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Hi folks. I'm sure many of you will have come across this 'problem' before.

My hard drive light CONSTANTLY blinks, every second. It is VERY annoying. I have searched, searched and SEARCHED AGAIN for solutions (for years, also had it on old XP machines), and no matter what people say it could be in literally thouasands of threads/replies I've found over the years no one HAS CURED IT OR FOUND OUT WHAT IT IS. Some people call it the 'heartbeat'. I call it a c***.

HELP, this is now driving me slightly crazy!!!!! SOMEONE somewhere MUST KNOW!!!

Preferred Solution: That CONSTANT BLINKING problem.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


Even when you are not actively doing anything, the hard drive will remain active, because of background programs and OS activity. As far as I know, there is no way to totally make the hard drive inactive, without disabling it, or shutting down the computer. I'm assuming that the activitity light is the one indicating activity on the hard drive where the OS resides.

If you feel that the amount of activity is abnormal, then check it with Process Monitor:


If that doesn't explain it, then start checking with security scanners for malware, trojans, etc.

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...in one of the 'other' forums, you know..., an OP about this subject was given all kinds of information and a lot of misinformation, including 'veteran' posters TELLING the OP to just live with it and stop complaining. Can you believe it? Sounds like some political dialog, instead of...

(I won't register for 'their' forum because the last time I did, a few years back, I was INSTANTLY hit with a wave of spam that didn't stop. Had to change my address.)

One poster said it was the system's 'heartbeat,' seriously.

Anyway, I was totally annoyed with my hdd led blinking constantly, and then I discovered a suggestion by Mike M999 in one of the 'other' forums that if you disabled the cd\dvd in device manager it might go away.

Instant cure for me.

But I'm repeating this here, even though someone commented with this solution in the general forum some time back, because what I noticed is that the device driver for this new model of LG CD\DVD Writer, so new, that its model isn't even listed on their web site.

The properties for the driver in device manager of this CD\DVD Writer shows that it was written by MS back in 2006!

I have three LG CD\DVD Writers that I bought over 2004-5 and there aren't any LG drivers for them now. I wonder if MS's 2006 driver would have worked. No big deal, as this new writer only cost $16+. Can you believe that we had to pay more than $300 for drives like this not too long ago.

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A:Blinking hdd light WAS constant...

Do you know if the problem only affected certain LG drives?

I have 6 of them spread across 6 computers, and IIRC, I think I saw this symptom on one of the PCs. But I reinstalled the OS for other reasons and the problem went away.

Customer service isn't what it used to be.

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Hi there!

Yesterday Amazon sned me my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and I installed the 64bit right after I saved my profile with the Windows EasyTransfer tool. Everything was migratet - perfect!
After installing iTunes I checked if my library was there as well: phew, it was there. Then I started to listen to my music and every minute or so the sticked iTunes icon started to blink and depending on the other windows in the foreground, iTunes was suddenly in the foreground. You can imagine how distrurbing this is.

Anyone of you has an idea what is causing this?


A:iTunes 9.0.1 and constant blinking/Window to foreground

Quote: Originally Posted by meilon

Hi there!

Yesterday Amazon sned me my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and I installed the 64bit right after I saved my profile with the Windows EasyTransfer tool. Everything was migratet - perfect!
After installing iTunes I checked if my library was there as well: phew, it was there. Then I started to listen to my music and every minute or so the sticked iTunes icon started to blink and depending on the other windows in the foreground, iTunes was suddenly in the foreground. You can imagine how distrurbing this is.

Anyone of you has an idea what is causing this?


Vielen Gruessen Meilon und herzlichen Willkommen!
Can you make a screenshot?

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I disassembled my dv7 to clean out the cooler and i got everything back together and now all i get when i press the power button is a black screen, working fan, flashing caps lock button, and an amber f12 key.I tried to hard reset (take out the battery, hold down the power button, etc) but that didnt work. I've tried to reseat the ram and reconfigure the modules in different combinations but to no avail. Ive tried to boot without a hdd but nothing different happened. Ive also tried to reseat the cpu but still nothing new happened. I also tried to reflow my motherboard with an oven (twice)! But again, to no availVideo of the blink code: https://vid.me/EpHO

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I have over 70+ processes' running alot of time. When I hit ctrl alt delete I always notice new processes with names I dont recogonize. I end process tree, but sure enough they come back on during restart or something. I think this is the cause of my laptop becoming more laggy.I've noticed my modem lights blink much more frequently then usual. I dont know what the cause of this is, but when they are blinking rapidly - i cant use my browser until it settles.If anyone could please help me figure out what I can do to remove all these processes and know why my modem is going crazy,Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.-MitchellI'd also like to add that my cd-rom keeps randomly ejecting. Particularly when i'm playing my game. It ejects the cd-rom, then i get an error message and my game shuts down. Some times at night I notice when i close my laptop the cd-rom will be ejected. I dont know if this is signs of a dying cd-rom or malware. Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 4:22:35 PM, on 7/4/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6002.18005)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\LightScribe\LightScribeControlPanel.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP Softw... Read more

A:70+ processess running // constant blinking modem lights // becoming more laggy

how long is the usual wait time for a response? out of curiosity not trying to be rudeI need helpppp EDIT: Please be patient. There are over 150 unanswered topics in this forum at present at the current average wait time to receive help is 4 days. ~BP

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My sister has a Dell Dimension 5100 w/XP Prof., 1MB Ram, Pent 4 @ 3.2 ghz. All of a sudden it won't boot. When you plug in the power, the power switch led blinks orange in unison with the h/d green led.
This is what I have tried:
I pulled the power supply 24p connector and shorted the black wire to the green wire and the fan then came on..so I figure p/s is ok?????
I then removed the modem card and the video card as well as the memory and all drive connectors. Still same response. What do I need to check? Motherboard bad??Thanks

A:Desktop won't boot-Blinking orange led in unison w/ blinking green h/d led

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So I got this brand new computer. And randomly my screen blinks on and off. happends like once a day. sometimes the screen shuts off and I have to restart the computer. just a few days ago it happend alot and I could not get contact with gpu 1 and the screen. I reinstalled the nvidia drivers and that seemed to fix the problem. but now it happend again... Everything works fine tho. Its just annoying. any suggestions?

Cooler Master CM 690 III Sort/Gr?nn
Corsair RM850, 850W PSU
Intel Core i7-4790K
Corsair H60 Hydro Series CPU Kj?ler
HyperX Fury DDR3 1866MHz 16GB Red
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB
Crucial? BX100 250GB 2.5" SSD
Seagate Barracuda? 2TB

A:Screen blinking on and off. gpu problem?

Its just annoying. any suggestions?

With a brand new computer, I would find it infuriating, not just annoying. Is the monitor new too?

First, make sure all the cable connections for the monitor are tight to the graphics card and on the back of the monitor. If tight, then swap monitors. If no spare monitor, most modern TVs support computer input. It is best if you can use the same video interface (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, etc.).

If the problem happens on the spare monitor, you know the problem is in the computer. If the spare monitor works fine then the problem is most likely the original monitor.

I note you have "MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gaming 6GB" listed twice above. Are you running with 2 cards?

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I have problem with my LG Flatron L246WH monitor..
This is actually problem CLICK
Capacitors seems to be ok..
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Any ideas??

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Text in a text editor or sometimes a small window like a dialog box, install box etc. will regularly blink. It's not really a screen redraw where it disappears and reappears, just a blink or a refresh.

I've updated the video driver, reinstalled/repaired XP etc etc and can't track down this problem. Could anyone help with this?

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This is an annoying problem that does not seem to affect my computer in any way except my cursor "blinks" with the little CD icon about once per second. It happens randomly and sometimes last for days even with reboot. Sometimes logoff or reboot fixes the problem temporarily and sometimes not. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?


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OK so here is the deal. THis computer was booting fine and loading in windows. THe problem it had was it was too slow with all the spyware and i decided to give it a format. Windows 98 is the operating system.
The pc is a pentium 3 and was working fine until i cleared the cmos. Now after it loads teh ram, finds primary and secondarary devices instead of going to the next step the screen gets stuck on a black screen with a blinking "_" at the top. From then on the keybaord doesn't work anymore, cause i try rebooting usingt he control alt del, but in vain. Also the f8 key doesn't work.
What i tried is i removed the hdd and tried to boot from it on another pc, and it worked fine, I also had another cpu and i exchnaged it with the one on this pc to see if the cpu was the problem and still the same problem. I kinda know the prob is with the settings in the bios but i don't know what i should set. I would normally keep a copy of the setting but this time i didn't. So what i did was set the date and and the rest of the settings i loaded the defaults. But still i get a blank screen with a _ at the top. Normally i would set the cpu speed and the voltage. The prob is i tried all the cpu speed but it made no differnce ,a and i have't found the option for the voltage. Any suggestions? cause i'm basically just lost!

A:booting problem - blinking _

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My monitor will blink randomly, and usually come right back on, but sometimes it will be off for 10 secs or more.


umm... not sure about the motherboard, I'm not at home. But it has PCIe, DDR3, Socket 775
550W PSU (came with the case, not sure what exactly...)
Intel Q6600 Quad Core
Corsair 6GB DDR3 RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX hooked up via HDMI to a 32" HDTV.

Now, the only thing that has changed is the mobo and ram. I haven't updated the BIOS on the mobo yet, but I suspect that may be the issue. I have the latest drivers and updates for vista.

Anyone had problems with a blinking screen before? I've been told it may be that the video card is overheating... that's not it, because this happens under no load at all.

I've also heard it could be the PSU, but I had no problems like this for 4 months before I replaced the MOBO and RAM.

I appreciate any help.

A:Problem with monitor blinking

To the top.... any ideas?

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Dear Bleepingcomputer Forumites:

I have had this problem off and on for 3 months: my cursor on my PC (a 2006 Dell Inspiron 710m) frequently has an incessantly blinking hourglass attached to it. At the time this first happened, the problem seemed to appear out of nowhere; I hadn't made any strange changes or downloads that might have explained it. I am running Windows XP Professional. I've run an updated version of Trend Micro PC-cillin and it says that my computer is clear of viruses. I downloaded the Microsoft Autoplay Repair Wizard, but when I run the "repair" wizard it tells me that it can't fix the problem. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

Thanks in advance, landy223.

A:Blinking Hourglass Cursor Problem

Hi and Welcome to BC,The blinking hourglass (replacing your cursor) usually means that Windows is waiting for a program or process running in the background to finish doing whatever it is doing.A couple of questions come to mind:How long does this condition last? Is it a few seconds or several minutes?Do you know what processes are running at the time this occurs?Is your computer running slower than it used to?Is your hard drive almost full?Do you have more than one Anti-Virus or Firewall running at the same time?You may have found a hijacker that is along for the ride that your Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware programs are just not finding. Not all of them find all things, all of the time. Certain versions do a much more complete job than others. There are morespecialized products that find only specific types of malware. Trend Micro is a good program but it isn't the only one out there.

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my display is blinking can u plaese suggest me what to do 

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during working on my PC, the pointer suddenly start blinking very fast and it does not take commends. then as i refresh the computer about 50times, it againg start working properly. this happens in duration of 20min. but it is really irritating, so please help me to fix this problem. please....
(windows XP, 1 gb RAM, 40GB HD )

A:blinking pointer (not curser) problem in XP

"during working on my PC"

What 'working'? Anything you do? Some specific program like Word?

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Yesterday I noticed in my Outlook the title bar and whatever message was highlighted was blinking. I thought it was limited to Outlook so I started researching and found nothing.

I had just put on 10 Windows Updates, so today I used system restore to roll back to before the updates. I still had the problem.

I opened Word, to see if it would happen, and it does. When I am in My Documents it blinks, but Internet Explorer, Firefox, Trillian, and MySpace IM do not.

I've run full AV scan (I use AVG) with no virii found.

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Hi, i'm suffering from a problem, my computer's screen used to work properly and now suddenly stopped working properly, it's blinking with lots of squares, cubics, here's a picture of what it looks like, any ideas? I've tried restoring the system 24 hours back, didn't help.

A:Screen problem, cubes,blinking.

How long ago did the problem start, and do you know of anything that may have changed, in between then?

My first recommendation would be to ensure that your video cable is securely connected. Also, try wiggling the cables, and notice if the squares change or go away.

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Hello Guys,
I am pretty new in this Forum .
I have an Asus X50Z Notebook with a strange Problem.
When it is turned on ( via Power Cable or Battery) , the power light and other lights do come on but NO Display on the LCD:
The FAN does not SPIN most times (it does spin ,sometimes when left for about 5 minutes ....and stops again, with no Display on the LCD )
I have tried Basic Troubleshooting .....removed the battery and held the power Button for 30-60 Seconds and and turned it ON with the Charger and also with Battery inserted but problem persists.
I would like to know if this is a GPU related problem or something else .

Your advisory feedback shall be appreciated.

I wish Everyone a Splendid Easter !!!

Best regards

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everytime i on my laptop no display on screen but capslock blinking 3x and 2 seconds interval.. how can i fix it

A:bios problem no display caoslock blinking

Please read the below shown information for better understanding:Caps lock LED Blink 1 time : CPU not functional - Replace ProcessorCapslock LED Blink 2 times : BIOS Corruption failure - Replace System board Capslock LED Blink 3 times : Memory error not functional - Replace Memory ModuleCapslock LED Blink 4 times : Graphics controller not functional - Replace either System board or Graphics cardCapslock LED Blink 5 times : General System board failure - Replace System boardCapslock LED Blink 6 times : BIOS Authentication failure - Replace System board However, I would request with you to perform the below shown steps before contacting HPStep 01. Turn OFF the NotebookStep 02. Un-plug the Power/AC Adapter and also remove the battery tooStep 03. Press and Hold the Power Button on the Notebook for a full minuteStep 04. Test your Notebook with Battery and Power Adapter aloneNote: If you are still facing the same issue try to remove and reseat the Memory Modules of your Notebook Click the below link to further troubleshoot the issue if required:http://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?calledBy=&docId=emr_na-c01732674-5&docLocale=en_US http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01443371  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by markin... Read more

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RFH = Request for Help

Hi Everybody,

A friend asked for help with her machine and I haven't been able to figure out how to resolve the problem. I'm hoping somebody here could help.

Apparently there was a strange problem, that caused her to go through vista installation again. Instead of choosing a repair they chose a new install so they have a Windows.old directory now. So their data is safe, and I backed it up.

The big problem now is that after the Dell BIOS screen, it just goes to a blinking cursor in the upper left and I can go no further. F8 doesn't do anything.

I can get into the system if I boot Linux and I can see that the enviornment is a fresh vista install when it comes to programs and layout.

I downloaded and ran the repair disk. The tests look fine, but I never went for the long tests. I ran pretty much every option with bootrec. Strangely bootrec only sees the Windows.old directory as the valid install.

I think the problem might be that one thing points to Windows.old\Windows and something else is pointing to \Windows.

Any idea on what I could do to fix this (being able to boot into windows with a Linux CD), save reinstalling Vista on a clean harddrive?

A:RFH: Vista 32 blinking Cursor reinstall problem

Would love to hear anybody's thoughts on this issue.

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I have read a couple of articles about the same problem. Mine is a little different situation. Everytime the amber light is blinking on the power button, I pull all cords like monitor, speaker, and etc out of the wall outlet except the power supplier. It works everytime. As soon as the cords are out, the amber light become a green right.

This why I am confusing to find a problem. Do you think it is a M/B problem or Power supply problem?

If PSU made the problem, I would like to replace the whole case as normal tower style. I look up a couple of cases on ebay but the back side of the case, in which all connectors like monitor,USB, and printer on M/B are, does not match with an original M/B shape.
Anyone has an experience with replacing a case?

A:How to fix Dell GX280 amber blinking problem? M/B or PSU

the 280 had to be the worst case design ever. you can test your power supply with a tester from a cpu shop. I havent had success doing the case swap on any dell. have not tried the 280

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I have a tablet which I love to use for Photoshop work.. It works great except that some one at Windows decided that it would be a good idea to have animated cursors. A ripple effect occurs everytime I click and animated circle show up everytime I right click or hold down the cursor.

Working with artwork these effects are incredibly ANNOYING, esp since I am clicking all the time and these effects ubstruct my view! Not to mention they are completely useless. I think I know when I am right clicking or clicking and don't see why I need this annimation to tell me that.

Does anyone know where I can turn these effects off? I looked in the control panel under Pen and touch but I couldn't find anything.

I do not think these effects should be standard in the Windows Seven Release. Perhaps they can be truned on as an accesibility feature for those who want it.



A:Wacom Tablet- Blinking Cursor Problem

I don't think it's accessible via the Pen and Touch options, or even in the WACOM pad's own interface
- try in the Control Panel under Mouse..

one of the options under "Pointers" is to "Allow Windows themes to change mouse pointers"
- it's done by un-ticking that box near the bottom..

- see if this makes any difference..

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I have a Toshiba M35 Satalite. There is a set of 3 LED lights just under the cover lock clasp. The one that has a power plug icon on it is blinking fast and the unit will not boot. I searched the manual but there is no mention of what this flashing light means. Could it be an exhaust or shorted out battery? I"ve had this unit torn down many times and have replaced the AC jack twice. Any help would be apreciated.

A:Toshiba laptop green blinking light problem.

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My XPS 13 started to act out pretty strange today. It seems like it doesn't not use battery at all, thus I can only boot it up when it's plugged to the charger. The battery indicator shows that it's NOT charging the battery, and it's stuck at 48%. When I disconnect it from the charger while it's running, it turns off immediately, and the only way to boot it up is to plug it back again. Additionally, the light indicator below the touchpad is blinking rapidly (~3-4 blinks per second) with amber light, both when I'm in OS as well as already on Dell splash screen during boot.
Any ideas on what might be going on ? I have bios 1.3.3 which I updated around April.

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Hello,the last weeks I am experiencing this problem.- The notebook turns on without any problems whether the battery is connected or not.- The battery seems to have a 2% charge (windows reports so)- If I remove the AC while battery is connected, computer looses power and turns off.- Last week Windows was reporting "not charging" while this week it reports as charging but the percentage is not increasing.- Whether the PC is on or off, the power LED shows up the same pattern. It is blinking orange and white non-stop.- Tried other solutions from this forum like removing battery and AC and pressing power button to drain all power, replugging the AC and battery, etc.- None of these solutions actually did not change anything.  HP G62-b95ev - Windows 7 x64 

A:Power LED Blinking Orange/White, Battery problem?

Anybody ?

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I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 1545 with Windows 7, and has been working fine. However it suddenly shut down and when I go to turn it on, the dell sign comes up then the screen turns to a black screen with a blinking cursor.

I have tried F2, F12 but nothing happens and it just returns to then blinking cursor.

My computer is still under warrenty so I can get this fix or replaced, I was just wondering if there was any quick fix.

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 Blinking Cursor problem

Are you able to enter BIOS Setup? Second can you boot to a bootable CD or DVD such as a windows installation disc? If yes to these it may be that the Hard drive has died.

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I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 1545 with Windows 7, and has been working fine. However it suddenly shut down and when I go to turn it on, the dell sign comes up then the screen turns to a black screen with a blinking cursor.

I have tried F2, F12 but nothing happens and it just returns to then blinking cursor.

My computer is still under warrenty so I can get this fix or replaced, I was just wondering if there was any quick fix.

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 Blinking Cursor Problem

You have a Windows 7 CD that came with the computer? Try pressing on F8 and see where that takes you. Remove any USB devices that you may have attached to the DELL. Are you pressing f2/f12 right when the dell logo comes up? I just wonder if in BIOS the setting under hard disk boot priority under boot device configuration has the hard drive as the first boot device...

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As of today my XPS 13 started to behave in a very strange way.It only boots and works when it's plugged in to a charger, and it doesn't seem to charge the batter at all while it's plugged it, which is stuck at ~48%. When I plug it out, it power off immediately and I have to plug it back in to be able to boot up. Additionally to that, the light indicator below the touchpad is bliking rapidly with an amber light (~3-4 blinks per second).
Any ideas of what might go wrong ?

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Dell Dimension 8200 blinking cursor problem.After windows update 3-10-10 (the last item in the eventviewer) the system rebooted and stopped at the blinking cursor just after the Dell bios splash screen.Since this is a classic "can't find the hard drive" blink. I checked the bios. Drive detected ok.( I installed this drive (320gb ide) in July of 09 and rebuilt it with a fresh install and backups)So the first move logically is to boot from xp cd and open the repair console.So. chkdsk /r twice. Still blinking cursor. fixboot. Still blinking cursorfixmbr. Still blinking cursorrepair install. Still blinking cursor(repair install did not reboot at the "starting windows" point, and apparently hung the repair install)Further research time: http://www.plex86.org/dell/Dimension-8200-...re-Problem.htmlhttp://www.tomshardware.com/forum/237351-4...arge-hard-driveOk then. So the original google search that indicated that bios versions for this model (according to Dell support forums circa 2006) starting at A5, fully supported large drives in the bios.(current bios is A9)That apparently was not correct. Either that or marketing was answering support questions on the Dell forum. It supports large drives as long as the boot partition is less then 137gb. There is a small chance that either service packs or hotfixes could have conflicted with and invalidated some firmware/bios patch from the lowest bidder at Dell back in 2006. No way to know now.Test hypothesis: Sinc... Read more

A:Dell Dimension 8200 blinking cursor problem.

Did you use the preparation CD from the drives manufacture to prep the drive?

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Helloi have this computer (HP d530) : sometimes when I start the computer, I hear the voice of the fan and cd rom but the screen of monitor stay black (no signal)  and the power led stay blinking in orange color. solution : I open the tower and unplug the hard disk napes and my two Ram ddr ,then I replug everything. sometimes this solution work and  the computer works normally.I want to know the meaning of the LED blinking on orange and the solution of this problem . and I want to tell you that I see this problem just after moving computer in another room for example.

A:problem : power Led blinking in orange color (hp d530) 'with...

As I understand, the blinking LED is similar to the Post beeps that occur if you have a small speaker attached to you motherboard.  In theory the blink pattern should provide an indicator as to the cause of the problem.  Would it be possible for you to note down the blink pattern ? Or does it just blink orange all the time ?

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I recently dualbooted Linux Mint and Windows 7 on my laptop. Yesterday I removed the Linux partition without thinking, and forgetting about the GRUB bootloader. I'm at a stump now. When I try and turn on my computer, the Toshiba logo appears, then the screen goes blank with a blinking cursor. I searched the internet all of today and most of yesterday, all that did was tell me to do the bootsect /nt670 /fixmbr and all it's variations.

Thing I've tried:
-Repairing it using install DVD
-Bootsect/Bootrec (used any option that would help, none did)
-Reinstalled Mint (GRUB loader reappeared, was able to boot Windows 7 loader, but when I did it went back into the blank screen)
-Reinstalled Windows 7 (didn't help)

Another problem is, when I click on repair, it shows with 3 different Windows 7 installs, Windows 7, Windows 7, and Windows 7 Home Premium. All say they are located on my primary partition, C:\.

So, is my computer a big paperweight now? Or should I reinstall Linux, boot into it, format my entire system, and reinstall Windows fresh? I have all my important data backed up on an external HD. Thanks
PS I'm running a memory test on my laptop now, I'll post results later if needed.

A:Problem with laptop - Blank screen with blinking cursor

See this post by gregrocker for his response to a similar problem: Lost boot loader / bcd entirely

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Since yesterday I am facing some issues in my HP DM4 3022TX laptop. The cursor is continuously blinking like somebody is pressing F5 again and again to refresh. Also, I noticed that I am not able to connect USB devices such as flash drive and external hard drive.
Later I realised that the UB drives (Pen drives and hard drive) are not working on my desktop too...I am suspecting that my laptop has damaged these drives somehow and now they aren't working on other devices too...Please help to solve the issue.
Thanks in advance

A:PROBLEM:Cursor blinking continuously and USB not detectin on my laptop :(

The situation is not simple, about the cursor maybe a CPU overlapping/overload and you should check the CPU load or a driver conflict (USB) but it is not clear if these two problems are related.
The first thing to do is simple: shut down your PC, remove the power supply and the battery pack for a few minutes, push the power button for one minute (so without battery), reinsert battery and power on the Pc.

If this step does not resolve the issue, follow this guide (disable and re-enable USB Controller):


If unsuccessful, hoping that you have a working OS Image so reinstall Windows.
This is a drastic solution, but have a backup plan is essential.
Hardware problem can be also.

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when i plug in power, my cpu kept on blinking try removing video card, blinking memory, hddisk, keep on blinking how can i fix the problem??? nid help

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Hello everyone; Because of this problem, I had a notebook changed with the exact same one, for I'd had this problem since the first time I'd turned on the device, and I never solved the issue on that notebook, though I tried many advised solutions on these forums, youtube etc. However, this notebook have come with the same problem. At first time, it seemed like it occurred less than it did on the previous device, and I thought that maybe those solutions would work this time. But it has become more frequent when I have started to run some other applications. I have tried those solutions again; - I have disabled the battery saving modes on Intel Graphics,- I have disabled the adaptive brightness on power management settings,- I have done the BIOS update,- I have done the driver update (done it before but now I also have the problem of updating the driver since the latest update of Windows 10, I can never install a driver update now)- I have disabled the Windows Error Reporting Service and Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support on System Configuration. Despite all these, the blinking never stopped!!! I have been absolutely mad after all these issues. I don't want to make another change of device. There has to be an absolute solution. Please give me a prompt reply. Thank you in advance. *Edited upon wrong usage of vocabulary, sorry..

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Hi I am facing this issues of not detection of USB drives (Pen drives and hard drive) and blinking the cursor continuously. Not sure whether these two problems are related
Please help in this regard.

A:PROBLEM:Cursor blinking continuously and USB not detectin on my laptop :(

Hello @Klipsh, I have ran the scan after cleaning the PC with MalwareByte and Emsisoft kit. The results are hence uploaded here as log files.

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I have a boot problem where I get a blinking cursor after the BIOS loads. Its a Dell 4500s desktop. I have tried the following:

1) Repair option with Windows XP Professional CD
2) Intalled new instance of the OS (on the same partition "C")
3) Ran Dell hardware diagnostic test on the hard drive - No Errors reported !!

I am thinking there is some kind of a bood sector problem. Need some help (instructions and/or tool(s) to fix the problem.

End objective desired:

a) Repart original installation of the OS (have lots of apps and settings to loose)
b) Copy "documents and settings" folder at least from the current installation on C Drive.

Please advise/help.


A:Boot Problem: Blinking Curson After BIOS Load

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Hello!1. I think that I need a faster HDD for my games and for that I want to buy another HDD, with 7200 rpm. The only problem is that my current HDD, WD Blue WD10SPCX 1TB 5400 RPM, is a thin one version (7mm). I want to buy a faster one, but I only find 9.5 mm versions. Can a 9.5mm hard drive fit into this laptop? 2. An other problem with my laptop: from time to time, my display blinks. I have to move the screen to stop it. Has anyone ever met this problem?

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I'm having problems with my external drive and am wondering if the blinking light is a code for what's wrong. The lights did not blink the same way before. I believe something is damaged but I don't know exactly whats wrong with it.
I have an external "SimpleTech" drive on the back it says the following:
Product Name: SimpleDrive
Model No.: 96300-40001-001
Power: DC Adapter 12V 2A
It connects via a USB cable to my computer. My computer was recognizing it but no longer does. I tried replacing the USB cable but that didn't help either. It has a red and a blue light on it in the front. The red light indicates it has been turned on but I don't know what exactly the blue light indicates. However the blue light is now blinking in a way that I have not seen it blink before. It blinks on once then pauses then blinks three times fast then pauses and repeats the pattern. Does this blinking pattern indicate what the problem is? When the HD turns on it spins up sounding fine but then makes several soft ticking/clicking type sounds and spins down and stops then just blinks it's blue light. Someone told me it's probably a head crash and the clicking sound is the scraping of the head against my platters meaning probably everything is shot. Any help? Is the blue light blinking a code that says what's going on? Is it even worth taking in to someone to see if they can salvage any of the data that was on it?

A:Problem with external hard drive and blinking blue light

My Rock Mobile External hard drive was doing the same thing. It just went completely Blank, and is no longer even formated. Save your data if you can.

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Since the 16th December I have had a flickering blinking problem with my 12 month old laptop and this also affects the external monitor. The Laptop flickers and blinks the external monitor just blinks. It happens to the laptop with or without the external monitor connected. On Wifi and on Ethernet. On both battery and AC Power.
I had the same issue when I got my laptop brand new 12 months ago and somehow fixed it after much trial and error but don't remember what the solution was back then.
This time around the flickering started after I contacted Dell and gave them remote access to check out a hard drive error. They changed some things and organised for a replacement hard drive and got me to write a restore USB. 2 days later whilst still waiting for the new hard drive to arrive I couldn't stand the flickering and did a system restore to the day before Dell had access and the flickering stopped.
Unfortunately when the hard drive arrived the restore USB had the flickering issue in it and it started all over again.
I have tried everything I have found online to fix this issue. All drivers are uptodate, I have tried the latest drivers from Dell and from Intel.
I have updated every driver on my computer and BIOS.
I have purchased new HDMI cable to the external monitor.
It flickers in Task Manager.
I have also done a fresh start install of Windows 10 and reloaded all my programs twice now in the past 3 weeks. A long tedious job.
I am a web administrator and a photogra... Read more

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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. 
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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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It's the second time I'm having this issue and it really screw things up. The most visible sympton is at the bottom right of the screen where the little icon keyboard is, net to the langage (me "FR" as "French). Well for some reason it starts to blink. And then I can't do things right. The start menu doesn't stay open, it closes automatically. The preview images when you have many windows open from a program close themselves before I can select any. And littme annoying stuff. And sometimes, it's like all the screen is blinking, in Firefox. Other odd behavior : the cursor unfocus from pages while it blinks, if you want to go down on a page, well you have to click again the page to be able to control. Sometimes it's all the time, you can't even scroll to a document or a web page...

I think last time I solved this problem by getting to an older version of windows, it was months ago. Now it didn't work. I tried also to modify all the usb options (disable, etc) it didn't work.

Sometimes it's more apparent than others which is very strange.

I'm running windows 7 x64. Does anyone knows what it could be ?

A:Problem : folder closing automatically, keyboard icon blinking

Hi and welcome to Seven Forums!

Have you tried to change your keyboard and mouse (maybe you can ask a friend)?

Let use know!

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Please help. I have a laptop Dell Inspiron 1420, Vista Basic. Two days ago, I downloaded a song from limewire. When I tried to play it, my mediaplayer automatically popped out and I guess it asked for something to be updated. I cant remember the file extension. Not sure if it is wmp. My screen froze for 20 seconds but I managed to stop it by clicking on the X button numerous times. I left the laptop on overnight until it became empty. I just turned it on only after work. The computer resumed and I saw that something has been updated. I closed it out immediately. After about 5-10 minutes of surfing the net, I noticed that my Avira Free anti-virus has detected a malware. When I clicked on the "remove" button, it automatically scanned for a virus. I have noticed that while scanning, the page freezes and becomes slower not until the scan has been fully completed. After 2-3 minutes, Avira notified me again of a malware--same file. My mistake is that I failed to copy the said malware. Avira kept on saying that I have to remove the file because it is malicious. I clicked on remove again and my anti-virus tried to scan the file again. It happened more than 3-4 times and I kept on doing the same thing. The screen problem started from there. The actual screen resolution fades slowly and gets back to normal resolution slowly as well. It continuously happened for 5 minutes. And then the screen suddenly begun to blink up and down like when we blink our eyes (that's the best way ... Read more

A:Blinking Screen Problem on Vista Dell Inspiron 1420

Hi -

Proceed to the Security Center, Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help Forum, to have your system reviewed by a Security Analyst. Be be sure to follow THESE STEPS carefully before posting your logs in the Security Forum.

Please be patient as the Security Analysts are very busy and one will get to you as soon as possible.

Regards. . .



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Ok, I will try to explain this as best as I can. I play this game called Maple Story and on my old computer I had no problems on it but I switched to another computer which is faster and has much more RAM and I thought that the game would run even faster. However, I started to notice quick and increasingly more frequent blue flashes on the screen when I was playing the game, and a short while after that the game would freeze and I would have to restart the computer. I thought it was a problem with my display driver so I updated that and it totally fixed the problem of the blue flashes and freezing. HOWEVER, NOW I get this constant lag while playing the game that was not there before and this happened right after I updated the display driver. It is a continuous lag and I really would like to know how I can fix it. Please help!!

A:Constant Lag Problem

Try minimizing the game opening task manager and see what else is running that is slowing you down.Open task manager by ctrl+alt+delete.End the task of any non essential program by highlighting and hitting end task.

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Well I had this problem (explained here: http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/690211-internet-explorer.html) and this is my HJT log will anyone take a look at it and tell me something? I am pretty new to this stuff so you might have to explain a couple things. Thanks a whole lot in advanced.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:14:23 AM, on 3/13/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Citrus Alarm Clock\citrusac.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\McAfee Desktop Firewall for Windows XP\FireSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
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A:HJT Log, Constant Problem

bump help please!

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What can I do to stop this? The problem started few days ago. It happens
with TES:Oblivion; IE7(i already got help for that); NFS:Carbon; Lavasoft: Ad-Aware(Ad-Watch);expolere.exe;...well I think that's all.
Program shuts down no matter what i press CANCEL or OK.
What do I need to do? I have 2GB RAM so that should not be the problem. What could couse this?

A:Constant Problem

BHP Welcome to TSF. The attached error that you receive, is this the only one or are you receiving others? Just because you have 2GB of ram doesn't rule out that one stick could be bad. What are your computer specs (e.g. mobo, ram, hdd, cpu, vid card, etc.)? What tasks are you doing when this error appears? Please give us as much info as possible.

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I wanted to do an intro but I am at my wits end with this probelm.Now 3 days ago I go onto to Mozilla to check my Ebay bids and other sites I visit all of the time...(Oh,by the way I build Hot Rods..).Anyway I go to Ebay and I sign in but it takes me another page I have never seen before..!! I contact Ebay and they tell me my computer is infected with Malware.I run my A2 Squared and come up with several but for some reason it wont delete them.!! I then contact Mozillas forums and ask for help.I am told to install Malware Bytes and or either AVAST.I do both and run complete deep scans.Nothing comes up..hmm..strange.I try Ebay again and still takes me the wrong page.I un-install Mozilla several times and at some point I can go to Ebay and my other sites but within 30 seconds I am still getting hijacked.I install Spyware blaster but it does nothing,nada.I install and run A2Squared anti-virus software but still nothing.Now when I use my AOL account it takes me to the wrong page too.Short og throwing this computer outside..wth am I doing wrong..?!?!?!? Several programs and nothing can stop this..?!?!?Edit: Moved topic from AntiVirus, Firewall and Privacy Products and Protection Methods to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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