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Win XP home - Black screen during start-up after windows logo.

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I have a windows XP Home machine that developed an issue this afternoon, no hardware or software changes...

During normal windows boot-up the screen goes black with no cursor after the windows XP logo screen w/ bar finishes normal startup.  I have let it sit for an hour to see if it would eventually make it through to no avail...  The MSCONFIG boot.ini change to /sos goes through the black/white driver page fine then hanes in the blue XP screen with the microsoft windows Version 5.1, 1 system processor [1024 mb memory], but goes no further...

In MSCONFIG I tried turning off all start-up items(same lock-up), then tried turning off all but critical services(same lock-up).

I can start-up windows through safe-mode with no problems...

So my assumption is it's a driver issue - I thought it had to be the graphics card so I went the VGA route... same black screen...

Anyone have any ideas on what to try next?  I am stumped...


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by:Valek1234
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msconfig boot.ini /sos test after a long wait comes up with the following:

Cannot determine file system of drive \??\Volume{70f7dda0-d30c-11da-a8eo-000f661c5b66}.
Checking file system on Z:
The volume is clean.

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by:David Wall
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Does the eventvwr show anything?

Start > run > eventvwr select system this may provide some clues.

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by:neutron7
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can you boot up in safe mode?
it seems like something might have happened to your file system. can xp boot disc find the previous install?
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by:Ryan_R
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Do a repair install of XP
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by:David Wall
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If you can start it up in safe mode have you tried rolling back to a system restore point? Thats if it is turned on.
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by:Valek1234
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Turns out it was just a corrupt external hard-drive that was causing all the problems.  It was not the Z drive, but after removing all hardware piece by piece until the problem went away, the problem was coming from a failing SATA raid drive.

Thanks for the help...


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