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XP won't boot. blinking cursor with blank screen


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should i do it with the

windows or windows0 one?

I'm at repair console now

Edited by quin8484, 30 May 2007 - 11:43 AM.

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Windows

Did the Windows0 install even complete?
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while wannabe1 is offline or out chasing wild women.. :whistling:
try this..
get puppy linux...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd ...if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all yor data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...
if puppy will run I could give you a link to get a different program that will run from the cd drive that can repair windows ...usually..
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i dont know but it shows windows0 on eon repair console.

i'll try fixmbr stuff on windows one and see what it does first.

Edited by quin8484, 30 May 2007 - 11:55 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?



after typing fixmbr on the windows login one without the zero, i get this:

**Caution**

This computer appears to have a non standard or invalid boot record.

Fixmbr may damage your partition tables

this could cause all partition on hard disk to become inaccessible

if you are not having problems with the drive do not continue

Are you sure you want to write a new mbr?
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Yes
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exit reboots then cursor again

unbelieveable

i dont hear a beep either

Edited by quin8484, 30 May 2007 - 12:22 PM.

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Hi there!

I was googling around trying to find an anwer for this exact problem!

I did exactly like you described in this thread and followed all the steps and I still also only get to the blinking cursor screen.
I only have one operative system installed when i list the bootcfg.


It would seem that an boot sector virus could be a likely suspect to this?
I haven't stumbled across one of them since I was in high scholl though!

I managed to get Windows ME up and running on another drive though and I also got to browse through my XP NTFS drive using NTFS reader for DOS but for the life of me I can't get an OS installed on this darned harddrive.

Any thoughts?
Should I salvage what I can to the ME drive and then run a TOTAL format from the ME drive? A so called low-level format?

Edited by mrking, 30 May 2007 - 12:43 PM.

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quin8484: Are you using integrated video or an actual video card?

Have you done anything inside the machine recently?

mrking: This may appear to be exactly the problem you are having, but I've found that the underlaying problem may not be the same. Please start a new topic so we can avoid confusion should one problem head in another direction.
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I'm using a pci card for video. Although I bought it with integrated one so after i bought it installed a pci one swiched the integrated one off and worked fine no problems.

I got a new motherboard about a year ago. But my pc was working fine with it.

As far as doing anything inside the machine: I havn't done anything with the inside other than reseating the memory card and graphic card thinking it would help solve this problem.

Edited by quin8484, 30 May 2007 - 01:05 PM.

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Have you reset the CMOS or set BIOS defaults recently?

Enter BIOS Setup and see if:
  • VGA is enabled
  • PCI is enabled as initial boot video
If you make any changes, be sure to save them (usually F10) when you exit setup.
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I dont see any options for vga

pci is enabled on auto for boot

I did take the small battery out inside my cpu and put it back in.

2 days ago to try to fix this problem

after i reset system defaults and save it in bios menu

it reboots then i hear A drive spin or do something at the blinking cursor and black screen.

my num lock is stuck on and mouse is also stuck on at blinking cursor screen but this was the case when i first posted this problem.

Edited by quin8484, 30 May 2007 - 01:50 PM.

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Bare with me...I'm experimenting with a test box.

Boot back to Recovery Console and press R. Choose the original installation to Repair. At the prompt, type chkdsk /r and press Enter.

Let this run all 5 stages and keep an eye on its progress. I am particularly interested in if the XX% gets to a point and backs up a little, then continues. Does it do this a lot? A little? Not at all?
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Yes It's jumping back a lot. It seems when it reaches 75%, it jumps back to 50% and is going very slow.
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Any new finds?
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