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Need help - flashing cursor on Black screen

November 24, 2010 at 07:09:30
Specs: Windows Xp, 1.5gb ram
Hi my computer is a compaq Presario SR1500AN
and when i boot it up it gose to a blank screen after the start up logo and in the blank screen it just has this "-" but blinking and then after 3minutes it says "Remove disks or other media, Press any key to restart" then when i press "any key" it says "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" is that my HDD? or is it somthing i need to do Thanks

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November 24, 2010 at 08:06:13
By start up logo I assume this is the logo built into the BIOS as opposed the Windows Start up screen.

If that is correct then the delay between the blinking and the error message is where your system is trying to find a bootable device and gives the error after failing to find one.

This is likely due to your hard drive not being detected. If this is the case you will need to try and determine why this is the case i.e. is your HDD dead or have you not fitted it propery or some other reason.

To verify this you can go into the BIOS and check if the HDD is being detected or not. To do this:

Turn on the computer and immediately press the F1 or F10 key repeatedly until a BIOS Setup Screen displays (some computers might use a different key, such as Esc, or F3).

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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November 24, 2010 at 08:26:00

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November 24, 2010 at 08:26:07
The flashing cursor is a sign of no master boot record. Usual result of a virus infection.

Solution is in the following order;

boot to recovery console and run the utilities fixmbr and fixboot.
if still not booting
identify the drive manufacturer and download their diagnotic utilities and run them
if the drive check out OK
do a repair install

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