I've got a a problem on one of my computers at home. I've brought this issue to the IT guys at my work and they are stumped. Can anyone out there help?
Here's the issue:
System is a P3/866MHz with 512Mb RAM, 40Gb HD + 40Gb HD(slaved), running XP Home. System boots normally but at the point where the desktop should come up, all I get is a black screen with the mouse cursor - nothing else. All I can do is Ctrl-Alt-Del to pull up the Task Manager and most of the normal processes are not there. System does not see either of the CD drives. Starting in Safe Mode has the same results as does starting in VGA Mode.
When in Task Manager, I can use the New Task (Run ...) to go the the cmd screen. From there I can use good old-fashioned DOS commands to search for the CD drives, but no luck. I can, however, see the USB port if I plug in one of my flash drives.