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Q: Black screen with flashing cursor in upper corner after Dell logo

This is my first time posting here. Please forgive my ignorance, as I'm super not tech-savvy at all.

I'm going to try to explain what's going on as best as I can to see if anyone can throw me a bone here.

I have a Dell Inspiron 531, about 4 years old, and it's worked just fine up until yesterday.

I plugged my Canon camera into the front USB port to grab some photos off of it, when my computer froze. I had to hold down the power button to get it to shut off.

I restarted, and found that after the Dell logo comes up, the screen goes black except for a white cursor that flashes in the upper right hand corner. This has been going on since last night.

The only two options it gives me appear during the Dell logo screen when I can hit either F12 for the boot menu or F2 for startup menu. Once the screen goes black and I see that cursor, key punching does nothing.

I'm not sure if this is worth mentioning but, at one point, I somehow found myself at a memory diagnostics menu and it ran and found no errors but then froze at 99%. I have no idea how I was able to do that, and I can't find it again.

Sorry if I left out any info. Anyone have an idea on what I can do to start troubleshooting?

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A: Black screen with flashing cursor in upper corner after Dell logo

Have you tried unplugging everything from the computer except for mouse and keyboard?

You may attempt a Startup Repair

Are you able to boot into safe mode? Safe Mode

If you have another computer, you can burn Memtest to a disk and run memory diagnostics.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

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When I turn on my computer all I get is a black screen with the flashing cursor up in the left corner of the screen. Any ideas as to how to correct this? I have a Dell from he'll computer-- inspiron E1505 about 8 years old and just had windows 7 home edition installed on it

A:Black screen with flashing cursor in upper left corner of screen

Hey I just went through something very similar. I found that my SATA cable connecting the hard drive to the motherboard had failed. I replaced it with a new SATA cable, and it booted right up. Try the cable first if you have one lying around, plus its a cheap solution. If you replace the cable and it still won't boot up, it might be your hard drive. Seeing as how your machine is that old, it could fail at any time.

Do you get anything on the screen when you turn it on?

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My Acer has a black screen flashing mark upper left corner just after the opening screen, it just happened ,can I get some help thx ....

A:black screen flashing mark upper left corner

First backup any files you want off of the computer with an Ubuntu Live CD saving to an external USB HDD/Flash Drive.
If you have a Windows 7 DVD or Restore CD put that in the computer and choose your language and then Restore Your Computer.
If you do not have a disc, then you probably have a restore partition. Restart the computer on the logo screen when you see the message Press (Key) to Enter E-Recovery do so, this will restore your computer to Factory Defaults. Be sure to backup first.

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got hijacked last night and run spybot and full virus scan and when finished i restarted the computer and got a black screen with the flasing cursor in the left top.. Tried to start in safe mode (f8) and it willnt go to safe mode just the same screen...any suggestion???

A:black screen with cursor flashing left corner

Hi -

Use Vista DVD or the HDD recovery partition to boot into Recovery Environment.

1st try "System Repair". If no-go, then try "Windows System Restore"

Regards. . .



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I get home this afternoon and started up my Dell desktop Dimension 4600 just gave me a blank screen with a flashing cursor in the upper left hand corner. I tried to get to the "setup" (F12) and I got a "keyboard failure." Can I get my desktop back?

A:[SOLVED] Blank screen with flashing cursor in upper left

Try booting up and hitting the F8 key. Then choose the Last Known Good Config option and see what that does for you.

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I am running windows 10, from windows 8. Free download.
I was usinf Skype, and the sound went off. I tried to restart my desktop, and after upgrade and restart, screen just black with blinking line.
What to do to repair windows 10?
Please advice.
Best regards, John From Denmark

A:black screen with blinking line in upper left corner

Hi, suggests it's not seeing your disk at all - nothing to boot from.

Check your connections, check your disk - e.g. using a live boot disk or connect it to another PC.

If you can manage to read it again, run chkdsk on it.

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My computer is about a year old now, built by me and my dad. Recently it's been having some issues though-- for a while I think it was over heating, causing it to reboot. At least I hope it was just overheating. One time when I booted up my computer it told me overclocking failed, which was odd because I hadn't messed with any of the settings (all still defaults).

But heres the major issue: If you boot it up, after the BIOS it'll give you a black screen with a blinking underscore up in the left corner. If you're quick enough you can get it to go into safe mode, etc. You can also choose which drive to boot from--- I found that it only gives you the black screen with certain drives. But, I did notice that its very slow when you have the "loading" screen for windows-- it'll slowly fade in and start loading, then it goes to a normal speed.

IntelCore2CPU [email protected]
Nvidia 8800 GTS (640 MB)
4 GB RAM (although I can't use it all...)
Don't know much about my mobo except its a P5K

A:Black Screen + White Underscore in Upper Left Corner

I could be a memory issue. Try removing RAM one stick at a time and seeing if any of them are causing it. Then try them individually in each slot. It could be the motherboard if only one slot is faulty.

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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 am having trouble turning my laptop on. when i press the on button the dell startup screen comes on and then goes to a black screen with only f12 and f2 as the options to click on.

I have tried turning the laptop off, resetting it by taking the battery out, pressing on f8 for the advance menu, and ran diagnostic and memory test as well. still no results.

I have the dell drivers and utilities cd rom, however when I try to boot up the computer through the cd rom im reaching a black page that has F\:< and i do not know what to enter in that field.

Somebody please help!! I called dell however i do not have warranty any longer any help would be much appreciated I need it for college ASAP!!

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Hi Friends,
I have an old Dell Inspiron 15R N5110 (purchased in 2012, which is out of warranty). It was working fine until few weeks earlier. Yesterday, when I switched it on, it shows the Dell logo; post which it shows a blinking cursor on a black screen. Though I waited for few mins thinking it would load Windows, it did not.
I had Win7 and recently upgraded to Win10. Also, I do not have a recovery disc; neither was provided with one from Dell during purchase.
Only options available for me are F2 and F12. I tried the following.1. Removed all connected extenal components to the laptop. Removed and Reinserted the battery. Tried ON & OFF couple of times. No use.2. Pressed F2 and changed the BIOS settings to boot from HD. No use.3. Pressed F12 and ran the Diagnostics. Basic Test was successful. Thorough Test revealed the following
Error Code 2000-0142Validation 7501Msg: Hard Drive 0 - S/N 12*******, self test unsuccessful. Status = 7The given error code and message can be used by Dell Technical Support to help diagnose the problem.
Checked in Dell website with above info suggests me to replace the HD.
Is there any other suggestions from the forum for me to try?
Thanks in advance for all your suggestions.

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Can get into startup menu but unable to get into any of the Information. Using F keys

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This may sound confusing but let me try to explain what happened. I have 2 computers and an A/B switch. The personal computer (Windows Vista) is never on the internet. I was using the personal computer with a wireless mouse and keyboard. I wanted to backspace and the keyboard wouldn't work. I switched to my internet computer (Windows 7) and the keyboard wouldn't work there either. However, the mouse did work on both computers.I thought maybe the batteries were dead in the keyboard and replaced them. No effect. The lights on the wireless base were flashing and it wouldn't synch. I replaced the mouse and keyboard with a wired set with no effect. I think I then rebooted the machine and the mouse got stuck in the upper right hand corner. The cursor would move erratically when I tried to move the mouse but would always end up in the corner. I can't get the mouse to move so I can get to the computer settings or anything. I went back to the wireless as it is now synched but the cursor is in the same pattern. I rebooted the computer in safe mode with no improvement. This just happened in the middle of using my slide-to-digital copier which I've been using for hundreds of slides with no problems like this. Now both computers are messed up by either keyboard and mouse. Whatever happened affects both the internet and non-internet machines alike. Help!!

A:Cursor stuck in upper right corner

Update: When I connected the mouse and keyboard directly into the computer they worked OK. So I guess there must be something wrong with the A/B switch?

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Just purchased 3 days ago..now I watched a movie and I observed 3 white spots..I payed 1260$ have the full coverage but this is not the solve of the problem cause is not normal turn buy a new laptop and after 2 days to need attention and start fixing stuff..I was so happy thinking I made a good deal..tomorrow I'm going back in BestBuy and ask to replace it with a Samsung or something else..no way to go fix something that I payed 1260$ and in 2 days to let me down.I just berry my Acer that I bought it 5 years ago and was working perfectly..I'm so mad..I'm know HP is a good brand but really after I read the reviews I was shocked to see how many problems..And to let you know I tried to switch for better graphics performance and there is no changing there..

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My cursor blinks in upper left corner of monitor. Removed battery, replaced, did not work. What do I do now?

A:Blinking cursor in upper left-hand corner

The hard drive is probably bad. This is a laptop? The blinking cursor means that the computer can't find a boot device, like a hard drive or CD/DVD drive

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Hi all. So, I've got a desktop running Windows 7 32bit, and a corded USB Dell optical mouse. This morning I booted up the computer, and after a short while the mouse cursor started staggering up to the upper right hand corner of the screen and would not come back down.

I tried plugging in a different optical mouse, and the same thing happened. I tried all the usb ports on the computer, no change. I tried updating the drivers and just uninstalling and reinstalling the mouse, no change. I did a system restore to yesterday, when it was working just fine. That actually seemed to work for a few minutes, then it started up again.

So right now I'm running a full system virus scan, but I was just wondering if anyone here had any ideas as to the cause. I haven't downloaded any software or changed any settings in the last few days.


A:Mouse Cursor moves to Upper Right Corner, won't come back.

What is your graphics card ? Have you very recently upgraded the graphics driver ?

if so, try a downgrade , it might be solved.

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I have seen this problem once before [posted in a different forum on this site] but it was a problem someone had on a laptop and it was for Windows XP.

I am using a desktop PC [Windows 7- HP] in a nutshell.

Anywho...The Problem.
I was minding my own business, listening to music and editing on a photoshop program, when suddenly my computer shut off on me. So, thinking that I might have accidentally pressed the power button with my leg, I restart it. Only to get a black screen with a little white flashing line at the top left corner of my screen.

I've heard people say to try to load it in Safe Mode. But I honestly don't know how to do that with Window's 7. I'm at a bit of a loss really. I've tried numerous things. I'm close to giving up...and so I'd really really REALLY appreciate any help given. I have a lot of files and etc...on this thing, and I really don't want to hear that there's nothing that can be done to retrieve them! :(

A:Help: Black screen with flashing line at top left corner

Press F8 at boot time to get the mneu and choose safe mode.

Try connecting it up to a different monitor and see if the results are the same.

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Hey guys I have a Song Vaio RBG-53 (I believe) with XP. I was using google images when I clicked on a picture and got a fake anti virus pop up. It wasn't the normal one I've seen quite a few times so I alt f4 closed it and immediately ran my AVG virus scan. That found nothing so I ran Malwarebytes which found 4 infected files. Two were in the registry and two were in my temporary internet files...I believe. Then I had it remove them and it said I needed to reboot to safely remove the files. I did that and when the computer started back up, it showed the initial Sony Vaio screen and then it goes straight into a black screen with a blinking cursor at the top left corner. The fan in my computer will run pretty loudly for about a minute and then slow back downto normal. At this point I'm not able to do anything. None of the F keys do anything. I tried ctrl alt del and that has no effect either. I can't get into safe mode or recovery console or anything like that. I've been researching google for the last hour on this and all the fixes involve just going into safe mode or using a repair cd, which I do not have. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks.

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Hi, I have an Acer laptop - Aspire 5315-2470 and when my son turned it on it goes to the Acer screen and then goes to black screen with cursor in the left hand corner.

I have tried to reboot in safemode but all I get is beeping noises. I also read in the manual on how to restore the computer back to day one we bought it, by holding ALT and F10 upon turning on . All I get is the same beeping noises.

This computer is only 1 year old , so if someone can give me any advice on how to fix this I would be very happy.

Thanks In Advance...

A:Vista with black screen and cursor in left corner

Look at your BIOS settings. The Acer screen may tell you how to access the BIOS (boot) settings with a function key - probably F2. Press that F2 or whatever it tells you when the Acer screen comes up. When the BIOS screen displays, make sure the "boot from" setting is your hard disk. If not, change it.

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When I turn on Lenovo thinkpad desktop it comes to the Gateway screen then to a black screen with the cursor at top left corner. F8 is not working - whether pressing intermittently or holding down so I can't get to safe mode. F2 was working ( set up menu ). But it has now quit working. When holding down F2 or F8 it just starts beeping. Where do I go from here?

A:Black screen with white cursor at the top left corner.

What model Thinkpad?


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I don't know if this is the correct place to post this question. My daughter was using my MSI laptop and when she tried to start the computer all that came up was a black screen with the cursor in the upper left corner. She selected the restore option which came up because the other options would not do anything.

Is there any possible way to recover my files, pics, etc. or is it just gone now? I'm really upset because I had five years of photos of my grandchildren. =(

Any help at all is greatly appreciated.

A:Black screen w/ only the cursor in the left hand corner

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Hello , my computer won't start up to windows . I do not have the cd to restore my computer . I have a compaq windows xp computer . I believe it has to do something with a program called norton ghost that I was running , it froze so I restarted the computer and I chose to start windows normally . The blank screen then came up with the blinking cursor on the top left corner . Is there any possible way I can fix this problem myself ?

A:Blank black screen with blinking cursor at top left corner

Norton Ghost is a Clone/Imaging software to clone your existing HDD to a different HDD. What exactly were you trying to do?

Boot off of the Windows Disc Or download the Recovery Console ISO. Burn it to CD with IMGBurn Boot off of the CD and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. Disk Check Outside Windows (Windows XP) The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.
You can also download the ISO image for Seatools, or DriveFitness in my signature and burn the image to a CD using IMGBurn also in my signature and boot off of the newly created CD and run the Quick and Advanced tests on the HDD to test the integrity of the drive.

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I have an Acer Apire 5100. I have tried to set back to factory settings. The system began to restore ran to about 85% complete then shut down. The problem there was the system was booting up in XP and the laptop was purchased with Vista. Now the screen is black with the cursor flashing in tp left corner. Any suggestions?

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I have a HP G60 64bit laptop that I have had for several years now running Vista . Several months back we left, and came home and the laptop was showing a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner. (Laptop worked fine before we left our house)

I have searched endlessly online trying to find a solution to no avail. I had my brother look at it, whom is better on computers then I am and he seemed to believe it was a hard drive issue.

I ordered a new hardrive which arrived last night. I'm not sure how to even run what I need to, to install the new HD with the black screen. Or what to do to try and see if a fix is possible using my original hard drive.

I'm going in blind here and really need some step by step help on how to resolve this issue. I just want my computer back up and running and have no idea what to do. ALL HELP is greatly appreciated.

A:Black screen flashing cursor. HELP!!

Originally Posted by ShanShan

I have a HP G60 64bit laptop that I have had for several years now running Vista . Several months back we left, and came home and the laptop was showing a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner. (Laptop worked fine before we left our house)...

Hi ShanShan,

First of all I am No Expert (disclaimer) but may be I can be of some help.

If the laptop was working fine for years and then out of nowhere went berserk ... that is kind of odd ... but I suppose it can happen ... I am assuming you left the laptop "On" while you were gone ... if it was showing a Black Screen when you came back ... now you might have gotten a power surge of some sort ...

Or may be a Bios glitch which I read somewhere awhile ago ... so do the following ...

1) Remove the battery and disconnect the power cord from the Laptop.
2) Press the power button for a few Second (While Battery Out and Cord Off from the Laptop).
3) Connect the power cord First. Press the power button to start and THEN dock the battery.

Did this fix your problem ... if so, you are good to go ... if not then ...

1) Try to reboot into "Safe Mode" ... on my laptop when I restart it I Tap repeatedly on F8 key till the Safe Screen pops up ... then choose "Fix My PC" or "Repair My PC" the minimum option and let it do it's thing ...

If you got a Normal Start-up ... then you are good so far ...

So, do a Normal Restart .... Read more

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Help!!!!  I have a Dell Inspriron 537s, when I turn the computer on it goes to Dell screen the bar fills up and then it goes to a black screen with a white cursor and doesnt go past that.  I upgraded to Windows 10 about 6 months ago and everything has been fine with it.  I have looked online and there are a few things i have tried, press the windows button + p,  and nothing has worked.  Any suggestions????

A:Black screen with flashing cursor

What color is the power button and is it steady or blinking?
When was last time you replaced the motherboard battery? It's a CR2032 3-volt coin cell battery, ~$2.00

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It all started when files & folders went missing, they weren't in the recycle bin & or in any other part of the system. I then decided to do a system restore which was successful. After a few hours I went to turn on my computer, the dell logo comes up & then goes to a black screen with a flashing cursor at the top left side. I turned it off & on again, the dell logo screen has an F2 & F12 option, I have clicked F2 & carried out a PC diagnostics thorough test which passed, so I assume the problem is the Windows 7 operating system .

I do have a backup disk of my own which I created & also an external backup drive, unfortunately I'm not having much luck with these unless I'm not booting them right. This is how I've done it:

- All other USB connections ie. printer etc are disconnected except for monitor, mouse, keyboard & external backup drive.

- I switch on computer, dell logo comes up with F2 & F12 option

- I click on F12 which leads to a box asking me to 'Please select a boot device', the options are hard disk, cd/DVD rom, USB hard disk, diagnostics & enter setup

- I click USB hard disk which leads to the black screen with white text 'booting Linux', this then leads to the NTI Backup Now EZ box, this asks me to press the restore button to begin restoring the computer & also to select alternative restore point if needed.

- when I click restore, it is carried out successfully but then when it restarts the black screen... Read more

A:Black screen with flashing cursor

Welcome to the Forums Pam8

Do you have a windows 7 image which you created and stored on the external ?

Have you run a startup repair ?

Startup Repair

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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hey everyone
so my daughters computer..she got a virus or something that made her have to specify "open with" I used the acer recovery system and had it revert to a date a couple of weeks ago seemed great. it was online and everything seemed fine i then...downloaded spybot search and repair...took hours then had a result screen wich quickly turned of..then a flash of blue screen to quick to read..then to a black screen with flashing cursor NOT moveable...this now happens during start up and wont budge..i can get into the bios info using F2..tried restoring settings..nothing..changed boot drive to an external dvd drive installing recovery disks twice to no avail.....sorry its an acer aspire one netbook runing windows 7

A:black screen with flashing cursor

Hi michelletaylor, welcome to SevenForums !
This might seem silly but I have exactly the same problem with my laptop. I'm stuck at the page right after the manufacturer logo, the white line blinking page. One thing you can try is see if everything is alright in the BIOS settings by pressing F2 in the first page. You can also try pressing F12 or the key to access the boot options. Try to run a diagnostic scan. If it asks for an extended scan, say yes, it should take about 1h to complete and this might find problems. You can also try pressing F8 to access different options to boot your computer (like safe mode), but for me, it doesn't work. I would like to help you more but I have the same problem. Hope you'll be able to make it work and have a nice day. MrDub

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Machines were running fine until someone took out a power pole down the road.
When power resumed, powered my machines back up. 2 out of 3 did OK. The third goes immediately to a black screen with a flashing cursor in the upper corner.
Have already:
1 removed and reseated the power and data cables from the hard drive
2 removed and reseated the RAM modules
3 tried pressing every F key on the keyboard
4 Cntl-Alt-Delete doesn't work either
5 tried on another monitor.
Don't even get to Windows splash screen or able to get to Safe Mode.

A:Black screen with flashing cursor.

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when starting up my laptop, after the hp logo appears for a couple seconds the screen goes black with a white flashing cursor on the top left corner. the only thing i can do is push escape to go to the start up menu. i've also tried going to the BIOS settings and changing the priority to hard drive. i tried pressing f8 to go enter safe mode, but nothing happens when i press f8 or any other f keys. please help!

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Mod Edit: Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic464825.html - Hamluis.HiI had exact same problem and done all the tests as well listed by the poster. I've have the mbr zip but cannot attach it to the reply - says Error You aren't permitted to upload this kind of file?ThanksAndrew

A:Black Screen, Flashing Cursor 2

@ AndrewSeExactly what is the name (the extension) of the file that you are trying to attach here?A file with a .zip extension can be attached here in the XP forum, so it should not be a problem, and you should not be receiving the "Error You aren't permitted to upload this kind of file" message when attempting to do that.

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Hi, here is my journey. All was good and well, until my Windows 7 on another drive gave me an NTOSKRNL.EXE error (fixed now). My Windows 10 booted fine at this point, but after entering my password, it was stuck on "logging in" for quite some time. I forced a reboot, and then I was stuck in the "Performing Automatic Repair" loop. I eventually got out of this, only to be greeted by a "BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO" BSOD. After replacing files from RegBack, I managed to get it to boot, but now I just see a black screen with no cursor. I've tried logging in and I had Chrome Remote Desktop but that didn't work either.
It's really not okay for Windows to just mess up randomly. The NTOSKRNL error from the other drive COULDN'T have caused this problem.
Please help me out! I hate reinstalling so much. It's one of the biggest wastes of time.

A:Black Screen After Boot Logo No Cursor

Did you try a reset? I think that's your 2nd best option next to reinstallation. It only takes about 15mins to get out of that mess if you have an image backup.

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I've been running Vista for a few months now without much complaint until recently. After booting, the green loading bar is followed by the windows logo before the screen flickers several dark colors and then produces a black screen with a movable cursor. The hard drive light remains unlit after the black screen. Running in safe mode gives the same result. I do not have a repair disk and I would rather not wipe the hard drive with a factory default disk as I have important data on my hard disk.

I am running Toshiba Satellite with an Intel Core™2 Duo Processor T5550, 2 GB RAM and an ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470 - 256 MB

I've been trying to restore my pc for a few days now with no luck. HELP!


A:Black Screen and Cursor after windows logo

Originally Posted by revor


I've been running Vista for a few months now without much complaint until recently. After booting, the green loading bar is followed by the windows logo before the screen flickers several dark colors and then produces a black screen with a movable cursor. The hard drive light remains unlit after the black screen. Running in safe mode gives the same result. I do not have a repair disk and I would rather not wipe the harddrive as I have important data on my hard disk.

I am running Toshiba Satellite with an Intel Core?2 Duo Processor T5550, 2 GB RAM and an ATI Mobility Radeon? HD 3470 - 256 MB

I've been trying to restore my pc for a few days now with no luck. HELP!


I`m no Vista PRO, but the first thing i would do is:

Run Vista Startup Repair, that can be found in the tutorials.
(It is quite easy, just boot from the CD, and Repair it.)

If this doesn`t work, try to boot in safe mode and then Backup your things.
(To run in Safe Mode, i use the method, turn on wait until the vista logo comes, then turn off by the button, so next time you boot, you can choose to Safe Mode)

Backup the computer by a External Drive. ( Don`t use DVDs, its a waste)

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OS : Windows 7 32bit
Ram: 2gb
HDD: Seagate 500gb
PSU : Fortress
I am troubleshooting my friends pc now. When I turned on the computer , it stuck on Black screen with Cursor after the windows logo and it wo'nt proceed booting. I'm just seeking of your opinions/ideas if this is caused by a faulty ram or a faulty motherboard?
Thanks in advance.

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Computer was running fine 2 days ago; now can't boot. Running XP Pro, but system goes right to a black screen with a flashing cursor. Can't get into bios.
Can't type anything...even tried holding down all different Function keys..I can hear the hard drive and fan...CONFUSED

A:Black screen, flashing cursor, won't boot

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Hello, I'm currently writing this from another laptop. I have a Gateway Netbook that runs on Windows 7 starter. The problem first arised when I went to access a tumblr blog that I usually visit, but it was loading incredibly slow, so I walked away from my computer a moment. When I returned, firefox had crashed, and when I went to try and minimize the screen I saw that all of my desktop shortcuts were gone as well as from the startup menu. I went to restore the firefox, and noticed that the page was trying to redirect me to a malware site, something .biz and an account cnn123 in the url as well. I immediately reacted by rebooting my laptop so that I could start up in safemode but what I got was just a completely black screen with a small flashing cursor. Nothing else.

What I did next was burn the avira rescue program onto my usb flashdrive after reformatting it, and I opened the bios menu so that I could boot up from my usb and use the program. (My netbook doesn't have a cd drive) I ran the scan and it detected 19 infected files, as well as I believe 108 alerts. All of the files from my c: drive are still there because avira scanned through them all, and after it was done scanning I set it to try and repair the files, and if it couldn't it would delete them. I restarted the laptop, removing the usb and having it boot up the way it should originally, but I still have the black screen with the flashing cursor. I'm not sure what to do now.

Also I will mention th... Read more

A:Black Screen during booting up with flashing cursor

Are you able to boot into safe mode?

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Hi guys,

never had to post any questions about windows issues as I could find all my answers on the net.
Well, not now.
I had to reinstall the whole machine from scratch because old HDD has been playing up.
This is what I did:

1. Imaged old (faulty) drive to new one - just because I needed some data out of it and the old one was very slow and freezing.
2. run the system with new imaged drive - all working except sometimes it was playing up, so I decided to upgrade to another drive with Win8.1 from Win7
3. have plugged in new HDD to SATA0 port and the imaged drive to port SATA2
4. installed Win8.1, copied data over, reinstalled applications and so on.
5. all working perfectly. Now every time I boot up the machine, I'm offered options if I want to boot to Win8.1 or Win7. No problem there.
6. Now I wanted to remove the imaged HDD from SATA2 port, so I did - and here comes the problem:

All I get now is the black screen with flashing cursor in top left corner. How is this possible ?
Can anyone please help ?
When I plug the second drive in all works as before. I just have to remove the second drive. How can I do this?
In the attached image you can see my drives from Win8.1
the Disk0 is the one I need to keep - that's a Win8.1 ( C: )
Disk1 (imaged HDD) is the one with Win7 on it and needs to be removed.

Any help is much appreciated.

A:Booting Win 8.1 gives black screen with flashing cursor

anyone ?

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I have since learnt my problem is OS related. I have started another thread in OS section. Can this be deleted?

Apologies for the long post! I hope this is in the right area, and that someone might know what is wrong with my card.

I recently bought a PC from Zoostorm, and I've been happy with it so far as it's such an upgrade from the last one I had. I was also pleased that it contained an ATI card, as I'd had a few problems with Nvidia in the past. But recently things haven't been going so good, and no matter how many searches I do I can't seem to find someone with the same problem as me. I'm running a 4870, and from what I've read on it, it appears to be particularly buggy, but I'm praying somewhere out there is a solution. It would be such a shame to have to change it as it's less than a month old.

I play a lot of WoW and I've experienced two freezes. I'm not sure if the music is still playing as I never have it on anyway, and I didn't think at the time to check if it was affected. I couldn't tab out, so had to reboot both times.

Another problem I've had appears to be connected to tabbing out of the game, and may be set off by my character being AFK for a few minutes. I'll suddenly discover my cursor has disappeared and I'll tab out hoping to correct the issue, only to find my desktop has been replaced with a black screen, but several menus can be seen opening and closing, namely... Read more

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Hi, I have an older HP d530 SFF running WinXP

I wanted to upgrade from the current 40Gb HDD to a new 80Gb, and used the Seagate disk wizard (powered by Acronis) to clone the old drive to the new using an external case.

When I swap the disks and power on, I get a message reporting the new disk size is 80Gb - save to BIOS? (yes) then the HP logo screen and can access BIOS (if I hit F10 fast enough!) but then the screen goes black except for a flashing cursor in the top left. I am unable to type or do anything at that point (except Ctrl+Alt+Del.) This is the same whether or not I go to the Bios (it does the same thing on exiting BIOS)

Unfortunately I do not have the media for my (legit) XP installation as I didn't come with the machine when I bought it, but I have the sticker with the code .

Is there anyway to get the new disk running without having to pay for a new copy of XP? I had thought the cloning would get around this, as the program says if the old disk was bootable the new one will be too. The SFF case does not have room for two HDDs, or I'd just install it as a slave.

Thanks in anticipation, I have solved many probs before by searching this great site, but can't find this one...

A:Black screen with flashing cursor after hdd upgrade?

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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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Having problems here.

First off I have a Dell Inspiron n7010 system running Windows 7 Home 64bit

OK the other night I shut down my system and all seemed fine until next day. I went to reboot and got the normal Dell splash screen with both the Set Up (F2) and Boot (F12) options. After the Dell screen finished it then went to load Windows, but instead I got a Black Screen with Flashing Cursor. Can't move cursor at all.

On the Dell screen I can access the Set Up (F2) bios pages. I can also access the Boot Options (F12) Page.

What I can not gain access to is the Restore (F8) menus.

I did not know to make any sort of boot disk or boot repair disk so I do not have either of these and I do not know of anyone who is using windos 7 that could make me one to use. Also Dell puts the rstore on the hard drive so onlyhave a MS Works CD and a Drivers & Utilities CD l ran the diagnostics utility but forgot to plug in my computer so when it was almost done the battery must have died so will redo the test later as tired tonight as been up half the night with this issue. But for memory the first 6 of the 8 memories areas it was scanning tested fine. Will post an update later today when Iget chance to run the whole thing again!!

I know others have had this screen. Is there a solution as have spent the last day or so googling it and seems very mixed results depending on the user and their own case with this black screen w/cursor.Some have said bad hard drive (I HOPE NOT THE ... Read more

A:Black Screen W/Flashing Cursor on boot up

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

What you are experiencing can be hard to fix, but it could well be the hard drive has gone to the big computer in the sky.

This link may offer some insight, but I have to say it doesn't look promising.

Win7 won&#39;t boot, black screen with blinking cursor - Microsoft Answers

Have you contacted Dell to see if they can help?

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So I recently installed Windows X Yosemite transformation pack but didn't like it and had to uninstall. After uninstall it told me to press ok to restart . But when I restarted I couldn't see the logon screen. I tried moving my mouse pad and it would show the cursor but dissapear once movement stops, I've done some research and found this > https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/2756559
I believe this relates exactly to my issue but the workaround did not work. PLEASE HELP THIS IS REALLY URGENT D:

Windows 8.1
8gb ram
Nvidia gt 635m 2gb ddr3
Intel i5 3337u cpu with Intel HD 4000

Asus vivobook s550cm

Same thing in safe mode . I just see cursor appear and safe mode text in each corner

When I try reset PC it says
> unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing

System restore
>to use system restore you must specify which windows installation to restore

Restart this computer, select an operating system and then select system restore


A:Login screen black with flashing cursor


You can use Startup Repair and the other tools on the System Recovery Options menu to attempt repairs or restore data from a backup

You can try to perform a startup repair, visit the link below to learn more:
How do I fix a boot (startup) problem?

What to do if Windows won't start correctly?

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Hi - After turning on my laptop it goes straight to a black screen with a flashing cursor in the top left, from there I can't do anything! Any help would be much appreciated..


Acer Aspire 5742z
Windows 7 ---Upgraded to Windows 10
Intel Pentium processor P6100
Intel HD Graphics


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I have a similar problem to this forum
I tried following some of the instructions that was given to this person but I think I need more personalized help to mine. I am not able to get the computer past that black screen. I do not have a Windows 7 disk but I was able to make a recovery disk from another computer. From there, I am able to get to the System Recovery window. The only thing I've tried to do is a System Restore but that doesn't seem to fix my problem.
I'd appreciate any help I can get. These malware viruses are awful.

A:Black Screen on Startup with Flashing Cursor

Hello br00kekrysiak I would like to welcome you to the Malware Removal section of the forum.Around here they call me Gringo and I will be glad to help you with your malware problems.Very Important --> Please read this post completely, I have spent my time to put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier, faster and smoother for both of us!Please do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the ... Read more

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Hi, new to the forum.

I'm working on a dell inspiron 1525 for a friend. It came with vista but it was loaded with virus's. I formatted the hard drive and am now trying to install windows 7. The problem is that Everything that I am trying in just going straight to a black screen with a blinking cursor at the top left corner. I have done some research on this problem but none of the comments were from new installs. Vista was working fine except for being slow so i'm not thinking anything hardware related.

I've tried booting from cd, flash drive....and its all doing the exact same thing.

Any help would be great. Thanks

A:Black screen with flashing cursor when booting W7

First run the Dell Diagnostics from boot to test the hardware: Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run the . If they run then I would try to keep the Dell OEM Diagnostics partition - at Step 7 of Clean Install Windows 7 delete all partitions but it. Recovery will no longer run after reinstall so delete it too.

Use the installer provided in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 burned to DVD or written to flash stick using tool in Step 2. Unplug all other HD's and peripherals, Boot the installer by tapping the F12 key at boot to choose boot device. If you get a flashing cursor it is not booting the device.

If problem persists Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. (If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install.) Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

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Hey everyone, I recently started having the black screen with the flashing cursor come up sometimes when I start my PC. I have narrowed it down as being my 3rd HDD (2TB WD) as the culprit, which I only use as media storage. It is not set as a boot device since windows is on my SSD and when I unplug the drive from my mobo, windows always starts up without any issue.

Basically my question is, is this just a case of a hard drive going bad? I ran chkdsk on all 3 drives and none of them had any issues and it is not fragmented or anything that I can tell, so I don't know. I have had this setup for a while now and about a month ago it started doing this. The screen doesn't always come up however, so I have no clue what the issue is.

Any help would be great, thanks.

A:Black screen with flashing cursor, caused by 3rd hdd?

Hello Hayman19,

Well, it seems you found the problem; however, the why may be a bit more difficult. So you can start off by running some additional diagnostics on that particular hard drive, check the smart data to see if there are any spin up timeouts, and possibly swap the SATA cables (with a known good cable), and if none of those work, you could try moving the HD to a different SATA port if available. Good luck.

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My Laptop:http://www.dell.com/us/en/home/notebooks/inspiron-1546/pd.aspx?refid=inspiron-1546&s=dhs&cs=19&~oid=us~en~29~inspiron-15-amd-03~~
Dell Inspiron 1546, Windows 7.
Started up my PC. After the Dell Inspiron screen loads the screen goes back with a blinking cursor int the top left corner. Googling, I've tried Fn+F5 or F6, pressing shift 5 times, and CTRL+ALT+DELETE to no avail. I have not tried anything with BIOs settings and have not changed any system settings. I've started a thread a couple days ago regarding regular freezing during Dacebook/YouTube games and I've yet to find a solution for that when this started.
The laptop's new. We haven't had it for a week. I seriously someone can help me fix this thing before we're forced to return/exchange it. I do have the Dell Drivers/Utilities and a Windows 7 Repair Disc but I'm unsure if these will allow me to do a full wipe/restore.
All input is welcome and appreciated.

A:Screen boots to Black w/ Flashing Cursor

Did you try F8 to go into Safe Mode and see if Windows will load that way?
If so, and that does not work then I recommend that you contact Tech Support and discuss the issue with them.   They may be able to resolve it relatively quickly for you.

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I have an Acer aspire 5733-6607 with Intel Core i3 CPU 2.40GHz.

My mom was on it playing a game on the internet and stepped away to wash dishes when she came back it was on the black screen with the blinking cursor in the top left corner. I tried system repair disc, the recovery disc that it had me make when I first got the laptop and windows defeender offline nothing worked. I tried F8 and it goes to the black screen with acer and where I can press F2 or F12 and then back to screen with blinking cursor. I tried restoring default settings in the F2 menu also.

I was wondering if there was something someone knew that maybe I overlooked any help will be really appreciated thanks..

A:Windows 7 64 bit black screen with flashing cursor?

Unplug all USB devices from your laptop. Restart and see whether the blank screen problem remains.

It is possible that Windows refuses to boot with a USB device such as an external hard drive or a flash drive connected to your computer.

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