Hello! Boot Up Issues!

March 15, 2011 at 15:32:14
Specs: Windows XP
I have an emachine model T2958 (tower model). Recently, I have been having problems with boot up. It appears to be stemming from my tower. When I turn my monitor on and then press the tower button, my monitor has a black screen with a cursor blinking on the left side. Everything is running but my monitor does not click over to continue booting up. My monitor model is (E15T3g). I brought this flat screen personal pc about 5yrs ago but rarely used it because I was away at school. Therefore, I am rather surprised at the current issues. I did not experience ANY power outages. Whatever advise you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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March 15, 2011 at 16:50:04
Not sure it is the monitor.

Swap monitor with a known working one to see for sure.

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March 15, 2011 at 17:08:41
Thanks for the reply,
I have done quite a bit of research concerning the symptoms of my personal pc...I am leaning towards a poor power supply. I have the manufactured one provided when I brought the emachine several years ago. I am not "exactly" sure but from what I read it seemed to make the most sense. Now, my tower will come on periodically along with the monitor. It seems as if there is not enough power to boot everything up properly. The journey to the solution continues:-)

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March 15, 2011 at 17:30:03
"my monitor has a black screen with a cursor blinking on the left side."

sorry but wrong conclusion. What is describe above is a missing master boot record. Most likely caused by a virus or a severe crash/corrupted file system.

You would pull out your xp cd and get into recovery console then run the utilities fixmbr and fixboot. Doing so nomally fixes this issue.

Google xp recovery console for the how to. If you didn't get a cd with the system perhaps you can borrow a xp cd of the same [-pro or home] and use it.

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March 15, 2011 at 17:48:22
Wow! Thanx, I will give it a try and update:-)

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