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[Tutorial][Dual-Booters]How to fix black screen due to bad resolution

Danny Willson

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Hello guys!This is Daniel here.Today i've a new topic about bad resolution which can turn you into frenzy!.Let's get going!




This tutorial is only and only for dual booters who are dual booting Mac OSX and Windows (7,Vista,XP)



Have you been trying to get a decent resolution on your hackintosh?But consequently got yourself into severe trouble.You changed you resolution which is not supported by your monitor and consequently had seen a black screen.What do you do now?


I got myself in this trouble when i tried to do so.The crucial problem is neither your mouse pointer nor your desktop is visible.I used SwitchResX in order to change my resolution.This procedures may vary from software to software.But you can give it a shot.



Main concept:

What we will need to do is simply delete those files which determines your desktop resolution.

The file Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver.plist contains the resolution that the System tries to use at startup. Deleting this file helps generally. If this solves the problem during the reboot, but not in your user account, a similar file named "com.apple.windowserver.XXXXX.plist" exists in your own /Users/yourname/Library/Preferences/ByHost folder. You can remove this file to get back the standard resolution in your user account.


Without further adieu let's get straight into business.Follow the steps one after one.

I used Windows 7 x64




Download a software called "MacDriver" for your Windows 7.MacDriver is a software that allows you to access Mac OS X partitions which are HFS +.Those type of partitions are not supported by Windows.So you need that software to get access to mac os x files and folders. As you will notice MacDrive needs to be activated in order to modify any files and modifying the files is our purpose.Therefore you need purchase that software if you wish to.But i certainly not willing to pay for that software.Therefore just download the cracked copy of MacDrive from the link below.....hell no..figure it out yourself..NO WAREZ






Install Macdrive and use the keygen included to crack the software to activate the modification features.Afterwards you will need to restart your computer do as it says.




Afterwards you will notice the Mac osx partion visible on your My computer.Open only and only that partition upon which you've install Mac OS X.For me this is Macintosh HD.




Navigate yourself to this location



Then delete com.apple.windowserver.plist file.




Again Navigate yourself to this location





Then Delete "com.apple.windowserver.XXXXX.plist" files.


Note for idiots: xxxxx=anything i.e. DG2216F




Now if you have used SwitchResX as i did and found youself in this preposterous mess then You'll have to delete the monitor profile that was modified when you created a new custom resolution. This file is located in



and is the last modified file, that you can find if you sort by date. You should remove this file




Now cross your fingers if you can (I CAN!) and Restart your computer and boot into Mac OS X.It should boot and show you correct the resolution now.



That's all.Now there you're back to business.


If it still doesn't work (it should do) then Go back into Macdrive and search for "SwitchResX" and delete any file you find relevant to SwitchResX.



##OH...I won't delete a system file..

Then go and figure a way out in the dark monitor.Anyway Mac OS X does generate these files automatically if it's missing with the default settings.



Best of luck


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