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Black screen on factory reset attempt

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Black screen on factory reset attempt


    I got a 2013 HP laptop win8 and when I attempt to do recovery,restore or even a Img bkup it goes to a black screen with mouse cursor that I'm able to move around but it does nothing else even if I let it sit for hours. I tried to use the built hp software to make a factory recovery disc but it said there was no recovery partition as if it were deleted but in fact a quick look with windows explorer shows it does exists and it perfectly intact plus the disk management shows it intact, healthy and labeled as recovery. As I said before I can reboot into the menu to choose to recover, restore and everything else but once I select one i get the black screen with the mouse arrow. Im trying to avoid buying the discs from hp. Would there be something possibly hiding or blocking the recovery partition ? Maybe a bad registry entry ? I've tried setting folder options to show hidden files and system files. Anyone have any recommendations ?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I saw a website the other day that suggested turning off the Secure Boot on an HP machine. There seemed to be a process where you needed to enter a code you were given in order to turn it off.

    I suppose other options might depend on your graphics configuration. If you can move your display back to an onboard or basic video output it might help. I do not know why doing such a thing would help since you are going back to a Factory configuration, but maybe something is getting stuck in the system and needs to be reset.

    Knowing the Exact HP model number might help in research.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Yea secure boot inside the bios settings after u set it to disable and press f10 to save changes it gives a 4 digit code that u just retype which made no difference on my behalf unfortunately. I also switched over to regular VGA output and nothing. It very well still could be a graphic problem though or anything else. To the average person the OS looks fine but when u go into the cp/system info it won't show any memory,CPU speed nor does it show ms win8 product key so I know better and IMO just needs restored hence why I'm even trying to recover the machine. Sorry for not giving machine info in the first place. HP 2000-2b19wm. I will keep trying and will come back and share info once I get it solved.
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