Black screen upon boot-up

By naideck
Feb 13, 2010
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  1. Hello,

    So I have a Gateway FX laptop which is running Windows Vista 64-bit. I decided to download the latest driver for my Nvidia 8800M GTS videocard. When I tried to install it, it said that I needed to uninstall my old driver first and then restart. After I restarted it, thats when the problems began.

    Now, occasionally, the laptop starts but the screen is completely black (no backlight) and and beeps a few times.

    Or, it gets to about the login screen and then turns black (backlight is still on)

    Or, it takes me to startup repair but turns black after a few miuntes (backlight is still on)

    Sometimes, my after my laptop screen goes black with the backlight still on, and it restarts itself automatically.

    I have read somewhere that it is an excess of charge that has been building up. I tried taking the battery out, unplugging it, and holding the power button for 60 seconds, but it did not fix it (Got to about 3 minutes into the startup repair screen before my laptop screen started turning black again). My heatsink/fan has also been malfunctioning recently, causing the internal temperature of the CPUs to average around 50-60 degrees when I am not playing games.

    I have never had a successful boot-up since. I am a freshman in college, and I do not have the time or resources to take my laptop to a hardware store and get it fixed. Any feedback on this problem will be deeply appreciated. Thank you.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,673   +152

    Try installing another hard drive for test purposes
  3. Jessica108

    Jessica108 Banned

    Hi, maybe you can try to restore the system by booting into safe mode and doing a system restore from the previous day. Joyfax server
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