Black screen with flashing cursor

July 2, 2011 at 16:45:02
Specs: Windows XP
Black screen with flashing cursor

When I turn on my computer it starts with the logo screen and then goes to a black screen with a flashing cursor, I can't get into safe mode. I tried rebooting and that doesn't work.
I ran a dianostic check and it states its all good. but will not reboot. It always freezes after the logo screen, I can still get into Bios mode. but nothing else .Does anyone have any ideas
on how to fix this or should I just get a new hard drive?


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#1
July 2, 2011 at 18:19:41
Always back up your data. The disk has a good chance of being read by another machine at this point. If there is important data on that HDD, copy it!!! You NEVER know what an 'intellegent' machine is going to do. It is possible it may format the drive and erase all the data, or similar. Chances are it will not, but is your data worth the chance?

Sounds like the boot record has become corrupt. Run the WIndows install disk and select repair boot records

http://www.ehow.com/how_5124229_fix...
http://tips4pc.com/articles/compute...


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#2
July 3, 2011 at 04:54:28
I put the recovery disk in and it does not read it. I can only go into Bios,Dianostic and boot screen , when rebooting it does not work,,It just stays a black screen with a blinking cursor

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#3
July 3, 2011 at 07:16:37
You may have a boot option when the PC starts - most are "press F12 for boot menu". Or it may be that the BIOS setting needs to be changed to boot the DVD or CD drive 1st - before the Hard drive. (change the boot order)
If you need help with either of these options, we need machine information. Make / model.

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#4
July 3, 2011 at 08:48:24
Does the hard drive show up in the bios ? What about the DVD or CD drive ? Are these sata or ide drives ?

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#5
July 4, 2011 at 04:19:42
okay I am working on a Vista Hp Pavilion HOME ED. I tried all of that already and nothing worked. I had the hard drive as first device then I changed it to the dvd as first device.Still didn't read the recovery disc. No matter what I do it just goes back to the black sreen, I ran the dianotic test everything passed ,when it asked to reboot it booted to the black screen. The SATA 1 controller mode is on RAID
I changed it to IDE and still nothing changed. I don't have a boot recovery disc should I get one, do you think its the boot record since no matter what I do it goes the the black screen. And what should the SATA be on RAID or IDE?
I'm going a little crazy here don't know what else to try. Thanks for all your help

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#6
July 4, 2011 at 13:52:15
If the SATA controller was on RAID 1, use that:
In RAID 1 (mirroring without parity or striping), data is written identically to multiple disks (a "mirrored set"). While any number of disks may be used, many implementations deal with only 2.

Now this bit of information raises new questions. RAID 1 basically says there are at least **two** hard drives in the system. Can you verify that there are 1 or 2 hard drives in this system? The system BIOS will list them as it's booting. The pause key may come in handy. Press and the scrolling stops. Might have to do it a time or two to get where you want to be as it goes by pretty fast. Any key continues the scroll.
If you see a message "RAID HEALTHY" or similar, you may have at least 2 hard drives.

This also raises the question if someone has been in the CMOS changing settings and that is the problem. If so, there should be an option to reset the CMOS (BIOS) to factory or default settings. Do this ** ONLY IF ** you have only one hard drive in the system.
Be sure to write down the ALL settings before you reset so they can be restored if necessary.
The hard drive setting in newer systems is SATA Native or IDE for solo drives. If it boots with either of these settings and gets an error, try the other. Tell us about your PC - make and model - will help with the CMOS setup.

Still need a boot disk. Can you create one from the system you are currently using?
Does the sytem you are on now boot with the restore DVD from the non working system? We are testing the disc to be good or bad.


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#7
July 5, 2011 at 17:57:20
okay this s a HP Pavillion Intel Core 2 Duo Model# a6826f Product #KY842AA-ABA The system that I am on is not the same as the one that crashed so no it does not boot with the same restore disc

The 2 drives i have are
First Drive - is the harddrive(seagate) ST3750630AS
the second drive is ATAPI DVD A DH16A6C-C

Should I buy boot disc for vista,, do you think i can check the restore disc on a different computer even though its not for that system?

Thanks again


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#8
July 9, 2011 at 12:06:39
I would try resetting the BIOS or CMOS to factory settings. It is the setting for the hard drive that is probably keeping it from booting.

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#9
July 10, 2011 at 04:28:14
did that already!!

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#10
July 10, 2011 at 05:21:48
Is the SATA set to IDE ? You might also try plugging the DVD drive somewhere else if that's possible.

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#11
July 10, 2011 at 14:46:55
"do you think i can check the restore disc on a different computer even though its not for that system?"

I would try that disc in a different computer to see if it loads and runs. If it does, that is two less possibilities.
1 - you know the disc to be good
2 - you know the DVD drive to be a problem.

Then unplug the hard drive and see if the dvd works with the disc (boots). If it does, it's something with the hard drive. Either BIOS settings or bad drive. I agree with setting the SATA hard drive to IDE.


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