We all know what the Blue Screen of Death is, but have you heard about the Black Screen of Death?

In early versions of Windows, sometimes a DOS-based program didn’t execute properly, leaving a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. This would require a hard boot. In newer versions of Windows, the Black Screen of Death can happen when there’s video card driver issues (which I’m very familiar with!) or missing system files.

It can also happen in OS/2, an old operating system which nobody really uses anymore, and game consoles.

Interesting coincidence (or not?) — except for the Nintendo Wii and DS, the black screen of death exclusively happens on Microsoft products.


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