I am working on an Asus desktop that will come up to a black screen with the cursor showing. I can control the cursor with the mouse but the rest of the screen remains black. Same thing happens sometimes in Safe Mode and sometimes everything comes up. If I start it using Enable low-resolution video it works most of the time.
If I delete the video driver the computer will start okay one time then after that go back to just showing black screen with cursor only.
I have gotten one blue screen (0x0000000f4)
I had this same problem about a month ago and suspected the harddrive. I replaced the harddrive and things seemed to work for a few days then the problem came back.
In device manager I tried replacing or updating drivers but get message that they are all current.
I've run Malwarebytes and other similar programs looking for a virus or spyware and didn't find anything really ugly, just normal stuff.
SFC /scannow doesn't seem to find anything.
Any ideas on what to try next will be appreciated. I have all the personal files backed up to an external harddrive so I can do a factory reset (I think) if I need, but would like to try and find out what is going on if I can and do that as last resort.