one of my computer after installing 5 critical Windows updates for Windows XP 32-bit OS:
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It took me almost 18 hours to recover absolutely "dead" computer since it was"freezing" inthreeSafe modes:
Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking and Safe Mode Command prompt.
An another VGA mode with a 640x480displayresolution and a4-bit pixel depth worked (!)and allowed to uninstall these Windows updates.
It is Win XP so you can manually initialize BSOD from the serial keyboard.Such aoperation could very helpful in order to find the culprit.
I'd like to change an expression '...computer was absolutely "dead"...'to a '...clinically "dead"...'
because I was able to recover it.
The problem was related to a video driver for a NVIDIA card however in my case it
wasn't a'BSOD' ( Blue Screen of Death ). It was a 'Black Screen of Death' with
a message 'Out of Range' ( at some pointduring a startup of OS).
Manually initiated crash is used in the case of system-wide hangs.Such a full memory dump can be a very helpfull for finding a malfunctioning piece of software.
In the early stage of Windows boot process all the video rendering is done by a very simple driver calledBootvid. IIRC the switch to Nvidia display driver is performed when you see the the Winlogon login screen.
How would I initiate this when a screen is black with a message "Out of Range"? It was happening 2-3 seconds
after a power button was pressed.
After many hours of unsuccessfull attempts I simply installed an older ATI video card ( PCI ), turned on the computer, pressed F8,
selected "VGA mode" ( 640x480 resolution )and it worked.