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Windows 7: Black screen at boot

20 Oct 2009   #1

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Black screen at boot


I have a problem when booting up Windows 7.
When I boot, I see the 4 particles, but after that, i get a black screen with my mouse cursor, but that's all.
If i wait for about 7 minutes, i get the login screen and everything works fine.
I haven't installed anything or done anything that could cause this.

Is this normal? I hope not because i hate waiting :P

I have read some other topics that seemed to be almost the same problem as mine. Some say you have to get a new videodriver. have done that, didn't
work. Restoring to a restore point didn't work either.

Any suggestions?

Kind regards,

EDIT: Forgot to say, it is a dual boot (win xp/win 7) (maybe usefull information)

My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Oct 2009   #2

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot

Sounds like a bad or wrong driver installed...check in Device Manager for any Yellow !'s...
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20 Oct 2009   #3

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

Thanks for your reply,

I've already checked if there was something wrong with my drivers, but it seemed not...
But to be sure, i looked in device manager for yellow !'s, but didn't find any...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Oct 2009   #4


Adminstrative Tools
Event Viewer

Look at the time of day when you boot. I suspect that your PC is looking/waiting for a network resource and not finding it.
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20 Oct 2009   #5

windows 7 64 bit

My sister has a similar problem with her HP Pavillion Laptop. She gets the black screen and mouse pointer, but Windows doesn't load. She can get into Safe Mode but anything she does still doesn't allow the computer to get past the black screen on boot. She tried Restore from Safe Mode, but again on booting up she only got the black screen again. HP have been unhelpfull.
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20 Oct 2009   #6

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

Hello antman,

I was member of a domain, but i changed that now.
I'm going to check if it works tomorrow.
I'll let you know.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2009   #7

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

I have tested it, didn't work
I always boot my pc in the morning... But it shouldn't be a problem right?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2009   #8

7600.20510 x86

To New: Remove any 2nd or 3rd monitors including any televisions from the computer. Now boot into Windows.
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21 Oct 2009   #9


I've had the same symptoms several times, with different PC / Laptops, and even with Vista!
A quick shutdown - restart usually cures it though...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2009   #10

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

Well.. that isn't going to help me

Any other suggestions?
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