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Windows 7: black screen with pulsing cursor

14 Nov 2010   #1
galaxed

Windows 7 professional
 
 
black screen with pulsing cursor

I am trying to set up a Dell XPS400 with Windows 7. The computer said it needed to update the Nvidia driver, but when it tried to install the download, the computer said it was incompatible, so I assumed it didn't install. But somewhere under all those windows was one that said the computer needed to restart. When I did that, I got a black screen with a blinking cursor and I can't get to anything except the F2 menu. I have no video control at all so can't do any of the suggestions I've seen. I've tried putting in the Windows 7 disks but I still get no video. What can I do? I'm pretty sure I just need to somehow restore the video driver. I heed help!


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14 Nov 2010   #2
Abberline

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Go here and let this site search your machine automatically it will tell you what driver you need - GeForce.com - Get the Most Out of Your GPU

it does work as i have tried it.

also what video card do you have?
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14 Nov 2010   #3
galaxed

Windows 7 professional
 
 

I have nothing on my screen and no way to get to anything.
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14 Nov 2010   #4
fireberd

Windows 7/8.1/10 64 bit
 
 

As you have the Windows 7 install disc, it also has a startup repair option. Press F12 at power on and it should give you a menu and one option will be to boot from disc drive. Have the Windows 7 disc loaded on the disc drive and boot with the Windows 7 disc. Select the option for "Startup Repair". This should take care of the problem. One of the options in the Startup Repair is to use the System Restore, which if you do have a corrupted Video driver will restore the PC back to a date prior to installing the new driver.

The video card, if it came with the XPS400 is relatively old and as Dell does not support Win 7 on this system there are no Dell drivers. You are at the mercy of NVIDIA drivers for any Win 7 drivers.
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14 Nov 2010   #5
galaxed

Windows 7 professional
 
 

There are two Windows 7 disks, neither says installation. Both say "backup." So far I have not been able to get f8 or f12 to engage while turning the computer on.
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14 Nov 2010   #6
galaxed

Windows 7 professional
 
 

I put both disks in, powered up with f12 pressed and I still get only a blinking white cursor at the upper left.
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14 Nov 2010   #7
galaxed

Windows 7 professional
 
 

The only menu I seem to be able to get up is the f2 setup menu and I can't figue out how that will help me.
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14 Nov 2010   #8
galaxed

Windows 7 professional
 
 

About the fifth time I tried, it came back on! I'm trying system recovery but it doesn't say anything about the nvidia download. Maybe that wasn't the problem?
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14 Nov 2010   #9
fireberd

Windows 7/8.1/10 64 bit
 
 

"About the fifth time I tried, it came back on!"

Does that mean it finally booted up Windows? It may not have been NVIDIA. If it's working, I wouldn't try any system recovery.

If all the further you can get is the Setup (F2) I would suggest resetting the BIOS and see if that helps. With the PC Powered off, open the case, remove the CR2032 CMOS (BIOS) backup battery for about 10 minutes. Reinstall the battery observing battery polarity and then power up and see what happens. As the BIOS has been reset, you may get some error at setup, such as floppy diskette and have to enter the Setup and disable that.

In reference to the Windows 7 disc, the XPS400 didn't come with Windows 7, you had to have the Win 7 install disc.
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14 Nov 2010   #10
galaxed

Windows 7 professional
 
 

I have twice been able to boot up with the f12 pressed (although not every time I tried) and with the Windows 7 disks in the two drives. If I shut down, I'm sure I'll get the black screen again. But it seems to operate fine once I get it booted. I did do a system restore to the point this morning before I updated the audio driver. But it went to black on restart again. I'm not sure I could find the battery. Do you think that would help?
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