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Windows freezes with black screen at start-up

By andro2000 ยท 6 replies
Apr 29, 2008
  1. Hi,
    I have checked several forums but did not help me very much so I post it here.

    I have an older system and was using Linux (Pardus dist.) for a while and since I wanted to check some games I have tried to installed windows xp sp2.

    I have the following configuration
    amd 2500++
    asus a7v8x-x (bios updated)
    250 gb ide Samsung 2514n hdd
    1 cdrom
    3 * 512 mb ram
    msi radeon 9800 pro (rx9800 red with rv350 gpu)
    tv card winfast expert xp
    monitor connected via vga
    new psu 350 W

    For linux i use a different hdd (30 gb) but everything works fine.

    I have installed winxp pro sp2, but my computer is crashing on every startup with a black screen after the winlogo.
    I tried several video drivers
    old drivers supplied with graphic card

    I manage sometimes to see the desktop, which ends in some seconds as black and frozen .
    I can startup in safe mode and in vga mode.

    I think it might be a driver problem, but dont know what should i try next.


  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    If you installed Windows to an added partition, after having already installed Linux, that could be the problem. Windows XP must usually be installed first, unless you know all the tricks.
  3. andro2000

    andro2000 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for the answer,

    I have 2 hdds and disconnect one of them in order to avoid problems with booting.

    Windows has its own hdd configured as slave.
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    I don't think so.
  5. andro2000

    andro2000 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no, it is not the hdd.

    The problem seems to be the 3d acceleration of the graphic card.
    I tried the glxgears command on linux and also a 3d game under linux.
    It has crashed again.
    So the question now is,
    is it possible that a card funktions well until 3d is needed,
    or can it be still the PSU.
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    With a video card, just about anything can come back to haunt you.
  7. boonard

    boonard TS Rookie

    sounds like i have the same problem

    it only works after i turn the thing off at the power and on again

    but if i turn it off again, it jst freezes at the splash screen again

    any luck yet??
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