Booting Vista Home Premium

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by species8350, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. species8350

    species8350 Guest


    I can't boot Vista Home Premium. According to the diagnostics there is no problem. But all I get is a black screen and no messages. When I try to boot into any other mode, for example Safe Mode, I get the same black screen.

    This machine has only 512MB of RAM, is this the reason Vista will not boot?

    If not any suggestions appreciated.


    Ps. I have tried using the original installation disk for repairs, but again there appears to be no problem.
    species8350, Dec 25, 2012
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  2. YOU, Sir, are a LOSER!!!
    Big Harley Gage, Dec 25, 2012
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  3. species8350

    Bill Leary Guest

    "species8350" wrote in message
    Did it used to boot with 512M? Some of what you say sounds like an old
    installation has stopped working but this question sounds like a new
    installation that's never worked.

    What do you see before the black screen? Apparently you're at least getting
    to where you can tell it to select safe mode over normal mode for boot.
    What happens between that selection and the black screen? Does hard disk
    activity continue after the screen goes black?

    - Bill
    Bill Leary, Dec 25, 2012
  4. species8350

    species8350 Guest

    Thanks for responding.

    I had a problem with the hardware and needed to remove a memory module.

    Vista used to work with 1GB of RAM. I have never got it to boot with 512MB, but I think that it ought to function, although slowly.

    When I boot from the hard disk I get the loading logo, I can't really describe it well - repeated green bars that repeat horizontally. After these bars appeared Vista used to load (with 1 GB of RAM). But now I just get a black screen

    It is almost as if the boot loader is not working.

    Happy Christmas.

    species8350, Dec 25, 2012
  5. species8350

    Bill Leary Guest

    "species8350" wrote in message
    What version of Vista? When you get to the screen where you choose to go to
    safe mode there should also be an option to go to the command line. Does
    that work? And again, there are options somewhere in there to boot with
    logging. It will send a line of text to the screen for each driver it
    loads. You may be able to figure out where the problem is from what it
    tried to load just before it goes south.

    Also, I one reduced my Vista machine from 2G to 1G and had some problems
    booting. I'm trying to remember what the deal was, but I do remember that I
    had to go into command mode and change something to get it to boot.

    You might also try removing and reinstalling the DIMMs you left in the
    machine. I've found that sometimes working on old machines doing one thing
    disturbs something else that's been there for years and it stops working.

    - Bill
    Bill Leary, Dec 25, 2012
  6. species8350

    Bill Leary Guest

    1. Sorry about the question about what version of Vista. I see it's in the
    subject line.

    2. According to Microsoft ( the
    minimum memory for Vista Home Premium is 1G.

    - Bill
    Bill Leary, Dec 25, 2012
  7. species8350

    MLD Guest

    This may sound stupid--Is your monitor turned on? Is it plugged in and/or
    connected to a working outlet?
    Friend called a few days ago with the same problem--black
    screen---Apparently, while cleaning around the top of the desk, must have
    Inadvertently pushed the monitor off/on button.
    MLD, Dec 27, 2012
  8. you have electricity where you live?
    Joh. Roest von Klinckerhofen, Dec 27, 2012
  9. species8350

    species8350 Guest

    Thanks for replying.

    I do not think there is a logging function on my setup

    The Dimms are well seated.
    species8350, Dec 28, 2012
  10. species8350

    species8350 Guest

    This could be the problem only 512MB of RAM at present
    species8350, Dec 28, 2012
  11. species8350

    species8350 Guest

    The monitor is on.
    species8350, Dec 28, 2012
  12. species8350

    species8350 Guest

    species8350, Dec 28, 2012
  13. species8350

    MLD Guest

    Don't leave me hanging---What is your point?--
    If the answeer is yes, then what. If the answer is no, then what?
    MLD, Dec 28, 2012
  14. (Boy, your newsreader sure messes with line formats!)

    Many kinds of motherboards need their RAM sticks to be installed in
    pairs, and on some motherboards that don't require that, if only one
    slot of a pair has RAM, it must be a specific slot, e.g., slot 1, not
    slot 2 - or vice versa.
    Gene E. Bloch, Dec 28, 2012
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    Bob F Guest

    The obvious solution to me is to replace the missing RAM.
    Bob F, Dec 29, 2012
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