here are all the things I've done in the past couple of weeks:
1. run bootvis test and 'optimized system' (bootvis log shows there's no activity going on when the black screen appears)
2. I've emptied my prefetch folder and turned prefetching off
3. run disk cleanup
4. and finally, I've defragmented the C drive.
all of this has contributed to a much faster startup time and my system runs relatively quick but I just don't know what's going on with the computer when the black screen appears and just sits there.
could this be a sign of a larger problem or am I just being impatient?
thanks for any help!