Black Screen for Logon Prompt Windows Server Enterprise

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by cgw, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. cgw

    cgw Guest

    Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Edition
    I don't know why (or when it actually started since I'm not the only admin)
    but one my Windows 2003 Server's is showing a black box instead of the logon
    prompt. The Windows Server logon can be seen but the
    username/password/domain area is all black.

    Anyone know how to fix this?
    Thanks
     
    cgw, Oct 21, 2004
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    Miha Pihler Guest

    Hi,

    I can't be sure, but similar problems have been connected to VNC remote
    administration software. If you use it, uninstall it and this should resolve
    your problem.

    Also check your Event logs for any errors (system and application logs). If
    you can't logon on the server try to view the logs remotely.

    Mike
     
    Miha Pihler, Oct 21, 2004
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    Todd J Heron Guest

    I saw this solution in another post:

    The color schemes in the computer's default profile may have been set to
    black for every scheme element. Please review the below steps for this may
    resolve your issue:
    On the Windows 2003 Server this can be verified by navigating to the
    following registry key:

    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors
    If this is the issue all colors scheme element registry values will be set
    to 0. Compare this with a known good copy below:

    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Colors]
    "ActiveBorder"="212 208 200"
    "ActiveTitle"="0 84 227"
    "AppWorkSpace"="128 128 128"
    "Background"="0 78 152"
    "ButtonAlternateFace"="181 181 181"
    "ButtonDkShadow"="113 111 100"
    "ButtonFace"="236 233 216"
    "ButtonHilight"="255 255 255"
    "ButtonLight"="241 239 226"
    "ButtonShadow"="172 168 153"
    "ButtonText"="0 0 0"
    "GradientActiveTitle"="61 149 255"
    "GradientInactiveTitle"="157 185 235"
    "GrayText"="172 168 153"
    "Hilight"="49 106 197"
    "HilightText"="255 255 255"
    "HotTrackingColor"="0 0 128"
    "InactiveBorder"="212 208 200"
    "InactiveTitle"="122 150 223"
    "InactiveTitleText"="216 228 248"
    "InfoText"="0 0 0"
    "InfoWindow"="255 255 225"
    "Menu"="255 255 255"
    "MenuText"="0 0 0"
    "Scrollbar"="212 208 200"
    "TitleText"="255 255 255"
    "Window"="255 255 255"
    "WindowFrame"="0 0 0"
    "WindowText"="0 0 0"
    "MenuHilight"="49 106 197"
    "MenuBar"="236 233 216"

    There is two ways to fix this problem:

    1. Export the registry key from a known good machine into a .REG file.
    Import the .REG file into the new machine.

    2. You can also construct/copy-paste the following information into a text
    file and give it a file name with a .REG extension.
     
    Todd J Heron, Oct 21, 2004
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  4. cgw

    cgw Guest

    Thanks Todd
    That was the problem!
     
    cgw, Oct 21, 2004
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    Todd J Heron Guest

    You're welcome.
     
    Todd J Heron, Oct 21, 2004
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    ppraveen1819 Guest

    Thanks Todd its working fine now....
     
    ppraveen1819, Nov 7, 2012
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    hax121 Guest

    Awesome find, I am having this issue as well. Thanks for the fix.
     
    hax121, Nov 30, 2012
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  8. Great find, thanks very much!
     
    nathan.d.currie, Feb 8, 2013
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    rob Guest

    Thanks so much... this was the solution! :)
     
    rob, Feb 15, 2013
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  10. Eight and a half years later, this solution comes through again. Thanks!
     
    ron.marchalonis, Jun 17, 2013
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  11. thanks for this solution, it works great
     
    wernerventer77, Jun 19, 2013
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    skyd22 Guest

    More than eight and a half years later, awesome solution again. Thanks
     
    skyd22, Jul 5, 2013
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  13. Cant thank you enough for providing the solution. Thank you again.
     
    kamrannasrullah, Sep 28, 2013
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    joelynch82 Guest

    Todd, nearly 10 years later you're still a star. I'd been panicking that this was going to be a nasty DLL corruption type problem when it's as simple to fix as a registry key. Thanks again!
     
    joelynch82, Mar 17, 2014
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  15. 10 years later and this little gem still works !
     
    malachyoconnor, May 8, 2014
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