Black screen of death

wlsnoops

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Compaw Presario A900 Laptop with Vista 32 bit

I am working on a friends laptop that had the dreaded "bootmgr" error msg. I was able to run the system repair option as well as run "bootrec /fixboot" from the command prompt. After the restart, Vista appears to be loading, but all I'm left with is a black screen with a movable mouse pointer. The pointer moves around normally, but there is nothing else on the screen.

I get the same result when booting into safe mode.


 

wlsnoops

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Umm, no the hard disk is not broken. Chkdsk revealed no problems.

As I was under the gun to get the laptop back up and running, I took the easy way out and reinstalled Vista. I really wanted to find a solution to the problem without going this route, but everything I Googled and tried wouldn't work.

As is well now and doing the happy dance. Thanks for the replies.