch the moniter to the normal built in moniter plug thing. i think its vga ( its the blue one without the fancy pins) the graphics card is a visiontek radeon x1300 256mb pci. and im using windows xp professional. thanks

A:Solved: Boot Screen wont show goes straight to login screen.

You need to change the primary video card in the BIOS setup of the computer from the onboard video to PCI-Express/PEG and then you need to disable the integrated video. Your computer is still set to use the integrated video card as the primary card. Once you have it set correctly to the PCI-Express card then you shoudl always have the monitor connected to the new card and it shoudl display everything correctly.

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After the Starting Windows screen a blank black screen with a cursor that I can move pops up that lasts a minute (shouldn't happen with SSD, used to be ~10 second boot). Afterwards the login screen will appear as normal and everything works as normal. This doesn't happen when I boot into safe mode.

I attached a list of start up services, installs, and scheduled tasks, along with my latest boot log.

Any suggestions?

A:Windows 7: Blank screen on boot up, before login screen; slow startup

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I have a Packard Bell ixterme M5740 i7 cpu [email protected] GHz 6 GB ram using windows 7 64-bit

If I start the computer usually I get the windows login screen, I select a user and then during the login process I get the BSOD. It doesn't matter with which user I log in. I then let the computer "run" a while. After 1/2 hour or so I reboot and login, no problems what so ever. The rest of the time no-problems. I can even reboot , login, etc....

However the next day after the computer has been swithed off and "cooled" down. Again when I log in BSOD. Sometimes it even produces a BSOD before the login screen although that is very rare.

Sounds to me as a hardware problem?
It's a real pain in the butt if you just want to start up the computer to look something up. I hope somebody can analyse the dmp files and help me. The system is still under guarantee, but I would like o have some solid idea what is going on before a sales person sends me on a ghost chase.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 2057
Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 1000008e
BCP1: 000000D1
BCP3: 00000002
BCP4: FFFFF880018DE161
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1

A:BSOD after login when cold (minidump included)

The memory dump file blames pacer.sys - but that's a component of Windows and is, therefore, unlikely to be the actual cause.

The stack text of the dump file mentions lpx6x.sys - the only 3rd party driver mentioned in the stack (so it's the most likely cause of the problem). If you don't know what this driver is for, please search your computer for lpx6x and submit the files to Jotti&#039;s malware scan for scanning.

Please let us know the results of the scan (if infected, you'll have to remove the infection before fixing anything else).

Also, please right click on the lpx6x.sys file, select Properties, then select the Details tab. Let us know the names of the file and product.

Also, please remove or update these older drivers that were loaded at the time of the crash. Don't use Windows Update or the Update drivers function of Device Manager.
Please use the following instructions to locate the most currently available drivers to replace the one's that you uninstall OR remove:

How To Find Drivers:
- search Google for the name of the driver
- compare the Google results with what's installed on your system to figure out which device/program it belongs to
- visit the web site of the manufacturer of the hardware/program to get the latest drivers (DON'T use Windows Update or the Update driver function of Device Manager).
- if there are difficulties in locating them, post back with questions and someone will try and help you locate the a... Read more

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Please help. I am at wits end. I have tried with a new harddisk, took out my graphics card, checked my memory, they all seemed fine. My computer always run into a quick BSOD during the first boot and I am unable to see the error message and it restarts back to BIOS followed by a successful boot into windows on the second try. Occasionally, on the second try, it would go into windows repair and say that windows did not start up correctly etc. Normally, once it gets into windows, it would be ok. I did have once that I got a BSOD in windows.

Another interesting point to note is I can circumvent the cold boot crash issue by going to BIOS immediately on boot and exit it. This way, it would normally boot into windows without issues.

I suspect this is due to the on board network card but I cannot be sure. I would appreciate any advice or help on this. This is extremely frustrating as this computer is only 1 week old and I have spent a lot of time troubleshooting it. I have tried uninstalling, cleaning and re-installing the latest network drive.

Please note that the cold boot crash issue does not always generate a mini dump file.

Recently, it has been showing System thread exception not handled.

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows 8.1 first cold boot always BSOD at windows loading screen

Sorry admin, please delete post. I have posted in the wrong forum!

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Hello, I'll go ahead and start from the very beginning. Thanks in advance though for taking a look at my problem.

About a month ago, my computer would give me a few problems while booting up. I would start the computer, it would run through BIOS, run through the Windows loading screen, and after that it would run the CHKDSK to make sure my disks are fine. CHKDSK doesn't work, it just freezes right before checking the disks, so I restart and generally it will boot up. Most of the time it would boot up perfectly, but rarely would it go to the xp loading screen and then flicker as if it as going to go to the windows login screen but wouldn't. The screen would just stay black and I'd have to restart. Next time, generally it would work perfect.

So this brings me to the current day. After the windows xp loading screen, it goes black. The computer is on, but I don't see any activity for the HDD via the LED. SO i go into safe mode, i finally get CHKDSK to run, I had to really mess with some stuff to get that working. Windows says the volume is fine, and the only way I can boot my PC is in safe mode, but even that will freeze sometimes while loading some of the files.

Just to let you know I'm running Raid0, and this is my first time running it. I'm not sure if this symptom is a common problem if one of the disks are going out. Does anyone know whats going on? Could it be a virus that messed with a boot.ini or any startup stuff? also, is there anyw... Read more

A:Solved: Windows Cant boot, black screen before login screen

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Bonjour mes amis.

I recently have started getting the infamous black screen of death at my computer's startup, very similar to this fellow user's problem. Basically, Blank screen on boot up, before login screen; slow startup. The black screen lasts at least two minutes on average, before the windows login screen comes up. Everything else runs fine!

I think it might be my antivirus, Bitdefender Total Security 2013, and I've posted on their forums about it, and I've gotten responses from other users saying:

The Black screen issue is known by BD Support till now they have not able resolved that issue.
hope BD 2014 resolves the issue.

And the booting time issue is been solved.

However, I uninstalled Bitdefender and the problem still persisted. I proceeded to uninstall every program i could remember installing before the problem started, so before the start of June. This was painful because I updated all my software, so everything was listed as installed recently.
My startup time after removing all these software is attached below; 156 seconds, compared to before with the speed ranging from 200-500 seconds, with the worst at 472 seconds.

Although this sped about my startup, I still got the annoying black screen issue. I am sure it is a software issue because the black screen is present, but lasts no longer than about 5 seconds when starting in Safe Mode with Networking, and is present even int he low graphics.

What should I d... Read more

A:64-bit - Blank screen on boot up, before login screen; slow startup

Hello mate try some of these Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 start at point 15 then do chkdsk Disk Check

The go through the other stuff.

Oops should have mentioned this one too start at point 7 - option 3 Optimize Windows 7[2]=Performance Maintenance

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Hey, first time posting here, so sorry if this is the wrong section or anything.

Lately my laptop has been experiencing a problem when I boot it up. After the Starting Windows screen with the glowing Windows logo, a blank black screen pops up that lasts for ages (I'd say at least 5 minutes). Afterwards the login screen will appear as normal.

When I log in, the desktop appears quickly, but when I try to start any programs, like my browser, they are slow and freeze often (usually I can run programs with no problem when the desktop appears). Sometimes the laptop will hang every three seconds. It takes a bit of time before the programs and the laptop run like normal.

I've tried several things without success:
-Uninstalling and reinstalling graphics drivers (I've never updated my drivers because no updates are ever available for my driver; is that normal? My laptop is about two years old)
-Defragging hard drive
-System Restore (I don't seem to have any restore points)
-Clean bootup
-Startup repair (or whatever that first F8 option is called)

A:Blank screen on boot up, before login screen; slow startup

Welcome to Seven Forums Tienjt.

You can run this SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker and post back with results.
Below my sig is a link to MalwareBytes, download the free version, update it, and run a full scan.

Have you installed anything new, hardware or software? Sometimes OEM's don't/won't have driver updates.

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Thanks for all providing valuable suggestions in my previous thread Win 7: Black screen on boot up, before login screen?

As I am picking the clean install option for my resolution, I am opening this new thread.

I reviewed the tutorials (Macrium) of this community. I found Macrium Reflect Free (Version: 6.0.753 (21 July 2015)) for download.

I downloaded/installed above Macrium to working PC. This version has an option to create Macrium Reflect rescue media on CD, DVD, or USB stick upon installing on working PC. I created a rescue media USB.

I created complete HDD image of my unbootable (Z580), before doing clean win 7 install. I am going to clean install Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) using my OEM KEY.

I posted the OEM DISKMAP in my previous thread Post # 90

I find System (d:\) 200 MB Windows_7 (OS) ( c:\) 653.44 GB & my Lenovo_data (e:\) 25.47 GB. Lenovo says, if I change the partition configuration, it will make built-in Lenovo recovery unusable.

I like the idea of adopting infrequent system changes (adding new programs etc) and frequent data changes (growing user documents) in image backup strategy. I mean taking system partition (d:\ + c:\) image back up as and when I add new programs and taking data partition (e:\) image backup periodically.

How do I re-structure my DISKMAP to have effective periodical image backup without disrupting built-in Lenovo recovery?

Are there any Windows 7 disk partition recommendation/guidelines?
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I have recently gotten a very weird problem that I can not get rid off.

When I start the computer cold I can access homepages thru internet explorer and firefox, (both are set to find internet settings automatic), but after a short period of time (can be all from a minute to 10-15 minutes) my internet browsers "dies". No 404 error or Timeouts, no loading of the page either. The browsers loading icon, the waving flag in IE and rotating dots in Firefox, just flashes and then return to its static position.

When I have proper internet connection, I have a UPnP Gateway that "works" but when my internet connection has "died", it says under properties that it "does not work" (sorry guys that I can give word-for-word since I am on a japanese OS).
Even when the internet connection does not work, I can PING any working site with success and even TRACERT.

First I thought that the ADSL Modem might be broken so I called my ISP and got a new one. Same problem.

My Specs are;
Dell Dimension 8200
Core 2 Duo E6300
XP Media Center 2005 (Jap)
NOD 32

No Firewall
No Router, the Computer is connected directly to the ADSL Modem

Due To the ISP settings, the computer is set to Automatically receive internet settings, always this;
Computer IP:

Thank you very much!

A:Internet Connection works after Cold start but then dies

It sounds like you have spyware/malware. Download ad-aware and scan, And see if it detects anything. If not then it is probably a SOCKS problem.

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I have recently gotten a very weird problem that I can not get rid off.

When I start the computer cold I can access homepages thru internet explorer and firefox, (both are set to find internet settings automatic), but after a short period of time (can be all from a minute to 10-15 minutes) my internet browsers "dies". No 404 error or Timeouts, no loading of the page either. The browsers loading icon, the waving flag in IE and rotating dots in Firefox, just flashes and then return to its static position.

When I have proper internet connection, I have a UPnP Gateway that "works" but when my internet connection has "died", it says under properties that it "does not work" (sorry guys that I can give word-for-word since I am on a japanese OS).
Even when the internet connection does not work, I can PING any working site with success and even TRACERT.

First I thought that the ADSL Modem might be broken so I called my ISP and got a new one. Same problem.

My Specs are;
Dell Dimension 8200
Core 2 Duo E6300
XP Media Center 2005 (Jap)
NOD 32

No Firewall
No Router, the Computer is connected directly to the ADSL Modem

Due To the ISP settings, the computer is set to Automatically receive internet settings, always this;
Computer IP:

Thank you very much!

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I'm a new guy, so, forgive me if this question has been asked. I searched this forum a bit and couldn't find anything.

I'm responsible for several Windows XP Pro computers running SP3. For some strange reason the cursor on the Welcome Screen disappears intermittently. This happened well before the installation of SP3.

I've Googled my heart out looking for a solution but couldn't find anything substantial. Some blame a rogue windows update which I've uninstalled. Some have also said the fault lies with Fast User Switching which I've now disabled. The problem is still present, though.

Any ideas as to how to fix this? I know I can do CTL+ALT+DEL twice but this is a hindrance to the less tech savvy folks on my staff.

A:Windows XP Pro, SP3 - Welcome Screen Cursor Vanishes

"Rogue windows update which I've uninstalled" that being said your files might be corrupted a bit! I say this maybe too much for some tech guys, but I do the simple things first that won't cause harm.... Try a sfc /scannow to check if the window file are intact... Start there before you do too much that waste?s your time and could possibly do more damage then good!

Have your windows xp cd in your cd/dvd drive then select run, the type in sfc /scannow. A progress bar will appear however when it's done you will see nothing, at that point do a reboot...

Note the space between sfc and the forward slash

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While attempting to restore a previous backup of my system (with Norton Ghost 15), I got an error, and the system rebooted. Upon reboot, I get the black screen of death with just the cursor instead of the usual login screen. I have tried the following thus far:
These all give me the black screen of death with movable cursor:boot in safe mode
boot in safe mode with networking
boot in safe mode with command prompt
last known good configuration

I did an initial system startup repair which went through and said it repaired it, rebooted, but no change.
I did a pre-boot diagnostic test - nothing
memory test - nothing
tried restoring from restore point, but it says I don't have any (LIES! BLASPHEMY!)
tried restoring from restore point on external disk - seemed okay, then failed.
chkdsk - found some stuff, fixed it, no change.
tried ctrl+alt+del on black screen of death - nothing
Now, I know that the hard drive itself is alright, that is, the information is still all there still. While I can't give you exact specs, I can tell you that I am on a Dell Studio XPS running Win7 home premium 64 bit. I'm at a loss as to what else to do. Despite being a black screen, with just a movable cursor, the system still appears to be running, as every few minutes, it will show the "thinking" cursor, where it shows the little circle next to the arrow. If anyone has any tips or suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

hugs and kisses,

A:Black Screen of Death during boot, before login screen


Known issue some users have it others don't did you try Why is my screen black when I start Windows 7? or this mentions a "black screen of death" fix but i would be verry carefull running executable files from unknown sources

Windows 7 Black Screen Of Death Fix

also this

but it also points to external sources microsoft should fix the issue or that *.exe should be authenticode signed so you have a way to verify it's trustworthy.

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Computer: Dell Inspiron 1525, 320 GB HD with about 2 GB of free space left, 4 MB memory, running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit, SP1, updates current. Just lately, booting from off, Windows will not load, but instead gives me a \Boot\BCD error (0xc00000f)--an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data. I have repaired this error with my Dell-supplied OS disc repeatedly, and each time I turn off the computer it has the same error at startup. I have read that I may have to rebuild the BCD, but I don't know how to do that. Before I check with Dell, who I suspect will just tell me to reload Windows, I need to know how approach fixing my boot configuration data. The computer has had no new software installations, just routine Windows and Trend Micro Internet Security updates, I checked the disc for errors, and a few files were missing or incorrect, and defragmentation has also been performed routinely. Dell PC checkup finds no issues. How should I proceed?

A:Boot\BCD error reading boot configuration data when starting from cold boot

Try this hard drive diagnostic procedure:

Repeated errors on a hard drive usually indicate an impending failure. I'd backup your stuff as soon as possible.

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Hi erveryone!

i got a problem with Windows XP Prof. SP2 on a "HP 6735s NA853ES".
Normal startup end in a "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA"-BSOD. "Last Known Good Configuration"-feature didn't help. But when i select any other boot-option (safe mode, vga mode, bootlogging) the os starts up perfectly.
updated every driver, tested ram and hard disk with no result.

Anyone any ideas?


A:[SOLVED] BSOD on XP SP2 vanishes when activating boot logging

no one?

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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Win 7: Black screen on boot up, before login screen?

I find some interesting posting in this forum. Thanks for keeping this forum to help windows community. I like to pick up the brain of this forum to resolved the black screen issue. I am not sure, whether it caused by virus. I use Microsoft Security Essentials. I am not able to run this in command prompt.

I started my laptop this morning & login screen showed up. Once I entered my login credentials, I heard the sound that usually plays once a login is successful, but I ended up with a black screen. After this occurred, I had to hold down the power button to manually shut down the computer. Once I started it up again, I was prompted to do a system repair, which eventually ended up with all successful outcomes, but I now have a black screen with a cursor before the login screen now. I have no idea what caused this to happen. My laptop is a Lenovo Ideapad Model Z580 (500 GB HD, 6GB RAM).

I am not able to get into safe mode or any other mode, which all leads to a black screen described above.

Only able to use the "Repair Your computer" tools after pressing F8 during booting .

Under regular user login it provided Start Repair option. AS I pick this option, it did not find any issues.

Under Admin user login, it provided system recovery options. It is not picking up the recovery point created a while ago.

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A:Win 7: Black screen on boot up, before login screen?

From sfc /scannow command your windows is assigned D in recovery environment and perhaps %windir% is not recognized, so try the command:

findstr /c:"[SR]" D:\windows\logs\cbs\cbs.log >sfcdetails.txt

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I recently installed windows 7 to my computer and dont know how to set it to boot without the login screen


A:How to boot without login screen?

Do you have two user accounts listed one for you and the second something like ASP net machine account?
If so delete the ASP one and this will probably achieve what you want.

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Hello everybody! I've tried time and time again to boot up my computer, but started 2 days ago, every time I try to boot it, the computer resets before even getting to the login screen. I'm not sure what is causing the problem, as I have tried different diagnostics such as running the Recovery Console and fixing the MBR and rewriting a partition. I reset it multiple times and when I chose to disable auto restart on system failure, I get the much feared BSOD saying I have a registry error. I have heard other people having this issue, but I have not yet found a solution to it. Under registry error, it says STOP: (number number number number x number number), the usual suspects. Can I get any information or help?

A:Windows won't boot up to login screen and further...

Have you run the CHKDSK utility? I highly recommend downloading and burning the UltimateBootCD. It has many useful diagnostic tools that can be run straight from the CD.


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I'm using Windows XP SP2
I did this years ago, but when SP appears, I haven't change it because compatibility problem

So any of you doing this?
If so, do you use additional software that can do both? what I did was just changing the ntoskrnl.exe for boot screen, I never try the login screen one

I take a look at / & some of them said about it's compatible with SP1 (probably also with SP2) or using other software, I did use StyleXP but it doesn't really work the last time I tried (years ago though), I also used DesktopX, but it's too much coding with that

So any suggestion for a software that can change both login & boot screen? (& if it's possible, the theme also )


A:Any Of You Changing Your Login/boot Screen ?

The first site you recommend,, is considered a RED site by MacAfee SiteAdvisor. It should be avoided. Details of Themexp.orgThe second site reports to be GREEN by SiteAdvisor.

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I cannot complete an xp boot to a login screen. The computer endlessly reboots. The same reboot occurs in safe mode. I also booted from the install CD using the repair function. The repair process completes with an attempted reboot. However I still get nonstop reboots prior to the login screen. I am now running a chkdsk /r in repair console to see if thus solves the problem. What else can I try? Thanks

A:xp does not complete boot to login screen

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I've seen other people report this problem on other sites, but the threads seem to just dead end, and searching on this site keeps throwing an error for me.

I recently installed Win7 (build 7100) on my old Dell XPS 400. At first, it ran fine. A few weeks or months later, however, it just stopped booting properly. Specifically: it reports that it did not shut down cleanly, and gives me the various safe mode boot options. No matter which I choose, I get the Windows 7 startup screen (with the four fireflies combining into the logo), and then a black screen in which only the mouse works. I've left it up for hours like that, with no change.

I've tried booting from the Win7 CD I made, but there are no system restore points, and the repair feature is unable to fix the problem. (I've also tried UltimateBootCD, but I can't seem to find a way to format the partition I have Win7 on, which means I can't reinstall Win7 there from the CD.)

It may have shut down badly, indeed, but I don't remember. (I do have power outages on rare occasions.)

Win7 is installed on its own HD partition, about 30GB in size.

I do browse the web on this computer (Firefox or Chrome, if it matters).

A:Boot to black screen; only mouse works

Download Killdisk and use that to format the HDD that Windows 7 is on. Burn the ISO image using Imgburn to burn it to a CD or DVD.

Then you should be able to install Windows 7 again normally. I hope you aren't trying to install the drivers from Dell as they are probably not support for Windows 7 yet.

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Trying to help a friend fix their HP laptop.

While these symptoms are similar (seen lots of "close but not quite"), I haven't been able to fix it, yet. Hoping not to have to nuke it.

System starts to boot. See the startup logo so I know there isn't a hardware problem.

After the startup logo/animation, screen goes black with just the cursor/pointer. You can see hard-drive activity so I know it is doing something. If I press the power-button, it goes to sleep. I can press keys like Windows-P and select through things like which display to choose, extend screen, etc. So again, Windows seems to be functioning. Even hooked up an external monitor and can move the cursor back and forth with W-P or the Fn key so video seems to work just fine.

Tried Safe Mode - same results. It lists all the drivers being loaded and then goes black-screen. I think the last one is usually disk.sys.

Tried a Startup Repair - it says there isn't anything to repair.

Tried Restore point - it says there aren't any restore points.

Tried Last Known Good Configuration - doesn't make any difference.

Tried VGA (640x480) more - nada.

I have booted from an install DVD and run chkdsk /f - nothing wrong.

Tried running sfc /scannow - mixed results. By itself the command says a previous restore/repair is in progress. I found a discussion where someone with a similar program used a bunch of parms and that gets around this error. However, after chugging for a while, I get the error "... Read more

A:Black Screen w/cursor after boot b4 login

Since I didn't get any replies and couldn't wait any longer and since every place I looked the answer boils down to a reinstall, I nuked it/over-installed Windows 7 and am rebuilding it.

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A short intro (skip if you like):

Hi everyone, this system has been running close to 24/7 since roughly two years ago. A custom RT7Lite disc was used and a lot of tweaking has been done, so the system is well in need of a fresh format. Unfortunately, this was planned for after the holidays, and as I was unprepared for this crash, it could take me longer to figure out what I need to transfer to a new install then it would to fix the current one. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

System specs:

OS: Win7 Pro x64
CPU: Intel Q9550
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS4P
Memory: 8GB PC2-8000
Graphics Card: ATI HD4870 (PCIe/512MB)
System Drive: 2x Intel x25-V SSDs in RAID0 (via mainboard's ICH10R)
Network: Intel Gigabit CT PCIe card
Firewall: Outpost Pro

The current problem:

System passes POST, bootloader, "Windows is Starting" animation. USB devices initialize, and the mouse pointer appears. The screen remains black (no background, login dialog, accessibility/power buttons, etc.) indefinitely. The mouse still moves and NumLock can be toggled, so the system has not halted - it just doesn't get any further than that. After 15 minutes power-saving kicks in and the display goes to sleep - Moving the mouse or pressing a key turns it back on again as though everything is normal, but it's still stuck at the black screen.

Events leading up to this:

I have been using a PCIe JMicron-based SATA card with a broken eSATA port, and I recently got an ASM1061-based SATA 6Gbps c... Read more

A:Windows won't boot - stalls before login/welcome screen

There is absolutely no reason to run a Lite version of WIn7, which is featherlight and always instantaneous when you have a perfect install on adequate hardware. How is it activated?

So you are not going to get support here where we know Win7 best, except to advise that you to Clean Reinstall your licensed version following the steps given (same for retail) to get it perfect.

This should solve all the problems, which are characteristic of trying to run a modded version of an OS that already has every service possible set to Manual on fast triggers, the very genius which has made it the most popular OS ever. Experiments we did during Beta proved that any such trims were always met with unintended consequences.

If not then after your reinstall post back any issues and we will help you resolve them as always.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite and I'm running Vista.
Basically my computer will start up and do everything fine and then it just goes black for about 20 minutes before the cursor shows for a few mins before very slowly loading the login page and then slowly loads the desktop.
I can't get a virus scanner to run for more than a half hour or so before the computer just turns off.
Also - I haven't given it the time to see if it comes out of it like normal start up, but it appears to fail to boot in safe mode.
What can I do? I know I haven't given any info as to what I've tried, but I'm really lost.
Thank you

A:Black screen for 20 minutes between boot and login

Please post what you have tried.
Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  When  FileHippo opens, click on Download latest version in the upper right pane.
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.

The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.

In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

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Hello, people who know more than me about computers!

So, our 4 year-old laptop running on Windows XP is suddenly confounding us. Was operating with no issues yesterday.

Today I opened it up and it suddenly required a login screen for windows, which we've never used (maybe we should have?). Because we've never required passwords for the accounts, we weren't sure what to enter there. No matter what we entered, we got this error:

"Please wait as the wireless subsystem attempts to associate, authenticate and resolve DHCP for your 802.1x network"

Rebooted-- got the same login screen. This time, instead of getting the 802.1x message when we tried to log on, we got a standard "login failed" message. Now we keep getting it. I tried to boot in safe mode to adjust the settings, but the login screen comes up no matter which mode I boot in.

Anyone with experience in this? Is this a question for the virus/malware forum? Would appreciate any suggestions!!


A:windows xp: login screen at boot? virus?

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hello everybody, i was hoping someone here could help me with my problem.

Whenever i boot my computer, after the boot screen, the screen goes all black and it stays like that for about 40 seconds, and then loads the login screen.

Does anyone here know what can be causing this, and if so, how can i fix it?

I appreciate any help, ThankYou

A:boot takes long just before login screen

anyone know?

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One day, I rebooted, and then there was nothing. After Windows finished loading, there was naught but a black screen, and a cursor if I move the mouse quickly. This happens in safe mode as well, and on both my dedicated graphics card (an Asus AMD HD 6450 Silent) and my integrated graphics (which I have no idea about, other than it is a Biostar A780L3G). When I try to refresh directly, with a fresh copy of Windows 8.1 installation media, it says it is invalid, despite it being x64, same as the installed version. When I try directly, it says the HDD is locked, and none of the guides I have followed to unlock it through the disk work. Also, I dont know if this matters or not, but when I try booting into safe mode, at first, when I move the mouse, in the corners, it says Safe Mode. Please respond ASAP.

A:No login screen when I boot, even in safe mode.

Your on-board card is this one:

ATI Radeon? HD3000 Graphics, On Board Graphic Max. Memory Share Up to 512 MB
Support ATI Hybrid Crossfire

A780L3G :: Placa-M?e :: BIOSTAR

I still could not find anything that could explain your problem. Does your MoBo have any kind of HDD protection, similar to HP DriveLock?

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Hi everyone.

I posted this issue in the malware section probably 2-3 weeks ago. A very helpful individual in that forum guided me through a couple of different processes to rid my computer of malware. It seems to be okay now as far as malware and viruses, however, I still cannot log into my computer except in safe mode.

Essentially, after the computers posts and boots, it will take me to the Windows XP loading screen. After it's done loading, it flashes as if it's going to the screen where I choose the user. However, I just get a blank black screen. It's not as if the monitor is off, because I still see an off-hue black screen.

I also have some weird artifacts in BIOS and what seems to be a lack of colors in Safe Mode. When I say artifacts, it really just odd symbols in place of normal letters, or additional commas, periods, etc etc.

We've ran hijack and Malwarebytes, and a couple of different things and still no success. I've also tried doing a re-install of Windows XP and have some issues there with drivers and undetectable DVD roms. Anyone have a direction in which I should start? Thank you! -Jeff

See thread from security forum.

A:Windows can't boot, black screen at login.

See if this is of any help:

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This is a "Real Question" though it may not sound like one.

I have a User whose Surface Pro has two user accounts. One is her Microsoft Account, one is a "local account".
The purpose for the local account is to provide her with a way to open Windows in the event she cannot get her normal Microsoft account to open. This usually happens due to password problems, (she forgets what it currently is). I gave her a local account with no password so she could access the Web to contact me for help with accessing her Microsoft Account when needed.

I have seen plenty of of methods for "By Passing" the login screen but in her case I need the opposite. When the Login screen is bypassed, Windows opens to her Local Account where all of her "things" are gone. (Yes, this is a Real Problem I am not making this up

The 'fix' for this (once it happens) is to Right click START, Choose "Sign out, which takes her to the normal Sign In screen where she can choose her Microsoft Account.

The Best "fix" would be a way to get Windows 10 to always display the Login Screen at Start even if her Local Account has no password? She probably accidentally logged in as "Local" and afterward it becomes the default login. Is there a key somewhere in the registry or setting in SecPol to make the login screen appear every time the system starts?

I think one of Murphy's Corollaries states that "The road to Hell is paved with Good Inte... Read more

A:Windows 10 Pro. Force the Login Screen to appear on every Boot-up.

You could force Ctrl+Alt+Del on every log on. Then you always have to pick the user.

Secure Sign-in with Ctrl+Alt+Delete - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

Would that help?

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When I strart my laptop, the 'normal' Toshiba screen comes up, then the Windows screen, then the WELCOME screen for WXP, it lists the users on the system, and then as I am about to type my password, the screen goes blank for about 3-5 seconds, the WELCOME screen comes back, and I can type in my password and log in.

This seems to have just started to happen recently, can't seem to find a reason for the screen to clear. Is there a file I can check to see the boot up and see if there is a clear screen command after the initial presentation of the WELCOME screen?

I unchecked Fast User Switching, and that didn't seem to make any difference.

I have a Toshiba Laptop 2410, with an external 80GB hard drive, a second CD/ROM/DVD drive, a ZIP 100MB drive and a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hub. Those items are NOT attached when I boot up, so the computer is running without any external devices until after I log in.

Any ideas??

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My issue is I have two users on my pc, after I reset(reboot) the pc on one user or shutdown, windows 8.1 automatically boots to that last user that was logged in and it's very bad behavior that I hate. I want to tweak it in a way so after i reboot or shutdown my pc on one user, and after I turn it back on or it reboots I want for Windows 8.1 to display me a login screen where I can click on a user with which I want to login. How can I make it to work like this? (also I want it so after that reboot and that login screen will be displayed the last user that was logged on will not be logged on still so I won't end up with two users logged on at the same time...)

Someone has any idea is something like this possible? It's strange to me that a normal behaviour like this is so messed up over here :/

A:How to boot into Login screen after Windows 8.1 starts?

This tutorial looks like it:
Sign in - Show All Users or Last User in Windows 8[1]=User Accounts

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Dear All,
I installed linux (centOS) and Vista in my laptop. My Vista and linux systems were running fine for the last 2 months. But suddenly as I start my laptop I saw thousands of exclamation sign and then if I choose Vista, I see 'Microsoft Corporation' and the progress bar.....but my login screen does not
come! If I start linux, I get an error message about X server; that is can not start. As a result I do not get any graphical interface; I get only a command-line. As a result I
can not use any system! How do I check if my Graphic card is OK?

Please help.
Thank you for your kind support.


A:No login screen, dual-boot problem

Sorry, but CentOS is one of the few Linux distros that I don't have experience with ... so my suggestions are rather generic.

While it COULD be the graphics card, since you got a login screen with a progress bar on Vista, that tends to indicate that the card is working properly.

Failure to boot on both OS's is more an indication of possible hard drive failure that caused filesystem corruption.

If you have a Vista DVD, I would boot to a command line in that and run "chkdsk" to look for NTFS filesystem errors.

If you have a "LiveCD" for CentOS, I would also boot to that and run "fsck" to check that filesystem for errors.

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Problem is that when I go to my log in screen it says "other user" with a login with a local domain or a Microsoft account (even if you log in its just a black blank screen with only your mouse viewable) . I'm the only user on this computer why is it doing this? also I can't get into safe mode (I've pressed F keys (F1-F12) and the only keys that work are F2 which takes me to my ASUS UEFI BIOS , but i still can't figure out a way to get into safemode.
No pirated applications on this computer at all, last thing that was downloaded was Heroes of the Storm by Blizzard
I am running on a:
Motherboard: Sabertooth 990 fx r2.0
BIOS Version: 2301
CPU type: AMD FX 8320 Eight core processor
Total Memory: 8176 MB (DDR3 1333 MHz)

A:Login screen issue and can't boot into safemode

Problem is that when I go to my log in screen it says "other user" with a login with a local domain or a Microsoft account (even if you log in its just a black blank screen with only your mouse viewable) . I'm the only user on this computer why is it doing this? also I can't get into safe mode (I've pressed F keys (F1-F12) and the only keys that work are F2 which takes me to my ASUS UEFI BIOS , but i still can't figure out a way to get into safemode.
No pirated applications on this computer at all, last thing that was downloaded was Heroes of the Storm by Blizzard
I am running on a:
Motherboard: Sabertooth 990 fx r2.0
BIOS Version: 2301
CPU type: AMD FX 8320 Eight core processor
Total Memory: 8176 MB (DDR3 1333 MHz)
Oh and Like I said I can't get passed my login screen so I'm using another computer to post this  

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A:Resolution changing at login screen after boot

Hi scott

Go to this link and update all your drivers then reboot: Gateway Support - Drivers, Software and Firmware Updates

If the problem still exists then click on the vista start orb. In the search bar type Task Scheduler and hit enter. Next click on task scheduler library - microsoft - windows - mobile pc -TMM - then on the right side set it to disable. The reboot your pc.

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A:blank screen on boot up but safe mode works

While booted into the safe mode try looking for any error or warning messages in the Event Viewer, which is in Administrative Tools in your Control Panel. You click either application or system on the left side in Event Viewer, then I do click view, filter, then click to uncheck the box for information, apply and ok, so then only warnings and errors will show on the right. Then just double on one of those to open to see the details of it. Maybe try to run the system file checker tool in safe mode too, click start, run, type in this; sfc /scannow , and include that space before the / too.

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Upon hitting Restart button on my case or following the BSOD auto-reboot, my OS drive (a Crucial M4) it isn't detected in the BIOS, leading to a "Disk Boot Failure" message. Oddly, if I do a cold boot from this point and power back on, the Crucial M4 is detected and Windows starts normally. I can also boot normally after shutting down and restarting from within Windows. But no matter what, around 45 minutes later Windows then freezes again in the exact same way, repeating the cycle. I'm totally at a loss, please help!
System Specs:
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Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Windows 7 64 Bit SP 1
8 GB Ram
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A:Random Freezing/BSOD, Boot Disk Failure, OK Cold Boot then Repeat


There are no .dmp files in the attachment. Please check this thread: Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSODand configure for Small Memory Dumps.

In addition, please go through this thread:

Let us know if the troubleshooting steps mentioned help resolve your problem.

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A:Vista Won't Boot Past Login Screen - Won't Restore Either!

So I was able to system restore, but still the same log-in problem. Sometimes, When I click I user account, it will hang and not even allow me to type in my password. Maybe somehow the log-in screen in screwed up. I don't know.

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1. Recover entire hard disk: (warning) all stored data on your computer will be lost. Factory pre-installed software will be installed.

2. Expert recovery mode: (warning) this is for PC experts only. Factory pre-installed software can be installed onto an existing(bootable) partition.

What can i do to try and get windows to load up without losing data??


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Hi all! I'm brand new here.

This is a new build from about 11/15. System was rock solid until about a month ago when I had a weird string of BSOD at login. I went through a bunch of hoops and finally got the system back to normalish, although I never really figured out what the problem was..

However, since then I intermittently have a delay just before the login screen shows. Most of the time it's fine, when it's not, it manifests as a black screen with just my mouse pointer hanging out in the void. This delay can be anywhere from ~30 seconds to ~5 minutes.

Any help is appreciated. Let me know what additional info you might need from me.

Stuff I have done:

Updated all drivers for my hardware that aren't marked as beta (there's a couple of those for my mobo)
Ran chkdsk (no errors)
Ran sfc /scannow (no errors)
Changed my DNS server settings and disable IPv6 (I forget what led me to believe that could be the culprit)
Took the overclock off my RAM

I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things.. anyway.. thanks in advance for any help.


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A:Windows 7 Slow boot, black screen after login

Thanks for all the help guys, anyway turns out it was a bad core on my processor, disabled it and it works fine.  So for anyone that is having this issue and you can disable cores try this.  It is definitely hardware related

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I have an Acer desktop i3, 6gb 2 years old running Windows 7 home premium.
For the past few months I 've been getting a problem with slow boot time, from the initial black Acer screen to Windows starting to load takes between 3 minutes 20 seconds and 3 minutes 30 seconds. Windows loads immediately afer the login screen. This happens every time. I am also having a problem with screen flicker. If there is any window open, it gives a very quick flicker every so often. This seems to be stopping my screensaver kicking in. I can preview screensaver but it stops every time at 3 minutes 30 seconds. I use SkyGo in full screen, it drops out of full screen after 3 minutes 30 seconds. Same as the boot time. It seems as though one thing is causing all the problems but I don't know what.
I have run every type of repair I can think of and now have used the recovery disks to return to factory settings thinking this might solve the problems. It didn't, boot time just the same, no screensaver etc.
I am totally at a loss now, has anyone any idea what could be causing this? Are there any other checks I can make?

A:Boot time 3 minutes before window login screen.

Boot the computer in safe mode. If there is not problem, boot using a clean boot to determine the cause of your problem
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

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Hi everyone,

Before we start, I'm a total noob on this subject, so please be gentle with me.

I've experienced 'very' slow boot times in the given time interval (before it took maybe 10 sec, now it takes 2-3 minutes). After login the machine is ready for usage within 30 sec. I've searched on several forums for what the problem could be and these are the steps which I've taken so far:
* performed defragmentation on the harddrive
* deleted all windows updates and reinstalled them
* look at the event logger, but I couldn't find anything causing mayor and/or reoccuring problems
These things didn't work out for me. I've included the machine's specs in my profile, I hope it suffices.

Could you please help me?

A:Slow boot time before login screen but after BIOS

Hello melli and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have a look through these tutorials (2nd post) for some of the more common ways to speed up Windows 7.

Speeding up Windows 7 boot times

As a suggestion, before you try anything that involves changing settings or going into the registry, etc it would be a good idea to make a new restore point "just in case" something doesn't work and you want to roll back the computer.

System Restore Point - Create

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I have Win 10 x64 Pro and this is on a new PC and a fresh install using UEFI option to install Windows. Initially the PC would start up lighting fast (at the login screen in no more than 10 seconds, maybe less), but it has suddenly become very slow.

It's not the BIOS, as I get the Windows blue logo quite quickly after booting and then the screen moves on to a full plain light blue screen with the circular dot pattern going round and round. This can go on for perhaps 45-60 seconds, maybe more before the login screen finally appears. After that all is fine again.

I tried unplugging all non essential USB connectors but it has not helped. I tried disabling all non essential applications from the Task manager. No noticeable improvement. Where can I start tracking what might be causing Windows to take forever to boot?


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When I turn on the computer, I get a blue, wispy screen and a pointer.

I have read all the posts regarding this problem. I don't think anyone figured it out without formatting their hard drive.

I have created a recovery disc (which is now stuck in the DVD drive b/c I can't eject). Booting from the dvd drive, I can get to the first box of the repair "wizard" to select language and country screen, then it takes me back to the blue, wispy background with a large white mouse pointer.

Safe mode results in the same screen.

F10 on boot gets the windows error recovery screen. When I launch startup repair, it loads files, and takes me back to the blue wispy screen.

All F keys eventually in the blue screen.

I don't have any other Windows DVD/CDs.

I have never posted on a forum, so please forgive my lack of decorum. I'm trying

A:No login screen on boot, Windows 7 Home Premium

Hi new member. welcome to the forums.

can you please supply model spec. are we discussing a desktop or a laptop in this situation?

from the information that you have supplied you may be experiencing a hard drive failure.

so worst case scenario would be replacement hard drive and then new install of windows 7. I take it you have the product key?

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Hello all.
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So about a month ago whenever I boot my pc instead of the Windows 8.1 boot animation with the blue logo, it instead both of my monitors flicker black and grey continuously. My pc still boots up fine but I'm wondering if this could be the start of something, I've looked into it and couldn't find much on the subject.

Another problem I have is the login sound effect being delayed when I login, I have checked to make sure window sound is set to automatic.

Thank you for the help.
Windows 8.1 x64

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My computer was also unplugged all night. The only changes made yesterday was the installation of System tools. Would that screw my computer over?

Any advice, tips, suggestions, or explanations are all welcome. I use this computer for working, and I have a mountain of important information on it.

A:Help! computer won't boot? Turns on, but doesn't go to login screen.

Hi ghostlander, welcome. We need more information about your computer. This will be a good start.

The only changes made yesterday was the installation of System tools. Would that screw my computer over?Click to expand...

Can you explain this in more detail please?

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It's a problem similar to this one, except I can't even boot to safe mode. I have taken the RAM out one at a time and booted, but it will still stay at the black screen. I have tried reinstalling XP, and installing it on another drive to boot from there, but neither of them fixed the problem. Since I can't boot at all, I can't run HJT or those other programs that were posted in that thread.

Does anyone have any solutions? I've tried asking around to friends and other tech support sites, but none of them could help.

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Hi all,
I'm currently having a problem in which my PC simply fails to get to the login screen. It boots through all its CMOS codes fine and through the motherboard splash screen. It is at the next screen where the windows logo would be (I run my PC in non-GUI boot mode) where problems begin to occur, it spends far longer on this screen than I would expect. After this screen instead of getting to the windows login screen, I am left with a black screen with a cursor on it (which I cannot move). When I turn off the PC, I am given no option for startup repair etc.
The PC boots perfectly fine in safe mode.
I have tried uninstalling my NVIDIA drivers, but I cannot reinstall them as the install process fails to work in safe mode, and I obviously cannot boot into normal mode.
How can I get my PC to boot normally again?
Many thanks.

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I'm at my wits end...

The problem:

First installed Windows 7 Proff 64-bit on this machine last monday after installing updates / drivers etc I began to recieve intermitent BSODs then began the trouble shooting. Tested memory with memtest86+ passed manually set voltages / timings ran memtest86+ again passed. Started driver verifier etc BSODs stopped. Shut down pc went to bed. Woke up turned on PC and was greeted with the "windows was unable to start up" screen. Rebooted PC tried to start it in safe-mode, couldn't would fail to boot. Tried booting with low res graphics... couldn't. Eventually I decided to do a system restore it finished and booted fine and was stable all day. Next morning I turn on my pc and I am greeted with windows boot error screen again. Getting fed up and figuring I don't have much on the machine anyway I reformat and reinstall windows 7. Wary of more errors I decide to test the drivers by installing them booting down for a bit then starting up again and then going into system restore to get rid of them so I have a clean enviroment for the next set. Finally I come to Ati's CCC 10.2 install it shut down reboot and I'm greeted with a blank screen login screen. At this point I am able to login but all that shows is a scaled down version of my wallpaper. No icons, no taskbar, nada. I can interact with the system ie start up task manager etc even though I still only see a blank wallpaper. Started going back through old drivers figuring that this w... Read more

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Quote: Originally Posted by roborabbit

I'm at my wits end...

The problem:

First installed Windows 7 Proff 64-bit on this machine last monday after installing updates / drivers etc I began to recieve intermitent BSODs then began the trouble shooting. Tested memory with memtest89+ passed manually set voltages / timings ran memtest89+ again passed. Started driver verifier etc BSODs stopped. Shut down pc went to bed. Woke up turned on PC and was greeted with the "windows was unable to start up" screen. Rebooted PC tried to start it in safe-mode, couldn't would fail to boot. Tried booting with low res graphics... couldn't. Eventually I decided to do a system restore it finished and booted fine and was stable all day. Next morning I turn on my pc and I am greeted with windows boot error screen again. Getting fed up and figuring I don't have much on the machine anyway I reformat and reinstall windows 7. Wary of more errors I decide to test the drivers by installing them booting down for a bit then starting up again and then going into system restore to get rid of them so I have a clean enviroment for the next set. Finally I come to Ati's CCC 10.2 install it shut down reboot and I'm greeted with a blank screen login screen. At this point I am able to login but all that shows is a scaled down version of my wallpaper. No icons, no taskbar, nada. I can interact with the system ie start up task manager etc even though I still only see a ... Read more

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I power up the computer. I choose my account logon and enter password. Now, how do I have my computer enable the lock screen immediately after this? (no screensaver suggestions, please)


A:How To Immediately Lock Screen As Part Of post-login Boot?

Hey mate,

You might see if placing a lock computer shortcut in your Startup folder may do the trick for you.

Lock Computer - Create Shortcut

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I've recently reinstalled Windows 7 due to this problem, and everything was running smoothly up until today (approximately 4 days after I reinstalled the OS). This morning, I attempted to boot up my computer as usual, and it simply hardlocked as soon as the Welcome screen came up.

This hardlock only recently started happening with my PC when I hooked up a fourth monitor to my GPU, to produce a 3x1 monitor arrangement, plus my Cintiq tablet. (Currently, the Cintiq is in the shop for repairs.) When that configuration was plugged in, the computer started hardlocking. After that, I reinstalled Windows 7 over the weekend, and it was all working fine. Up until now.

There have been no BSOD's at all - even with the hard locks, and I attempted to use the driver verifier to see what was causing it, as this is my greatest suspicion. I rarely find that my computer builds have problems, though I don't have the tools to test my RAM yet (would like some help in this regard).

This is my workstation that I use for my art. I would like to resolve this ASAP before the week is over. Please help! ; 3

A:Hard Lock @ Welcome/Login Screen during Boot-Up, unable to resolve

Have you tried the System Repair Disc you can make in Win7's Control Panel, Backup and Restore? It has to be for either 32-bit or 64-bit but your System Specs do show you have the 64-bit version of Windows. It doesn't necessarily have to be made from a specific computer.

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Hi,     I uninstalled HP Protect Tools and all its parts in order to upgrade to Windows 10. It asked me to restart the computer and upon restarting, gray screen (appeared after HP logo) with "Login" label asked me for password for User ID = Administrator. I tried accessing BIOS etc. but it always requires password for User ID Administrator or BIOS admin. I do not have either of those.     This has never happened before and I cannot start my computer now.     I tried guessing the password, but after 3 times screen saying Authentication failed appears with "System locked. Press the power button to restart the system". Any help please? Thanks.

A:ProBook wont boot past the gray login screen

Dear Rekpet, Hi, My name is James. So to my understanding you are getting a grey screen upon starting up. Please could you attach a screenshot?  Many Thanks James 

I am a very busy person. PleasePlease click ?Accept as Solution" if I solve your Problem

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My computer is running on a Windows 7 Home Premium OS, it's about two years old, Lenovo brand. I won the computer a while back, and do not have a Windows 7 Op. disk. The problem is, a while back I got this virus called Wolfram Antivirus software, and tried to do everything I could to remove it. It was a pain. The thing is, I think I might have accidentally deleted something in RegEdit, and now my computer (on the ultra rare occasion that it gets to and past the login screen) will tell me that it has encountered a critical error, and will restart in 1 minute.

When it does reboot, what will happen, is it will get to the picture of the swirling Windows symbol, but then reboot before making it to login screen. Then it will ask me to do a system repair or start up normally, because it shut down unusually. I'm currently attempting to fix it with a program called the Paragon Boot Corrector, but that doesn't seem to be working either. I'm running thin on patience, and I really don't want to have to buy a new laptop. Please help.

A:Computer will not boot up to the login screen, occasional BSOD flashes

Quote: Originally Posted by Kinny Unabara

My computer is running on a Windows 7 Home Premium OS, it's about two years old, Lenovo brand. I won the computer a while back, and do not have a Windows 7 Op. disk. The problem is, a while back I got this virus called Wolfram Antivirus software, and tried to do everything I could to remove it. It was a pain. The thing is, I think I might have accidentally deleted something in RegEdit, and now my computer (on the ultra rare occasion that it gets to and past the login screen) will tell me that it has encountered a critical error, and will restart in 1 minute.

When it does reboot, what will happen, is it will get to the picture of the swirling Windows symbol, but then reboot before making it to login screen. Then it will ask me to do a system repair or start up normally, because it shut down unusually. I'm currently attempting to fix it with a program called the Paragon Boot Corrector, but that doesn't seem to be working either. I'm running thin on patience, and I really don't want to have to buy a new laptop. Please help.

You probably dont need a new computer, however you are going to need an OS disk to do a repair install or clean install. If the computer came with win 7 there should be a serial number (5 groups of 5) on the bottom.

If you have a valid serial you can download an iso of the OS to burn to dvd.

Startup Repair

Further Reading

Start your computer in safe mode

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I have Windows 10 Home on my laptop. I have created Local Accounts by going to Start > netplwiz and creating some users. Most of the users do not have a Password and are not Administrators. I have also checked the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer". Now the problem is that after a reboot/restart or a boot (i.e. Shutdown and then Power On) the last user that was logged gets automatically logged in. So if User A was last using the laptop, he Shutdowns the laptop and then User B starts the Laptop, the OS directly logs into the User A's account. User B has to log out and then log in as User B. This is contrast to what used to happen with Windows 7/Vista/XP.

Please note that this is a fresh Windows 10 laptop and is not an upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1.

Can you please suggest me how I will be able to get all the users listed on the Login screen at the time of reboot or boot (i.e. Shutdown and then Power On)? The user has to select his ID and then login. Rather the last user login should not happen automatically.
Any help would be appreciated.
Enjoy your day

A:Win Home 10 does not show login/sign in screen after boot or reboot

Hi Addverma, welcome to Ten Forums.

The easiest way is to add passwords to all user accounts. If Windows is shut down or restarted from desktop of a local user who has no password, by default Windows will sign this user in when started next time.

Adding password to all users prevents automatic sign-in of last user.

Another option is to not display usernames in sign-in screen as told in this tutorial: Sign in Screen - Do Not Display User Name in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Notice that Option One in above mentioned tutorial does not work for you because you cannot edit policies in Windows 10 Home. The registry method, Option Two should work in Home Edition, too.

When method in tutorial is used, Windows will not show usernames. All users must enter their username manually, as well as possible password:


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Windows XP won't boot all the way to the login window, just to a blank screen and mouse pointer that can move.
I have Windows XP Pro, with the login were you type the user in.
Now I get a background screen with a working mouse pointer, nothing else not even a error message. Same in safe mode, so I can't get to system restore ether.
I know it's not the hardware, ran several diags on it, Quicktech Pro (, plus memtest and Western Digital's Diag.
I ran my custom UBCD4win bootdisk on it and did several updated anti-virus and a chkdsk. ( They found nothing. I also removed all items in the startup (including "run" section of the registry) So I can open all of the registry files without problems too.

I also ran a repair install, but it comes back to the same blank screen after the first reboot during setup.

A:Windows XP won't boot all the to the login window, just to blank screen and mouse

I also tried the drive in another computer and did a repair setup with no difference.

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This machine will boot up in safe mode, but hangs at the login screen in normal mode. Running windows xp home. 1 year old computer. Any idea where to begin troubleshooting would be greatly appreciated.


A:Win XP, Machine will boot in safe, but not past login screen in normal??

Well, it's either a driver or hardware problem.

Did you recently install anything harware or software related? You could try this...tap F8 on boot to get to the boot options, then boot using 'Last known good config'. Hopefully, it will fix the problem. If not, there are a few other things you can try, like removing the sound card, try to boot, remove the netowrk card, try to boot, etc etc...just to see if it's hardware. If it's a driver issue, then I'm afraid someone else will need to help you, as I'm not too sure of the best way to go about figuring that out.


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Alright so for some reason ever since I've "upgraded" to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 I've been having numerous issues with my computer taking a very long time to boot and I've noticed it is logging me in sometimes without asking me for my password at boot. I really want to stop the black screens as waiting 5-10 minutes every time I turn my computer on is annoying. Also I don't see why it would log me in without prompting for my password as why else would I have a logon password? Please if someone knows how to fix my slow boot with black screen where it seems to be sometimes logging me in automatically that would be great thanks!

A:How To Disable Auto Login Last User/Black Screen At Boot???

Hello Radical924,

Double check using the tutorial below to see if you have the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box checked to see if that may help with at least the sign in issue.

Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

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Hi there,

I'm a bit desperate here, since I can't seem to find a way to debug, analyze and fix this issue.

My systems sometimes freezes during the boot process and all I get is black screen.

This happens when the error occurs:
BIOS shows up normally
Window 7 logo is shown for a brief second
black screen

With boot details enabled, I see that drivers are getting loaded until classpnp.sys. After that the screen goes black as well and the system hangs.

Now when I turn on the machine, I get a text screen asking me whether to start normally or run a recovery attempt. Usually starting normally is all it takes and Windows boots up fine.
Once Windows is up and running, it's rock solid. No lockups, no BSODs or whatsoever.

Unfortunately I have no idea how to get debug details of this part of the boot process (os loader phase?).

I already switched the SATA Ports, switched to a different brand and even switched to mSATA. So I'm pretty sure it's not the SSD. Using Windows SATA drivers or Intel RST doesn't make a difference either btw.
Any help is very very appreciated!


Hardware :
Motherboard : Intel DN2800mt, latest BIOS (156)
Graphic Card : GMA 3650 (recent drivers)
CPU : Cedar Trail Atom @ 1,8GHz
Ram : 4 GB - Corsair 1333 MHz
SSD: Crucial M4 64 GB in AHCI mode, latest FW (000f)

A:Random freezes during boot process before login (black screen)

SSD Troubleshooting:Despite your statement that it is probably not an SSD issue, it does sound like the SSD may be disappearing from the system. Make sure the following are up to date:SSD firmware
BIOS Version
Chipset Drivers
Hard disk controller drivers/SATA drivers
If you have a Marvell IDE ATA/ATAPI device, make sure the drivers are up to date from the Intel site or Marvell site and not from your motherboard/vendor support site.

Try doing a power cycle of the SSD. The following steps should be carried out and take ~1 hour to complete.Power off the system.
Remove all power supplies (ac adapter then battery for laptop, ac adapter for desktop)
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds to close the circuit and drain all components of power.
Reconnect all power supplies (battery then ac adapter for laptop, ac adapter for desktop)
Turn on the system and enter the BIOS (see your manual for the steps to enter the BIOS)
Let the computer remain in the BIOS for 20 minutes.
Follow steps 1-3 and physically remove the SSD from the system by disconnecting the cables for a desktop or disconnecting the drive from the junction for a laptop.
Leave the drive disconnected for 30 seconds to let all power drain from it.
Replace the drive connection(s) and then do steps 4-8 again.
Repeat steps 1-4.
Start your computer normally and run Windows.

The above steps were a result of: Why did my SSD "disappear" from my system? - Crucial Community

While that may not be your drive, a power cyc... Read more

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I'm having a problem with booting my laptop - but only when cold-booting.

Never heard about this problem before. I can reboot just fine, and if i acces the BIOS and just go straight on exiting, not changing anything - it too boots windows normally without any hitches.

How is booting different from cold-boot to rebooting or through BIOS? I've been toying around with EFI boots, but everything [should be] reverted and i used my windows disc to repair the boot sequence. After the BIOS splash it just lingers and the "starting windows" gui doesnt appear.

Edit and edit2: I've now tried for a couple of times to let it sit, and it does boot up after about 4 minutes consistently. It goes like this:
I press power on. After,
3 seconds the BIOS splash comes on.
7 seconds the screen goes black.
4 min 0 seconds the screen turns off, then immediately turns on again with a black screen.
4 min 3 seconds the BIOS splash reappears.
4 min 7 seconds the "windows starting" gui comes on.
4 min 25 secs windows is booted up and responsive.

So the Black screen is consistently just about 3 minutes and 53 seconds. All BIOS settings are properly set to boot from HDD. No external HDDs or FDDs connected. Even removed the excess drive letter assignments in windows to be safe.
Satas in AHCI for the OS-SSD (and a spindle for storage). Booting from spindle drive is disabled in BIOS.

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A:Interesting boot problem... Cold-boot vs hot-boot

Give us some info about the computer and which operating system.

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I've recently crashed and re-installed Windows XP on my Dell M4300. Completely removing all old data. After installing windows, I updated everything via Windows Update so that everything is good to go.

Now, when I startup windows xp, I get the normal Win XP splash screen:

After it loads, the screen immediately changes to this:

And it will stay that way until I manually shut it off. Upon turning it back on, the exact same thing happens. Notice that the messed up screen always looks differently: (notice the different colors)

However, I can start up in safe mode just fine! No problems whatsoever!

What could be causing this and how can I fix it?

A:Solved: Error, Screen messes up on boot but works in safe mode, Win XP

When Windows will only start in Safe Mode, it's typically a sign that you've got a bad third-party driver installed (since they are not loaded in safe Mode) and in your case I would have to say it's the video/graphics driver. In Safe Mode, Windows loads it's own low-res generic video driver, hence no stripes on the screen.

Download the correct video driver from Dell if you don't have a driver CD for your M4300, and install it in Safe Mode.
You can get internet access on your M4300 (to download driver from Dell's website) by invoking the Advanced Startup Options and choosing "Safe Mode with Networking".

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Hello everyone,

First of all, I will divide my statement by sections so it would be easier to read.

Section 1: The problem - description of it.
Section 2: How I manage the problem.
Section 3: Things and methods that I have tried - all unsuccessfully.
Section 4: My own findings to help with further analysis.

So here we go

Section 1

Whenever I start windows it will boot normally up until Windows logo screen(where 4 balls meet to form windows 7 logo) at this logo screen I can already notice slow pace as it stays in it for a good minute. Afterwards it will be just black screen for a minute. Then mouse cursor will appear(with faster sensitivity than my usual) and it will transform into a loading wheel cursor after another minute. And now it reached state in which it can stay for hours. Only black screen and loading mouse wheel(note that it is always spinning and I can always move it, it is not frozen).

Section 2

So the only way for me to login is to leave it be for at least about 5 hours and it will start itself. Usually I do this overnight and in the morning it is already at the desktop and works like nothing ever happened. I can do whatever then, everything will work perfectly fine. Crysys 3 works fine, YouTube works fine - no trace of any problem. So while I can always just Hibernate and sleep my PC, I need to restart it sometimes.

EDIT: Now after those 5 hours or more, it will simply display ordinary mouse pointer on a black screen and act as if I am in login screen. F... Read more

A:Black screen with "loading cursor" and no login screen on Boot.

It sounds like something is trying to load and run in the background.
Download DDS from one of these links:
DDS.pifDisable any script blocking protection
Double click the dds icon to run the tool.
When done, DDS will open two (2) logs: DDS.txt
Attach.txt <--- will be minimized in the task tray

Save both reports to your desktop.
Include the contents of both logs in your next post.
The scan will instruct you to post Attach.txt as an attachment. You can post both logs as attachments.

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