The "black screen of death" is a big problem for many Windows 7 users - as it just shows when you load up your PC, preventing your computer from being able to completely boot up. This problem has existed since Windows 7 was first launched in October 2009, and although many people have attempted to explain & fix it, the fact is that not many have been able to remedy the issue completely. Fortunately, there's now a strong idea about what's causing this error to show, and how it can be fixed - with a software patch being released to help resolve the issues which are causing it to show.
The "Black Screen Of Death" error has been nothing short of a mystery to both Microsoft & the tech-savvy community. The problem is that because it just shows a black screen, and prevents your computer from booting - meaning the issue could be anything from a damaged graphics driver to incoherent settings on your system. There have been many rumors and theories about what might be the cause of this problem, but there is one resolution which seems to have stuck.
The main cause of this error is thought to because of several registry settings inside your PC. Registry settings are kept inside the "registry" database, and are basically what your computer uses to help it run as smoothly as possible. These settings store everything from your desktop wallpaper to your most recent emails, but also keep a lot of vital Windows system files inside. It's thought that the cause of the black screen error is because of several registry settings not loading correctly - causing Windows to just show a black screen instead of showing your desktop & programs. Each time a Windows computer loads, it needs to read 100's of registry settings to help it run... but if any of those settings are damaged, it will cause all sorts of problems, including the Screen Of Death.
Fortunately, there is a very simple way to fix this error which works for most people. The first step is to download a "patch" that a company called PrevX released in late 2009. This patch basically targets the specific registry settings which are causing your PC to not load up correctly, allowing you to boot into it. You should load the patch by transferring it by USB to your system. After you've used the patch (you'll be able to find instructions for it easily), you should then look to use a "Registry Cleaner" tool to scan through your computer and fix the various errors which could still remain inside the registry of your system. This two step process should fix the issue completely.
If you are wondering why computers start up with a black screen then you definitely need to read this article! Getting a black screen on your computer can be a nightmare and I often have to help my friends through this disaster.
I recently received an email from a friend that took a considerably long time to load. As I sat pondering my life, I couldn't help but wonder what critical information I was about to receive. Was this a large PDF document containing secret government information that my friend had to forward to me because secret agents were on to her? Or could it be she accidentally came across a stockpile of risqué celebrity photos and wanted to get my opinion on whether to sell them to the paparazzi.
Nope, it turns out the email was filled with Jean Claude Van Damme .gifs, .mpgs, and audio files and she was just wishing me a happy Van Damme Friday. Ironically, this is somewhat the reason that computers start up with a black screen.
The reason that computers start up with a blank screen goes back to periods long ago in history, when Van Damme was still popular. Back then, computers had a different way of displaying graphics and like 3D video games today that often cause system crashes, showing pictures and videos was hardest on a computer.
Programming screens like DOS are black by default and when software was first being developed, that's how it was transferred to the people. Providing data on a white screen would be akin to putting a full screen white image on the screen and the unstable graphics driver could barely handle it. As computer drivers improved and monitors switched to LED displays, the potential for starting in white or another color existed but people were already used to the black background and white lettering format so most programmers left it as is and focused their attention on humorous ways to wish people a happy Van Damme Friday... thankfully.