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XP won't boot. blinking cursor with blank screen


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ran chkdsk /r it completed then said it found and fixed one or more errors and pressed exit and then it re-booted still get blinking cursor

any other commands i could type tp try to fix this?

I'll try anything.

Edited by quin8484, 29 May 2007 - 09:23 PM.

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Type bootcfg /scan and press Enter

What does it come up with?
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ran that

total identified window installs: 1

[1] c:\windows

Edited by quin8484, 29 May 2007 - 09:33 PM.

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Type bootcfg /rebuild and press Enter

There should be three steps to this:

It will identify your XP installation...type Y once you see this prompt.

You will be prompted to enter the load identifier...type Microsoft XP Home Edition and press Enter (if you have Pro installed, type Microsoft XP Professional)

You will be prompted to enter the load options...type /fastdetect and press Enter

Type exit and press Enter to close Recovery Console and remove the cd

Reboot

Any change?
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no change
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Type bootcfg /list and press Enter

Post back with exactly what this returns.
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Gives me 3 entires

[1] "Microsoft XP Home Edition"
OS Load Options: /fastdetect
OS Location: C:\windows


[2] "Microsoft XP Home Edition"
OS Load Options: fastdetect
OS Location: C:\windows

[3] "Microsoft XP Home Edition"
OS Load Options: /fastdetect/noexecute=optin
OS Location: C:\windows

Edited by quin8484, 30 May 2007 - 07:12 AM.

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When you start the machine, are you asked which operating system you want to start?

The above information shows that you have three entries in the boot.ini file where only one should exist. As they all point to the same directory, I'm assuming one is a botched repair install and one is the one we added earlier.
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When you start the machine, are you asked which operating system you want to start?



no it doesn't ask

Ah,So there should only be one in the boot.ini file that makes sense. Wow I can't believe there are 3.

This is really odd

Edited by quin8484, 30 May 2007 - 07:37 AM.

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Let's see if we can get a parallel install on this thing and get it running.

Boot to the Windows XP installation cd by pressing a key when the "Press any key to boot from cd" prompt appears at the top of the screen.
  • At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press Enter to set up Windows XP.
  • Accept the License Agreement by pressing F8
  • With your current installation selected in the box, press Esc
  • Select C: Partition1 [NTFS] in the box and press Enter
  • To continue setup using this partition, press C
  • Now you should see formatting options...choose the last one, Leave the current file system intact (no changes), and press Enter
  • To use a different folder, press Esc
  • Name the folder WINDOWS0 (just type a 0 (zero)) and press Enter
The Windows installation should begin. This will install Windows to a new folder, leaving your data intact. Any programs installed on the old directory will have to be reinstalled to the new one. Device drivers will also have to be installed for all the hardware to work as it should.

The data will be located in the Documents and Settings folder (C:\Documents and Settings) under your old user account name...so when you set up the new installation, give yourself a slightly different user account name.
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Completed it twice. Tried it once with cd in on reboot and also tried it with cd out on reboot

still get blinking cursor.

Edited by quin8484, 30 May 2007 - 09:03 AM.

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When you start up after completing the parallel install, were you asked which operating system you want to start?
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this sounds like the bios didn't find a mbr ...maybe the 512-byte boot sector that is the first sector ("Sector 0") on the hard drive is bad..just thinking out loud..

Edited by happyrck, 30 May 2007 - 11:01 AM.

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Completed it twice. Tried it once with cd in on reboot and also tried it with cd out on reboot

still get blinking cursor.


nope didn't ask me a thing. My PC was working perfectly before that chkdsk program ran i think it was fake maybe a virus even.

In the past i didn tlike to turn my pc off for long periods of time because when i turned it on there would always be some weird stuff going on .

I have AVG free and windows defender, I also used spybot and ad-aware constantly.

If there is a virus here

I was reading this article maybe i have it?


http://antivirus.abo...sectorvirus.htm

Edited by quin8484, 30 May 2007 - 11:21 AM.

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I haven't seen an active boot sector virus for a long time. They were pretty nasty, but were primarily a problem with DOS based machines...not so much since XP came on the scene.

Boot back into Recovery Console, type fixmbr and press Enter

Remove the cd, type exit and press Enter

Reboot

It's acting as though it can't find the boot.ini file at all. Do you ever hear a single system beep?
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