How to fix Black Screen at Windows XP Startup?

Does your computer screen goes black on stating Windows XP? Here are some possible reason behind this problem. Sometimes, when you try to boot Windows XP computer system, it displays an empty, black screen. The black screen flashes even before you could see Windows XP logo and after the Power-On Self Test is complete. After the blank screen appears, the system stops booting, making the hard drive data inaccessible. Follow the steps to diagnose the possible cause and how to overcome the issue.

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To overcome black screen and to access the data, you need to identify its exact cause. However, if you are unable to determine the reason and still want to read the data stored in the hard drive, then you need to restore the data from an updated backup. But in case of deficient or corrupted backup, then you are left with no option, but to search for an effective third-party Partition Recovery Software.

The possible culprits behind the Black screen are hereby discussed.

  1. If there is a CD, DVD, or a floppy in the CD, DVD, or floppy drive at the time of starting your system.
  2. The second reason could be corruption in Master Boot Record (MBR), Partition table(s), boot sector, and NTLDR file. Corruption in either of these components breaks the boot sequence, resulting in black screen.
  3. Corrupted OS.

To resolve the above error message and to access the hard drive data, follow the below guidelines.

  • Remove any CD, DVD, or floppy from the CD, DVD, or floppy drive, and then boot your system. By doing this you will be able to fix the problem.
  • If this is an outcome of corruption, you need to Run FIXMBR command in ‘Windows XP Recovery Console’, to repair corrupt MBR. To repair boot partition Run FIXBOOT command in ‘Windows XP Recovery Console’. Re-install Windows XP operating system and restore the data from an updated backup, in case of partition table corruption. Just after system logo, press and hold ctrl and f11 until it takes you to system restore option. From there, you can format and reinstall XP SP2 and later update it to SP3.
  • In case no backup of hard drive partitions is available, then you will need to opt for an advanced Partition Recovery utility. A Partition Recovery utility employs intensive recovery procedures to recover all lost partitions and data within them.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a powerful Partition Recovery Software tool which can be used to recover all lost, deleted, and formatted hard drive partitions. It recovers FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file system partition. The user-friendly software can be installed on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.

You can Backup your files using an Ubuntu Live CD to a USB HDD. Then reformat and reinstall the OS. Sometimes upon installation of new drivers or software or any changes made in the hardware can make the screen go black and make the system unresponsive. Undo the changes that you have made recently on your computer by entering through safe mode in the BIOS. You can look for other ways to fix the issue by following this link. You can overcome the issue by following the tutorial.

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