Black screen of doom?

By roarkestratton
Feb 26, 2009
  1. preface this with the fact that I'm an ***** and really need help.

    My computer decided to just go to a black screen (no mouse present at all) and won't do anything after that.

    In addition to that, the logon screen will disappear after maybe 10-15 seconds and then just go to a black screen. It'll say loading personalized settings, not ask for my password, and then going right to the black screen after a few seconds. I can boot from safe mode, but it'll do something similar with the logon screen. The logon screen will pop up, then go black for a few seconds...and then safe mode will finally boot.

    Any ideas on what I could do to fix this? Wiping the drive would be an absolute last resort...My master's thesis is on the computer and I need it.

    Addtl info:
    Satellite A105-S4324

    Windows® XP Media Center Edition, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5200,
    1536MB DDR2, 160GB 4200rpm SATA, DVD SuperMulti (+/- R double layer), 15.4”
    TruBrite™ (WXGA), Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950, Intel® PRO/Wireless
    3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Well backup that up first
    Here's an excellent free live BootCD to do that with: The Ultimate BootCD
    You can even use that CD to scan for Malware on your system

    Before trying: UPDATED 8-step Viruses/Spyware/Malware Preliminary Removal Instructions
    Possibly in Safe mode with networking (press F8 before Windows starts to see this option)
  3. triplesec151

    triplesec151 TS Rookie

    Black screen after XP splash screen

    Once I turn on my cpu I get to the XP pro splash screen next i get the black screen. It will stay that way until I restart. I have check my Maxtor hdd for errors and I found none. I also did a memtest and found no errors as well. I am using an onboard video card..I think i need to add a new AGP video card as its replacement.

    Before I do that.. does anyone have any solutions to my problem?
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