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Windows 8 won't boot up for the first time

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Windows 8 won't boot up for the first time


    Hi, i just installed Windows 8 as an update from Windows 7. After the installation I chose a background color, I set a password and after that there was a black screen. I was able to move the mouse around and after 20 minutes I rebooted. However, it shows the black screen within two seconds, nothing works. I have tried to boot into safe mode but also that doesn't work.

    I have an Asus R500V
    Intel core i5 3210M, 2.5 GHz
    nVidia Geforce 610M 2 GB
    4 GB memory

    I read something about there being a problem with the nVidia drivers, however I can't find a solution that works because I can't boot into safe mode.

    Please help me!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hello there!

    Please calm down.

    This issue isn't totally a big deal. You can't get into safe mode as easily as 7 as Windows 8 was designed for fast booting PCs, and these types of issues don't occur often enough. To get into a recovery mode or do an automatic repair, you need to boot up your PC, then kill it by hitting the power switch. Do this like 3-6 times in a row, Windows will then realize something is wrong if you're consistently killing the power over and over and not interacting with it.

    I do think the NVIDIA drivers might be at fault. I once had to do this on a PC with an older NVIDIA card after restarting from installing the graphics driver update. Had to do a refresh of it to get it back in order though...
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Hello there!

    Please calm down.

    This issue isn't totally a big deal. You can't get into safe mode as easily as 7 as Windows 8 was designed for fast booting PCs, and these types of issues don't occur often enough. To get into a recovery mode or do an automatic repair, you need to boot up your PC, then kill it by hitting the power switch. Do this like 3-6 times in a row, Windows will then realize something is wrong if you're consistently killing the power over and over and not interacting with it.

    I do think the NVIDIA drivers might be at fault. I once had to do this on a PC with an older NVIDIA card after restarting from installing the graphics driver update. Had to do a refresh of it to get it back in order though...

    Woah, I know this works but All my tech xp says this is not a good idea?

    From what I know this should be a easy way to burn out your motherboard, cutting power, and then pulsing it back in again.
    This is dangerous on a desktop, even more so on a laptop which can't take much input...
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by ProtoType View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Hello there!

    Please calm down.

    This issue isn't totally a big deal. You can't get into safe mode as easily as 7 as Windows 8 was designed for fast booting PCs, and these types of issues don't occur often enough. To get into a recovery mode or do an automatic repair, you need to boot up your PC, then kill it by hitting the power switch. Do this like 3-6 times in a row, Windows will then realize something is wrong if you're consistently killing the power over and over and not interacting with it.

    I do think the NVIDIA drivers might be at fault. I once had to do this on a PC with an older NVIDIA card after restarting from installing the graphics driver update. Had to do a refresh of it to get it back in order though...

    Woah, I know this works but All my tech xp says this is not a good idea?

    From what I know this should be a easy way to burn out your motherboard, cutting power, and then pulsing it back in again.
    This is dangerous on a desktop, even more so on a laptop which can't take much input...
    It's not. Modern PCs can have their power killed like that. The only concern is Windows or app files corrupting. For example, you make changes and kill the power and don't do the proper shutdown method, you might lose those changed settings as Windows didn't have the chance to save them.

    However, to kill the power on any PC isn't an issue. It may have been with Xp era PCs, but not the ones of today. Motherboards on laptops and related parts are designed to handle that as battery power can die on you. Desktop boards are better built these days along with top notch PSU features like power surge protectors.
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  5. #5


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    Coke's advice is correct. Modern power supplies and MBs are constantly powered even when turned off.

    You can just hit the reset button on a desktop PC instead, just do it as soon as the system starts to enter windows with the spinning circle. You can also try repeatedly hitting the F8 key, on some MBs it will just bring up the boot drive options, on others it will trigger Recovery options including safe mode.

    I have had the black screen problem, with it flickering but not booting and it is related to my rather venerable QuadroFX nNvidia card, only the out the box driver that is included in Win 8 works, any update or the drivers from nVidia will kill it again.

    If you get into save mode goto control panel, programs and uninstall anything by nVidia. Goto graphics cards and select the Microsoft driver. That's what has worked for me.
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  6. #6


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by Tymothy View Post
    Hi, i just installed Windows 8 as an update from Windows 7. After the installation I chose a background color, I set a password and after that there was a black screen. I was able to move the mouse around and after 20 minutes I rebooted. However, it shows the black screen within two seconds, nothing works. I have tried to boot into safe mode but also that doesn't work.

    I have an Asus R500V
    Intel core i5 3210M, 2.5 GHz
    nVidia Geforce 610M 2 GB
    4 GB memory

    I read something about there being a problem with the nVidia drivers, however I can't find a solution that works because I can't boot into safe mode.

    Please help me!
    See if anything in this thread helps you.

    Here is more to check out from the NVIDIA forums.

    This work around from this site might help you.
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    Coke's advice is correct. Modern power supplies and MBs are constantly powered even when turned off.

    You can just hit the reset button on a desktop PC instead, just do it as soon as the system starts to enter windows with the spinning circle. You can also try repeatedly hitting the F8 key, on some MBs it will just bring up the boot drive options, on others it will trigger Recovery options including safe mode.

    I have had the black screen problem, with it flickering but not booting and it is related to my rather venerable QuadroFX nNvidia card, only the out the box driver that is included in Win 8 works, any update or the drivers from nVidia will kill it again.

    If you get into save mode goto control panel, programs and uninstall anything by nVidia. Goto graphics cards and select the Microsoft driver. That's what has worked for me.
    The motherboard is only partially powered by the AUX +5V supply in the power supply. The main switching power supply turns off when the PC is turned off. The Auxiliary +5V supply is used to turn the main power supply on when you press the power button on your case. I personally would not recommend power cycling the PC like that. Hitting the reset button is a better choice, that won't power cycle the power supply, it will just restart the POST (reboot the CPU). It's still not a good solution though as its more than likely going to corrupt your file system if you press the reset during a read or write to your hard drive.
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  8. #8


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Do you have bootable install media like a DVD or bootable thumb drive? If yes try booting from that and look for recovery options.
    System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8
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  9. #9


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by ProtoType View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Hello there!

    Please calm down.

    This issue isn't totally a big deal. You can't get into safe mode as easily as 7 as Windows 8 was designed for fast booting PCs, and these types of issues don't occur often enough. To get into a recovery mode or do an automatic repair, you need to boot up your PC, then kill it by hitting the power switch. Do this like 3-6 times in a row, Windows will then realize something is wrong if you're consistently killing the power over and over and not interacting with it.

    I do think the NVIDIA drivers might be at fault. I once had to do this on a PC with an older NVIDIA card after restarting from installing the graphics driver update. Had to do a refresh of it to get it back in order though...

    Woah, I know this works but All my tech xp says this is not a good idea?

    From what I know this should be a easy way to burn out your motherboard, cutting power, and then pulsing it back in again.
    This is dangerous on a desktop, even more so on a laptop which can't take much input...
    I'd have to agree with you on that one. Speaking as an Electronic Technician, that is not a good idea. You'd never see me do it on my PC or anyone else's PC.
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Hello there!
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post

    , you need to boot up your PC, then kill it by hitting the power switch. ..

    The OP have a Laptop




    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    The motherboard is only partially powered by the AUX +5V supply in the power supply. The main switching power supply turns off when the PC is turned off. The Auxiliary +5V supply is used to turn the main power supply on when you press the power button on your case.

    Thanks you save me a lot of typing,

    to Coke and the other guy , since when it's good to re power a condenser that is not discharge ?
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