My Dell Latitude D400 laptop failed to boot to Windows XP Pro by just hanging with a blinking cursor after the initial BIOS POST screen.
I've attempted a number of things to try and sort the problem out. I accessed the recovery console and ran CHKDSK /R which did find an error or two but didn't take too long. I then used FIXBOOT and FIXMBR. I also checked that the boot.ini was correct using BOOTCFG /SCAN and didn't see any problems.
But, still nothing.......
I then attempted a repair installation of XP Pro via the CD and again nothing. Next, I attempted a parallel install of XP but again it would hang at the same point.
I've been able to look at the hard disc via an Ubuntu boot disc and there doesn't appear to be an issue with accessing the disc and the computer appears to function fine.
I've replaced the hard disc with another and was able to do an install of XP but is there anyway to boot back to XP on the original install or is it now simply a back up/wipe/restart scenario?