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HP Laptop blue screen crash now black screen with blinking cursor

Q: HP Laptop blue screen crash now black screen with blinking cursor

Hello and thanks for reading,

I have a 2 year old HP pavilion dv6 series laptop running windows 7. Yesterday I turned it on and it started normally but when I tried to browse on Firefox it gave me the blue screen (for the first time ever) and it shut down. Fearing I had a virus I ran it in safe mode and started a scan and began transporting my pictures via Dropbox just in case it died on me. Sure enough a weird error message (couldnt figure out what program made the message pop up) popped up saying I had a bunch of urgent viruses.. I didn't click on it at all and before I couldn't think of what to do the blue screen popped up and it shut down. When I tried to restart it the HP splash sign popped up and the screen flickered black and a blinking cursor started in the upper left corner. So this is where I stand now... Black screen with blinking cursor. Set default setting in BIOS (didn't work) and F8 (safe mode) or F11 (system restore) does nothing... The black screen just stays there. Any ideas? Is it a gonner? I'm hoping to get back on and get my pictures if possible. Help please!

A: HP Laptop blue screen crash now black screen with blinking cursor

sounds like a bug -click report and ask to move to malware forum

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My computer crashed the other day and went to a blue screen and said something about dumping physical memory up to 100%. Then it turned off and i restarted it only to end up with a black screen after the bios start up. This has happened before and I fixed it by using a windows xp install disk and reinstalling windows xp. When i tried to do this this time and i chose install my computer says that it cant read the disk. Its not anything to do with the actual disk reader but more of a comp problem that i know can be fixed because my friends dad fixed the same problem for me a long time ago. If anyone can help please reply

A:Windows XP Crash black screen blinking cursor

When you put the windows CD in did you change the BIOS to 'boot from CD' first?
If it is set to try and boot from the Hard Drive before the CD it probably wont even look at the CD.

How old is the machine, what make and model is it and have you upgraded it at all?

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So this morning my computer is working fine we are browesing the Internet when pc suddenly reboots and like many others have posted then I get a black screen with a blinking cursor. I try a few things then due to time constraints I have to go to work so I give up.

I get Home and start googling from my iPhone I try everything I can find all for not. After tinkering around with the posted docs two things happen one. The bios now say inkown device if more than one hd is connected. If either is connected individually it detects them. But continues to not boot. And number two I get a hdsk code. Also in addition if I try to boot from just the master drive it gives me a master boot check sum error or something similar.

I have searched and tried all the FIxs I can find I haven't yet tried using a boot disk as a friend will be dropping it off later tonight. I am at the end of my rope I can't boot into safe mode and there is no data that I care about installed on the hds All important things are kept backed up on an external drive. However I am extreme frustrated and think my main hd is junk my final and hopefully unnecessary option as I don't have. Second pc is to have my friend take my hds and attempt to see if they function from another tower. Any suggestions? Help a frustrated couple please

A:Crash followed by black screen with blinking cursor fiollowed by unable to detect hd

If the hard drive has failed (which seems likely) there is no fix for that other than buying a new one.
You can test the drive with the manufacturer's own diagnostic software. The links are at top of this page:

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I'm trying to boot up this HP laptop that shows a black screen with a blinking cursor after the HP logo. I've tried using a windows 7 recovery disc to repair start up. I've restored the computer to an earlier date that it was working correctly. I've ran every test in the computer's built in diagnostics, and every single one has passed, and no errors in any part of the system were reported. Also, the computer will not start up in safe mode or anything like that.
Does any one have any clue what's going on and how i could fix this?

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Samsung R580 stuck on black screen with blinking cursor. Tried Recovery (F4) and (F2) Nothing has worked. It just continuously goes back the black screen with the blinking cursor or nothing at all. Please help. I believe it was with Windows 7.

A:Laptop stuck on black screen with blinking cursor

Is the hard drive detected in the BIOS?

I believe it was with Windows 7.Click to expand...

So, what's the history? Apparently not your PC.

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Today I tried to boot up my laptop but I am stuck at a blinking cursor on a black screen.

To make matters work my keyboard doesn't work either so I can't use F2 or F12 before it boots to the black screen.

Any idea what the problem could be? I'm stumped and thinking the laptop may just be trash now.

A:Toshiba Laptop won't start up- blinking cursor on black screen

Most often failure to boot disk is a user failure, not hardware. Keep trying, more vigorously. Sometimes what helps is to reset the CMOS which can also be done by pulling the battery if you can access it easily enough on your lappy.

You need to work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

There are some Boot disks/flash sticks provided in the steps that will boot themselves without user input so I'd boot Hiren’s BootCD 15.1 or Hiren's BootCD From USB Flash Drive to run an A/V test, test your HD and RAM, Check File System and Active partition with Partition Wizard on Hirens.

But if you can't get the Win7 installer or Repair CD to boot you may need to rescue your files using Rescue disk in Step 9, then wipe the HD using Partition Wizard on Hirens, which will force the installer to start to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

You can also try getting the inferior Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility if you can get the Fkey to boot it.

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I compressed the hard drive on my, HP nc6120 notebook, the next day I cut laptop on & got a black screen that says NACDM is compressed Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart; but all it does is come back to the same screen. I created a repair disc from another PC tuning Win7, put the disc in tried system restore no change, tried repair fix start up it says no problems found and does nothing else. Didn't have any problems till I compressed the hard drive trying to save space. Can anyone help or at least tell me what NACDM means?

A:HP laptop Win7 os black screen with blinking cursor when booting...

Try the same steps here to uncompress C drive which makes Win7 unbootable: BootMGR Compressed Message at Boot Fix - Vista Forums

If you are ready for a fresh start without the HP bloatware which is the worst install one can have of Win7, consider doing what most tech enthusiasts do to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and experience native Win7 performance for the first time on your PC.

Everything needed is in the blue link. You'll have a perfect install as long as you stick with the steps, tools and methods in the tutorial.

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I apologize if this was posted in the wrong forum. It's not really a BSOD but rather a BLACK screen of death? I have an HP Pavilion G7 laptop that simply won't boot up. This was given to me under the premise that the HDD was most likely ready to fail. I was able to image the existing drive and restore to a new fully functional HDD. Only as indicated, the system will not boot. I suspect this machine had a few infections at one time or another based on the number of anti-malware directories I can see in the root.

- Cannot boot in any other mode since system will not proceed passed a flashing cursor (i.e. safe mode, safe mode w/ networking, etc.) and black screen.

- Created Win7 boot disk (no install disk provided since PC has recovery partition). Also with boot disk, tried system repair, chkdisk, master boot record fix, etc. No luck there. Ran these a number of times.

- BIOS is set to only boot to HDD, no other devices attached except for the DVDROM (and empty tray).
- Downloaded to a flash drive "Farbar Recovery Scan tool" and have the results of the scan log (if applicable).
- Something very odd that occurs is I can boot up the old HDD but operation is very spotty. Something is definitely wrong with it but I'm surprised it still boots. Why would the image not boot if the drive signature was restored accordingly (using Acronis True Image)? Perhaps I should try another software package like Macrium Reflect?

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A:Infamous Win7 Black Screen/Blinking Cursor (HP Laptop)

If WIn7 doesn't boot after recovering using an image, confirm the System REserved (preferred if you have it) or C partition is Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to see if it will boot.

If that fails everything possible that can be done to boot Win7 is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

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Hope someone can help here_I recently upgraded the memory (added 2GB...HDD is 160GB) and the computer was working fine, much faster...for several weeks...then it locked up_on re-boot I see the Toshiba welcome screen then pause (like Windows is getting ready to boot)...goes to black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner_I have tried to run the Toshiba recovery disk: computer reads the disk, I see "downloading Windows files", completes that...wait and then black screen with "ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM"_I didn't get a copy of Vista with the it on the Recovery disk? And if can I get to it if it won't come up...thought that re-installing Vista might fix a corrupted file at boot_I tried to use Iolo System Mechanic Drive Medic as read the disk, option to run two tests: hard drive corruption and file partion check_1st time I ran the HDD test it said there was corruption and fixed it_booted the computer and same result as before...ERROR LOADING OPERATING SYSTEM_Tried to run the file partion test and it froze on-screen_Re-ran the HDD test and it now says no errors found...but same result on re-boot_Tried to get new release BIOS from Toshiba site, burned to a disk and computer read that as well_same result on re-boot_The HDD symbol lights and I think it is spinning but sometimes hear a "clock" sound...same beat, same rhythm...stuck?_I removed and reinstalled the HDD...same result_I saw on... Read more

A:Toshiba laptop won't screen with blinking cursor

I usually take the HDD out and hook up to another computer to get data off that I want to save.

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my PSU went out and i had it replaced and since i replaced it i havent been able to boot my pc. i plug everything in and hit the power button it immediately goes to a black screen with a blinking underscore cursor in the upper left corner about 1/4 of the way from the left side. all my fans work, the hard drive is running.

Vista (64 bit)
AMD Phenom x4 9100e 1.6GHz
ATI Radeon x1950 Pro
4 Gb RAM
Power supply was from another pc i had that i didnt use anymore, same wattage just had the 6 pin PCIe connector i needed, the one currently in it is the stock one that came with the tower.

no clue what to do, F1, F2, ESC, DEL keys dont work to get to BIOS, the only responses i get are CTRL+ALT+DEL kind of restarts i think, my monitor goes to standby when i do it for a brief period of time but then fans kick on again and same black screen.

also when i hit the pause/break key it stops the beeping that is coming from the mobo. *note* if i hit the key during the beep then its continuous noise.

anyone have any advice?? any would be appreciated!!

*Edit - just to clarify, i get zero load up of anything, there is no loading screen prior to the black with blinking cursor, as soon as power is on it immediately goes to this screen.

*Edit - again i forgot to put that the 6 pin PCIe connector needed for the x1950 pro is non existant in the new PSU and i havent gotten an adaptor yet for it. dont know if that would be the reason i cant boot BIOS or windows. the original gr... Read more

A:Black screen blinking cursor immediately on boot, no load screen...

sounds like you need the PCIe power connector to run your video card. Try removing the card and enabling the onboard video until you get a new PSU or adadpter.

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One of my users in the dept. brought me their home PC with a very frustrating issue. It's a Gateway SX2850, 4gb RAM, 640 gb hard drive.
It came with Windows 7 home prem. 64-bit installed. After the Gateway logo, the screen goes black except for a blinking cursor. The hard drive appears to be fine. I can boot to a bootable CD or DVD. I've booted to a Win. 7 install disk and ran all the fix/recovery utilities.
I even followed some threads on here Tue. and ran xPUD, QUERY.exe and FRST64.exe --- neither one fixed the issue. help!

A:Black screen - blinking cursor

Can you go to BIOS and check if the hard drive is being recognized and is being booted as first? Did you try moving to another port or using another cable? Were there infections prior to the problem?

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Tried to delete files on an SD card. Got a non descript error message. Tried to cancel and it hung up. Task manager to end process on explorer. After a min my normal desktop appeared. Got "explorer not responding" when I tried to open a folder. Restarted computer and it took a long time so hard shut down at power switch. On restart it went to dell splash screen for one sec and then the black screen with blinking cursor. Restarting with hitting F2 no change. F12 on restarts just beeps.
Disconnected all peripherals inculding all but one internal hard drive. No Change. Tried Vista disk with no change.

A:Black screen with blinking Cursor

Run the free bootable diagnostics from here: Initial Hardware Diagnostics

Can you boot into Safe Mode?
Can you access the "Repair your Computer" entry on the Safe Mode page (or with the Vista install disk)? If so, run Startup Repair 3 times.
Try System Restore from the Startup Repair menu

If you get into Windows:
- create another "backup" profile and test it
- update all drivers
- scan for malware

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I have a Sony Vaio Laptop # VGN-N130G running Windows XP Media Center 2005...ok here's the problem, yesterday I was browsing on the internet & Avast or Ad-aware popped up letting me know that the site was unsafe & it closed the browser.....I don't remember the exact message anyway a few seconds later all of my open windows closed & the laptop shut down. I tried to re-boot but it just comes up to a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner. I can not get into safe mode at all.... I can only get into the bios screen. I have tried F8 F5 control alt delete....nothing works. I found all of the software that came with the laptop (it's about 3 years old) but the only CD in the package was the Microsoft office CD. I have tried a bunch of free rescue CD's & the only one that worked was Avira Rescue AntiVir but it did not find any infected files. While looking for the Vaio cd I found my Gateway desktop Operating system CD (Windows XP media center 2005).....put that in to try & use the recovery console, it was loading to the part where you type in R then after the next screen it froze and will not go any when I put the CD in.....there is nothing just that blinking cursor. UGH!

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I have an Acer Aspire 7540 and just recently I went to start up my computer and it went to a black screen with a blinking cursor. I can't get into safe mode or anything my keyboard on the laptop don't work. I go into bios it shows the hard drive. I try using the installation disks to do a full recovery but then when I restart the computer afterwards it goes right to the black screen and cursor again. Can anyone help me please????

A:black screen with blinking cursor

Hi tinabre40 and Welcome to TSF,

Does the recovery go through as normal, i mean does it report Successfully reinstalled? Because that blinking cursor means that you it cannot find a bootable drive.

Firstly make sure all external harddrives/USBS/CD's are taken out/unplugged and reboot.

It might be that your recovery partition(or recovery DVD) has been damaged and is not able to restore Windows to it's previous state, or it has been discovered and infected by a malware.

Secondly see if you can get your hands on another set of recovery DVD's, just in case it's them at fault.

Otherwise I would recommend you to get your hands on a clean installation DVD:
Run the installation > Choose Custom install.
Remove all partitions > Mark the "Unallocated space" > Create new partition.
Format the partition > Proceed with installation.

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I just recently did a windows update due to it said it was critical. So it did the update and after it restarted i noticed my computer was running slow after i did and adobe flash update. Then when i restarted my computer again i got the black screen with the blinking cursor. Ive tried to restore to a previous state but i get message

"System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed.

An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x8000ffff)

You can try System Restore again and choose a different restore point. If you continue to see this error, you can try an advanced recovery method. For more information, see What is Recovery?"

Ive also noticed that when i goes to find a drive with the OS on it. Ive noticed my C drive has been renamed D. and thats what i believe is causing my booting problems. Please help.

A:Black screen with blinking cursor.

Ok i got my drive bacc to C: but when i go to restore i still get the same error.

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I can't get my puter to boot. When turned on it goes to black screen and blinking cursor. I can't afford to lose my files.

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I have a HP G60 laptop. When I power up, I just get a black screen and a single cursor that doesn't blink. I doesn't even show the the logo for windows or HP / Compac. No buttons respond, except cntrl.alt.del. and that just flashes the screen for a moment, then back to the black screen again. I would send you more specs but I can't get to them. Thank you in advance for your time.

A:black screen, NON blinking cursor.

If you don't see the HP logo, then you've probably got a video problem (although other things can cause this).
Start by trying an external monitor on the computer to see if you can see the HP logo when it boots.

Beyond that there's not much else that you can do. Maybe take it to a local shop for an estimate?

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I have already posted at the Expert Exchange, but I am getting no traction there so I am thinking of reposting here.

All the tech spec are in my post below, but I wanted to summarize the problem so that it wasn't such a chore to read:

Basically, I had 3 drive, each with one OS: Win XP, Vista 64 and Win 7 64

For some reason the Drive with XP crashed and it's dead. Now I am trying to revive my Win 7 Disk but all I get is the same blinking cursor on a black screen. Each time the repair disk that came with my Win 7 upgrade tells me that everything is OK but each time I try to reboot I end up on the blinking cursor.

The reason the machine crashed is pretty clear: The win X{P drive was booting the rest of the OSs. Now that's gone the Vista and win7 drives don;t have a valid boot loader. The repair disk seems to think everything is fine, but it isn't.

It has been suggested to me to use BCEDIT : BCDEDIT - How to Use

But in iorder to use it it would have to be installed on the disk.
Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you.
My original Post from EE

I have had my rig for almost 3 years. It started out as a
Systemax Venture VX2 -
Processor: Intel? Core2 QUAD Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (2397 MHz)
Motherboard: Intel DG965WH ATX Motherboard w/Gigabit LAN

Passed thought
Vista Ultimate 64 bit with 8GB on a dual boot

and finally ended up as a :
Windows 7 Professional, 64bit, 8GB (OCZ Vista Upgrade Edition Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz)

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A:Black screen, blinking cursor

conticreative, remove the XP drive from your system, run the repair install 3 times and let us know.

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Ok so I have a Compaq EVO D51S running Windows XP Pro but whenever I turn it on it goes through the first two (boot options then logo) screens, then I'm stuck with the black screen with a blinking cursor, I'm going to try changing the CMOS battery in an hour or so but have a feeling it may not work, I've tried booting a Windows CD to put a fresh install on but I get the same screens, any ideas?

A:Black Screen Blinking Cursor?

will it let you type anything in? If it does allow you to type in words, type the word "help" and see if a list of msdos commands come up.

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Hi everyone.

First time I've ever had a problem with my laptop in the 3.5 years that I've had it to this point that I have no idea how to fix.

I got overloaded with viruses/malware, but did remove all of it with MalwareBytes. Then, my computer froze and shut off later on, and became in the state that it is in right now.

When I try to boot normally, or click f8 to boot in safe mode, a black screen with a blinking underscore appears in the top left hand corner, and stays like that.

So, I ran f2 + f10, to get to the Setup Utility, and ran the Primary and Secondary Hard Disk Self Test, as well as the Memory Test - and all three tests came back with no errors found.

What else is there to do?

Thanks very much for any help!


A:Black Screen, Blinking Cursor

Welcome (didn't we meet before)

If your computer can boot from a dvd, this may help
If you create a recovery DVD, you may be able to boot to recovery options
Create Recovery DVD

The Vista recovery disk is used to boot Vista when it won't boot - to run Startup Repair, System Restore, access a Command Line, Recover using a Vista Backup Image, etc.
System Recovery Options

If Vista will not start now, boot the Recovery CD to run Startup Repair which automates System Restore as well as numerous other tests including System File Checker which can repair system files which are not corrupted beyond repair.

If Vista still will not start, try booting into Safe Mode to run sfc /scannow to repair System files.
Special Thanks Given to Seven Forums.

Below is a bulletin distributed by MS to explain the start up procedure when Windows will not boot.
Startup Repair. Startup Repair is a Windows recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting. Startup Repair is located on the System Recovery Options menu, which is on the Windows Vista installation disc. If your computer has preinstalled recovery options, it might also be stored on your computer's hard disk. For more information, see Startup Repair: frequently asked questions and What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista? If your computer does not include Startup Repair, your computer manufacturer might have customized or replaced the tool. ... Read more

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Ok so i was busy installing kali linux when i realized that i wouldnt be able to install windows again without purchase.I stopped kali installation at 48% and now when i want to boot into windows it shows my laptop manufacturer and then goes to black screen with blinking cursor

A:Black screen blinking cursor

What's the brand name and model name and complete model number of your laptop?
What's the version of Windows on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity(COA) sticker?
What country do you live in?


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Well, basically what happened was I fell asleep and left my computer on.
When I woke up, it seemed to be kind of dead, it wouldn't turn off but it wouldn't do anything either. It looked like it wasn't connecting to the monitor. So I pull the plug, and try restarting it, it hits something similar to the problem before.

I do it again, it loads up this time. Everythings fine and dandy for a while, and then it locks up, first Mozilla Firefox freezes up, then a few other programs, then I hit the start button, it seems to work, for a second. Then it locks up showing only the skin of the start(No programs appeared or anything, only the black outlining of Vista). It seems the computer has frozen.

It won't turn off, so I plug pull. I turn it on. An HP Invent screen appears, and then the black screen with the blinking cursor. I can't do anything here, nothing, except turn the computer off normally.

I can, however, access the ESC, F10, and F11 options when I'm at the HP Invent screen.
So does is it a hardware problem? Or maybe I just did something to corrupt the system?

A:Black screen w/ blinking cursor

It may have been in "Hibernation" and was trying to copy the "In Use files" back to memory from the hard drive.
Now that you have pulled the plug several times Lord knows what has been done your OS and data.

You do have back ups of all your data, right?
Rebuild your machine to factory settings, install programs and restore your backups.

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Windows XP on a Pentium D, sata HD's. Gateway 836GM - Windows XP Media Center Edition. I was on facebook and a couple other sites, browsing, chatting, etc,. Com started running really slow. I rebooted. After POST and before OS can screen with blinking cursor. HD spins and setup still shows it. I do NOT have a windows cd. Even if I did my boot sequence only shows my 2 hard drives and something else that I have no idea what it is (WD-[random letters and numbers]). Can't boot off other hard drive even though it works fine. When I try to load up windows xp from it, it wants validated since I put it in from another computer that went bad. Called Microsoft to get help validating, after 18 calls and 14 hang up's, they will not help me. So, black screen with blinking cursor, no cd, no option to boot from disc.

I'm supposing I can put the drive in another com as a slave and replace the system files from the working HD. The problem is, I have no idea which ones to replace. I would just format it and start over but I do not have a disc and therefor no OS to put back on it.

It does have a partition on the bad main drive for restoration. However, I have tried everything I can find to make it boot to it so I can do a factory restore but it will not do it. I've hit every F key and every combination of F key's - shift F this and shift F that. Any way Gateway say's to do it, it will not work. Any way people say in forums it will not work... Read more

A:Black screen, blinking cursor

I think you have permissions problems from a corrupt file. This should work.

Take your drive out, put it in another PC as a slave drive. Open My Computer on that computer. Right click on the slave drive/partition with the operating system that won't start. Choose properties and then security tab and advanced button, then owner tab. . Make your current user the owner of that drive and all subfolders. That could take 15 or 20 minutes to scan and change. Then, on the permissions tab give full control to the user called Everyone. Again, this could take 15 our more minutes for it to change them. Once the user Everyone has full control, put the drive back in the other computer and it will likely boot up.

Once it does you need to do SFC /scannow and check for viruses and malware. Hope this solves it.

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hi, i updated my windows 7 laptop today and when it restarted i was faced with a black screen and a blinking cursor in the top left. It was working fine before. I have inserted the disk and booted it and was able to get a repair screen but when i do a startup repair which says it hasnt found any problems. I have also tried restoring it to 2 days ago but even though it says it worked i still have this black screen. All i can get is a setup manager and a boot chooser. Im not sure if the setup manager is bios. I can get a command prompt when i boot the cd. I can only boot the cd if i press f12 on startup and choose cd/dvd. Please help :S

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I have a HP pavilion a6130n desktop that only displays a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner when you turn the machine on. Not sure if there have been any changes to the computer recently as it is not actually mine.

I can get into the bios fine but when i try to boot into safe mode i am unable to bring up the advanced boot option menu, i have tryed the F8 and F11 keys mulitple times with no luck. I have also tryed disconnecting the media drive on it because it says to do so on HP's website when doing a system restore. Right after the HP post screen (think thats what it is) it just goes black.

Any ideas why the black screen with cursor? or why i am not able to get into the advanced boot options?

Thanks in advance for any help

A:Black screen with blinking cursor

Hello Thedarkside,
If you have a Vista disk, follow this tutorial.

Startup Repair

If you don't have a Vista disk, follow this tutorial, then go to the above.

How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk If You Don?t Have One - How-To Geek

You will need to go in to the Bios and change the boot order to boot from CD/DVD, as the first device in the boot order.

Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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When I try to boot from usb I get a black screen with a blinking cursor. I've tried to set the boot order to have the usb first. I made the windows 7 installation setup with wintoflash. I tested the usb with two other computers and it works perfectly. I'd try my DVD drive to install the windows 7 but my DVD drive is no longer working.

A:Black screen w/ blinking cursor

Are you sure the DVD drive is faulty? Try a linux live CD and test. boot order in BIOS is correct?

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My windows XP keeps showing a blinking cursor instead of loading.
It was working fine yesterday but suddenly today it just won't.
Can anyone help me figure out what's wrong?
I'm not good at computers and know very little about computers. So please be patient with me, My computer isn't the new type and its Windows XP,

A:Blinking cursor with black screen

The computer is "looking" for a boot device... Probably the hard drive is failing

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I entered the administrator password given to me and it worked to get me past the "system disabled" screen, but it only opens up a blinking cursor on a black/blank screen.  What must I do now?  Please advise.  Thank you.

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Hello all. I need help. I turned my computer on today and all I got was a black screen with the cursor blinking. The logo doesn't come up at all. My keyboard is nonresponsive.

Please help me!!!!!

I want to thank you all in advance. :)

A:Black screen, blinking cursor

Hello LuvLeyHolli and welcome to TSF,

Remove all sources of power from your PC.
Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds.
Replace power and power on.

Does the logo show up?

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I have a sony vaio vpceb11fm laptop. the moment i turn it on i get the vaio sign and then a black screen with a flashing cursor on the top left hand corner i tried f10 to recover the system but come across the same problem.

A:help black screen with blinking cursor

Sounds like the hard drive is not recognized or has no Master Boot Record. Can you get into the BIOS (Setup)? If so, see what you can learn there about the hard drive. If there are any diagnostics there test the drive.

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Hi guys, so I have been doing EVERYTHING off my work computer since my home laptop had this mishap but I've decided it's time to see if I can fix this thing. 
My computer with the problem has Windows Vista operating system.  When I start it up, it only goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor.  I cannot press F8 to go into Safe Mode.  I can only press F2 or F12.  Something interesting to point out was that before this happened it seemed like I was getting a random radio broadcast that would start playing on my computer.  I had no idea where this was coming from and didn't know how to stop it. It did not seem to be linked to any browser.
Thanks for your help.  Willing to follow whatever instructions I need.  I did have a problem before and believe I created the ability to startup Ubuntu (sp?) from a usb drive which I still have.  Don't know if that will help.

A:Black Screen with Blinking Cursor

Hello uscsteve,
We apologize for not getting to your topic earlier!! Would you still like assistance with this issue?
If so, could you please tell me exactly what happens when the machine boots? Do you see the Windows splash screen, or does it go directly to the black screen with blinking cursor?
Again, we apologize for the delay!

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I have a dell desktop, i used crap cleaner and uninstalled some programs that i was no longer using, restarted and now i have a black screen with blinking cursor in top left hand corner. It just beeps when i attempt f2 or f12 after starting it. I hear the fans, and other "wirring" but nothing else happens. Did i screw up with crap cleaner with my registry?

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I have windows 7 Home premium 32bit. Just downloaded Adobe Flash CS3 Pro and screen went blank with cursor flashing in upper left. Have run repair disk, but nothing. I did notice that my boot drive letter changed to (X ?? It's always been Q since I 've had the machine.

I have original Windows 7 disk and have run all the repairs but nothing.

any other suggestions ?
Thanx, R Fulton

A:Black screen with blinking cursor ?

and screen went blank with cursor flashing in upper left

This suggest that its related to your display drivers, go to the manufacturer's website and download the latest version

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Ive bought a new hdd and installed win 8 in it and copied a bunch of files.. And now when install windows 7 on it after my boot screen i get black screen with a Blinking cursor on the top left
Now what should I do to boot into win 7..

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Hi Suresh, Welcome to Sevenforums.

Did you install Win 7 on top of Win 8? or did a clean install of Win 7 after removing Win 8? or are you trying to make it a dual boot PC?
Check out this link. Might help you.

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Hello and sorry for the generic title:
Recently my computer closed all programs and continued to shut off. When it came back on, it was able to get past the Dell Logo Screen but could not continue to the login screen, instead it loaded a Black Screen with a Blinking "underscore" cursor on the Top Left-hand of the screen.

Prior to this, a process called "svchost.exe" used an abundancy of memory and caused my computer to lag very badly, I found that while "svchost.exe" is a commonly used, important Windows process, many viruses and trojans can disguise themselves by naming their process this. I used a program called "Process Explorer" to ultimately "Suspend" the Process right before it used alot of memory, and I was able to use my computer without problems from then on.

While trying to solve my Black Screen issue, I found a Thread on the hp forums that had a similar, if not exact, replica of my issue. The link is here:
Black Screen w/ Blinking Cursor - HP Support Forum - 1330837

I thought it was weird that with the Black Screen I had, I only had to press the Power Button once to turn my computer off, rather than hold it down. Ultimately, I followed DavidPK's solution, created a Windows 7 Recovery Disc, and as I was trying to presumeably reset or rebuild my BCD, I found that my Black Screen issue had not been solved.

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Hi tracethom,

From your description, the issue appears to be 'software related'. Since the system goes past the 'Dell logo', it may be a corruption on the 'Operating System'. However, I recommend you to run 'hardware diagnostics' to check 'hard drive' functionality. This will eliminate the possibility of 'hard drive' as the root cause of this issue. This becomes even more important, as you've mentioned about the system shutting down on previous occasions.

To run 'diagnostics', restart the computer > Repeatedly tap 'F12' key at 'Dell Splash Screen' > Use 'arrow key' to highlight 'Diagnostics' > Tap 'Enter' > Capture error, if any and share details.

You may also try the following steps (If the diagnostics pass) to see if they help:
1. Unplug all devices from the system and release the static charge: Unplug all the external peripheral devices from the system (USB Devices, Monitor cable, Power cables, etc) > Press and Hold down the 'power button' on the tower for 10 seconds continuously > Plug the 'power cables' back in > Plug the monitor cable, keyboard and mouse > Try powering on the system only with the basic (essential) devices attached > Repeatedly tap the 'space bar' at the 'Dell splash screen' > Confirm 'Delete Restoration Data' if prompted.

2. If the issue persists, restart the system again > Tap 'F2' key repeatedly at Dell splash screen (BIOS screen appears) > Check if the 'Hard Drive' is detected here (Capture and share the detail... Read more

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HI, could i have malware problem?
XP SP3 Gateway E-4100 desktop running fine usually, occasional slow-downs...
but yesterday the OS wouldn't load. black screen with blinking and i could get into the BIOS screen, but couldn't figure how to boot in safe mode. changed boot order to CD first.
Tried using Gateway original OS install CD; it would spin, show the Gateway green screen and make its video adjustments, then turn black again.

The only change i can think of is that we received a warning email from Comcast ISP reporting a pc on our home network had a BOT infection; didn't say which pc; we have three dekstops and 2 laptops; XP, vista, and 7.

Thinking i needed a new pc, i removed the printer usb cable to insert into a working desktop; and ingnored the gateway.
also removed a wireless mouose usb receiver.
hours later i thought i'd turn monitor back on and try to boot up again; and it showed black screen with "mouse and keyboard settings are not active"; but did allow me to boot up with hard drive, and pc worked as if there had never been a problem.
I assumed that unplugging printer cable or mouse receiver from usb's had fixed the problem; but same devices had been in use for several years.
reconnected the printer and mouse receiver, and the system continues to work fine.
my thought was to run rkill, malwarebytes, superantispyware til clean...
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Hi pdoyle -Do you use Ebay and any similar sites - BOTs can be items that track bids on these sites so that you can be the last bidder -This is not the only use of BOTs but it is the most common - They are not always bad things, but this is the most common use in home uses -Thank You -EDIT - From WIKI -In addition to their uses outlined above, bots may also be implemented where a response speed faster than that of humans is required (e.g., gaming bots and auction-site robots) or less commonly in situations where the emulation of human activity is required, for example chat bots. Recently bots have been used for search advertising, such as Google Adsense

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Hi guys, I am helping a lady with her Dell desktop...whenever I turn the pc on after the dell logo all I get is a black screen with a blinking cursor. I am not familiar with w10, so I'd appreciate any help.

A:Win 10 black screen with blinking cursor

Try rebuilding the Boot menu, start reading here for a faster solution, with just what you posted it leaves it open to a host of issues, good luck.

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I purchased a used computer on was supposed to come with Windows XP installed. When I started the computer, it showed an error message saying something to the effect that there was no operating system.

So, I tried to boot it off of a Windows 98 boot disk. Then I checked the BIOS to make sure it was starting in the right order.. and it seemed to be.. but this is way over my head.

After that, I ran fdsk thinking something was corrupted since as I said the computer was supposed to have XP installed.

Well, after I ran fdsk, all I get is a black screen with a blinking cursor.

So, I emailed the seller of the computer and he sent me a new Windows XP professional CD. Not pirated. I put the CD in thinking the computer would recognize it but nothing is happening. Just a black screen with a blinking cursor.

I have no clue what is wrong or what needs to be done.. please help! This computer is an HP 512C with 256 megs of ram, 1.7 celeron, 40 gig hardrive...

Thanks for any help.

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does it have on board video?
reseat the video card otherwise
pop the battery out for 20 minutes to reset the cmos and go over the connections

when your into the bios , make the rom as first boot choice, then reboot with the xp disk in the rom..and it will walk you through the process.

good luck

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I have a Dell Inspirion 2200. Came with XP upgraded to Vista.

I turned on my computer and you will see the Dell screen and then it just turns into a black blank screen with a blinking white cursor. Before getting to this screen I try to press F2 or F12 but when I do it just goes right back to the black screen so I can't get anywhere. There is no way to get into Safe Mode and I am not sure if I still have any CDs that came with the computer.... Is there any way to fix this or find out what is causing this problem. Let me know!


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  My HP G72 laptop recently shut down automatically and when I try to restart it, I get a black screen with blinking cursor in the top center of the screen. I have gone through various topics posted in this as well as other forums, but I am not sure how I need to proceed with this. I do not have a system recovery disc with me. I was able to go into the command prompt and when I did DISKPARTand list volume, I noticed that my C: drive has a Syatem Label but its size is only 200MB. My D: drive has no label but all my stuff that typically would be in the C drive is in the D drive. I have not created any other partitions in my computer. My E: drive has Recovery label but there is just one text file in there. I have backed up all my data and was thinking of re-installing the OS, but I wanted to see if there are any other alternatives which could address the issue. 
I have been running my laptop for several days continuously. I believe this could be a result of a virus attack for one reason that this happened as soon as I clicked on a link unintentionally.
Any help would be much appreciated.

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Worth a read, .

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Hello threadreaders,
My little brother has a problem with his pc: He can't start it up normally because he gets stuck on a black screen with a blinking cursor. But he can boot the pc via the boot menu.
His OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.
If you need additional info reply and I'll give it asap.

A:Black screen with blinking cursor

Try this on the affected machine:
Some hardware tests to run.

Graphics card:

Hard drive(s):
Pick one for your HDD brand or use Seatools.
7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools

RAM (memory):
This will require memtest on a bootable CD or USB stick.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

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Hello all I really need help everytime I try to turn on my windows 7 laptop it goes to a windows screen for a few seconds then gets stuck on a black screen with a blinking cursor. I don't know what's wrong. Please help :)

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It seems there is a hardware failure preventing Windows from booting all the way.

Try doing these steps:

1) Remove all removable storage media (CDs, DVDs, USBs)

2) Disconnect everything from the computer except the mouse, keyboard, and monitor.

3) Restart the computer

4) Press the F10 key during the startup screen until you enter the Windows Setup options

5) Press F5 to restore default settings, and press YES to confirm.

The computer should restart

6) If prompted, start Windows normally

Once you're at your desktop, plug in your devices one at a time to find the one that may be causing the problem.

Check for more info

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My daughters computer went to a Black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner. it has been this way since January. I have tried everything with no results until i found another post in this forum for the same problem. I followed the steps and have a FRST file. But now I need the frstlist (I think and hope). 
Thank you so much in advance.
Here is the readout from the frst
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 26-05-2013 04
Ran by SYSTEM on 26-05-2013 22:10:29
Running from G:\
Windows 7 Home Premium (X64) OS Language: English(US)
Internet Explorer Version 9
Boot Mode: Recovery
The current controlset is ControlSet001ATTENTION!:=====> FRST is updated to run from normal or Safe mode to produce a full FRST.txt log and an extra Addition.txt log.
==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================
HKLM\...\Run: [cAudioFilterAgent] C:\Program Files\Conexant\cAudioFilterAgent\cAudioFilterAgent64.exe [518784 2011-03-17] (Conexant Systems, Inc.)
HKLM\...\Run: [SynTPEnh] %ProgramFiles%\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe [2284328 2011-03-23] (Synaptics Incorporated)
HKLM\...\RunOnce: [*Restore] C:\Windows\system32\rstrui.exe /RUNONCE [296960 2010-11-20] (Microsoft Corporation)
HKLM-x32\...\Run: [ISBMgr.exe] "C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\ISB Utility\ISBMgr.exe" [2757312 2011-02-15] (Sony Corporation)
HKLM-x32\...\Run: [PMBVolumeWatcher] c:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\PMB\PMBVolumeWatcher.exe [648032 2010-11-26] (Sony Corporati... Read more

A:Black Screen with blinking cursor Please Help

Please let me know if there is something else I should do. Really need to get her computer back up and running. Thanks again, and hope to hear from someone who can help soon.

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When I try and boot up my computer it gets through the dell boot screen. But when it starts trys to boot up windows I just get a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top rigth hand corner. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary? I updated my internet explorer to IE7, and I updated my I-Tunes. I don't know what could have done it or what I have done. I don't get any error message or anything. Please help!

A:black screen with a blinking cursor

Can you get into safe mode?

what you need to do is start the computer up, when the computer starts to post (white text on black background) hit the F8 keys a few times. you will then be presented with boot options. select safe mode with command prompt and see if you can get into windows.

once in there you will need to identify what is causing the problem, its likely to be a software issue so what i'd suggest it you click on start >> Run - type msconfig

under the startup tab of the screen that appears deselct all programs that are non essential such as ITunes, messenger, leave any that you dont know about selected. you can always reselect item at a later date so dont worry.

once you have deselected the programs, pressa apply, and it will ask you to restart the computer, press restart and allow it to boot in normal mode.

what this will do is stop programs from loading with windows and therefore hopefully whatever is causing your computer to hault at startup will no longer load and should allow your pc to load up in normal mode.

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Computer: DELL Inspiron 9400
OS: Windows Vista

So, my cousin gave me his laptop last night and said it wasn't working. He told me that it was a black screen and that was it. I gave it a look and started it up last night. The computer began to start and you saw the Dell splash screen, which read: DELL MPO61 Series, Bios Revision A09. In the upper right-hand corner there was the option to press F12, which gave you access to the Boot Menu, and F2, which gave you access to the Setup.

I thought it was something with the BIOS and that it needed a System Restore with a repair disk. I did research and was reading about everything from laptop screen issues to HDD failure to SATA failure. So, I did the following:

I entered F2 and changed the Boot Sequence to Internal HDD, which still gave me the black screen with the blinking cursor. The Boot Sequence was on CD/DVD.

I entered F12 and tried a one-time boot from the Internal HDD, which gave me the black screen with the blinking cursor again.

In F12, I also entered the Diagnostics and ran a PSA+ Pre-Boot System Assessment. The diagnostics checked everything from the system board to the hard drive to the cd-rom to the video card and lcd and memory. Everything passed the diagnostics tests. I'm a bit confused.

If I can't boot from the HDD, but the diagnostics is telling me that it ran a DST short test and that it passed, is the drive still good? Or is the drive toast?

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A:Need help with black screen and blinking cursor

Hello PAnewb and Welcome to PCHF

Do you have access to another system?
You can download a LiveLinux and check the HDD from there.

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My netbook running windows XP SP3 got infected with some malware. I was going to reformat and reinstall windows XP on it from a flash drive. I can usually boot from a flash drive no problem.

I was messing around with it, and now when I boot, the computer goes directly to a black screen with a blinking white cursor in the top left corner of the screen. I can't get to the bios or boot into safe mode because it goes right to this screen as soon as the computer is turned on.

Pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL blanks the screen for a split second, but then it immediately returns to the blinking cursor. I can't seem to do anything.

Any suggestions?

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usually this is a sign you are missing your master boot record. but now it appears you have cascading hardware issues.

I would suggest its time to call the manufacturers technical support

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Vista SP1
2gb ram
Asus M50vm
nvidia 9600gs
After a normal shutdown my laptop no longer boots. It posts fine, then displays a black screen with a flashing cursor in the upper left of the screen.

So far I have done the following with the Vista Restore Disk:

-Pulled up a command prompt and verified that my files are intact on the HDD

-Run the Vista diagnostic

-Used system restore to rollback to an earlier restore point
None of the above had any noticable effect. I will attempt to reinstall Vista later, but beyond that I am unsure what else to try.

Anyone have any ideas?


A:After post, black screen, blinking cursor


From the command prompt type

bootrec.exe /fixMBR
See if that helps, also is the BIOS set to boot from the HDD?



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This is a continuation to the following thread that was close (I think prematurely - not solved)

Has anyone had a resolution to the above thread issue, I am having same problem.

A:Boot up to black screen and blinking cursor

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HP Pavilion 753n, Win XP migration problem.
A failing hard disc required that the old XP drive be imaged (ghosted) and migrated over to a new Maxtor. Power up the PC after this was done and am presented with a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner.
OK, probably a MBR and bootsector problem. I fire up my Win2K Upgrade CD and select Repair and Console. Instruct it to fixboot and fixmbr. Reboot and get the same black screen with blinking cursor. Interestingly this repair procedure has worked fine in the past. Knowing that the MBR points to the boot sector and starts the whole NTLoader process going, I am left scratching my head as to why it refuses to do anything. No errors, nothing.
Anyone got any ideas?

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my laptop is not start. click on power buton it is just see black screern and curser .what i do .i am using windows 10. i am  try to conver to my in dule operting system (windows 10+udntu).but i dont know what is the problem is instuling the ubntu and i get this problem .plase suggest me how to solve this problem.

A:Black screen with blinking cursor in the top left

Sheeramasawa Sorry, but this is just a community forum that focuses on Windows-related problems with HP computers. We do not do Linux troubleshooting here. So, if you need support with a dual-booted system, you need to check on the Ubuntu Forums: Ubuntu ForumsGood Luck

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I have a problem with an ASUS Eee PC notebook. It is running Win 7 starter. When i start the system it goes through the normal setup until it gets to the windows startup screen it then goes to a Black screen with a mouse curser. I have no access to the system then. This also happens in safemode. Any help with this issue would be appreciated.
Regards Demonseed

A:Windows 7 - black screen with blinking cursor

All I can think of right now is to make a system restore using the Windows 7 Disc, if you have one.
You can follow this method in the link below.

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I have been trying to troubleshoot a drive for days, i am able to recognize and use all of my data when i throw it on as a slave on any other machine however there is something seriously wrong with the boot sequence or something. I havve tried repairing it with the windows disc, i have tried recovering also. I have used Norton Ghost to try to fix it etc... I think its something to do with the master boot record or something in there. When i try to boot from that drive i get a black screeen immediately after my bios finishes loading and keyboard is frozen and there is a blinking cursor in the top right. All i am really concerned with is saving all of my program data/licenses, is there anyway i can transfer at once all of my programs and stuff i need from one drive to a new 200gb drive i have with XP already on it? Ghost offers to duplicate my HDD image onto another drive but that erases all of the data on that drive!! Can i look up via the new working OS on the 200gb machine what i am missing to boot properly on the faulty machine!!! If you choose to answer this please take your time and answer fully as I won't be able to check any replies for a few hours and you may not be able to reply again when im back!!!

Thankyou so much anyone who can help!!!

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First, I'd backup all the data. Since you mention GHOST, I'd make an image of the failing drive with GHOST and save that image file. That allows you to access any/all of your data at least. Also, having an image file on a different disk will allow you to make a mistake in the recovery process and just go back to where you are now.

GHOST won't transfer your data, etc. and allow you to "overlay" your other XP installation with just part of it. A clone operation erases the destination completely, which is probably not what you want.

Have you downloaded the disk manufacturer's diagnostic and done a non-destructive surface scan on the failing disk? Before we attempt any repairs, it would be nice to know that the disk is healthy.

If it passes the scan, I'd try a repair installation of XP. Install the disk as the primary, and boot from the XP CD. Don't choose the recovery console option, but rather continue as if you were installing XP. It should come up and tell you that there is an existing installation, and ask if you want to overwrite it or install in a new place. You want to overwrite the existing installation with the repair installation. This should leave all of your applications intact, though you will have to reload all service packs and security patches.

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hello. as the title states, i have a windows 7 pc that won't boot past a blinking cursor on a darkened screen. it went through a chkdsk /r and lots of different things that took 50+ minutes; renamed some, deleted some, then rebooted. nothing. i went into the registry and opened a hive and made sure the bootup went to explerer.exe -- nothing.

then i decided to take some files off the drive from another pc. when i plugged it in, explorer showed a 'system reserved drive' (in my case, m and a 'local drive' (n. when i click on m:, it shows it to be empty, and when i click on n:, i get the window, 'n:\ is not accessible, access is denied' but does show there to be data on it.

so, then i right clicked on both drives and changed the security to allow everything for SYSTEM & Administrator (see, read, modify, etc.). i know i have admin rights to do this and everything is running smoothly, as all the files appear to be getting their attributes changed. now, i right click on both drives and see i have full rights...but i STILL can't see or access the files on n:! i can see the files as their attribs are being changed one by one, so i know they're there, but i can't manipulate them in explorer.

help and thanks!

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for some reason I can't even get into windows 7, after I get pass the screen that says "asus" , my laptop brand, It goes into a black screen with a blinking cursor in the left hand corner like this:

I'm unable to do anything at that point, it just blinks. I can't even boot into safe mode now, the only think I'm able to get into is the Bios Setup Utility menus and Asus' express gate, which is just a media/internet/gaming/skype thing that doesn't allow .exe files to run...

This came factory installed so I don't have a windows 7 disc to help run fixes or anything. please, someone, help.

A:Can't get into windows, black screen with blinking cursor

Hello grive and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have you tried booting into Advanced Boot Options? As soon as you start your machine click the F8 key (top row of keyboard) and keep clicking until you see the Advanced Boot Options screen. This tutorial has a bit more info.

Advanced Boot Options

From here you should be able to choose from several different options including Safe Mode, Last Known Good Configuration, etc.

Depending on your specific computer you may also have a hidden recovery partition that can return your machine to factory specs (just like the day it was when you got it home.) On some laptops you can press F9 at start up and that should open the recovery process. I believe you get four different options:

1. If none of the following recovery options is selected, the computer will just be rebooted to load Windows (if Recovery is started from the hard drive) or run the bootable disc in the optical drive.

2. The first partition is deleted (the others remain intact) and a new system partition C: will be created.

3. This option removes all the partitions from the hard drive and creates a new system partition C:.

4.This option removes all the partitions from the hard drive and creates two new partitions C: (60% of the drive’s storage capacity) and D: (40%).

You might want to check your owners manual or quick start guide to see if it gives more info.

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Hi. I was running Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit on an Emachines ET-1331g-03w.
Just a few days ago i began getting bombarded with viruses. Something called "guard online". Evevntually messing with malware bytes and OTS (with online help) i got the virus to stop temporarily. A few hours after the success, middle of listening to music, a prompt box popped up explaining that something or other had gone wrong with windows. Before i could read it the computer was shutting down. Everything i had open was closing on its own. That night i hadnt tried touching it again. The next morning i attempted to turn the computer on and i got to the POST sequence.. Saw the E Machines splash screen and then.. blank.. Blsck screen blinking cursor in the upper left hand corner.

i've done my reading and ive managed to get my hands on a windows 7 install disc and im attempting to repair the OS but the windowsPE isnt even recognizing that there was ever any instance of windows 7 on this machine. i've tried running bootrec and ive tried startup repair and even system restore.. nothing is successful.

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OS is Windows Vista (had SP2 and latest updates), Inspiron 1720. One day, walked up to the laptop and it had a black screen and blinking cursor.

I power down and on dozens and dozens of times since then - happened a few days ago (07-17-2012) . Each time I power on I see the initial F2 & F12 Dell screen, then goes straight to black screen with blinking cursor. F8 has no affect and never get anywhere near to Windows Vista booting. Tried Vista restore from Dell disk several times and doesn't work and doesn't detect any problems. Ran all extended hardware and memory diagnostics that came with the Dell computer and everything passes. Tried new Vista install, which then requires a reboot to complete, then went right back to black screen with blinking cursor.

Been scanning and scanning the internet... have hit a major logic gridlock as to what the problem could be. All hardware appears fine and passes all tests. Then tried new Vista installation and still get the black screen with blinking cursor. I am very desperate to get this fixed. My wife needs this up and running for work come early Monday morning.

A:Vista - Black Screen Blinking Cursor

Hi Family_Man,

My name is Tapan. I am from Dell Social Media Team.

I read your message and I appreciate your effort. You can try releasing the flea power which might be causing this issue by following the below mentioned steps.
1. Shut down the system and unplug the power cord and remove the battery as well.
2. Press and hold the power button on the laptop for about 10 seconds.
3. Release the power button.
4. Please put the battery back in and plug in the ac adapter and power on the system.

You can also change the boot sequence in BIOS and make CD DVD ROM as first boot device.

The OS reinstallation not initiating or finishing might very well be caused by a damaged CD or DVD, you can try another Windows Vista Home premium CD and use the product key on the bar coded label of your system.
Let me know of the findings. Glad to be of assistance.

Thanks & Regards
Dell Social Media Responder

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Hey everyone, I have just finished scouring the internet from one side to the other and I am STILL completely stumped!

I have a Toshiba Satelllite A305-S6825. It is about 5-6 years old and it continues to run fine...until today. Some random Java update popped up, my computer slowed down, then it froze, I held down my power button to turn off the computer, pressed it again and...NOOOOOO!

My computer booted to the Toshiba screen, then turned black, a blinking cursor appeared in the top left corner and the fan stopped. Everytime I would try the same thing would happen. If I touched any keys after the cursor appears and unpleasant high pitched sound comes from the speakers.

The only options I have are hitting F2 or F12 and neither of them seem to have a solution.

I tried removing my HD and something different happened! It said to enter a disc (boot disc maybe?) the problem is that I don't have my boot discs anymore.

Does anyone have experience or the technical knowhow to solve this? I have found many topics on this but none of the solutions seem to work (removing the HD, taking out the battery and rebooting, taking out the battery and unplugging and 'holding down the power button,') [I did the last one to humor the poster]

I don't want to lose my HD, I have a great many things on it and my laptop was performing brilliantly until java...

Any thoughts? Ideas? Help?

A:Black Screen, Blinking Cursor, Fan Not Starting!

Best thing is Remove Those java Updates From booting Laptop from Safe Mode. Sometimes these kind of issues comes when u shutdown pc while backup installation , if it happen u have be backed up and re - format

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Hey guys..I'm back again, unfortunately on the family PC this time because my laptop is infected Late last night I was watching a video and all of a sudden Microsoft Security Essentials popped up saying I had to trojans, right as I was going to clean them up my laptop just shut off and began to restart. It goes past the initial Toshiba start up screen and after that goes to a black screen w/ a blink cursor in the top left corner and then just sits.I tried using a cd that I burned a Windows 7 recovery disk to but it comes up with the message:Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer.This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard dive or CD-ROM drive that is failing. Make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer.If you continue to receive this error message, contact the hardware manufacturer.Status: 0xc00000e9Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred.My current job/source of income relies on me having my if you can help that'd be great! THANKS!

A:Can't Get Past Black Screen w/ Blinking Cursor

If you're sure your system is infected, shouldn't you be posting in the malware forum?

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My wife was using my Acer Aspire Laptop (B253-BZ656).  She was on facebook looking at some celebrity news when a message popped up that said something like, "harmful item detected."  She doesn't remember exactly.  She said the message came in a little window down by the date and time in the bottom right (a Windows message, I assume).  Then the computer shut itself down.  Then it tried to turn itself back on, but only came to a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the top right.
Every since then, when the computer is turned on, it goes to the black scree with blinking cursor.  Windows 7 will not load.
I looked at some forums with advice on this problem.  I tried changing the BIOS, going through some F2 option when starting the computer.  Nothing worked.
So...  I put in the recovery CD.  I chose to reset the computer back to factory settings, in case it was some type of virus, I wanted no trace of it.
Using the CD, I successfully reset the computer back to factory settings.  I got a message that it was done succesfully and the computer would now restart.
The computer restarted, but....  Went AGAIN to black screen, blinking cursor.  Again and again, that's all I get.
I even reset the computer using the recovery CD again.  Still, after completing the reset, it goes to black screen, blinking cursor.
PLEASE HELP!!!  Thank you.

A:Black screen, blinking cursor, won't boot, tried everything

Anyone???  Please.  I have no clue what to do.

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This is the third time our new Dell inspiron 530 has done this... We were covered under warranty the first 2 times now they want $$$ to diagnose and repair what was fixed with a simple patch before. Apparently the directory sectors of the hard drive are inaccessible I should have paid more attention when they took control of the computer, ran their utility, and "recovered" the missing data. The entire contents of the hard drive were intact and I have no idea how the "map" of the drive could be recovered but they did it relatively quickly over the internet. Windows Vista premium and all of its boot options are completely inaccessible. Bios passes fine but as soon as the hard drive needs to be read it hangs. If this hadn't happened twice before and been repaired through software I might have believed there was a physical problem with the hard drive.

A:Solved: Black screen with blinking cursor

hi and welcome to TSG you may need to run a start up repair or at least a chkdsk from the install disc you could also try your recovery partition or safe mode this should help with safe mode and this from install disc this for start up repair ok to get to safe mode try tapping f8 on boot up you need to check on dell site about the recovery partition if any on your comp hopefully one of these methods may be of help

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I have a Dell Inspiron with Windows 7 which was infected by what KasperskyTDSSKiller called the Pihar.c rootkit. I selected the 'cure" option and was prompted to reboot the laptop to complete the removal process. Upon a reboot, the Dell logo appeared and then the black screen with a blinking cursor. After researching similiar situations in the Bleeping Computer forums, I created a Windows 7 system repair disc from a clean machine but have been unsuccessful in getting the machine to boot from the CD. Unfortunately F8 nr F12 don't do anything when pressed. The initial Dell logo screen suggests that F12 should open the boot options but it doesn't recognize any of the F keys. The only thing I can do is press Ctrl Alt Del, which restarts my computer. Any suggestions on how I can get past the black screen would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:Black screen with blinking cursor (Pihar.c)

I can see that you posted in malware removal forum few days ago.
Let's see if I can get you some help there.

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Hello!  Sorry if im not posting this in the right place please let me know if i am.  I have an asus G73J that wont boot.  It was recently upgraded to windows 10 64bit. I can get it to the flash utility by spamming f4 but i dont know what to do from there.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

A:Booting to black screen with blinking cursor

Do you have the system recovery media set for this?

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I had a copy of windows xp home addition i think. I have a copy of Professional i was going to put on the computer. It was doing the normal load that i have seen window do before when loading on other computers. Then it came to a blue screen that said something to the affect of Windows startup is installing. It used to go to the loading screen then shut itself off and start again. I went to bios trying to figure out why it doesn't load. Now after the blue screen saying it is restarting setup it now goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor that i can move. I have gone to bios and made sure it boots from disk. I called windows and they said my disk was called an OEM and that is why I can't install it. I told them I bought it thru an online school I was attending so it should have been a retail version. I can't get to anyother screen but bios and the black screen. I wish I could tell you specs of my computer to help but i put it together using various parts from other people old comupters. The only think I can tell you is that before I did this it was speced for and ran World of Warcraft the Burning Crusade With no problems. Sorry I can't be anymore help, but i have searched the internet over and over and can't seem to find an way to fix it. I even wondered if i put a new hard drive in it would I be able to load it.

A:Try to load xp and get black screen with blinking cursor

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Ok so recently I got a black screen with a blinking cursor on the top left. The computer starts up normally with the toshiba logo but then it goes to this black screen with a blinking cursor. I tried almost everything. I tried doing system startup repair, /fixboot /fixmbr, The "0" key, F8 doesnt work and so forth. Im starting to lose hope. I cant even reinstall windows 7 onto the computer because after it restarts to finish the installation it just goes back to the black screen with the blinking cursor on the top left. The computer is a Toshiba Satellite A205 - S5825 windows 7 32 bit. This is probably in the wrong section so if it is please move it to the appropriate section if possible. Any help is appreciated.

A:Toshiba Black Screen With Blinking Cursor?

Work through these steps which try everything possible for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start leading up to if necessary rescuiing your files to run Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility or Clean Reinstall.

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Trying to install Windows 8.1 on my MacBook Pro. Worked fine last time I tried. Now, however, using the same DVD, after `Press any key to boot to CD or DVD...`, I'm taken straight to a black screen with a blinking cursor and nothing is happening.

I've seen similar cases, ie. Black screen with only mouse cursor on it - Windows 7 instalation Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums - but they usually occur after the installation welcome screens etc., or after the install itself has succeeded.

I just ran `fsck` and found no errors.


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My computer picked up a nasty virus. (Actually, my 16 year old daughter did, but that's another story...rrr) So, the first thing I did was try to restore it to an earlier date. When the restore program restarted, all I got was a black screen with a blinking cursor.

What I've done since then:
1) Reformatted hard drive and reloaded windows 7 from OEM Disk. No change in behaviour. The restore program works fine, but when it restarts, I get the same screen. I've done it twice.
2) Started up in DOS using USB stick, ran CHKDSK as well as other commands, and the HD appears to be fine.
3) Disconnected everything; USB, DVD Drive, peripherals, etc, but still windows won't load.
4) I've changed the BIOS every way imaginable, but it still won't load.
5) I figured that maybe I got one of those BIOS viruses you hear about, so I reflashed the BIOS using DOS. Still, windows won't load.

I believe that all of my components in my system are fine, but there is something small that I'm missing - maybe some way that the computer is instructed to load windows that got corrupted... I'm only intermediate in my knowledge / ability to work with computers, so I'm certain somewhere out there has got something good for me to try. Thanks for any help.

Computer is an Acer Aspire X3910-U3012 which is a Pentium E5700 3 GHz with Windows 7.

A:Black screen and blinking cursor on startup

Oh, another thing - I also tried booting with a Windows XP disk that I've got - that led to a BSOD.

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I installed 7 over and over again on an existing HDD only to end up with a black screen with cursor after the first restart.
Finally, I started the laptop again, Dell E6510, pushed F12 for boot options once again but this time selected BIOS Setup where I found a choice between Legacy and UEFI in the Boot Sequence setting.
Mine was set for Legacy instead of UEFI. Once that was changed, all was good.
I'm not sure why that made a difference other than I probably installed 7 under EFI.

What is EFI? Did I have a choice to install 7 there?

A:Black screen with blinking cursor solved

See this for a definition.
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the BIOS under boot order, you should see your DVD drive listed twice with the Windows 7 DVD loaded in the drive.
Once as UEFI (most likely the default) and once without that title. This where you chose which you want to install (MBR or UEFI) by setting the proper drive entry as the first in the boot order.

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Hi all,

I was hoping that someone can guide me through resolving this problem that I think is related to Windows XP.

I have an old Thinkpad T42 laptop that stopped booting up, but instead would go to a black screen with a blinking cursor on the top left-hand side. I tried booting from a CD (after changing the boot list), but that didn't work and also tried using a repair CD but that didn't work either (i.e. nothing showed on the screen). At some point much later, when I started up the laptop it went to the IBM thinkpad splash screen and then to a screen that says:

Error 0271: Check date and time settings

Press F1 to Setup

I've read on the internet that this issue is likely caused by a bad CMOS battery so I ordered a new one.

What I wanted to know before replacing the battery is:

1) Could that have caused the blinking cursor/black screen problem as well or is it more likely a virus that corrupted the Master Boot Record or perhaps I have both problems?

2) Would it work if I just swap out the hard drive and use the hd from a Toshiba Satellite C870 laptop either internally or somehow externally? The Toshiba powers up but the screen is cracked so I cant use that laptop now either!

I just want to be able to use the Thinkpad until I replace the Toshiba and am looking for the easiest solution.

Appreciate any suggestions.

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Hi, I'm running on a Vista. HP pavilion slimline. x64

I don't know what happened, I was just watching dramas online and then mozilla just crashed. I opened it again and thought it was nothing but it crashed once again and stuffs started popping up. I dont remember exactly what it was but then the programs on my desktop disappeared, leaving only my folders and programs like keygen on the desktop screen.

Then system fix? popped up and did its work but some of them failed so I restarted my computer. After that I cannot go on it because it would just go into a black screen with a blinking cursor on the top left side. I had to close the computer forcefully by clicking the power button.

I opened my computer again and it goes to this page;
ImageShack? - Online Photo and Video Hosting
I tried clicking system recovery (F11) but it goes back to the black screen and the blinking cursor.

I tried diagnostics and it did some stuffs and the computer rebooted but it continued back into the black screen and blinking cursor.
I tried all the other buttons but none of them work and the black screen with blinking cursor keeps coming back.

Please Help.
Thank You!

A:Vista; black screen blinking cursor

Im here to help

First try to download ubuntu.
Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek
If you cant, the problem is hardware and you should bring the computer in for service.
If you can, save your stuff and then post, again, for further advice.

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Hi Guys,

I picked up this exact HP notebook:
I've had it for 4 days.

All was fine until I started downloading some partition programs (for my EXHD) that didn't seem to like Windows 7. Sooner after closing some windows, the computer went to the dreaded "Blue screen" for about 2 seconds then to the "black screen with the blinking cursor" and its been stuck ever sing. Can't type while in the black screen(it beeps), I went ahead and searched for solutions to this everything but nothing works.

I tried: CTRL-ATL-DEL = just bring me back to the same screen. I did the "removal battery/plug, hold down the power button, etc" = nothing. F8 and/or anything F button doesn't work, just beeps..

I can, however, access the "startup menu" by pressing ESC but thats about it.

It didn't come with a install DVD of windows 7 so am kinda stuck bigtime. Hopefully you guys can help.


A:VERY stuck on the black screen with blinking cursor

Welcome to SF!

Try a startup repair from the Windows DVD. If you don't have one, you can create one.

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Hey guys..I'm back again, unfortunately on the family PC this time because my laptop is infected Late last night I was watching a video and all of a sudden Microsoft Security Essentials popped up saying I had to trojans, right as I was going to clean them up my laptop just shut off and began to restart. It goes past the initial Toshiba start up screen and after that goes to a black screen w/ a blink cursor in the top left corner and then just sits.I tried using a cd that I burned a Windows 7 recovery disk to but it comes up with the message:Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer.This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard dive or CD-ROM drive that is failing. Make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer.If you continue to receive this error message, contact the hardware manufacturer.Status: 0xc00000e9Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred.My current job/source of income relies on me having my if you can help that'd be great! THANKS!

A:Can't Get Past Black Screen w/ Blinking Cursor

So I burned the recovery disk with a different program and am now able to get into the System Recovery Options. From there I can't figure out what to do and apparently there are no previous restore points. Also, Startup Repair does nothing for me..

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PC info : Ms windows xp professional sp3 - Intel core2 duo cpu e7200 @ 2.53ghz, 2.0 gb ram, intel g33/g31 express chipset family (dell desktop)

nothing is working - it'll boot up at the dell screen then goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor (which I can't type anything)

I connected an usb external cd/dvd driver and ran "hiren boot cd" ran just fine - I was able to scan for viruses, check the system - everything is okay. when i disconnect the external drive - back to the problem. can anyone help me??? thank you.

A:PC boot up to black screen with blinking cursor

hi, was one of the tests a hard drive test? I'm not sure which one would be on the hiren disk, could you go to the web site of the manufacturer of the hard drive and download their diagnostic program, burn to disk as a .iso and let us know the result. Had anything occurred before this happened? Any error messages etc.

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Hello all, I am hoping someone will be able to help me here...

So the other day, my laptop (Toshiba Satellite A200) is going along happy as a clam, and I shut it down to leave for the day. When I get back that night, I press the power button and go to make some tea as it boots up but when I get back ten minutes later, there is nothing but this damned blinking "_" in the corner of the screen.

I tried leaving it over night to see if it was just being obscenely slow, but to no avail. The next day I made a copy of Hiren's Boot Disk on my sister's computer on the recommendation of one of my friends, on which I used the "Boot from hard disk - Windows Vista/7". So the good news is that I am able to start the computer that way - I'm using it right now - but only using the boot disk. I tried doing a repair with my Windows 7 installation disk, but it couldn't find any problems.

I'm out of ideas now, any help?

A:PC Won't start - Black screen; blinking cursor?

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when i power up, the toshiba logo comes on the screen, then black screen w cursor. the only action that makes a difference is ctrl,alt,del, and back to the same prob.please help?, thanks mike

A:black screen w/cursor blinking,toshiba sat.A40

1/ Does the HDD make a clicking noise. Hold the laptop up near your ear. If you here a clicking sound the HDD is hosed. You'll need to replace it.

2/ Next remove the battery.. Then try booting it up with out it.. If that works then the battery is bad and needs to be replaced.

3/ Go into the BIOS and change the order of boot, too CD-Rom, HDD, USB, Network.

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My computers worked fine up until a few days ago. I was using it like normal and it abruptly BSODd on me with the error system_service_exception. Following the restart, the computer would not boot. It shows the logo but then doesn't boot. It is stuck at the black screen with the blinking cursor. I have tried repairing it with my windows 7 disk by checking start up and everything else available on the cd. All the tests say it should be fine. Also when i try to system restore it ends up failing. Can anyone give me any advice. Thanks in advance.

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My computer would not get past the start up screen it just froze at the Windows 7 logo. Prior to this, I had absolutely no problems. I shut it down one night and came to start it the next morning and it wouldn't load. I format the drive and tried to reinstall Windows 7. It seemed to load everything fine and got to the "Completing Install" part, then just flicked to a completely black screen with a blinking line in the top left-hand corner.
I have googled intensively but can't seem to find any answers. I did read on one forum that perhaps it was a RAM issue, so I removed one stick and the process actually completed! I thought I had nailed it. After setting my computer back up and with everything working just fine, I put the RAM back in. On restart, it locked at the logo again, so I figured it was definitely bad RAM, HOWEVER!! Even with the RAM now removed, I cannot get Windows 7 to reinstall. I am still getting this awful black screen with a blinking cursor.
Please help me save my hair and my sanity!

A:Black screen w/ blinking cursor on install

Perhaps it's your hard drive? How long ago did you buy your computer?

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This is a Dell Inspiton N4010 running Windows 7 Home that shutdown while surfing the web. Since, the only thing it will do is show the startup screen, notes options <F2> or <F12> then goes to the black screen with blinking cursor. There is no beep on start, and when <F8> is pressed, it ignores it and goes right to the blinking cursor.

I have been able to get a boot from the CD/DVD so have run Dell Diagnostics from the CD?DVD. According to the results, the computer is operating just won't go anywhere! Any suggestions?

This is a friend's computer and is a little over a year old. The only disks available is the diagnostic disk, otherwise I would try a Windows 7 reinstall. Usually I don't have too many problems figuring things out but this one has me stumped.

Thanks for any suggestions.

A:Black Screen/Blinking Cursor .... no <F8> option...HELP

Hello grtcrowd,

See if you can borrow a Windows 7 recovery disc from a friend, and run the start up repair in the System Recovery Options.

Good luck

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I have a toshiba L300D-202 laptop with windows vista home premium SP1. Everything was fine, except I was having trouble backing up some data and was advised to run CHKDSK to fix any possible hard disc problems.

I ran CHKDSK but it tooks about 5-6 hours. Then after it had finished, it just stalled, so I left it for a while. I gave up in the end and cut the power. Now whenever I switch the laptop on I get the initial toshiba screen, but then Vista won't boot and just get a non responsive black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner.

I tried using the recovery disc. That shows a white bar loading windows files (from the cd), then the short green bar loading windows, but then goes to a totally black screen that doesn't respond at all.

I'm totally stuck! Any help or ideas for this one?


A:Vista Won't Boot At All (black screen blinking cursor) Any Help?

I wonder about your hard drive.
Try these free, bootable diagnostics:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics: (read the details at the link) (read the details at the link)

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For no apparent reason, my new Folio 1040 G will not boot after I login to the WinMagic security screen.  I can access the BIOS panels and have run the long diagnostics. No errors are reported. After I enter the password or finger scan, I get a black screen with only a blinking cursor in the upper left, then nothing happens. At that point. the machine does respond to cntrl-alt-del by restarting the boot cycle. I did not create a spare key and I not want to loose the data on this drive. HP support says the only thing they can do is tell me how to wipe the drive and re-install Windows. I'm guessing this SDD has a corrupted boot record but the data on the rest of the drive is okay.  My questions are: 1) Is there any way to boot the system off the recovery partition and recover the data? 2) If I remove the drive and put it into a caddy, how could I use the password to access the data on it? 3) Is there any other work around to boot off of this SDD or make it readable by another computer? Thanks in advance ... 

A:Black screen with only a blinking cursor folio 1040 G

Hi,You could unscrew the m2 SSD 2280 and put in this - , connect it to another laptop via USB port and copy whole data using Windows Explorer. No password is needed.Manual: you can screw it back, power on, immediately tap f11 and use Recovery environment to factory reset the laptop. recovery partition is also corrupted, use Recovery Media (DVD/USB) to factory reset.RegardsVisruth

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I have an Acer E1-571, my specs: 2.4 GHz Intel i3, recently upgraded to 8 GB RAM from 4, Intel HD 4000, 500 GB hard drive, Windows 8.1,
So about an hour or two ago I tried to start up Doom 3 and got a CTD followed by an error log, I looked it up and one of the solutions was to update my graphics drivers. I downloaded the latest .exe for my graphics card and tried to install it when it said that the drivers couldn't be verified for my computer then closed, even though I made sure to get the correct files. I downloaded the .zip from the Intel site and got the same error, so I went into device manager, right clicked my display adapter and from the properties menu clicked update, then search for driver, it loaded for about half a minute when I went back to my browser and just let it run, a short time later my computer froze, which doesn't happen often, but I usually just wait it out, this went on for a few minutes when I hard shut it down by holding the power button, now the actual problem, when I booted it up it took much longer than usual on the Acer logo, then it went to a black screen with nothing but a blinking cursor whenever I move it around, sometimes I can see the network status in the bottom left, so I'm guessing my computer actually booted up normally, just no video except the cursor, I searched around and it looks like I need to revert my graphics card drivers, which I can't do with a black screen. I've actually tried logging in with the black screen but I'm not getti... Read more

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I used to have windows 7 64 bit I decided to dual boot with Kali Linux I installed Kali Linux without partitioning I lost windows operating system so to get it back installed windows 7 os I lost my entire hard disk worked fine for sometime and then suddenly it got stocked and I restarted it, from then black screen(no error message) with blinking cursor installed windows 7 again to try doesn't change anything while installing windows 7 it is booting perfectly I installed my friends hard disk and it is working perfectly fine

Tried the following methods
In repair computer bootrec commands fixmbr,fix boot,scanos,rebuildbcd
Doesn't changed Anything

Checked bios settings
Boot order unplugged other devices other than hard disk
Resetted bios

F8 and f10 are not working
Computer config
I3 2nd generation 3.2ghz processor
4gb ram
500 GB hard disk
Nvidia graphic card geforce 210

Waiting for reply
Please help me

A:black screen with blinking cursor tried installing Windows 7 again

Hmm just so I have it right you cannot install 7 back on the drive you put the Linux OS on? Plus have you any data you need backed up? Because I reckon that you will need to complete wipe that drive using diskpart clean all or Partition Wizard - wipe and reformat it before you can do a proper install.

To reinstall this is a good way of doing that and gets the freshest ISO of the version of 7 that you had originally.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Let us know what you want to do and we can give you specific info on doing all that.

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I'm new to the forum and have quite a big problem.
So any help is welcome and appreciated.

My Satellite Pro A200 goes black after the BIOS screen and a black screen with a blinking cursor.
Also just before the screen goes black a bleep can be heard which shows windows is booting.

I can access the toshiba set-up screen but not the safety mode set-up.

Kind Regards

A:Satellite Pro A200 - black screen with a blinking cursor


Please go to BIOS settings and check if the HDD is listed there.
The blinking cursor is a typical sign of HDD malfunction.
Possibly the HDD is dead and you need to replace this and to install the OS again.

Good luck

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Hello all,

I upgraded to win7 two weeks ago, and yesterday I started having some trouble:

When playing cod4 the computer froze. A couple of hard resets, a driver and bios update later, the computer still froze when entering a game. The screen would start blinking, the sound was off, and then the game just crashed to desktop.

Other games blinked and artifacted as well. I think my gpu died.

Today the computer got stuck at the windows logo at startup repeatedly, no way of getting through.

I tried a clean install, but during the final stage of the installation (after a reboot and some "finalizing installation") the screen went black with a blinking cursor, and did not change.

I tried another clean install, same problem.

This can hardly also be related to the gpu, I'm thinking the hdd died as well, in which case I might as well throw out my 15-month-old machine (Dell xps 630i)

Any advice would be warmly welcomed!

Thanks in advance.

A:black screen, blinking cursor @ clean install

Sorry to hear you are having problems with your machine.

Could it be a RAM problem? Use method 2 of this tutorial for running the Windows Memory Diagnostic.

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I am trying to install a program from a disk (it is an iso file burned with PowerIso). When I load the disk into the computer, I get a black screen with d// blinking cursor. I have installed this program (using the exact same disk) on a different machine running xp and it works perfectly. What could be the problem? Please help!!!

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Upon restarting my Laptop I get a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper right corner of my screen.

I can not get into safe mode, I tried Vista recovery tools (System restore, Startup repair (shows no problems).

I do not have any external hardware plugged in and have not installed any new hardware.

I am able to access my hard drive and back up small amounts of data through my backup software which is on disk.

Any help out there?

Thank you in advance.

A:Vista not booting? Black screen/blinking cursor

Dare I ask If you have used a Registry Cleaner?/Messed with your BIOS at all?

Unplug ALL usb devices, and restart. If this doesnt work, boot into, and try System Restore from the Advanced recovery utility on the Vista DVD. If this fails try a repair/upgrade re-install from the Vista disk.

Failing all the above steps may indicate Hardware failure.

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My Computer Specs:

Dell Inspiron 6000
Windows XP, service pack 3
160GB HD


This morning I tried to boot up my laptop: it showed the initial BIOS screen, the progress bar filled, then it went to a black screen with a white blinking cursor in the upper left corner.

I waited several hours to see if anything would happen, nothing.

The green lights above the keyboar (such as Numlock, capslock) are lit up. I checked the battery pack and it is full. Last night the laptop was working just fine.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

A:windows won't boot - black screen w/ blinking cursor

Try pressing F8 during bootup to get to the boot menu and try booting into Safe Mode.

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My computer didn't seem to have shut down completely. Although my memory is fuzzy about exactly what happened, I seem to recall that I came back to it, noted that it hadn't shut down completely as exptected (I had intended on shutting it down using windows|shut down in Windows 7), and (this is where I don't remember) either directed it to shut down, or to start.
I've seen some similar forums elsewhere. Some suggest a virus, and others a corrupted file. Also I ran a test many months ago that reported a graphics bios error, so I upgraded the NVDIA bios at that time.
Here is what is going on:
While the computer hangs, I see a black screen with a blinking white cursor in the upper left.
Typing anything doesn't seem to have any effect (including ctl-alt-del, alt-tab, the windows key, and all function keys).
The one thing that does have an effect is tapping the computer's power button once. After about 20 seconds, it shuts down with nothing more appearing on the screen as it shuts down.
When I hit the power button again, I see the f2 setup / f12 boot menu options, then "resuming windows", then the black screen with the blinking cursor.
Hitting F2 on "booting"/"resuming" takes me to the CMOS Setup Utility screen. I tried changing the boot configuration to prioritize the DVD, where I put a Windows recovery CD, but the CD is never spun up before or after this step. Exiting this screen takes me back to "resuming windows" and then the blinking w... Read more

A:Can't boot: Goes to Blinking white cursor on black screen

Hi there,my name is Marius and I will assist you with your malware related problems.Before we move on, please read the following points carefully.First, read my instructions completely. If there is anything that you do not understand kindly ask before proceeding.Perform everything in the correct order. Sometimes one step requires the previous one.If you have any problems while following my instructions, Stop there and tell me the exact nature of your problem.Do not run any other scans without instruction or add/remove software unless I tell you to do so. This would change the output of our tools and could be confusing for me.Post all logfiles as a reply rather than as an attachment unless I specifically ask you. If you can not post all logfiles in one reply, feel free to use more posts.If I don't hear from you within 3 days from this initial or any subsequent post, then this thread will be closed.Stay with me. I will give you some advice about prevention after the cleanup process. Absence of symptoms does not always mean the computer is clean.My first language is not english. So please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to read. Thanks for your understanding. That sounds really awful - hopefully we are able to get a foot in the door here.  Scan with FRST (Recovery Environment)To run FRST on Vista and Windows7:For x32 (x86) bit systems download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.For x64 bit systems download Farbar Recovery Sc... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron with Windows 7 which was infected by what KasperskyTDSSKiller called the Pihar.c rootkit.  I selected the 'cure" option and was prompted to reboot the laptop to complete the removal process.  Upon a reboot, the Dell logo appeared and then the black screen with a blinking cursor.  After researching similiar situations in the Bleeping Computer forums, I created a Windows 7 system repair disc from a clean machine but have been unsuccessful in getting the machine to boot from the CD.  Unfortunately F8 nr F12 don't do anything when pressed.  The initial Dell logo screen suggests that F12 should open the boot options but it doesn't recognize any of the F keys.  The only thing I can do is press Ctrl Alt Del, which restarts my computer.  Any suggestions on how I can get past the black screen would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.


A:Windows 7 black screen with blinking cursor (Pihar.c)

Can someone please provide some assistance. I've tried booting from a boot disc as well as a recovery cd and can't get it to boot from disc as the F buttons aren't being recognized. Thanks.

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This is my first time posting here. I've noticed that many people appear to have had the same problem, but when I read the responses, I can't seem to find one that fits mine in particular (perhaps I just don't understand how to implement them).

When I hit the startup button, I get the IBM thinkpad logo and "to interrupt normal startup, press the blue access IBM button" and then the screen goes black with a blinking cursor on the top left hand corner and Windows won't load. Out of frustration, I tried re-arranging the boot priority order and network boot priority order but returned them to the default settings because I'm not technically proficient.

I also tried following the instructions for getting into safe mode (from the microsoft site) but hitting F8 doesn't work.

This problem may be virus related because I got an avast warning yesterday that it detected a windows32 malware and moved it to the chest. I declined the option to restart at the time - I was working on some stuff - later, I inadvertantly put it on standby without scheduling a boot scan on startup. Anyway, next time I tried to boot up I started having this problem.

I did have the windows security 2011 virus two weeks ago and managed to remove it but I don't know if this is related.

My laptop's a Thinkpad T42 Type 2373 with Windows XP professional (no disc, it was loaded for me - I have the product key).

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Hello. I have a Toshiba Satellite C655-S5132 and it started with a virus in my svchost.exe file. Now my screen goes from the Toshiba logo at the beginning to a black screen with a blinking cursor. I I tried System Restore but it said it could not be performed, no matter what date i choose because of a damaged/missing file. I tried Toshiba Recovery Wizard and it asks me to put in the last cd of a Toshiba Recovery cd set, and I dont have one. I do have a bootup disk but it still is not solving the problem. How do i reset it back to Factory settings?

A:Windows 7 will not start-just black screen and blinking cursor

Hi Black Frank,I would recommend posting in the Am I infected? What do I do? as you may still be infected. Please read Before You Post About A Problem before posting.Pauline

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I have a Dell XPS 8300 desktop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Last night, I was checking Hotmail, and then I left the computer for about an hour. Upon returning, all I saw was a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. I have no idea what happened while I was gone, nor the sequence of events that occurred resulting in this black screen. I have tried restarting the computer, but I keep ending up with the black screen/cursor.

Here?s the sequence of events I experience when attempting to restart:
1. Press power button
2. After a few seconds, I see a circular Dell logo. A blue status bar at bottom advances fully from left to right. Also on this screen are instructions in the lower right for F2 (Setup) and F12 (Boot Options).
3. Finally, it ends up on a black screen with the blinking cursor in upper
left corner. Sometimes, before the blinking cursor appears, it will say ?keyboard failure?, but often times it doesn?t say anything at all, and just goes straight to the cursor.

I have tried both the F2 and F12 commands, but honestly, I have no idea what I?m looking at nor what to do once I get into those options. In the F12 command, I did get into a Diagnostics screen. It ran an extensive check called ?Dell ePSA Pre-boot System Assessment ? Service Tag GLQ1FP1? which took several hours (I let it run overnight). It appeared to run a check on a list of Devices (System, Cables, OS Booth Path, CDROM, Hard Drive 0, Video Card, CPU Fan, Rea... Read more

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