Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Black screen w/blinking cursor


  • Please log in to reply

#1
bugglezz

bugglezz

    New Member

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
I am trying to get my old desktop set up as an HTPC but have run in to problem. The computer was built by my brother-in-law in 2005 and is running xp. I'm getting a black screen with the blinking cursor after the initial "press del to enter setup" scree, but only when the secondary HDD is installed. I recently reinstalled xp, but got annoyed/"is it even worth it" trying to get it connected to the network, etc etc...so I decided to take the second drive out in order to use it as an external drive on my laptop. So when I finally made my way back to the desktop to get it ready to go, the second drive was not installed. I made a lot of software changes (drivers, win updates, program installations) but no hardware changes. The PC was booting/working fine, then I realized that I still needed to put the other drive back in. So I put it in there and it won't boot up properly. No changes were made to the drive while it was out and everything was working fine when I first reinstalled xp. The drive is connected in the same location as it was before. I can enter BIOS and the drive is there, but it won't let me boot from CD. Everything works perfectly if I remove the second drive.
Thanks in advance for any advice! (Please excuse typos, one handed on a smart phoning with a wiggly baby in tow.)
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
bugglezz

bugglezz

    New Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
Okay, I figured it out. Stupid mistake on my part. I didn't realize that the secondary drive was set to boot before the primary in BIOS... Didn't even really check, doi. It works now :)
  • 0

#3
phillpower2

phillpower2

    Tech Staff

  • Technician
  • 20,025 posts
:welcome: bugglezz

Glad you got it sorted and thanks for posting how the issue was resolved :thumbsup:
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP