The Black Screen of Death (or KSOD) is when Windows Vista or above loads only a black screen and your mouse cursor.

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Black Screen when Computer Boots

I'm having a serious problem with my computer; I think I've narrowed it down to the motherboard, but I'd like a second opinion before I spend the money. I have no idea what's wrong. Before I moved ...
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Windows 7 hangs on black screen for a while after log in

I have observed the following. I get the welcome screen. I click on my user and get the "logging on" screen. After that all I get is a black screen with a mouse cursor. I can't even start Task ...
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How to analyze a memory dump on Windows after a blue screen error?

My computer running Windows 7 x64 crushes time to time. Could you please advise tool which could help with analyzing memory dump or point out possible reason and further troubleshooting steps? ...
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Windows 7 Black screen of death

My two week old computer went down early this afternoon. I've been working all day to fix it with no luck, I'd really appreciate any help or advice that you can offer. I'll also mention that I am ...
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Windows 7 x64 random black screen of death (not at start up!)

I have a relatively new machine (November 2009) with Windows 7 x64 Home Premium. Since beginning of January, I experience more and more frequent black screen of death. I could not associate to any ...
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Getting a black laptop screen

I get a black screen when I boot my laptop. The laptop was in sleep mode initially, so when I pressed the power button, it looked as if it woke up from sleep mode, but the screen was blank. So, I ...
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Windows 7 doesn't boot further than a blank screen with only a mouse cursor [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make Windows 7 boot further than a blank screen with only a mouse cursor? I am doing a clean install, having tried from both USB and DVD with two different ...
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Windows 7 black screen and mouse cursor but nothing else

HP dv7. Purchased 2010. The hard drive was a bit flaky from the beginning. I had some startup problems early on so after running chkdsk /r it reported finding and fixing some bad clusters. This has ...
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Why does my Mac always crash when I enable `ask for password after screensaver ended`?

I have enabled these two things: Placing the mouse-pointer in the bottom-left corner of any display makes the screensaver appear After the screensaver or stand-by has ended, ask for password ...
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Laptop goes dead after being turned on for five minutes

I have a Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows XP on it. The laptop turns on okay, but after five minutes the screen goes dead but some windows are still viewable. It does the same in safe mode and if ...
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Windows 8 loaded to black screen

Windows 8 booted, I got the "logging in" circular progress thingy, then loaded to a black screen, with a moving cursor. I was confused since the start screen did not appear. I cannot windows+R, but I ...
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How do I stop mapped network drives which aren't available preventing Windows 7 64-bit booting past KSOD?

I have a QNAP server on my home network which I've mapped a few folders in Windows-7x64 using NFS. This works perfectly except for when I switch the server off (or disconnect it from the network). ...
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Thinkpad T60 Needs Diagnosing (black screen)

So, I was using the computer, it was running fine, then the display spontaneously changed into uniform, vertical stripes, each about a half a centimeter wide. I killed the power, then I restarted, and ...
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Fans run, but nothing else on power up

Just now I came home, and went downstairs to work on my development box. I noticed that the power LED had gone yellow, like it was in standby, but when I jiggled the mouse nothing happened. I ...
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Windows 8.1 black screen with mouse, cant acces task manager or safe mode

I am using Windows 8.1 (as an upgrade from 8). Yesterday I had to boot in safe mode through msconfig, but when my PC restarted, the Windows logo screen went black with only the cursor on the screen. I ...
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Windows 7, Black screen with cursor, impossible to logon

First - I have gone through as many possible solutions I've found here and elsewhere. [Edit - to describe the issue in more detail, the PC appears to boot correctly, but instead of the logon screen, ...
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Black screen while watching youtube videos

nearly every time, while I'm watching a video on YouTube, my monitor losts signal from my graphic card. Sometimes the driver is resetting, but often I got a black screen and thats it. My System ...
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HD5450 black screen after installing drivers

I just build a new HTPC-ish desktop computer and everything works fine until I install the ATI drivers for the videocard which is a Asus HD 5450 Silent 512MB DDR3 card. The main issue is that I get a ...
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Black screen after disabling Intel graphics on ASUS laptop

My ASUS A53SV laptop has an onboard Intel GMA graphics and also nVidia GeForce 540N. I am using Windows 7 Pro. I thought that the GeForce was not being used, so I went to Device Manager and disabled ...
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Acer 3810T Black Screen of Death - Just a dead LCD backlight, way to fix?

I have an Acer Aspire 3810T and I recently encountered the black screen of death. I've found articles suggesting that this could be a bug in the BIOS and that if I flash the BIOS it could fix it, but ...
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Windows 7 Black screen of death after RAM upgrade

A co-worker of mine upgraded his pc to 4 gigs of ram from 2. After installing the new RAM his computer boots ok, he gets to the login screen, logs in fine, and then his computer screen goes black ...
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windows vista boots black screen with white cursor

i turned on my laptop this morning it shows me loading windows but after that before any login screen the screen just goes black and has a white cursor on it. the computer will not let me try to boot ...
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Disable CPU halt state to prevent BSOD/KSOD

I have recently had problems with my Windows7 desktop bluescreening several times per day (with many different STOP codes) and occasionally blackscreening. Because it is still under manufacturer's ...
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Pc Black screen then shuts down while logging in Windows 8

I was working on my papers recently, but then I took a 30 min break. So I shutdown my pc and went for a break. When I came back, powered up my pc, and entered my password, the screen immediately ...
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Windows 7 black screen, may be a hardware issue

Today my HP laptop suddenly started having the black screen issue: When booting up, after the Windows logo and the "Starting Windows" message, the screen just goes black. I know Windows keeps going ...
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Graphics card failing - black screen w/ sound

I recently had to do a warranty return on a Gigabyte video card, and they have sent me a replacement. I've installed the replacement, done a complete re-install of Windows 7 x64, installed the latest ...
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Windows Vista black screen after attemped Wubi Ubuntu install

Yesterday I attempted to do a dual boot install of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS alongside Windows Vista. I tried the traditional liveusb install method, but the installer ran into an error while attempting to ...
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No monitor after Windows 7 update

I recently installed Windows 7 on a Toshiba Satellite laptop. After updating, my machine would start but the screen remained off. I was able to fix this by connecting an external monitor. The ...
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When gaming computer freezes with a blank screen and a buzzing sound

I have a problem with random freezes when playing games. Sometimes it's fine for hours, other times it dosn't last even one. I tried googling around and I found recomendations to update my graphics ...
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Black screen without cursor after loading bar and before the logo in Vista

Okay. Today Windows installed an update automatically. Please note that I have them turned off, and my friends also say that it still does install updates even if they are turned off, so I am more ...
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Acer Aspire runs slow, black screens after logging in

I have and Acer Aspire laptop that's about 3-4 months old that is now running super slow. I takes five minutes to get to the login page and after logging in, it freezes right after saying welcome. ...
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Macbook Pro won't turn on

The macbook pro (just over a year old, so just out of warranty) won't turn on. The battery is full, and the power cord lights up with an orange light. Pressing the power button does nothing, but if ...
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Dead MSI 8800 GTS 640MB?

My PC appears to boot fine, I can hear it get to Windows but I can't see anything on the screen. The screen is completely blank/black... no POST/BIOS/Windows etc. The problem only happens when my 8800 ...
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Vista Black Screen of Death (KSOD)

I have a Vista system exhibiting the black screen of death. After boot, I receive a black screen with a white cursor that moves but no other activity. Here are the things I've done already to ...
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PC don't start the and no beeps from BIOS on power on

A friend just brought me hi's PC because it doesn't start. I have no bios beeps, no screen activation. The monitor stays blank and nothing is on the display. Does anyone knows how can we fix this? ...
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Windows 7 random black screen when idle

Occasionally, when I'm away from my computer for about 5 minutes, the computer screen will go black and all USB devices (keyboard/mouse) will lose power. Attempting to move the mouse or pressing keys ...
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Windows 7 shows blank (black) screen after welcome screen with just mouse pointer

I have got Samsung laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate on it. It just suddenly failed to start. It boots to Welcome screen then it just goes blank with mouse pointer. But I was able to boot into safe mode ...
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On windows 7 64bit, the computer freezes and the screen turns black when I play videos fullscreen

I have a weird problem on my desktop computer : it seems that playing videos in full screen (with VLC or iTunes) freezes the computer after a few minutes. Maximizing vlc does not. The weird thing is ...
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Windows 7 : Are there error logs?

I had a problem recently with Windows 7 on my dual Windows / Ubuntu machine. It started saying that some kind of security tag was invalid on all the files and that it was "fixing" them. Then, next ...
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KSOD problems, shell.dll

When i was using the Theme Manager, i tried to install a theme onto a windows 7 enterprise 32-bit laptop and when i restarted computer after the logo screen it went to the KSOD and had an error pop up ...
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HP Pavilion dv6 screen goes black after Windows loads, but not in safe mode

When I boot the laptop normally, it goes through POST, and I can see the "Starting Windows" screen with the Windows logo. However, right before I get to the Windows logon, the screen goes black. In ...
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Windows 7 black screen after logon for about a minute

Apologies if this has already been asked/answered. I googled and only seem to be able to find posts about people having the problem where the screen stays black indefinitely. Mine just goes black ...
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Windows 7 black screen

When I startup the computer and I insert my credentials, press login, the Welcome screen appears and after that I get the black screen. I have to wait about 10 minutes and then I have to press a ...
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Laptop turns on but nothing shows up on screen (black screen)

I let my laptop on sleep mode, battery on, and let it cool down using a fan. When I got back, I turned it on, but there was no loggon screen. black screen and everything else is working (caps lights, ...
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Ubuntu goes black on startup

Whenever I start Ubuntu from the GRUB menu (below). and it finishes this (below). The screen goes black. This happened after I gained root access to my account and I needed to restart. After ...
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Black screen after login for my user account only

I was faced with a perplexing issue today. I was attempting to roll out a Access Database file to certain users today. And I set up a namespace and and replication, I then proceeded to setup a ...
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Flickering black screen after kb2919355 (Windows 8.1 Update 1) - no OS access - no safe mode - can't system restore

I can't believe I'm going through this again. I recently updated my windows 8.1 with kb2919355 and my PC doesn't boot anymore. I'm getting a black flickering logon screen where it's impossible to ...
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Why do I get a black screen when booting up Windows 8.1?

I recently installed Windows 8.1. I rebooted to find that I get a black screen! It seems that it loads into Windows okay, but I just can't see anything! When I boot it up, I do see the Samsung logo, ...
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Windows 7 KSOD and Ctrl-Alt-Del Error

I have an HP desktop and just recently went to login when my screen froze. I hit Ctrl Alt Del and it said something like logon error etc so I rebooted but the same thing happened again. I ran ...
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After removing an harmful item I get a KSOD (black screen, cursor works) when I log in

Just today I read a post stating that Java has a leak; so, I ran a MalwareBytes Anti-Malware scan and it found an harmful item and thus I deleted that item. After restarting my computer from a prompt, ...