System: Dell Dimension 8300, XP Home SP3, 1.5GB RAM, 2 HDDs, XP installed on only one of them.
I'm getting a blinking white cursor during boot up just after the Dell BIOS splash screen.
If I disconnect a USB card reader, the machine will boot normally to XP. This would suggest the card reader is to blame in some way. I had this same problem a couple years ago and somehow it "fixed itself" because the card reader (it's actually an IllumFX combined card reader and USB hub) worked like a charm since I discovered that it would work. Neither the USB hub nor the card reader functionality work. Other USB devices work - keyboard, printer, camera connectivity.
I've updated XP, searched for updates to USB drivers, card reader drivers etc. No dice. Tried changing USB port plugged into for good measure. Device manager points out that I also have a problem w/ my parallel 100MB zip drive as well (even after updating the IOMEGA). I've uninstalled that for good measure though suspect unrelated.
No new major software installs (other than what I might get from Windows Update).
Nothing has worked yet (hence this post!).
What else should I try?
How can I get more information about why the peripheral is failing or what's conflicting if anything - the machine detects it, sees it, but it doesn't work.