My PC has been running slow recently so I've decided to format it. It has been a while. Initially I used the windows 10 tool that lets you erase and reinstall windows, clearing the drive in the process.
This was not successful, up-on reboot my PC always boots into a "black screen", whereby it looks like there is no graphical output what-so-ever. I have to reboot again for it to boot back into windows.
This was strange so I tried to enter the BIOS. Holding various keys (my motherboard is a Gigabyte, so its DEL) causes it to basically enter this black screen again, without recovery.
I then read into the windows 10 issue of bootup being too quick. So I went through the process of "Advanced Start-up". I tried several options inside this and all of the options proceed to reboot the pc (presumably into a new mode) followed by a black screen where I have to start all over again. Options included "Fixing Startup Issues", "Change Windows Startup Behavior", "System Image Recovery". They all lead to a black screen.
I have tried installing gparted onto a USB in an attempt to boot it into a USB based OS and format from there hoping things may return to sanity. I have unplugged the other hard drives in order to try do this hoping it may default to the only boot device it has available. This also leads to the black screen of doom.
Lastly, I've tried unplugging the graphics cards in an effort to have the computer default to some kind of onboard graphics. This has had no affect.
At this point other than buying a new computer. I am out of ideas.