18 Mar 2012
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
Black Screen of Death during boot, before login screen
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 Windows 7 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,
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