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I've read a lot about people experiencing the Black Screen of Death on their windows machines after the Fall update. To me it's like reading about car accidents or house fires: terrible things that happen to others.
Except last night, literally seconds away from deploying a fairly major update, the screen goes black. The screen's still on - I can see the backlight - but it's blank.
No problem, I think. It's just stuck on the sleep screen, or maybe the infantile USB-C drives that Intel, Microsoft and Apple keep hot-potatoing (so it seems) have just lost the plot. So I reboot.
I reboot again. Still black.
I reboot into safe more. I reboot into Mac mode and disk check. I reboot about 20 times. I do a system restore back to last good known. I reset the entire effing Windows install.
Black Screen of Death.
So I'm in the middle of a bare-metal install, and I wish I had a magnifying glass because Microsoft has decided, in 2018, that it can't do a simple thing like detect screen resolution during the install process.
The font is about the same size as that used on Canadian medicine containers, which, if you've ever seen a manufacturer try and fit 5 fitted pages on a 3cm tall bottle - in both languages - is pushing the limits of printing technology.
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Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
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If you are ever in this situation again and need to get back into the operating system without losing any files/work then boot into the recovery console and try using the PnPUtil[^] tool to remove the third-party video driver.
The font is about the same size as that used on Canadian medicine containers,
In the old days the video card was put into VGA text mode during the boot process[^]. Much of the 'old guard' has left Microsoft. These new young engineers have 20/20 vision and have implemented fancy graphical boot screens.
Chris Maunder wrote:
I'm having a bad tech day today.
Is this a bad time to tell you that I am a former member of the Windows Update team (2012-2015) at Microsoft?
In that case I'm just going to make wild unsubstantiated statements about how crap Windows Update has been since 2016.
With regards to the video driver I couldn't even get to a command window unless I booted into command mode, and if I'm ever at that point I know that the amount of effort to scrape the system clean, safely and thoroughly, is about 100X the effort of just wiping and reinstalling.
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Your post just made me discover that this BSOD was a thing, I thought it was only me. I got it last fall, fought with the start menu and video drivers quite a lot, disabled everything I could concerning Windows Update, but eventually had to give up when my tenth or twentieth system restore within ten days did not work; However I had my data saved by a cool feature of HP - you read that well - which is a fresh windows install without losing data. I just had to reinstall some apps, but did not lose a single bit.
As opposed to you, I haven't found that much about it on the internet, though. Maybe it was still an early time when I got it.
Hello Chris. As for BSOD problem, I would recommend, so you re-install Windows from the installation disk and then use it for some time without installing any drivers. Also I would recommend so you setup and run some sort of diagnostic utilities to verify your PC's hardware. Specifically, I would recommend:
If the BSOD problem still persists after you've run these tests under blank Windows installation without drivers, then it means that your PC incurs the serious hardware problem and needs to be repaired.
I've installed the minimum drivers needed to actually keep the machine functional, and have installed the minimum apps to allow me to work (doing otherwise would mean I may as well just get a new machine)
If I see the issue again I'll definitely dig in a little more. I do think it's the video driver / USB-C driver, though.
And also, I've got a question regarding this problem: Have you overclocked your PC ?? Make sure that you've not, because the following problem of BSOD might be typically encountered on notebooks with Intel Extreme CPU after it has been overclocked.