Saturday, 22 August 2009

Windows Vista: Black Screen of Death Fix

The following are suggested fixes from various sources for the Windows Vista/7 Black Screen of Death (KSOD) problem.

  1. Windows boots to a black screen with a white cursor/mouse pointer.
  2. Windows "Safe Mode" exhibits the same behaviour.
  3. Nothing else ever loads. Not even a log-in screen.
Solution 1: Delete Some Log Files.
  1. Use the vista DVD to go to the repair mode.
  2. From the same screen where you do the system restore, there's an option to open an administrative command prompt.
  3. That should open in X:\Sources or something like that
  4. Go to the windows drive by entering C:
  5. Now go to the windows event log folder on your machine (C:\Windows\System32\winevt):
    cd c:\windows\system32\winevt
  6. ren Logs Logs_bad
  7. mkdir Logs
This will create an empty folder for new event logs. Restart the system and cross fingers.

Solution 2: Edit The Windows Registry.
There apparently this a problem related to the Remote Procedure Call service (RPC) running under LocalSystem account instead of NT Authority\NetworkService account.
  1. On the affected machine, boot using the Vista Media and Select “Next” and then in the bottom left you will see “Repair your Computer”; select Next and then Select Command Prompt.
  2. At the command prompt, launch regedit.exe and load the SYSTEM hive, follow the below steps.
    • On the File menu, select Load Hive.
    • Browse to %WINDIR%\System32\Config Folder and select “SYSTEM”
    • Select Open.
    • In the Load Hive dialog box, type in “MySYSTEM” box for the registry hive that you want to edit.
  3. After the hive is loaded, modify the following key value per the instructions below: You will need to know what ControlSet the machine is currently running on, this can be determined by going to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\MySYSTEM\Select and find the “Current” value in the Right hand side. (Example: Current value is 1 then the ControlSet will be ControlSet001)
    • Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\MySYSTEM\ControlSet00X\Services\RpcSs (X is the Number from the Current Key from above)
    • Value Name: ObjectNameOld
    • Value: LocalSystemNew
    • Value: NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService
  4. Unload the SYSTEM hive by selecting the key “MySYSTEM” and then select File -> Unload Hive… menu item.
  5. Exit regedit.exe
  6. Reboot the system normally
Solution 3: Restore The System From A System Restore Point.
  1. Boot to the Vista media.
  2. Restore the PC to a restore point 1 month before the problem occured.
  3. Reboot as normal.
Solution 4: Dump Windows And Use Ubuntu
  1. Get hold of a copy of Ubuntu. Most Linux PC magazines will carry a copy on their cover disc or you can ask a friend to download it for you and burn it to a disc. You will find the Ubuntu download page at Don't worry about payment. Ubuntu is completely free of charge to download and use.
  2. Boot the PC using your new Ubuntu installation disc. Select the option to try Ubuntu without changing anything on the PC. Once the desktop has loaded, navigate to your Windows hard drive.
  3. Copy anything from your Windows hard drive you want to keep on the a USB stick or similar backup device.
  4. Click the install icon and follow the instructions. You'll want to use the entire disc to rid yourself of Windows Vista entirely.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Will Randall C. Kennedy Ever Grow Up?

Yet another bullshit article promoting Windows 7 by attempting to run down Linux. It's all well and good for bloggers to cry wolf about this or that not working in Linux. But the fact of the matter is it's pointless without detail.

The crucial details left out here are the faulty systems specifications. What hardware was being used? Which version of which Linux distribution was being used?

Details Randall. The devil is in the detail and you've provided none. All you've done is written a generic blog entry ragging on Linux and praising Windows. Is it really so hard to promote Windows 7 based on it's merits? You've joined the pointless masses. Well done!

Now bend over. Mr. Ballmer wants you to pick up the soap.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Another Bull Shit Windows Vista 7 Article!

I am so getting tired of reading bull shit Windows Vista 7 hyping articles trying oh so desperately to make Windows Vista 7 sound so fantastic when it's just not. I'm tired of the Mac OS X comparison by people who've never actually booted the damn thing up under the conditions they are bitching about!

To these people I say go out and try it. All these "professional" bloggers earn more than enough to be able to afford a Mac. Microsoft made Windows Vista 7 Beta and RC available to everybody that wanted it. So what's stopping them?

Maybe outfits like InfoWorld are scared if they do actual tests they'll need to admit Windows 7 is really just Vista with a new coat of paint. I mean seriously is it blog worthy to ask why battery life is so crap on a Mac when running Windows? What's more what's the point in asking if you're not even going to try it out?

We could do a really simple and cheap test here to find out where to lay the blame. Install Linux. See how long the battery lasts then. If both Mac OS X and Linux hold up and Windows doesn't. Well we know who's building the shit OS then don't we?

Oh right I forgot. Redmond is releasing a new OS. I guess we should all pay attention, lubricate our sphincters and bed over.

And just what is the deal with all the "YOU MUST REGISTER TO MAKE A COMMENT" nonsense? Do I look like I want another password and user name to remember?!?