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:) This is what I have tried so far.

I am using windows XP and I shut my computer down and when I turned it back on a little while ago the monitor comes on with color logo then it's blank with just a flashing cursor in top left corner. Before this I had downloaded just pictures off my camera and the comuter was real slow and I got mad and shut it off with the button on the front and not the proper way.. Please help before my husband finds out. He'll kill me.

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Reboot the computer and press F8 repeatedly until you get a black screen with a load of writing on it. Using the arrow keys on keyboard - move cursor till the "last known good configuration" is highlighted and the press the Enter key. Post back if this doesn't work

No that didn't work. The cursor just keeps flashing

Reboot in same manner (using F8) and then move cursor to start in Safe Mode....and press Enter

Nope, cursor won't move.

If you have the computer's XP installation disk you need to try and check the hard disk as the shutdown has knocked out some critical files.
You need to reboot with the XP installaton CD in the cd/dvd drive and go to the Recovery Console. (Run the disk checking utilty). At the prompt type in chkdsk /r with a space before the /r and then press enter
Once it has completed reboot, does it boot ok after that?

ok, just got home and I did as you said and it still says invalid switch - /R, so I did it again with just CHKDSK the hit enter and it gave me volume serial # and a several lines of info such as bytes total disk avail, bytes in 26 user files, bytes avail on disk, bytes in ech allocation unit, so on, Is there still hope,

PLEASE help, other place forgot me I think or don't want to tell me the bad news. :)
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The usual cause of a black screen with a blinking curser in the top left corner is a HARD DRIVE that has gone bad. You could open up your computer to find out what make of HD you have and download the makers utilities to find out if its bad. Otherwise you will probably need to reinstall XP again because more than likelysomething in the OS has been corrupted.

This issue occurs if one or more of the following elements are corrupted and will not load during the boot sequence of the computer:
• Master boot record
• Partition tables
• Boot sector
• NTLDR file


Western Digital has the Data lifeguard Diagnostics program.

Seagate has the seatools for seagate and maxtor drives.

Samsung uses the ES-Tool

Fujitsu has their own tools here.

Hitachi has tools for IBM HD's also.

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With computer off, you may also try to disconnect all USB devices, except for mouse, and keyboard. Try starting computer again.
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