First of all, I'm not an expert but a pretty decent hack who finds answers on forums that fix most everyday issues we run into. I "successfully" updated to Windows 10 from 8.1 on a Gateway SX2110G-UW23 Desktop that was purchased roughly two years ago. I went through the whole "Hi. I'm Cortana. Blah, blah, blah." and walked away feeling that I was good. That night the computer hibernated (as it does every night because I never changed it to not hibernate) and upon powering up the next day I got a black screen with no motherboard logo, no cursor, no ability to get into safe mode, nothing at all.
So far I have tried:
- F8 on start up. No dice. Thinking this is due to fast start up but not worried about that since I can't do anything about it now
- Put in a Windows 10 boot USB. No luck here since I think there is a setting that has to look to USB to boot and probably wasn't set before upgrade. Again, not worried about that since I can't do anything about it now.
- Plugged in separate "monitor" - aka 32 inch LCD TV - to HDMI. Used Windows+P to try to switch monitors.
- Tried to interrupt startup 3X in a row to force failed login and recovery mode.
- Tried several suggestion starting with a blind login.
It's an AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics card, so I assume it's not the NVidia driver issue, plus there was no KSOD until after it powered back up, not during the upgrade itself.
Too many hours on forums for a computer that cost $169 for surfing, e-mail and taxes. BUT there's boat loads of music, pictures and tax files from probably the past ten years and although I have backed up I'm sure it's been a while...leave the chastising, I know, I know. Any other solutions welcome.