Fresh Vista install black screen

Posted on 2011-04-25
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
OK I have completed a fresh install after using "Dariks Boot and Nuke" on the computer.  However I cannot get actual video upon boot.  I only get a black screen.  I have tried to boot to safe mode, and I get video however since I have not completed the initial setup with normal boot i get a prompt that I need to complete the setup, and then I am forced to reboot the computer.  I think it is something to do with the video driver.  The system is an E-Machine T3604.  The OS in question is "Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit".  Thanks.
Question by:Colt Radigan
    LVL 89

    Accepted Solution

    Why not just use your standard Vista CD?  It will boot to VGA mode and allow you to install the driver.

    ... Thinkpads_User

    Author Comment

    by:Colt Radigan
    Didn't think about that route.  Will try it.
    LVL 91

    Assisted Solution


    Author Comment

    by:Colt Radigan
    I got past this error.  After F8 i selected to drop the res to 640X480 and success.  Thanks all.
    LVL 89

    Expert Comment

    by:John Hurst
    Thank you and thanks for the update. ... Thinkpads_User

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

    Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
    - Increase transparency
    - Onboard new hires faster
    - Access from mobile/offline

    In the modern office, employees tend to move around the workplace a lot more freely. Conferences, collaborative groups, flexible seating and working from home require a new level of mobility. Technology has not only changed the behavior and the expe…
    The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…
    This video gives you a great overview about bandwidth monitoring with SNMP and WMI with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor ( If you're looking for how to monitor bandwidth using netflow or packet s…

    758 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    7 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now