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Windows 7: Sudden black screen starts in one program then spreads

11 Sep 2015   #1

Win 7 32 bit
Sudden black screen starts in one program then spreads

For the past few days a new problem has occured: one program will go into black screen, while everything else runs as normal. Then after a while this spreads to another program, until I can't use the machine anymore and will have to restart - which fixes it(for a while). When the problem starts it seems the windows clock(lower right) stops.

Anyone heard of this before? Google if full of 'black screen after boot' but haven't seen this one.

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11 Sep 2015   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Use Clean boot,
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
Click Start and type in the search box,
Click on the suggestion on top or hit the Enter key,
Go to the Startup section and take some screen shots for a complete list,
Go to the Services section and on the bottom left Check the box to Hide All Microsoft services,
Repeat the screen shots,
See the links above my signature on how to take and upload screen shots here,
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11 Sep 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Does it look like this? Weird Problem
I believe it is a GPU driver or DirectX issue. Everything actually works but display is not refreshed. And context menu turns black too after a split second. It happens rarely for me now.

If so I couldn't fix it but have an easy workaround. I start a simple game that engage fullscreen (Direct3D perhaps?). If you can keep a shortcut to a fullscreen game and start it when this happens, maybe it will help.

Before finding the game workaround I would CTRL ALT DEL to logoff, and relog instead of restarting.
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11 Sep 2015   #4

Win 7 32 bit

Pretty sure this is the very same thing GokAy!
Interesting and creative shot at fixing it! Will definitely try that out
I usually cant use the menus for shut down/log off, so would at least have to remember the menu to be able to hit log off while in black screen
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11 Sep 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

By the way, I am starting one of the fan made freeware Star Wars games by Bruno R. Marcos - - A Bruno R. Marcos Gamesite
The games are all the way at the bottom (get the upgrades by TMaster_Syrus too if you get the games, link in download page) . Playing them in 3D Vision is a delight, even though text are at screen depth

If it is indeed the same thing, CTRL ALT DEL was working as intended for me (at least the menu itself). Task Manager would stop refreshing even though it doesn't turn black. If this doesn't work for you, you can try pressing Win+R once and write:
shutdown /l
that is a small L.

Or else put the shortcut to the game on a couple of places. In case you can't reach one due to a window in the way. Or perhaps you can start the game from the run window. Or perhaps assign a shortcut key combo CTRL+ALT+something to its shortcut on desktop.
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11 Sep 2015   #6

Win 7 32 bit

Thanks again man! will try and see how this works when the problems presents itself again!
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11 Sep 2015   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Even though it didn't help me, do try the clean startup ThrashZone linked.
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