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Windows 7: Black screen with cursor on startup following Windows Update

12 Apr 2012   #11
Grimgor

Windows 7
 
 

Ah, I see. Nope, I didn't before, either.


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13 Apr 2012   #12
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Grimgor View Post
Ah, I see. Nope, I didn't before, either.
So you did never see BIOS screen before... strange. Maybe display bios splashscreen has been disabled. But system worked before so went through bios startup (only you never saw it). Have a look in your motherboard manual how to enter bios setup. Most of the time it's F2 or DEL.

If you have a blinking cursor press ctrl-alt-del multiple times. Something happens then? Do you realy don't see any messages???? Something like "press F2 to enter setup"? Look carefully!
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13 Apr 2012   #13
Grimgor

Windows 7
 
 

I looked in the manual, and it said Del was the one used. When I press that repeatedly, the black screen with a cursor never appears, and the computer doesn't complete its startup, so it would seem like I'm in the BIOS. I have tried, using user manual screenshots, to navigate to 'Load Fail-safe defaults', but so far no luck.
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15 Apr 2012   #14
Grimgor

Windows 7
 
 

Just bumping this to update: Regardless of what I press, I can't get the supposed BIOS menu to coorporate.
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20 Apr 2012   #15
writhziden

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Have you tried running with just your CPU and one RAM module in the system to see if you can get into the BIOS? Sometimes, a failing piece of hardware can prevent the BIOS from opening properly.
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21 Apr 2012   #16
Grimgor

Windows 7
 
 

Hello, I have good news! Evidently, the drivers I installed at the time swapped something with the monitor plugs around, so one of the others became the one to recieve all the input from the computer instead. Regardless of what happened, or how, I had to use another plug for my monitor, something the computer gave no indication of. I'm sorry to anyone whose time I wasted, but also massively relieved that there wasn't a problem as serious as I feared.
Thank you guys for being so helpful, expecially Kaktussoft for his patience
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