can't use F8 to bypass Phenoix Bios startup

December 9, 2010 at 12:14:35
Specs: Windows XP
I recently downloaded AVG scan for errors. My computer shut off and when it restarted it went to where you could start from last known configuration and safe mode etc. I tried those and nothing happened. Now I am stuck at the initilization and I can only get to the Pheonix Bios by pushing delete key. I tried every order to boot from and there is always an error reading. I do not have a windows xp cd and when I try pushing or holding the F8 key nothing happens. Don't know what else to do.

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#1
December 9, 2010 at 13:25:19
All the signs your hard drive died or you lost your mbr.

Can you go into the bios and do a hard drive detect? Does the bios see it?

If it does then perhaps its just the drive is missing the master boot record. Usual sign for this is a flashing cursor in the upper left corner of a black screen.

You would need to get a xp cd and boot into recovery console to run fixmbr and fixboot.

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December 9, 2010 at 14:48:14
I have a cursor flashing on bottom left corner

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December 10, 2010 at 03:46:38
It does acknowledge the hard drive and my cursor is in the bottom left corner.

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December 10, 2010 at 07:33:23
That is good news. You only lost your mbr.

You have to get a xp disk so you can boot into recovery console and run the utilities fixmbr and fixboot.

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