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Q: StartUp Error and White Blinking Dash Cursor.

Hi everybody,
First of all, sorry about my English.
Few days ago, I was working on my laptop (ASUS X5DI) and when I decide shuting down, I realize that needs to intall updates. I let him to shut down by itself and do it fine without any problems.
Next day, when I turn on the computer again, the show me this (its spanish but i think you'll know what screen is):

I thought then, that something in the update process went wrong, so I try to fix it. First, I tried it by click on the "Repair Startup" option in that image menu. A message box that wants to select a keyboard language appeared but after that and some comprobations of the process, It said to me with an alert box that it couldn't be possible:

Then..  this other screen appeared:

I click on the options, even in the prompt option, and tried to fix it with bootrec commands like /fixboot or /fixmbr but nothing fix the problem.
So... What I decided? the solution that "never fail" ... format all my pc again and get a "new" computer hahaha..
I get into the BIOS and change the boot order to start from CD/DVD. Save changes, introduce the Windows 7 disc and restart. 
I realized that my computer cant start from cd/dvd because that white blinking cursor appears on the top left of the screen.
I tried with different CD/DVD even Ubuntu CD and always the blink cursor appears. So... if I use HDD boot in BIOS appears the screen on the top of the post with that options and if I choose DVD/CD boot, blink cursor screen.
I even, tried with some of the F8 options with the same results. I put the HDD on a external box and conect it to other pc and that pc can read perfectly HDD folders and dont seems to be any problem.
I hope you can help me, please.
Thanks a lot and sorry, again about my english.
PD: Please, move this thread to the correct forum place if I made the mistake of posting in the wrong section. I want to apologize if I did it. Sorry.

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A: StartUp Error and White Blinking Dash Cursor.

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I have several hours working on laptop that suddenly wont startup OS win 7. When I turn on laptop shows HP main logo (Press "ESC" key to enter start up menu) and after that shows a white dash flashing on the top left corner. I tried system repair disc, but it didnt work. I tried to restore system to an earlier point and didnt work either, it showed an error (0x8000ffff). I tried to restore to factory settings using F11 key but it only shows the white blinking. I already tried everything I found on the internet but no success. Thanks in advance if somebody can help me.

A:laptop wont startup win 7, white dash blinking

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Ok guys here is my dilemma, it's driving me nuts.
I'll start from the beginning
I was having problems with my status bar icons being blank even after a brand new installation and random crashing.
Then my video card failed and was giving the beep error for that.
Replaced the card
Cannot install windows onto hard drive via the PC, the installation gets 90% through loading files and then comes up with an error.
Tried via disk and USB tried both windows 7 and windows 8 to no avail.
I installed windows via my laptop onto my hard drive via a dock using the program to load windows into an external hard drive, it worked and I thought my bad luck had ended.
I booted the hard drive on the laptop and it booted windows.
Now I think yay! Time to put it back into pc thinking the problems fixed.
I press the power button and go through the usual boot sequence until...it goes to the blinking white cursor.
I cannot get past this, have made the hard drive the primary one to be booted from in the bios and still no joy.
Which is why I've come to you guys to find out if anyone has had this problem and know how to fix this

Well can't wait to finally have this issue resolved *crosses fingers

A:Blinking White Cursor startup

You cannot expect Win7 to start up on different hardware with completely different drivers without first using a procedure to Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD. Then if it still fails to boot with all other HD's unplugged, confirm the Partition Marked Active is 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C, then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times .

It would be better to find out why you can't install Win7. Work though the steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums which resolve 90% of installation problems.

If you get an error again, then google the error text to find out others have worked around it. Post it back here as well since we may have seen it before.

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I got my Radeon 6570 today and I installed it, but now Windows won't boot it just gives me the blinking white dash. So I removed the card, switched back to onboard from BIOS and it still didn't work. I tried a lot of other stuff but it didn't work so I reinstalled Windows with the graphics card removed (Hoping it would reinstall the drivers for the onboard video) it didn't. So then I tried booting from an old Linux disc I found and it worked (how I am typing) but Windows still won't. Any help? I ran a diagnostics text and everything is working, and I can even access all my personal files on my old Windows install from Linux so I know that it's active.

A:Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit blinking white dash!

check inside your case for connections to your harddrive. also check your bios boot settings and see if the os drive is first.


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Hi! Sorry for opening a new thread but this is just so serious and I am so stressed out about it that I didn't have the patience to search if the thread is already open.
I have a black screen and white blinking dash problem. The thing is, I can't even type f2 or f4, or anything whatsoever. It is not reacting at all to the keyboard. It's the second time this is happening in 2 days, every time I turn it off (properly) and try to turn it on, it does that. After a lot of hopeless trying to turn it on or make f2 or f4 work, it just starts working again normally... And now I finally turned it on after I spent the whole morning trying and I'm working on saving all my files, but now I'm scared to turn it off. What do I do?? What is wrong with my computer?

A:Black screen with a blinking white dash

Hi and welcome to TSF when you have reached your desktop please try running these SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker - Windows 7 Help Forums
How to use CHKDSK (Check Disk) | Windows 7 Forums
And yes, do please save your data first.

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My computer, which was running windows 10 without much issue, is now completely unusable for reasons beyond my comprehension. After bios messages I now only have a blinking white dash on a black screen.

I have tried various repairs, with the windows recovery usb. All automatic repairs fail due to the disk "being locked", so i have tried a few guides which involved bcdboot commands which have failed to fix anything. One command was bcdboot g: which gave an error like failed copying boot files (i forget the exact wording) .

Could some kind soul point me towards a fix, im tearing my hair out! Many thanks!

A:Cant boot at all. Blinking white dash on black screen?

The best fix, for the moment, is a reinstall. It is free and still in the testing stage.

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Hey guys, here I am again with another failure.
Today morning I woke up to my windows refusing to boot. It just does the white dash blinking in the top left corner (it jumps down a bit at first, then just keeps blinking endlessly). I'm aware that this can be a result of a poor shutdown or a crash or modified system files or program installation, or whatever. The thing is last night I was using the computer fine and I didn't install anything, modify anything, and it shut down correctly (as far as I know - after I clicked shut down I shut off the monitors and went somewhere else, and just when I came back it turned off so I assume it was fine).

I've tried a number of things already. First, I'm booting from an Ubuntu CD right now and my files are all fine and intact on the C:\ drive. Second, I tried running my Windows 7 CD to go into the recovery system and tried a bunch of things.

The recovery thing doesn't detect my operating system, first of all, but I've had this issue before. I remember that I got it to work somehow, but I don't remember how. I think it might have been a disc that I burned with a modification that allowed it to detect the system (I used some tutorials over at sevenforums.com, can't remember which ones now though). I'll look for the CD, I might have it somewhere.
EDIT: I found what I presume is the CD but it doesn't even want to boot. I'll try looking for whatever I found before and make another one, I guess. But if I could get it to det... Read more

A:Help - Windows won't boot, white dash blinking endlessly.

From what you have written, this should be impossible but I suggest you to press F8 right before booting into windows, and select 'Use last known good config'.
This issue sound really hopeless, but if you could manage to boot into any windows which is on another partition (if you have any), you could rebuild the MBR manually (master boot record) which stores the OS information.
Do you have another disk/partition?
If yes, the best would be to install W7 on it (takes 20mins) do the above things (I will explain it further if you have another partition) and then boot back into your original OS and would be able to delete the 'blank' windows 7 installation files from the orher partition.

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First, i restarted my stupid computer
Then, i got that grub error.
I happily fixed that.
However, when I restarted it again,
I got stuck at black screen with stupid blinkking white dash.
So I use the Recovery Disc thingy
And i clicked that first option.
Then it says, something like
unable to fix it.
Then it says that the stupid missing boot thingy is missing.
Googled for solution.
Tried those command prompt like
Fixmbr or scanos
(it says theres an installation
I typed Y for yes and still,
That boot missing chkdsk thingy still pops up)
Remove hardwares (wait whats a hardware is it those usb thingy?)
Checked the BIOS which I googled again for its meaning.(and yes, it is in order)
But never worked.
So any suggestions or explain with more detail?
Because I have no idea about these computer stuffs.
Help me !

A:Boot missing, stuck at black screen with blinking white dash, and more

GRUB can often corrupt Win7 beyond repair when on the same HD. You may end up having to wipe the HD to reinstall.

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot - Windows 7 Forums

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I have a Sony Vaio laptop with an upgrade to windows 7 from vista. Yesterday my computer was really slow so I reset it to try and speed it up. I got passed the Vaio screen but then came the black screen with the blinking dash on the top right corner. The only thing I can enter is BIOS with F2 nothing else works. I can't enter safe mode or anything else. I've tried a few things, but nothing works.

1. Reseting default values in BIOS
2. Removing everything but internal Hard Drive in boot menu.

I have a windows & start up disc

3. Ran Startup Repair: Says couldn't detect a problem if recently attached device then remove it. ( Nothings Connected)
4. System restore ( was successfull but still no go)
5. Ran chkdsk & chkdsk/r from command prompt option

I also contacted Sony Support and with the 15 minutes alotted

6. Reseated memory

I just want to be able to get into the computer one more time so I can transfer my music and some other important files to my External Hard Drive. Please HELP!!! Any help is GREATLY appreciated.

A:Solved: Black screen & Blinking dash on Startup

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Hello, we see a weird behaviour after restoring files from a Acronis Backup to a folder.
We are about upgrading the Computers to Win7.
The Process is:
Make an Image from the client with Acronis 11.0.17440 to external USB HDD.
Clean Harddisk
Install win7.

Up to then all is fine, the system boots after Post (Windows is loading) without delay.
Then we restore the Files from the Image on USB HDD to a local Folder c:\OldData via Boot CD.
After this the System has a delay of ~ 2 Minutes after post with a blinking white cursor, until 'Windows is Loading' appears.
This behaviour also persists if we delete this folder, restore without acl's and so on, so it is
How to Fix this ? Thanks!

A:Blinking White Cursor before Bootlogo

Make an Image from the client with Acronis 11.0.17440 to external USB HDD.
Did you clone the entire hdd, operating system and all?
Clean Harddisk
Does this mean that the hdd was wiped?
What was the original operating system, and what version was it, 32-bit or 64-bit?
What version is Windows 7?

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HI Guys,
trust  you are doing good.
I really need your help here.
Actually facing a Black screen with white blinking cursor:

For info , the white cursor keep blinking without loading into windows.
F8 is not even accessible .Also tried to reset my BIOS settings to boot from my HDD first but with no result.
Tried repairing boot issues on start up via a Windows DVD, even tried a system restore, but still no positive boot up.
My issue is similar to this post:
I tried generating a FRST Scan log so that you can get a clearer view of what's happening.
Can somebody please help me on that and provide me a fixlist.txt to solve same.
Thank you
Mod Edit:  Removed FRST log data, not allowed or used in the Win 7 forum, see http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum-167/announcement-45-no-dds-otl-hijackthis-or-combofix-logs-should-be-posted-in-this-forum/ . - Hamluis.

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Hi all,

I am having a problem when i install windows xp, i have deleted the partition using the windows xp partition tool i have re-create an ntfs partition of 160 gig and quick formated it.

The first stage if the installation of windows will copy the file and reboot. At this reboot, my computer will try to reboot but will stays at the DOS black screen with a blinking cursor, it will stays there forever without starting to boot.

Any help?

A:Install XP stays to Dos white blinking cursor before boot

restart the comp and install windows again but dont use the quick format, its crap.

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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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After a OS restart i get a blinking cursor and nothing happens, i can't get into safe mode...
FRTS log : 
Scanresultaten van Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Versie:10-06-2016
Gestart door SYSTEM (Beheerder) op MININT-8E4C39J (11-06-2016 14:37:43)
Gestart vanaf D:\
Geladen Profielen: False (Beschikbare Profielen: ) <==== AANDACHT (Tijdelijke Profiel?)
Platform: Windows ™ 8 Preinstallation Environment (X64) Taal: Nederlands (Nederland)
Boot Modus: Normal
Handleiding voor Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
==================== Processen (gefilterd) =================
(Als een item is opgenomen in de fixlist, het proces zal worden gesloten. Het bestand zal niet worden verplaatst.)
(Microsoft Corporation) X:\Windows\System32\winpeshl.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) X:\Windows\System32\WallpaperHost.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) X:\setup.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) X:\sources\recovery\RecEnv.exe
(Microsoft Corp.) X:\sources\recovery\tools\MSDartTools.exe
(Microsoft Corp.) X:\Windows\System32\Explorer.exe
==================== Register (gefilterd) ===========================
(Als een item is opgenomen in de fixlist, het registry item zal worden teruggezet naar de standaardwaarden of verwijderd. Het bestand zal niet worden verplaatst.)
HKLM-x32\...\Winlogon: [Userinit]  [X]
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A:Windows 7 frozen black screen with white blinking cursor

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Home built computer running Widow 7 64bit ult, computer randomly shut down and refused to recognize the boot sector, and would not recognize that I had recovery points.
I have followed the steps up to fixtlist from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/487382/windows-7-frozen-black-screen-with-white-blinking-cursor/ 
bios>recovery dsk>Cmd Prompt>farbar
I am hesitant to run the fixlist without confirmation.
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 07-01-2015
Ran by SYSTEM on MININT-THSJFIP on 09-01-2015 18:09:58
Running from h:\
Platform: Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 (X64) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11
Boot Mode: Recovery
The current controlset is ControlSet001
ATTENTION!:=====> If the system is bootable FRST must be run from normal or Safe mode to create a complete log.
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the registry item will be restored to default or removed. The file will not be moved.)
HKLM\...\Run: [BTMTrayAgent] => rundll32.exe "C:\Program Files\Intel\bluetooth\btmshellex.dll",TrayApp
HKLM\...\Run: [NvBackend] => C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\Update Core\NvBackend.exe [1796056 2014-08-19] (NVIDIA Corporation)
HKL... Read more

A:Windows 7 frozen black screen with white blinking cursor

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Yes, this sounds like the traditional black screen issue, but it's different! This machine is a Dell Dimension 3000 with XP. System won't boot. After Blue Dell BIOS splash screen with F2 & F12 options, it just goes black. There will ultimately be a white cursor in the upper left hand corner. I can edit BIOS with F2, I can get in to the boot menu with F12, but I can't do anything after that. I can even get in to the Safe Mode menu (F8), but it never boots.

I have tried to reinstall, but when I choose to boot from the CD drive it lets me select it, gives me the "press any key to boot from CD ROM . . ." message, but will then appear to lock up (even though I hear CD spinning up), then takes me to the screen with the blinking cursor.

I am not sure how to get out of this....


P.S. As I'm writing this I'm no longer getting the white blinking cursor in upper left....instead it's just completely blank, but everything else (F2, F12, F8) is the same....

A:System won't boot, black screen, white blinking cursor

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Hi all, I am back with yet another problem on my laptop computer. Same computer as my last problem, a HP Pavilion dm4-1160 with Windows 7 OS. This time, the problem that I am experiencing is very similar to this one:
Unfortunately, the post that I have linked is no longer applicable (to me), because the person in that post decided to reinstall his/her OS.
Whenever my computer starts up, it is automatically directed to a blank, black screen save for a blinking white cursor on the top-middle of the screen. The Windows logo animation screen does not even appear, it just skips to the aforementioned black screen. I have so far waited about 12 hours for something to happen, and of course nothing happens. I am not redirected to Startup Repair or anywhere else after any reboot.
I recall that prior to this, while I was trying to organise some of my files, my computer suddenly decided to close all programs and shut down on its own for no conspicuous reason.
Once again, system restore points do not work, and I am unable to use Safe Mode or any of its variations, because the computer won't let me do so. Malwarebytes and Spybot are my antivirus programs installed, and the solution of reinstalling the OS itself is off-limits to me because I am unwilling to see the extinction of all of my personal stuff.

A:Windows 7 frozen black screen with white blinking cursor

I apologise, I just realised that I forgot to note that I am unable to provide a FRST.txt log for the computer this time because I am unable to get into Advanced Boot Options. No matter how quickly and repetitively I tap the F8 key, the black screen always manages to come first. I should also note that the white blinking cursor starts off from the top-left corner, then dashes to the top-middle after about a second passes. So consequently, I am unable to get into System Recovery Options and run any program through Command Prompt.
I still await any possible instructions. Again, I apologise if I sound impatient.

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I have a Dell Inspiron, not always but sometimes on start up it restarts to a black screen with a white cursor. Safe mode does work. I don't know why it sometimes does this or what makes it stop. I have tried just letting it try to load up for as long as an hour with no change, sometimes restarting has fixed it but sometimes (like now, it has done nothing no matter how many times I've tried).

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

A:Restarts with black screen/white cursor (non-blinking), SAFEmode works

Any input would help

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Hi everyone my Laptop when it starts up , it gives my black screen with a white bar ( NOT BLINKING ) on top left corner , before that it gives me the Toshipa logo and written on the lower bar of screen press F2 to go to setup utility , F12 to go to boot manager
I have tried to press ( ctrl + alt +del )
And it does not respond I can't do anything
Please someone must help me
Windows 7
The white bar is not blinking

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I guess the easiest way to start off is with the problem.
When I try to start up my computer, it will always end at a black screen with a blinking white underscore.
The computer will not boot up any farther than this.
it will get passed the "gateway" logo with the option to hit "Del" or "f12" to go into setup and then boot options.
I am honestly not sure if this is a windows 7 problem with my computer. But this seemed like the most likely option that it could be because I can still boot from my CD drive.
I have made a "Windows 7 recovery disk" from a laptop that is at my house , I have tried to go and use all the options that come with it.
The first option being one that is supposed to fix things wrong with windows 7. Every time i click it, it asks for me to unplug any extra things plugged into my computer and then try again. the thing being with that, I have nothing else besides a keyboard, mouse, monitor and power plugged in.
I have tried to use the system restore option and restore it to an older point. But after it runs for a bit, it says it cannot be restored to that previous point because of an unknown error.
I am not sure what the problem could be. I was hoping someone could lead me to another method of trying to fix the problem.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post.

A:Blinking white underscore upon startup (Help)

The black screen with a blinking cursor can be a difficult problem to fix because there are so many things which can cause this.
Can you boot into Safe Mode?
To boot into Safe Mode press the power button and immediately start tapping the F8 key until you see the Advanced Boot Options.
Use the up or down key to navigate to Safe Mode, then press Enter.
If you can't access Safe Mode try doing a Repair Installation (In place upgrade).
Instructions for a Windows 7 Repair installation.
A Windows 7 Repair Installation will require a installation disc.
If you do not have a Windows 7 installation disc you can download a free legal ISO image of Windows 7 SP1 at  Windows 7 Forums.  You will need to download the same version of Windows 7 that you have installed,  This image is hosted by the Digital River store which is an official distribution partner of Microsoft.  This is a genuine untouched image which is safe to download. 
Attention:  If you do have a Windows installation disc, skip Part A and go to Part B, Step 1b.
Part A, Steps 1a - 6a
The ISO image will need to be burned to a DVD in order to create a bootable installation disc.
1a)  To burn a ISO file to a DVD please download ImgBurn and install it.
2a)  Insert a blank DVD into your CD/DVD drive tray, and then close the tray.
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I have posted a couple of questions about this problem, but it seems nobody know what the source of the problem is. Not sure if its a lack of members or if my problem is one that requires professional help, but if someone could help me out with a link to another forum where someone has posted the same issue or just flat out tell what the dill is, it would make me very happy. Heres my most recent thread with details about my problem....http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic116499.html

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When starting up there's just a blank black screen with a blinking cursor on the top left of screen.

I waited for hours and still won't boot.

I tried fixmbr, rebuildbcd from Vista DVD and it didn't help.

Any help? I'm tired of reinstalling Vista again and again.

Thanks in advance.

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have you just recently installed a program or service pack ?

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I have a HP laptop that will boot as noted below;
1 - HP Battery Alert - states that my battery needs to be replaced
2 - HP logo screen
3 - blinking cursor in upper left corner
Any help to fix this issue? Nothing was changed prior to this happening and the battery has been bad for a while.


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Windows XP Home
400W PSU
1.8Ghz Intel Processor
Onboard Graphics
Onboard Sound

Computer goes past the bios screen and then to a black screen with a white blinking cursor, i cant type anything, or do anything beyond this point

Same thing occurs if i try accessing BIOS, System Restore, or any other options such as Safe mode etc.

any help is appreciated

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Make sure there are no CD/DVD's, thumb drives in it.


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Hello, I recently installed Ubuntu onto my laptop, it has one 320gb HDD. The installation went fine and I installed it alongside of Windows 7 Home premium.

Ubuntu was giving me problems so I decided to delete the partition it was installed in, from within windows. I'm Dumb. (The problem with Linux was irrelevant, swap space issues :down: )

When I restarted, the computer still tried to boot into Ubuntu, but wasn't able to do so obviously, as I had deleted it. I'm fairly certain GRUB was still there. I re installed Linux and it installed and boots up fine, but now when I select the windows 7 selection in GRUB, I get a blinking cursor. No error message, no OS not found press any key bla bla. Just a cursor.

So I validated that the Partition was still there, and linux seems to think that it is, the space for Windows is still there as far as linux knows, ( Not GRUB, from within the os) and it's formatted NTFS still.

Next, I booted into a Windows 7 recovery disc and did the auto startup up repair all in one option, which of course didn't work, so next I booted back into the Recovery disc, and chose Command prompt, i did the basic bootrec /fixmbr and bootrec /fixboot. I even tried the exporting and deleting BCD outlined in this article: How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

Right now Grub is working fine, I can boot into Linux to do whatever I need to do, ( I don't want it a permanent so... Read more

A:Windows blinking cursor at startup

We frequently see GRUB render Win7 irreparable when on the same HD.

To try to start Win7, uninstall GRUB if possible, then boot the Win7 Repair CD, mark Win7 partition Active: Partition - Mark as Active

Now from the CD Recovery options list choose Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If this fails, find a Win7 installer for your version and clean reinstall after wiping the HD of GRUB: re-install windows 7

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Hi, I seem to have gotten a nasty virus and now when I start up my computer the correct display background will appear, but there will be no start menu or icons. Instead, there is a black box with a blinking cursor inside it called C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
I have a Dell Inspiron e1505 and I have all school information and pictures and I really don't want to have to buy a new computer. I tried scanning my computer with Avast!, which has worked fine for me in the past, but the virus is no longer letting me run it correctly (it says there are missing components that won't allow it to run properly). I tried Spybot Search and Destroy which got rid of a ton of viruses and spyware (I did this in Safe Mode which works fine), and when I tried to start up again the black box problem came up again. Please help!

A:black box with blinking cursor at startup

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If at any time you need help please ask.

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When I try to start up my machine, the Dell boot screen with the F2 and F12 options appear, but instead of moving on to the Windows XP loading screen, it simply shows a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left. I cannot type anything with this cursor. There is clearly something wrong with the boot procedure or, I think, with my hard drive. The hard drive (160gb) is new and has been working well since February.

I'm using a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop. I've run Diagnostics with no errors, booted from XP CD to try bootcfg /rebuild, fixboot & fixmbr, and the lengthy chkdsk /r, all to no avail. I've even tried replacing two NTLDR files by copying them from the XP CD. Nothing has worked; I still have a black screen with a flashing cursor when my HDD should be loading. I've tried removing and reinserting the HDD itself, also to no avail. I haven't yet opened the case up to try to see if there's anything to clean or any botched connections, but I don't see how something like that would have happened on its own. All of my components (RAM, HDD, Video Card, Processor, etc.) seem to be recognized in the BIOS menu.

I should note that when I run chkdsk /r, the progress quickly gets to 25%, slows down and takes a while to get to 51%, and then slows down even more and takes maybe two or three hours to complete. I also notice that the progress advances to about 65% sometimes and then returns to 50% again. I've run chkdsk several times now... Read more

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Blank screen, blinking cursor on startup. Happened the other day too, but eventually rebooted ok. Not today though. Not sure if I'm at the tight place for this topic. If not and you could kindly direct me I'd be grateful, thank you!

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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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Dear Tech support, How do I get my computer back on? Ia able to go inot setup F2 and i did the diagnostic that it offers but the porblem persists, thanks maivina

A:Computer hangs on startup with blinking cursor

Hi Maivina, and welcome to TSF. I would be happy to help you resolve this issue however I will need some additional information to be able to help.

Here are some questions for you to answer that will help me. Just answer them the best you can and if you dont know an answer its ok. If you already answered anything I'm asking in your first post just skip over it.

1). What kind of computer do you have? Laptop? Desktop? Dell, HP, Ect?
2). Whats your level of experience? Novice, intermediate, expert, or dont know squat?
3). What operating system are you using? Xp Home or XP Pro? Which Service pack are you running, SP1,2, or 3?
4). What antivirus are you using? Do you have a firewall?
5) Please tell us a little about your computer. How old is your computer? Hard drive, processor, ram, video card. Ect.
6). Do you have an Xp disk for this computer? Is it a full install disk or a manufacturers disk that came with the computer?
7). Does your computer have a floppy drive, CD drive, Ect.?
8). Do you have access to another working computer with an internet connection?
9). Did you noticed this problem occuring after installing anything recently? Hardware or software?
10). Has your computer done a windows update recently?

and anything else that might help us help you. Remember we are trying to help from a forum so all we have to go on is what you can tell us. Please answer these questions and we can proceed from there.

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So when I start my laptop, after the loading windows screen, it directly goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor/underscore in the top left corner.
I've tried the ctrl-alt-delete. That does nothing.
I've tried the shift 5 times. Nothing
I can't acess safe mode by doing F8. The only screen I can acess is when I press ESC, and that takes me to 1. System Info 2. System Diagnostics 3. Boot Device Options 4. BIOS Setup and 5. System Recovery
System Recovery takes me back to the black screen with the blinking cursor. It sucks.
I've look EVERYWHERE and nothing has worked so far! Help please!

A:Vista on startup black screen and blinking cursor! HELP

Now, to be clear, what does the screen look like when you boot up (before it's black)?

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Hello folks, 
This is my first post.  I've been a long fan of BleepingComputer.com but I have never needed to ever post something because the wealth of information here was able to help me resolve most problems.  That is, until now.  I have been fixing computers for years and I don't remember to have ever been in a position where I have exhausted all options and have surrendered to the reality that it may be the motherboard.  But, despite my experience, I know I'm a novice at this game so that's why I'm turning to the people here.
I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre M58 7244 Desktop.  This is not mine, but a friends.  The problem is as follows: When the computer boots up, there is a splash screen which says the "system is starting" and to interrupt the startup, I can hit enter.  If I hit enter, screen disappears and I'm brought to a black screen with the cursor blinking on the top left corner.  Clearly the issue is startup related so all I'm thinking about is trying to fix the MBR or even considering flashing the BIOS.  So, I attempt to get into the BIOS.  Since hitting enter brought me nowhere, I decided to use other common hot keys.  Hitting F1, F2, Delete, F8, F12 from the splash screen take me nowhere except to the blinking cursor.  I hit ESC and viola! Another screen that displays lots of text as well as memory information, which is all accurate. 
This screen also gives me two additional o... Read more

A:Lenovo: Unique Startup Problem - Blinking Cursor no matter what!

Hello, and Welcome,
Have you replaced the CMOS battery with a new one? PXE errors can be due to a bad hard drive or bad CMOS battery. I would also powercycle the computer if you have not tried it yet. Pull the power cord. Hold the power button down for 30 seconds, Replace the power cord and boot.
Depending on how many RAM modules you have, start with one and try to boot. Change slots. If that does not help, replace with the other module if there is more than one and try both slots booting between each changed location.
I would also reseat any hard drive cables at the hard drive and motherboard. When booting, can you hear the hard drive spin up when the side panel is removed? Good Luck

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I have a 2.5 year old Toshiba Satellite L300-04N, which has decided to crash during exams.

Earlier today when I brought it out of sleep everything was frozen. I couldn't get into Task Manager so I turned it off using the power button.

When I turned it back on, it said that there may be disk errors it wanted to do a disk check (I don't remember the exact message). I've had this problem before, but usually it does the disk check and all is fine. This time it never started the actual disk check, so after waiting a while I hit the power button again.

Now when I try to start it, I get the Toshiba start up screen but then it gets stuck on a black screen with a flashing cursor in the top left corner. When I press any key it makes angry bleeping noises at me.

I've tried doing a startup repair (a couple of times) with the recovery disk. The first time it did a repair, now when I do a repair it tells me it can't detect a problem. I tried to do a system restore, but it told me there are no restore points. I searched the forums for a while, but I couldn't find any other ideas.

I am more or less competent with computers, but I don't know a lot of computer jargon. Thanks in advance for your help!

EDIT: I also tried F8 at startup. Did nothing.

A:Black screen with blinking cursor at startup, repair and recovery did nothing.

Your computer did a repair, so at what stage is it at?
Does Vista boot, do you get the flashing cursor?

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Hi all,

I've been searching around for someone with my problem, however the things I find don't seem to be exactly the same...

Sometimes when I turn on my computer, the screen will turn on as usual, and there is like a cursor that blinks in the top left corner of the screen, again, as usual. However, it will sometimes stop, and stay on this screen for upwards of a minute or more. The laptop sounds like it's still working, as the fan is going pretty fast and everything sounds like it's spinning, however it doesn't show anything on the screen. After around the minute duration, the screen will go black and the normal boot up process is proceeded with.
From what I've read of other people, they can't even get past this screen, which is why I think my problem is slightly different, or the same, just not as severe. Does my problem also sound like it's the MBR, as indicated by other people's questions on the Internet?

If so, is there any easy way to repair it without having to use a windows 7 disc, as I have a laptop and didn't get a disc with it...


A:Black screen with blinking cursor frozen at very start of startup

If you go to Backup and Restore in Control Panel you can Create a system repair disc. You can then use it to start up and try a repair. You may have to do the same MBR several times before it works.

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When i start up my laptop it would say windows xp that stuff and then next thing u no it show a blinking dash line forever and the computer wont work? i try to reboot and it still wont work any help? right now im useing the desktop

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As I try to load XP it gets past a couple of screens and then just stays with this black one and the cursor blinking in the top left hand corner. Now ive had this problem once b4 but a mate of mine fixed it up and said if it ever happens again to put this floppy in and fix it. Now its happened again and i dont know what he exactly did with that floppy (he is overseas atm). When i put the floppy in it gets me to a dos prompt giving me two seconds to choose between 1. CD ROM 2. No CD ROM
Im not too sure (as im a mac user) but I think its the windows Bootup disk. I had lost mine and i think he replaced it with this one. It contains...


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I have this problem that when i boot my computer the acer logo appears and then it goes to a screen that have some text on it and then it continues to a black screen with a blinking dash pn the upper left corner. I dont actually know what the problem is and I am hoping that someone could help me.

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I have a dell pc with windows 7. The computer loads the dell logo, the screen is black with the blinking line in the corner. I have tried all solutions that I have come across, the fixboot, replacing config files and last resort, I did a fresh install of windows. After the fresh install of windows, it worked for a few days and now it is doing it again. What is my next option?

A:Blinking dash in corner of screen computer wont boot.

Hello Nicole and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you've already done a reinstall of Windows 7 and the problem has returned, I think I'd start looking at hardware issues. Perhaps a hard drive, RAM, motherboard, etc that's failing. One of the Forum experts has prepared a couple of troubleshooting guides that might help isolate the problem. I might start with the Memtest86 and HD Diagnostics test outlined in Steps 8 and 9, first tutorial.

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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I have a dell pc with windows 7. The computer loads the dell logo, the screen is black with the blinking line in the corner. I have tried all solutions that I have come across, the fixboot, replacing config files and last resort, I did a fresh install of windows. After the fresh install of windows, it worked for a few days and now it is doing it again. What is my next option?

A:Blinking dash in corner of screen computer wont boot.

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hey guys

well yesterday i turned off my pc came back to it turned it on it started up for 3 seconds then the screen went black with one white flashing dash at the top left

if i restart it it happens again. I changed my monitor and it still didint work so i know its my hard drive or something

any help would be greatly appreciated



A:Screen goes black with one white flashing dash

anyone have any ideas?

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I have an HP Pavillion dv6000, running with Windows Vista Home Premium.

When I turn on the computer, the HP intro screen turns on but then immediately goes Black with a white flashing dash in the top left screen. I can not access F8, safe mode, etc. I can only access the basic set up menu.

I never received a restore, or a Windows XP disc. Ive come to terms with the fact that I will most likely would lose my files and am willing to do a restore, but I can not get onto the log on screen. Do i need to see a tech? Please be advised I am not tech savvy and just want to get back on to my computer

Any help/links/disc downloads would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

A:Black Screen. White Flashing Dash

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Dear mods, I have noted a faint white dash (about 3 inches) in the middle of my P51 Screen which appeared a couple of days back. It looks somewhat like a stuck/dead pixel case. As possible solutions, I have tried the following : i. Battery Drain for 30 mins, and re-checkii. Disable/Enable the Graphic Card Provided that there are no easy solutions, I wish to know whether the replacement of screen of my product (which is still under warranty) will be covered or not? Regards,B.  

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Hi, Before anything, I would like to apogolize for my bad English, I?m like so many french guy bad at other languages ! I got a problem with my Thinkcentre 7635-W1n. It?s a computer I bought with W10 OEM pre-installed on a HDD. However, I wanted to replace this HDD by a SSD. So when I receive the computer I make the replacement and I erase the HDD for using as a save HDD. After create an USB boot with Rufus, the screen displays  Error 1962, no operating system found . After many tries :Convert the SSD in GPT format and create an USB boot UEFI compatible (yes, I was able to use Gparted from live USB) ;Change thing in the BIOS : but there is no thing about Secure Boot/Legacy in the settings. But this recent tries don?t lead to boot on USB. Now, after try booting on USB, I have a white dash sign in the top left corner. I read that there is a problem with the Lenovo with an OEM OS but can?t find the solution myself. Thank you for reading my post and have a nice day

M83P - 7635-W1M - Core 2 Quad 9400 - W10 OEM - 4GO RAM

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im running on windows xp and this has never happend to me before

well yesterday i turned off my pc came back to it turned it on it started up for 3 seconds then the screen went black with one white flashing dash at the top left

if i restart it it happens again. I changed my monitor and it still didint work so i know its my hard drive or something
any help would be greatly appreciated



A:Computer Starts With Windows XP Then Goes Blank With White Dash

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hi people i have a adven laptop but she i boot it up just goes onto a screen with a flashing dash line in corner of screen

A:flashing white dash line in corner of screen

Go into your BIOS and verify that the hard drive is listed as the first boot device. If it is, it sounds like your mbr is corrupt, or your hard drive is damagedI'm still learning Vista, not quite sure if fixmbr is the same or not. Give yhis a look:http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/microsoft...-mbr-vista.htmlhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

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My laptop is Lenovo B50-30 20382I tried to enter the bios (fn+f2) but this time didn t work, i tried the next time and the same resultI can use the windows with no problemI don t know what to do, i really need to use the bios, i tried advanced start to enter in uefi settings but nothing. I searched through many forums but i reallt find one solution. To reset the bios by removing the CMOS battery from the motherboard. Is there any solution that i can do without removing the cmos battery?Please help me

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