The first question is what would cause it to power on but not boot up? I get all the standard startup stuff and I can get into the bios, but when its time for windows to load, it just gives me a black screen with a blinking cursor on the top left side of the screen. Cant type anything or move the cursor. Did my hard drive quit or does that point to a different hardware problem?
Second question, if its not my hard drive, if i firewire my laptop to another computer, will i be able to transfer the files i want without it fully booting up? (or at least with windows not loading)
It wont let me boot in safe mode. My buddy gave me an OEM version of xp but it wouldnt take. I don't think he burned the disc right personally cuz i couldn't get the disk to work on my desktop either.
Thanks for the help