win7 boot fail black screen blinking cursor

March 14, 2011 at 06:58:30
Specs: Windows 7, Core2Duo 8600/4Gig
win 7 fails to boot after bios. Dell XPS laptop with 256G SSD. Dell repair disk, same sequence to black screen with blinking cursor. BIOS system check OK for hardware. Took batt out for 30 mins. Still no luck. Pls help!

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March 14, 2011 at 10:05:21
run a repair/last known good config/system restore from the repair/recovery or from the f8 options, if that fails try a linux boot disk copy your files and do a full factory restore

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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March 14, 2011 at 13:06:39
flashing cursor means you lost your master boot record.
usual recovery technique is to boot the win7 cd and do a repair of the mbr.

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May 17, 2011 at 12:15:12
Flashing Cursor Solved. (For me anyway)
Flashing cursor can mean many things. I had this issue 4 times. Reinstalled windows 3 times. The Problem? You won't believe this....It was my memory card for my Camera that I would place in the reader on my printer.

I had even changed the Bios to boot only from my CD ROM and my main hard drive. Why didn't that work? Well even though I normally build all my own computers this time I had CompUSA build it due to lack of time. They did not instal my motherboard drivers. Without those drivers I couldn't even get the CPU to accept slave drives.

Even though the flashing cursor can mean many different things I suggest un-hooking all of your devices accept keyboard and mouse to start. Change the boot sequence in the BIOS to CD ROM/Hard Drive and then select NO for "Boot from other devices". This is just a start. It solved my problem.

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