I realize there are many posts on the "blinking cursor" topic but it seems my issue is a little different. I just put together a PC for a friend and proceeded to install XP. XP installation started up and started to load some drivers and stuff and then a minute later just the blank screen and blinking cursor. I have tried resetting and adjusting the BIOS settings but won't get past the blinking cursor.?
The system is
- Asus P5Q3
- Intel E8400
- WD raptor connected to SATA port 1 (started out on the orange SATA_E port)
- 9600GT GFX
- Keyboard is an old PS/2 connected
- Mouse is USB
- Monitor is old and connected via an adapter to the GFX
- DVD-RW is Samsung writemaster connected to the IDE port and set to slave (should it be master since there's nothing else on the cable at the moment though it did read XP installation start-up before the problem)??
Any hints are most welcome. My friend's unhappy and I'm frustrated.