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Windows 7: Strange Screen During Startup

05 May 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Little update: Didn't need to flash my bios or anything. It also wasn't any sort of virus. In fact, it was a simple little mistake and I can't figure out how it happened.

Rebooted my computer, pressed delete when my MSI screen came up, went into my BIOS. Had a look around, and finally got to my boot settings. Somehow, my iPod was first, followed by my DVD drive and THEN my hard drive. I switched the order back to HDD -> DVD -> iPod (figured disabling it wasn't worth it) and then saved and exited. Upon the next restart, the screen in the OP didn't come up.

Thanks for the help and information about similar problems marsmimar and johnnya.

And to jt08201 - I'd suggest looking at your boot settings in your BIOS and see if that is your problem as well.

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05 May 2011   #12
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Glad you found the problem.

If it reverts back again at least you will know to disable the iPod option in Bios.

That is a new one on me.

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06 May 2011   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

To my understanding if something happens on the boot it has to be in the bios. Is this correct??
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06 May 2011   #14
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit


I would say usually... but if something takes control of Windows before the Windows logo it could be in Windows.

There is that point is it still in Bios or is Windows initializing?
Did it stop at the end of Bios or start at the beginning of Windows loading?

In other words the first Service initiated would be the bug not the Win logo so it could display black screen or anything in the bug file.

I haven't done it but have seen postings in Customization how to intentionally change the log on screen.
So why not from a virus or malware?

I think they call that a conundrum.
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06 May 2011   #15

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I think the BIOS is just one of several possible reasons for not being able to boot. Some other reasons that come to mind are malware, leaving USB devices plugged in (not necessarily a boot order problem but a defective device), overheating, loose internal wiring, motherboard, or some faulty program that is set to run immediately at startup.
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07 May 2011   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Some very good points thanks for the information.
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