Black screen at Win XP, stops already at inspecting hardware

By stygma
Apr 25, 2008
  1. Hey everyone, i'm here to ask you people for some help since i can't get any idea what's wrong with my PC.

    I have AMD Sempron 2500+, 1GB DDR, Radeon 9600 SE 128MB.

    Since some time ago Win XP started to play with me while booting. It did Win xp animated bar then went to black screen for minutes, everytime i did system restore to fix it so i could finally go in on the "normal" way without waiting. I have Fedora Core 7 on the same HDD, and there i never had any problems at all, and still don't. So what i did i downloaded win xp SP2 from MSNDAA and tried install win xp again, what happened is that it came to "... is inspecting your hardware for setup", and then it went back to black and not chaning at all... So what i did is that i downloaded particion magic bootable to format the drive where the windows were so i can get "rid" of the problem.

    Actually nothing changed even though there's no windows on the HDD, only FC7. I put in the windows cd ( tried 2 version and is same ) and it comes to the first step, inspecting hardware, and it all goes black and stops reading CD.

    I hope any of you have any idea since from what i read from the threads here people had the black screen problem AFTER the install, i can't even get there -.-

    Thanks for any feedbacks =)
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    So the logo is loading but the OS isn't. What is the message you're getting on the black screen.
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Most likely a hard drive problem. See what happens if you temporarily replace the hard drive, or disconnect exisiting hard drive and boot to a CD or floppy. Other choices are memory or video graphics failure, cpu fan, or power supply.
    You can insert the hard drive in another system as a slave then run the hard drive manufacturer's drive fitness test to at least the S.M.A.R.T. level... about 4 minuts, but I would also run the long test to examine the entire drive which can take as long as an hour.
    It may worth the time and money to buy a power supply tester for $10 to $20 at a local computer components store, or buy online.
  4. stygma

    stygma TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for help, at the moment i cant access this computer but i will next week and try it =) i doubt it's power supply since i bought new power supply not so long ago. I would go for video card failure or cpu fan, those 2 i will check detailed. Since i have Fedora 7 on the SAME HDD and it all works just fine, i have no idea what could really go wrong

    @Bobbye: no error at all just black
  5. stygma

    stygma TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok raybay was right =) after many checks with my friend we found out that it's a HDD problem. did smart test in linux, showed no errors, passed. memtest86 showed no problems too... what i will try to do next is low level format and hope it all gets sorted out, if not i guess i'm stuck on fedora till i buy new hdd (which ain't that bad at all :) )

    i will post later if the low level format helped or not.

    tnx raybay again =)
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