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    Black Screen on Cold Boot

    Almost 90% of the time that I switch on my Windows 8 PC (Specs in Sig) in the mornings from a cold boot, I get a Black Screen as soon as Windows loads. Sometimes I get a a mouse cursor that stops responding after a few seconds and sometimes I just get a Black Screen with no mouse cursor. I have to power off the PC and switch it on again for it to boot up properly. I have fully updated Windows and I'm still seeing the issue nearly every morning (or whenever I start the PC from a cold boot).

    As far as I'm aware I've not got any hardware issues.

    Anyone else experienced something similar?

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    Whats your BIOS/UEFI version like on the Mobo - looking it up on the Asus website there are lots of mentions of fixes to system hangs/etc.

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    My BIOS version is 2001. I've just looked at the downloads page and noticed the latest version is 3602.

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    Just updated the BIOS 3602. Will see how that goes!

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    we had something similar and left the pc for an hour and it came back to life. Turned out it was installing some windows updates but just not telling us it was doing it. However you said you have done all updates
    Last edited by squeeky; 23rd April 2013 at 02:12 PM.

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    Well, it's been 2 days since I updated the BIOS and have to say, no black screen and Windows boot up has been unbelievably fast! Didn't get a chance to time it, but it was definitely fast than before! I'll keep an eye on it, but I had no idea a BIOS update could have such a positive impact!

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    OK, well, the BIOS update only seemed to be a temporary fix, because the same issue has returned. Any other ideas anyone?

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    Only in the mornings? Only Cold Boot?
    My guess is that its initialising another piece of hardware that has an issue.
    Is it ok when its warmed up? Can you cold boot it throughout the day without issue?

    Possibly that Video Card is pulling all the power from the PSU.. bit like a starter motor on a cold day.
    Is there an new driver for the Video Card? Is it Signed for Windows 8?

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    Yeah, it's only in the mornings. I'm using the latest drivers from the nvidia website for my graphics card. (GeForce 560 Ti).

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    Are you powering this machine off at the wall overnight? Does leaving the mains switched on overnight make a difference?

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    I would check that the PSU is sufficient enough for everything you have loaded up on that Rig.
    3 x 1TB HDDS and a Video Card that specifies a minimum system requirement of 500w an i7 CPU and god know what else you have crammed into the Antec Case you probably need some heavy duty jumper leads to start it in the morning

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    I've got a Corsair TX Modular 620W PSU. I think that's more than enough power for what's going on in the system.

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    Well so would I, but clearly something is holding it back so I would jettison some of the load one morning before you power up just to test it. disconnect a couple of drives, unplug any USB kit do anything to drop the load on a cold start and see.

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    Well, firstly, apologies for the thread resurrection. But despite trying all the advice on this thread and despite reformatting my PC and reinstalling it with Windows 8.1, I'm still getting this issue. The really weird thing is that it only seems to happen from a cold boot in the mornings. If I come home from work and boot up the PC (despite it not being booted up at all for the whole day) Windows boots up just fine. However, in the mornings, I will get a full black screen or a black screen with the cursor stuck in the middle.

    Any ideas? BIOS and all drivers are up to date.

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    GPU, had the same kind of issue on an asus tablet till they spat out WDDM 1.3 drivers for it. It could be that the card or the drivers are not snaping to quick enough as W8 uses gpu acceleration for everything metro. Can you try it with a different GPU temporarily?

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