Actually there is Black screen of Death that we are starting to see a lot more over the last month and still going.
Its just a black screen with your cursor that CAN move after you log into your user account. Explorer.exe is not loading so you never see your desktop or background. Most of the time is a corrupt service or two from a windows update and will be fixed by rolling back to a previous install using Microsoft System Restore.
Other times one of the new rogue AV's fucking your shit up. But with your issue where its not happening all the time I would ahve to get my hands on it to be 100% sure whats going with yours.
nonetheless if you want true answer if its your HDD just use the BIOS hardware diag to run test. If you dont have one in your machine find out what mfg the HDD is and download its diag tool from its website and run it.
me thinks you having more software problems mzz. Im starting to get worried about you. I can easily be employed by you to be a 24 hour tech support guy if you would like. I can do it for 50$ an hour through remote access and phone support or relocate up north with you and be put on salary for 60k a year. Let me know.
2nd. The way to get jukie to post is to put something in this forum. He really does love our CPUs more than us.
3rd. I figured that it was the beginning of the end for the HDD. Since it's in the new port though, I've had none of the problems I was having - I did backup everything.
4th. I think I may have been overheating my MB - I was playing L4D2 and after repositioning my heat sensor it was up at like 44 C with the new fan right on top of it...so I'm guessing it was probably up at 50 without it which is probably not the healthiest.
5th. I did run a diagnostic and it claimed that the HDD was fine. Was actually the first thing I did.
finally. So the black screen with the moving cursor is a documented problem...fantastic. Good thing VIsta updates every fucking day...
Fucking microsoft. When can Linux go mainstream so I can pwn newbs in the blissful happiness of whatever it is that Linux does. :(