If you RDP (remote desktop) to a Windows 7 or 8 PC and see only a black screen the computers involved appear to be arguing over screen resolution. The easy way to resolve it is to:
- Click on the black RDP windows (to select it) and press CTRL-ALT-END to bring up the Windows Security screen and select LOG OFF, then log back in
- Start a new RDP client on your desktop but BEFORE you click CONNECT, click the SHOW OPTIONS link, click the DISPLAY tab and set the DISPLAY CONFIGURATION to a low resolution like 640×480
To actually solve the problem in the future:
- Disable BitMap Caching in your RDP client (on the EXPERIENCE tab).
- You can use THIS process to reduce the RDP compression to none.
For the record, I like the phrase BLACK SCREEN OF DOOM that has been coined by others.