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Asus EEE netbook won't boot, just blinking cursor


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Tuathanari

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I have a Asus EEE netbook, Windows XP, about 1 1/2 years old. I was surfing the internet one day and it just turned off - now, when I try to turn it on, all I get is a blinking cursor. I cannot type anything. I can get into a screen called "Bios Setup Utility" when the initial screen comes on before the blinking cursor, but I have no clue if that's useful or what to do there if it is. I have an external hard-drive I can use to help me fix this.

I really have no idea what to do though.

I've read the other thread, and I suppose my confusion is

1. What do I do if I don't have a Windows XP cd?
2. Even if I found one, how to I use it since my netbook doesn't have a cd drive?
3. Most people are worried about saving their stuff. I could care less, I have nothing on it, I just want it to work.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by Tuathanari, 11 August 2011 - 10:33 AM.

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Also once I've turned it on the only way I can actually turn it back off, so it shows the screen before the blinking cursor, is to take the battery out of the back. If I push the power button, no matter how long/short I push, it turns itself back on to the cursor.
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You could try running chkdsk from the Recovery Console as follows:

You are going to have to get into BIOS Setup on your computer to set the CD/DVD drive as the first bootable device, so you can then boot your XP CD, unless it provides the ability to press a Fn key at boot time to bring up the boot selection menu. If it does, use that.

How you do this varies with each manufacturer. Normally you press F1, F2, F10 or Del when you see the manufacturers logo. Often there is a clue somewhere on the screen when you boot normally telling you what key to press. Some computers (most newer ones) have a key you can press (often F12) to bring up the Boot Menu from where you can select the CD/DVD drive to boot from.

If you don't have an XP CD, download and run ARCDC by Artellos. It will download the required files from the Microsoft Web site and create a .iso file. It will also offer to burn the iso image to a CD for you. If you don't do it then, there is a good freeware burner called ImgBurn which will do it at a later time. If you're unsure how to do this, you can follow the tutorial here: How to Burn an ISO File. This can be done from any computer.

Boot the CD and at the first opportunity, enter R to start the Recovery Console.

Next, choose which XP installation you want to login to. Normally this will be 1.
Lastly you will be asked for the Administrator password. Just press the Enter key as the Administrator does not have a password (unless you gave it one, then you would enter it).

From the command prompt, enter: chkdsk /r
Allow it to complete undisturbed. It can take an hour or more depending on the size of the hard drive.

Remove the CD, type exit and the computer will reboot. Hopefully that will have fixed the problem (corrupted file system).


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