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Windows 7: Win7 Black screen of death with cursor on all boot modes

11 Dec 2013   #11
Kaktussoft

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One thing I noticed by looking at the directories on the disk, is that the "Internet explorer" folder is accessed at every pass of SFC - both in program files and program files (x86).
How do you see that (except in cbs.log)?

Please download/burn a linux live CD (for example ubuntu) and boot from it. Can it display graphics? No problems at all?

So far it's not a virus, not a faulty program, not a faulty disk, not a faulty patch. What a strange problem!
Did you make a backup already? At least save the important stuff to external device.


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12 Dec 2013   #12
erpol

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry for the late response, I was out for a day

Yes, it's a VERY strange problem.

I know the IE directories's content was modified because their timestamp is changed to the last SFC run, and also the contents of CBS.log

I don't think there's any need to make a Linux disk, I can boot the computer without any problem from a USB key with Win64 SP1 on it, and the graphics work fine.

But I did another crazy test:

(I moved back and forth the system disk as a secondary drive on another PC to do what is described below)

- Cloned the drive to another disk, to be safe
- Put it back in the original PC, then made a "clean" install of Windows on it (graphics worked fine, including hi-res). Of course, it creates a "windows.old" where it puts all the stuff from the previous install
- Copied all the registry files and all the user context from the win.old to the current windows
- Booted: directly to BSOD. Of course, I had forgotten the drivers!
- Copied system32\drivers and SysWOW64\drivers as well. Guess what? SAME PROBLEM as from the start. Exactly, no changes, black screen with cursor in all modes and all...

So this means that it's not an issue with corrupted system files, as they are all new from a clean install. And not a driver problem either, or it would work in safe mode. A mystery!!

I'm preparing to reinstall Windows from scratch, and all the programs too...
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12 Dec 2013   #13
Kaktussoft

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It still can be a driver problem! "safe mode" uses drivers as well. Best thing to do is indeed.... clean install
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12 Dec 2013   #14
erpol

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, but as I understood it safe mode uses a fixed set of "generic" Windows drivers for the main HW. SO if it works once, it should work always? And if I knew where those drivers are located, I could change only those.
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12 Dec 2013   #15
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by erpol View Post
Yes, but as I understood it safe mode uses a fixed set of "generic" Windows drivers for the main HW. SO if it works once, it should work always? And if I knew where those drivers are located, I could change only those.
I think you'll never know. Make backup... clean reinstall.... restore important documents. Try to forget this disaster
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