How to fix black screen after startup
by gslrider - 1/11/12 11:18 AM
I've had my HP 1000 Mini Netbook for some time. Hadn't used in a while and it seemed very sluggish, and about 10GB of HDD space was being used up and I couldn't figure out how. So I decided to reformat and reinstall Windows XP Pro. The install went great, Netbook ran fine. But there were some missing drivers that I needed to install. Decided to do that the next day as I was getting tired. Powered up the Netbook the next day and started to install the missing network drivers. The Netbook was running fine. I then powered it down. An hour later, I decided to power it back up. This where the problem began.
I powered the Netbook, saw the first screen with HP logo and F9 and F10 options. Let it continue. Saw the Windows XP startup screen. But once it finished loading (Windows logo disappeared), instead of seeing my login screen, all I got was a black screen. The disc activity light was still going, like it was finishing the startup cycle. It eventually stopped. At this point, I would normally enter my PW to finish login. But could not see anything back a black screen. I decided to wait a little bit to see if the login screen would come on. Nothing. Now I tested this 3 times, and it did the same thing all 3 times. I'm pretty sure the system is running, I just get a black screen. Because as soon as the activity light stopped, I waited for a bit, and entered my password (as that's what I would have normally done after startup). As soon as hit ENTER, the disc activity light started going off again. That's why I'm sure the system is running. I'm just trying to figure out why I'm getting a black screen after startup.
I tried booting from an external boot drive, and the same thing happens, black screen after the Windows startup screen. I tried to boot from Safe Mode, but for some reason, it freezes. I also tried boot from last working configuration, and again, black screen. Because I do see text and graphics prior to the black screen, I'm quite sure it's not physically the screen itself. This is software base. Can anyone shed some light on how/why this is happening, and how I can go about fixing this?