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So I've been having trouble with starting up my PC where it will POST etc yet when I try running Windows 7 it just displays a black screen.
The weird thing here is that Windows 8 dev preview loads fine and Windows 7 works in safe mode.

What happens is that when I try to run Windows 7 it will go to the "Loading Windows" screen with the windows logo animation then 2 physical clicks come from my graphics card (EVGA 560Ti DS) like a "tick-tock". At that point my keyboard mouse and monitor turn off but the PC fans are still going then the monitor comes back on after a second displaying only a black screen (cursor isn't showing like some people have with a similar problem) with the only way to exit being a forced shut down by holding the power button.

Any ideas what the problem is here and how I can fix it?
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Never heard of the graphics card making a noise like that. Hopefully, its just the drivers causing issues.

First, I would boot into safe mode w/ networking, uninstall the video drivers, then download "driver sweeper" to completely clear any remnants. Then reboot into normal mode and see what happens.
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Never heard of the graphics card making a noise like that. Hopefully, its just the drivers causing issues.
First, I would boot into safe mode w/ networking, uninstall the video drivers, then download "driver sweeper" to completely clear any remnants. Then reboot into normal mode and see what happens.

Alright, I'll try that now and report back how it goes.
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It worked! biggrin.gif
Up and running now, downloading drivers to re-install then I'll reboot to see if it causes the problem again, hopefully all goes well.

Thanks a lot!
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Edited by Calum-B - 3/5/12 at 9:47pm
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That's great news.
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Forgot to give an update last night.
When I installed the drivers again the same problem appeared but I also realised that Windows was still booting up during this black screen as I had my headphones on this time and heard the logon sound a few seconds after the screen going black yet I still can't do anything though and am required to force shut down again.
So without installing the graphics drivers, it will boot normally but my monitor is shown as "(default monitor) on" and won't let me select a higher resolution than 1600x1200 yet my monitor is 2560x1440.
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leave generic driver in place, and try lettimg windows auto update drivers through windows update, see if that helps.
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