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This question has been partially addressed on this site and on the internet, as well as Microsoft support, right here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906510

My problem is that, after logging into Safe Mode (with a blank screen and only a blinking cursor...) my screen stays black.

The box in question is the DC also running DNS, DHCP. The services seem to be running over the network, and the machine is pingable and all shared folders and files are still accessible.
What do I do to get my display back?

Thanks...
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PS...If I did not make myself clear, the system has a black screen with regular startup as well as safe mode. The Microsoft fix referenced booting into Safe Mode and modifying the registry...
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Is this a black screen on the terminal or via rdp?
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This is via rdp, but most distressingly, it's also local.
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Although this references Vista, it apparently is applicable in your situation.

http://forums.techarena.in/vista-setup-install/664710.htm
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Add2700:

It's worth a try. I will take a shot at this tomorrow morning and will respond to this board before 12:00pm EST. Thanks...
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Add2700:

This did not work. I have a full installation of Windows Server 2003 which has been in production for a few years, so safe mode did not get the message described in step 9, "...setup was not completed." Also, I did not get those BIOS options mentioned in the steps.
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This looks like it might be my problem:

http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windows.server.general/browse_frm/thread/90293b98f4a2c61/d8a45badbe7e38de?tv&pli=1

The symptoms match mine. I am going to attempt this fix via Recovery Console...
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You can also uses PSexec, from PStools, to get a command line on that box from another box. Then follow the steps listed here to edit the registry, even import a reg file.

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000848.htm
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This did it. Not so much the PSexec, but the 'reg' command. If anyone else is experiencing this problem, here's what happened.

1.After Windows Server 2003 logo, screen is mostly black.
2. Can see a blinking cursor but you can not see the output of type strokes.
3. This happens locally and remotely.

There are some groups and boards that recommend logging in via Safe Mode, then modifying some settings, but Safe Mode is black/blank as well.

The solution and fix are described here:

http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windows.server.general/browse_frm/thread/90293b98f4a2c61/d8a45badbe7e38de?tv&pli=1

What is not explicitly state in the fix is as follows: You need to utilize the REG set of commands from the command prompt to copy  settings from a local (healthy) machine to (overwrite) the remote (blank) system registry.

~Thanks
 
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Recommending PSEXEC was extraneous and time consuming. However, I was desperate and ADD2700 definitely pointed me in the right direction. I would not have arrived at the solution without him.
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