Repair Windows XP Black Screen Boot-Up Problems

There are different types of black screen problems that can occur. You may receive a black screen while using your computer, or you may not be able to boot your PC beyond a black screen. We are now looking at resolving the latter. For black screen issues during computer usage, try Total PC Health to fix errors.

If you start Windows XP and the computer responds only with a black screen, this could be due to several reasons. Some of these include: faulty video card, faulty RAM, incorrectly seated CPU and corruption in the master boot record. This article will look specifically at repairing boot record problems and replacing the master boot record in XP.

Fixing the Master Boot Record

  1. You will need a copy of your Windows XP operating system on CD or DVD
  2. Insert the CD/DVD into your computer's CD/DVD drive and then restart the computer
  3. The computer will boot from the CD and you will see the Windows XP setup screen
  4. If prompted, press F8 to agree to the license agreement
  5. From here you need to enter the Recovery Console, press the 'R' key
  6. We are assuming you have only one installation of XP. However, if you have more than one, select the installation to repair
  7. Enter your administrator password
  8. Now you should see a Recovery Console command prompt
  9. Type in the command: "fixmbr" (without the quotes) and confirm this by pressing y
  10. This should repair the master boot record and all should be good.
  11. If that did not fix the issue, you will need to repeat the same steps. However, this time use the command: "fixboot"
  12. Done

After running the boot repair and getting back into your computer. It is a good idea to then run a full anti-virus scan. This is sometimes the cause of boot record corruption, so you want to ensure you are virus free to avoid the problem happening again.