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A common problem I’m seeing is Windows Vista hanging at a black blank screen when it boots up. This guide walks you through one simple attempt to fix Windows Vista and get it to boot up again.
This guide assumes Windows Vista was working fine previously.
Warning: Using this guide could cause a loss of data although it’s a very small chance. What do you have to lose? You can’t boot Vista anyway.
Last Known Good Configuration
I’m going to walk you through booting Windows Vista using its last known good configuration. Since Windows Vista reverts to a previous version of the registry, you might lose data that was worked with since your last successful boot.
Make sure your computer is powered down.
Turn your computer on and immediately start pressing F8 on your keyboard repeatedly until you see a black screen with white writing that gives you a list of boot options.
Use the down arrow on your keyboard to select the Last Known Good Configuration (Advanced) option.
Press Enter on your keyboard and cross your fingers.
-Black screen or video corruption at first boot.
Welcome to Windows Vista! Both Nvidia and ATI based cards have known
problems for certain models that are still under investigation. If you get
the black screen or corrupt video output after seeing the grey screen saying"Windows is preparing to boot for the first time", this is a highly likely culprit. Chances are you panicked and rebooted and keep ending up either at a ascreen with a blinking cursor or random lines or snow accross the screen after the "Windows is loading" screen. So we'll take it from there.
1. Rebooot and enter Bios. Make sure the following is set up correctly. If
you have never changed adavanced Bios setting, please call your geeky cousin who has and have him explain as he does the next steps.
2. Make sure that APIC is enabled and ver2.0 is supported. In simple terms, this is the software that assigns priority to all devices attatched to your motherboad. Please see Wikipedia for the heavy description. Ver2.0 is required for Vista to make sure that all your devices will be found during
setup and running the OS. For those with some previous experiance, APIC takes care of assigning IRQ and DMA addressing to all system devices to make sure that every device can coomunicate with the system in order of priority. If you have a computer or motherboard made after 2005, this is almost assured to be an option. You can get Vista wokring under Ver1.0, but we are leaving that to those with previous experiance and simply saying that this is not a MS supported option.
3.Make sure that ACPI is enabaled. This is different than above. ACPI is
what makes the computer go to "sleep" or "hibernate". It is universal in
computers after 2000. Make sure you have at least ACPI S1 enabaled. S3 is only possible in very custom system without headaches.
4. Make sure that MPS table 1.1 or 1.4 is selected. I recomend 1.1 from
personal experiance. This only applies to those with dual-core systems.
Please consult your computer/MB documentation.
5.Make sure that on-board video is disabled if availible. Please also
disable quick/fast boot for your own sanity.
6. Now save and reboot. (Typically F10)
7. On reboot, after the machine has counted the system memory and found the hard drive, hit F8 to enter the windows boot menu. Your machine has not yet loaded up winodws from the hard drive, and is essentially no different than a machine with a blank hard drive. You want to choose safe mode with networking.
8. You will now see the system loading, line by line. Have a cup of coffee
on slower systems.
9. You will end up in Safe mode, but will now be getting a message of not
being able to continue as setup was not completed. Please hit Shift-F10. This will leave you staring at the command prompt. You do *remember* DOS, right?
10. Type "devmgmt.msc" and the Device manager from the windows controll panel will show up. Look at the video card. Chance are it will not have an exclamation point like some devices. Feel free to load up drivers for anything needed from here if you know how to.
11. Right click on the video card entry and choose "Update Driver..." A
wizard will start to guid you through the proccess.
12. You will see "Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for
software?" Click "No, not this time"
13.Click Next, then click "Chhose from a list", now click next.
14. Select the generic VGA Driver and click next. Windows will now install
the standard VGA driver. Click OK to close the wizard and then close the
device manager. Now click ok to that old warning about winodws not finished installing. The system will reboot.
15. The system will now boot up without without hanging or faulting on your video cards driver. The machine may want to reboot one more time after setting up your settings. If it does, you may have to repeat the proccess above one more time.
16. After completing set-up, you should now be looking at the desktop and
thinking "Thank god". Now feel free to install the video drivers of your
choice. Please make a restore point first.
Originally posted by antar
Does anyone know what this is and why my new Vista had a signal come across the screen stating that widows was going to have a crash Dump, and then the computer went black and unresponsive. Curious, noone seems to know what this means. TY