My windowsXP comp will not boot up fully.
I start it, an initial screen comes up as usual with some text at the top, then the pentium 4 logo - then - a black screen with a flashing underscore on the bottom left of the screen. I then hear some sort of click/some noise change in the computer and the flashing underscore is replaced with two white arrows followed by the flashing underscore - which looks something like this:
I am aware the undersocre should be flashing for a few seconds and then should proceed to the WindowsXP loading screen- but It just won't go any further.
I have tried booting into safe mode but it wont let me. I can however enter to the bios settings but I dont know what to in there to resolve this.
Another thing, when I hit the keys from F7 to F11 I get a black screen asking me to enter a password. however I have never set a password on my machine for anything. I have not tried to take out the circular battery inside my computer to remove the password yet, for now, I would like to know what is making my computer hang on that screen.
I'm not sure, but this may be the problem. I installed a copy of Norton PartitionMagic (without restating after the install or creating any setup/rescue disks) which failed to start due to some missing dll files. I then installed another partition program titled just "PartitionMagic". I then restarted the computer and all this has happened.
All help would be extremely appreciated, thank you.
Edited by James1230, 21 March 2007 - 07:00 AM.