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The good news is that Mark has a solid workaround that ensures that you don’t have to reinstall Vista after it boots to one of these black screen of death issues.
The bad news is the underlying trigger is still not known/understood at this time.
Which is still the bigger concern in my book as until we get to the bottom of what ‘this’ is, it won’t get it’s ultimate fix and may impact Windows 7. “Something” is triggering this but it’s not known at this time what “it” is. What I can tell you is that in all of my Vista machines 32bit, 64bit, desktop, laptop, clients that have it installed, I’ve not personally seen it. Nor am I seeing it bubble up a huge amount in the patching communities. So I’m not convinced that this is specifically caused by Vista all by itself.
So here’s where I’d like to ask a favor. If you have been impacted by the “Black screen of death”, I need you to ensure that the body count is counted by either setting up a SRX or posting in the managed newsgroups. We need to make sure that the “pain” is heard. Next, if you can, download the Sydi server inventory script http://sydiproject.com/download/ and email me the output (susan-at-msmvps.com).
If you are like me and have never EVER seen this issue as well in ANY Vista you have under your management, can you let me know that as well at the same email address? What I’m trying to see is the pattern between those that are being impacted and those that aren’t.
There is a trigger. The question is what?
I’m not buying that it’s “just Vista”. If it were I’d see it consistently in Patching communities and I’m not. So until proven guilty, I want to find out more.