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Vista t61 refurbished with windows 7 black screen with blinking underscore

Q: Vista t61 refurbished with windows 7 black screen with blinking underscore

I'm hoping someone could point me in the right direction in trying to figure this out. Not sure if everything I'm going to say will be helpful but since I don't know the problem I figured it won't hurt. Last year I installed windows 10 and it worked for a few weeks. Eventually it just had the spinning circle ( So long ago I can't remember) and I tried a few ways people suggested to make it work. It didn't. Eventually it showed a different screen telling me to go to a save point (i think) or do a clean install of windows 7. I decided to just do the clean install. The laptop starts up fine I put in the windows 7 product key and the laptop was working. I downloaded chrome and then decided to go to bed. I turn it off and the next day when I turned it on it showed the lenovo thinkpad splash screen then went black. It ends up in an infinite loop of lenovo screen then black (I'm assuming it's restarting) screen. I could get to what I'm assuming the BIOS menu is by getting it to show the "stuck key error press f1." Someone mentioned reseating the ram and I finally got around to it but after that now I get the lenovo splash screen then a black screen with a blinking underscore ( _ ) and it sits that way for a few seconds then does it all over again. I'm at a loss. I have no idea if something failed/died nor do I know how to test to figure out if something failed on me.

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Preferred Solution: Vista t61 refurbished with windows 7 black screen with blinking underscore

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.)

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Dell Inspirion E1750 with Windows XP Media Center edition...

I had gotten several blue screens of death previous to this ultimate meltdown (usually while being on facebook)

One day, while I was facebook, my anti-virus software (AVG) popped up saying I had malware and it was quarantining it. After the quarantine, the program said I had to restart, so I clicked OK for the restart.

Then the computer never restarted. It shows the Dell screen, but then doesn't get to loading Windows. It goes to a black screen with a blinking underscore in the top left corner.

I do have the ability to get the BIOS, but that's about all I can do with the computer to my knowledge at this point. I am posting this from another computer, so I can't run any of the programs suggested to diagnose problems.

Is there a way to save the computer? Is there a way to save the data on the C: drive? Hopefully both?
 

A:Windows won't boot/holds on black screen with blinking underscore

It sounds like your hard drive may have been corrupted. Do you have a Windows recovery CD?

If so, try to boot the computer on the windows cd and select Repair. This will attempt to repair your current windows installation. Hope that helps!
 

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Hi there,
I have ACER 5745 Model, and have windows 7 ultimate and Linux OS on my drives. Windows 7 is in C drive and Linux is in E drive. While I was working on my windows 7 system, the electricity went off and since my battery is dead, so my system shut down immediately while I was working on internet. Well this thing has happened many times before but every-time I was able to restart my system. But since last time whenever I am trying to boot my windows only a black screen appears with an underscore blinking in top left corner. I have later on logged into Linux to check whether it is functioning or not, and it is working fine, but when I try to log into windows it does not boot up. When I press power button, it goes past POST, till the point where options appear whether I want to choose Linux or Windows. When I choose Linux it works fine but with windows the problem of black screen with blinking underscore appears.I have tried everything from using F2 and going into 'set up' , pressing F12 and going into 'boot', but nothing seems to work. I have tried F8 to check into safe mode but of no use as safe mode doesn't appear even after repeatedly pressing F8. I have then checked "Memtest 86" and have done 11 passes. I have tried to boot from CD to do system repair but the system doesn't pick up even my CD, even though I selected the boot option "boot from CDROM". I have also tried removing my battery and allowing my system to cool down but that also didn't worked. Please don... Read more

A:windows wont boot, black screen with blinking underscore

I have also ran a command on Linux now "sudo fdisk -l" and following was the result
Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x2bd2c32a
 
   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *          63   104454629    52227283+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2       104454691   976771071   436158190+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5       104454693   534530744   215038026    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda6       534530808   933532081   199500637    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda7       933533696   973121535    19793920   83  Linux
/dev/sda8       973123584   976771071     1823744   82  Linux swap / Solaris
SO CAN ANYONE HELP ME NOW!!! OR I WOULD HAVE TO BREAK IT DOWN

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Hi guys,

The other day I was using my old desktop and using firefox when suddenly firefox froze up while browsing and I was unable to ctrl+alt+del or click start or anything for that matter in order to close it down. I then turned off my computer manually by pressing the power button as I sometimes do when my computer freezes and turned it back on. Unfortunately, when I turned it back on the computer is stuck on the black screen with the blinking underscore in the top left hand corner.

I unfortunately am not good with computers and would like to avoid reformatting my computer, as this old desktop contains the largest amount of my media such as music and movies that I had been meaning to put onto an external hard drive. Furthermore, I do not have an XP installation disc and am unable to locate the system recovery discs that came with the PC (like I said, it's old, circa 2006, and they are most likely lost somewhere in the house or thrown out by now). Thank you for all the help and support in advance.

A:Windows XP black screen with blinking underscore in top left hand corner

if you haven't tried, as you switch on press the F8 key up and down repeatedly, if this works you will be at the safe mode menu - try last known good config. If still no go, try booting to BIOS - if this doesn't work I would say hard drive issue. Download the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic program, this has to be burned to a disk. Then put the disk in and let it boot the pc and run the test.

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I have a Desktop Dell W3503, I have a bit of knowledge of computers. I am trying to install linux on my computer but after every installation on any favor of linux; I get one of 2 things when I boot from Hard Drive. A black screen with a blinking underscore for when I type it beeps at me once per key stroke, or a black screen with a blinking underscore that I can type in but it will do nothing.

I have checked to see if plugged in and reseated my cords, RAM, Hard Drive, and CD/DVD Drive. I also have spare RAM and tried them.
 

A:Black screen with blinking underscore

B&W + Blinking cursor -> No Bootable image found, so booting from HD is not possible.

Did you format the HD and then attempt to install OR were you attempting an install that failed?
 

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so I have a ibuypower computer with Windows 10. I was on the Internet and it restarted to update. when it came back on it was at a black screen with a blinking underscore and I can't get it to go past that screen. help please!
 

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I'm sure you've heard of this before, but let me assure you I've tried all the steps the previous topics had to offer. This is a windows xp problem and a ubuntu problem as well.

So, I installed Ubuntu 9.10 32 bit on my Gateway laptop, and it kept crashing because the filesystem would never load. Again I reinstalled the OS two times, until GRUB crashed as well. While I was doing this, there was a 20GB partition on the hard drive that never showed up on GRUB, it was my old windows xp service pack 2 OS. I haven't been able to access it since I installed ubuntu. So, I took a service pack >>3<< disk and I deleted the ubuntu partition and installed the OS on that. It installed, but after I enter my BIOS password, the blinking underscore is still on that screen, and it just does that forever. Doesn't boot, doesn't do jack ****. Oh what should I do, gurus of computer wisdom...?

Any help is appreciated, thank you!

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I'm extremley confused. I've looked up several threads on various forums and none of the specifaclly helped me. The tite explains my problem, an anooying one at that. My PC was working just fine a couple days ago, now this? Is there a way I can fix this and keep all of my data/files? I've already tried setting my boot process to HDD in the BIOS. Didn't work. I also tried re-installing/repairing Vista my booting only a disk, that failed too.

Help.

Excuse my horrid spelling, I typed this really fast and this PC does not have a spell checker.
 

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Hello, i have a Packard Bell Easynote TJ68 laptop. When i turn it on it comes up with a black screen with a blinking underscore in the top left corner of my screen. F8 does not work and neither does F12 or F2, the menus come up for the latter two but anything i do just puts me back at the black screen again. i cant log in and ctrl-alt-delete doesnt work either. I also dont have any CD's for the OS, the laptop didnt come with any CD's. the laptop is a refurbished one if thats helpful, please help!

A:Black screen with blinking underscore

This normally happens when you have a device plugged in that the computer tried to boot from, i would start by going into the bios and making sure the HDD is the first device to boot in the boot order menu. Just looked then and the key you use to load the bios is F2 ( hopefully that is right) it will tell you briefly when you start-up he machine in any case.

The menu your looking for is normally Boot with a sub menu along the lines of " Boot Order" or "Boot Priority".

Sorry i cant be more specific about that part..

Anyway, give that a go and let us know.

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So I was using my (obviously) XP desktop, a Dell Dimension 5100C. I've had it for a few years, and to my knowledge have never opened it to add new parts or anything. Today when I was using it, it randomly turned off. Now, whenever I turn it on, i get a black screen and a blinking underscore. First, it loads the Dell logo and gives me two options: F2 and F12. I tried F2 but I couldn't really find anything. Then I did F12, the boot menu. It listed 2 options: Onboard SATA hard drive, and Onboard USB drive. I tried the first option, and it just froze on that screen. I tried the second, and it said that the drive was not found. I really don't want to format the harddrive since I have sensitive information on it. Any ideas?
 

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i believe your hard drive is dead

even if you did run the reformat disc it wouldnt do anything.
but if you want to test it put in your recovery disc and continue thru the options but stop before it actually starts wiping the drive.
if it goes anywhere you have a different problem
but if it doesn't detect any drives than its dead
 

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Whenever I turn on my HP it flashes the HP logo then goes to a black screen with a blinking underscore in the top corner? I need this fixed ASAP

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no replies? me too xD

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This happened in mid-January this year, so I'm going fully based on faded memories and the notes I took down when it happened.​
What I know:

BSOD occurred whilst playing a game on Steam, I didn't catch the error-code, as it immediately shut down.
Blinking underscore upon next boot
Only F12 (Bootup devices) and Del (BIOS) are available, other function keys are not able to proceed to their respective screens.
On BIOS; CMOS: A drive is not detected. As in the A-Drive, not a drive.
What I tried:

Try prioritizing bootup devices
Resetting BIOS manually
Change SATA cable slots, the cable itself, and slots again
Tested RAM sticks by removing them one at a time (and switching them to the first slot so the device can recognize properly), none appeared faulty.
Tried booting from USB, which gave''invalid partitions''.
Notes:

On BIOS, the Onboard SATA mode is set to Raids, for whatever reason. This is by default and cannot be changed. It is assumed it was set so by the manufacturer, but it was not originally my desktop, and I have no knowledge of it ever being changed from the factory build.
^ To add, the SATA cables have now been swapped to new ones, though identical.
PC Health Status: all normal
I don't have a clean install or a recovery disk, but the recovery screen isn't available anyway, so I haven't tried to restore to an earlier point either.
BIOS Extra:

System manufacturer: ACER
Product name: Aspire M5620
MB manufacturer: ACER... Read more

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I'm extremely confused. I've looked up several threads on various forums and none of the specifically helped me. The tite explains my problem, an annoying one at that. My PC was working just fine a couple days ago, now this? Is there a way I can fix this and keep all of my data/files? I've already tried setting my boot process to HDD in the BIOS. Didn't work. I also tried re-installing/repairing Vista my booting only a disk, that failed too.

Help.

Edit: It's a Dell Studio 15 Laptop
 

A:[asap] blinking underscore on a black screen

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Hello,
I have a dell inspiron 580 Intel (R) core (TM) i5 CPU 650 3.20 GHz with windows 7 according to the sticker on my computer motherboard I believe it is called?  I have no clue when it comes to computers so would benefit from lay person language please:)  Anyways, I have been using my computer to study for my national exam and have been accessing the study materials from google documents.  Google documents kept freezing on me, giving me an error message and closing out no matter what browser I was using.  I went to task manager hoping to free up some space thinking that it would help google documents work better.  I got frustrated with the computer so just flipped the power switch off without shutting the computer down as I should have.  The next day, I went to turn it back on and got a black screen with an underscore on it...I cannot type anything on the screen and I cannot find any options to start up in safe mode.  When I restart the computer, I only have the options of F2 or F12.  I tried messing around with options in both of these screens however, got no resolution.  I tried load default settings, and that didn't do anything.  I tried continuously pressing F5, F8, or F12 on startup hoping that would get me to safe mode and nothing....Please help, I desperately need to study and cannot figure this out.

A:black screen on startup with blinking underscore

Hi Mbtd85
Thanks for writing to us. 
Please disconnect all connectors including keyboard, mouse, power cable and hold down the power button for 15 secs. Now put back the connectors, turn on the system and keep tapping on f12.
Should the system take you to f12 menu, select diagnostics and let it run. Keep us posted how it goes. 
Meanwhile if available you can try another HD on the machine. 
Regards

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Hello,
I have a problem, I had window 7 and turn my vista computer into it and when I did it to my other computer something went wrong.
When I reboot it and then the Acer sceen is finish with the Press Delete and F12 etc, it takes me to a screen that is all black with a blinking underscore.
No I did not make a recovery disk and yes my window 7 disk does not work when I put it in.
Please some one help me, tell me what to do but beware I'm dum when it comes to computer terms so I beg you make it simple as possable T.T.

A:Black screen with a Blinking Underscore (Window 7)

Well I have had a blinking underscore problem with my vista at one point too. I removed all discs and USBs from my computer, rebooted it, and it went back to normal. Though at the time I wasn't installing windows 7 so your case may be a little different...

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Hello, members of TechSpot this is my first post rather a urgent first post. (I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section.)
- My dell Model : Inspiron Model P07F.

My Stated Problem : My computer was getting really slow so, I decided to restore my computer to it's factory state. As I did that I got too impatient and shut the computer off right at 30% while I regret it after I attempt to turn on the computer. I get the dell logo with F2 and F12 at the bottom of the screen (No Problem at all) but, at I get into further I only get a blinking underscore/cursor. And it seems like forever and I keep restarting and the same problems keep going on and on. Can someone please help me?
 

A:Blank/black screen with blinking cursor/underscore!

The same thing happened to my laptop not too long ago.

Did you by any chance create a system repair disc? I would try that. If you do not have a repair disk, then you can use your Windows installation disc to restore your system. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you have either one of these.

If you do not have either, you can try creating a new account. But this should only be a last ditch effort, in my opinion. I still prefer repairing with the disk.

Shut down your laptop. Reboot until you get to the Dell logo where its says "Press F2..." Once there, press Ctrl + F11 simultaneously, and then release both at the same time. This should prompt a Restore Options screen. Follow the directions and wait for the loading bar to finish. You should be able to create a new account after that.

Please note that I'm not certain the second option will work, but a friend has told me it did for his Dell. Good luck.
 

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Hi All,
 
I currently have an issue that I was hoping some of you could help me out with.  After an update to my Windows 10 HP Pavilion desktop last evening, my computer will no longer enter Windows startup.  Instead, it gets stuck on a black screen with a blinking underscore in the top left-hand corner.  I am able to access my UEFI BIOS.  From there, I ran the S.M.A.R.T. test and all the tests passed.  It seems that my hard drive is still functioning and connected but the Windows patch is causing issues.  I am currently unable to boot into safe mode because the computer gets stuck before the Windows boot page.  I have not performed a system backup recently, so I likely won't be able to restore the PC to an earlier state.  
 
Many important files are stored on my computer and I don't want to lose them by re-performing a full Windows install.  I am thinking about running the system repair tool from the "System Recovery" portion of the BIOS.  Would this be a safe solution to try?  Is there a way I can repair this issue without deleting all the data stored on the computer?
 
Any other ideas?  I'd appreciate any help as soon as possible!
 
-SilverArctic

A:PC Bootup Stuck on Black Screen with Blinking Underscore - Please Help!

Ok, quick update.  I ran the system repair tool, and it claims that "no OS files were found on disk."  This is strange.  Does anyone have ideas as to what's going wrong?   Please help!  Thanks!
 
-SilverArctic

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The past month my laptop has been booting really slow so i decided to hibernate instead of shutting down the computer seeing as it resumes session and is much faster. Yesterday, my virus protection tagged certain programs as malicious and i moved them to vault as i usually do, but noticed that it deleted all the programs i use such as Photoshop, Spotify, Enternet explorer and some others that weren't viruses and im 100% sure they weren't infected. I jumped to fast by sending them to vault and afterwards i tried to restore them from the vault using the virus protection interface. It restored the shortcuts but messed up the .exe files.

Later that night i did a system restore to a point the previous day. The restore was successful and the computer started to restart as usual but now the laptop wont boot anymore.

It loads the Dell icon and then stays in the black screen with a blinking underscore. I can go into BIOS, I have ran multiple tests everything passes, i can boot from the start up disk (not to desktop) but to repair screen which "no problems are detected".

I have tried to undo the restore a few times. Unfortunately i don't have a complete backup disk with all of my files or else id nuke the HDD and start over. I spent all day searching the web for a solution but have hit a dead end.

Im curious to see if anyone can help me with Boot failure and if not tell me how i can create a successful back up if i cant load Vista. Any help will be much app... Read more

A:Black screen with blinking underscore (fails to boot)

Try this:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/how-to-make-a-windows-vista-repair-disk-if-you-dont-have-one/

... and learn to back up those important files often
 

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Hi All,
 
I currently have an issue that I was hoping some of you could help me out with.  After an update to my Windows 10 HP Pavilion desktop last evening, my computer will no longer enter Windows startup.  Instead, it gets stuck on a black screen with a blinking underscore in the top left-hand corner.  I am able to access my UEFI BIOS.  From there, I ran the S.M.A.R.T. test and all the tests passed.  It seems that my hard drive is still functioning and connected but the Windows patch is causing issues.  I am currently unable to boot into safe mode because the computer gets stuck before the Windows boot page.  I have not performed a system backup recently, so I likely won't be able to restore the PC to an earlier state.  
 
Many important files are stored on my computer and I don't want to lose them by re-performing a full Windows install.  I am thinking about running the system repair tool from the "System Recovery" portion of the BIOS.  Would this be a safe solution to try?  Is there a way I can repair this issue without deleting all the data stored on the computer?
 
Any other ideas?  I'd appreciate any help as soon as possible!
 
-SilverArctic

A:PC Bootup Stuck on Black Screen with Blinking Underscore - Please Help!

Ok, quick update.  I ran the system repair tool, and it claims that "no OS files were found on disk."  This is strange.  Does anyone have ideas as to what's going wrong?   Please help!  Thanks!
 
-SilverArctic

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Before any bashing lectures, yes ive searched google for days on this issue and no fix or shortcut key is working. Its a dell studio from 2008, hard drive is only a year or 2 old. Ive tried changing around bios in f2, resetting defaults, every boot option in f12 gives me the same screen. Diagnostics do not start at alk, same black screen with the underscore. Ctrl alt delete restarts the whole thing, fn and power button doesnt do anything. No i didnt do anything to my comp, turned it on one day and it goes to black screen underscore after dell logo. F8 doesnt work, trust me that shortcut has NEVER EVER worked. Ive hit every single f and number key there is, nothing works. Just f2 and 12 but theres nothing there. Ive tried a recovery disc and it never starts, yes ive used cd boot option in f12 plus changing bios ordet, same black underscore screen. Ive takenout everything but the power cord, even battery, same thing, it doesnt even give me any error sunce the battery was out. Ive tried it all belueve me. Also since my warrenty is up, dell refuses to do anything, i cant get the email info or use the live chat. If its a straighr motherboard issue can someine just confirm it, ill replace thibgs myself.

A:Black screen after logo with blinking underscore, nothing is working

Unplug the system, remove the battery and hold the power button for 30 sec.  Remove and reinstall both memory modules and the hard drive.  Try powering up on AC only - no battery.  If it'll power up that way, the battery is bad.
If it won't power up on AC only, remove the hard drive.  If that gets you into setup, the drive is bad - replace it.
If it doesn't, the mainboard is bad - in which case, consider a new system.  After nine years, this one isn't worth replacing - and you can likely find much newer systems for sale used, which will be on par with the cost of a board replacement on this one - and much faster and up to date as well.

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Dell Latitude E6410
Windows Vista Business Service Pack 2

Recently my laptop boots up to a black screen (occasionally with a blinking underscore). I'm unable to type anything at all on the screen. If i'm lucky I can open the boot menu and start the computer that way (works maybe 1 out of 5 tries, when I boot from the hard drive either starts windows up or just goes to the black screen again). Laptop was recently restored from the cd.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Laptop Boots up to black screen with a blinking underscore

Back-up your data ASAP.

Looks like your HDD is on the way out - You say it's a business machine, do you have an IT dept you can take it to?

If not, safe thing would be to do a drive fitness test - See my Sig below.

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Here is my problem:

I have ACER 5745 Model, and have windows 7 ultimate and Linux OS on my drives. Windows 7 is in C drive and Linux is in E drive. While I was working on my windows 7 system, the electricity went off and since my battery is dead, so my system shut down immediately while I was working on internet. Well this thing has happened many times before but every-time I was able to restart my system. But since last time whenever I am trying to boot my windows only a black screen appears with an underscore blinking in top left corner. I have later on logged into Linux to check whether it is functioning or not, and it is working fine, but when I try to log into windows it does not boot up. When I press power button, it goes past POST, till the point where options appear whether I want to choose Linux or Windows. When I choose Linux it works fine but with windows the problem of black screen with blinking underscore appears.I have tried everything from using F2 and going into 'set up' , pressing F12 and going into 'boot', but nothing seems to work. I have tried F8 to check into safe mode but of no use as safe mode doesn't appear even after repeatedly pressing F8. I have then checked "Memtest 86" and have done 11 passes. I have tried to boot from DVD to do system repair but the system doesn't pick up even my DVD, even though I selected the boot option "boot from DVD RW". I have also tried removing my battery and allowing my system to cool down but that... Read more

A:Black screen with blinking underscore, fails to boot. HELP!!!!

I have another problem now; now "windows 7 loader" option after POST doesn't show; now I am not even able to get that. But when I am checking through Linux (E drive) into my C Drive (Windows) the files seem to be existing there. But then why isnt the windows option coming ?? now when I am entering "sudo update-grub" the following is coming:

Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-35-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-35-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-34-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-34-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-33-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-33-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-32-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-32-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-31-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-31-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-30-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-30-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-12-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-12-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
done

it doesnt show "found windows 7 (loader) on dev/sda1", which used to be displayed earlier. However, "sudo fdisk -l" shows the following:

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/p... Read more

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I was using my computer, when I got a blue screen error. It said something about some file (I'm thinking it was a system file) was corrupt. I'm assuming some sort of file one of my family members downloaded caused it, as they aren't very computer literate.

Of course, I turned off my computer and turned it back on, only for it to go to this black screen with a blinking underscore in the upper left corner. I've googled this, and found a lot of people have this problem, but I can't seem to figure out how to fix it.

I've tried hitting F8, but the options to boot don't come up. Maybe I'm doing it wrong or something. I know about using a recovery CD, but my computer is a couple years old (it runs Windows XP) so I'm not sure where it is, or if I still have it at all. I've looked into the BIOS, and everything seems to be fine.

I really don't want to lose any of my data, and I'm fairly certain the hard drive is still working.

Can anyone help me? I'm really freaking out about this. Thanks.

BTW, it's a Dell Dimension E510.

A:Computer Stuck at Black Screen with Blinking Underscore

Unfortunately, it sound as if you might need to repair your boot file. You will need a Windows XP recovery CD, so you'll need to get/make one.

You could try using a system restore point, if your computer allows you to launch system recovery (or similar) without a CD (usually some function key on boot, when you see a bunch of options listed during start up).

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The past month my laptop has been booting really slow so i decided to hibernate instead of shutting down the computer seeing as it resumes session and is much faster. Yesterday, my virus protection tagged certain programs as malicious and i moved them to vault as i usually do, but noticed that it deleted all the programs i use such as Photoshop, Spotify, Enternet explorer and some others that weren't viruses and im 100% sure they weren't infected. I jumped to fast by sending them to vault and afterwards i tried to restore them from the vault using the virus protection interface. It restored the shortcuts but messed up the .exe files.

Later that night i did a system restore to a point the previous day. The restore was successful and the computer started to restart as usual but now the laptop wont boot anymore.

It loads the Dell icon and then stays in the black screen with a blinking underscore. I can go into BIOS, I have ran multiple tests everything passes, i can boot from the start up disk (not to desktop) but to repair screen which "no problems are detected".

I have tried to undo the restore a few times. Unfortunately i don't have a complete backup disk with all of my files or else id nuke the HDD and start over. I spent all day searching the web for a solution but have hit a dead end.

Im curious to see if anyone can help me with Boot failure and if not tell me how i can create a successful back up from using command line if possible. As in b... Read more

A:Solved: Black Screen with Blinking Underscore(Fails to Boot)

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Hello Bleeping computer, I was surfing the web one day and all of a sudden my computer restarts. Now, I'm forever stuck with a blinking underscore and a black screen every time I boot my computer. I've tried to run in safe mode, but no luck after endless restarts and spamming f8. I found a very similar post and it proved to give me lots of hope.  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/487382/windows-7-frozen-black-screen-with-white-blinking-cursor/ I'm trying to fix my unbootable dell laptop, using a Mac laptop. After many hours, I was able to download a windows 7 install iso and able to make it bootable on my flash drive. I'm currently able to go to system repair and run command prompt. I've tried system restore, but still get the blinking underscore. I followed the instructions from the post above, and I have ran farbar recovery scan tool. Please HELP! I'm lost =( Any help is appreciated! Thanks!!

A:HELP! Blinking underscore, black screen! Will not boot or safe mode.

Fixed with this solution.
 
PHEWWWWWWW!
 
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/209-69-windows-bootcamp-black-screen-blinking-cursor-ages-boot

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My computer literacy is not the best but I'll try to explane the problem to the best of my ability. The last time I was on my computer when it was working it said it needed to update Adobe Reader after the update was done it had to restart and on the next boot up the problem first started. The eMachine logo will show up then after that all I see is a black screen with a white underscore. I tried to use system recovery disks that I bout from eMachines but when I get to eMachines recovery management and run the factory restore it will get to the last point where it says ''updating system'' get to 21% then jumps to 100% says recovery is finished opens the CD tray, It dose not say whether or not to take the CD out so I have left the last CD in and taken it out when it gives me the ten second window telling me it will reboot. F11 dose nothing at all, most forms say to tap F11 to try starting it in safe mode but that dose not work. I removed the bios battery then put it back in, I've removed one RAM card at a time thinking one might be no good no difference or error message upon removing the RAM card(s). I've been told I might need a new Windows 7 Home Premium CD but I can't afford one, even if I could I would not buy one just save the money for a real computer such as a Dell. I have a functional HP laptop that uses Windows 7 Home Premium, is there a way to transfer files from that computer onto a flash drive then lode them onto my eMachine?
 
 
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A:Black screen with white blinking underscore after eMachine logo.

So there are no error messages? Just a blank screen with a blinking cursor? The means the computer is looking for a disk to boot from and can't find one.
The fact that the repair disk didn't work indicates the problem could be the hard drive itself, and the problem will be hard to diagnose if you can't even get the computer to boot into safe mode. Transfering the files from another machine to the eMachine won't work.
In fact, you may have to do the opposite -- remove the hard drive, hook it up to another computer (an external hard drive dock with a USB connection is best for this), transfer over your important files, then place the hard drive back in the eMachine and try to reinstall the operating system. Then copy over the files from the other computer to your eMachine.

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Hello everyone! My name is kenny and I am here to solve this mysterious and painful situation that has befallen onto me. While watching an episode of an anime, my computer strangely closed all browsers and shutsdown on me without warning. At first, I was confused wondered what exactly happened... Not knowing what to do, I attempted to turn on my computer. The computer turned on and the Asus logo did appear, but then a black screen arrived along with a flashing underscore on the top left hand corner. It remained in this postion for what seemed like an eternity. As a result, I tried mashing the f keys on startup to see if those would yield results. f3-f12 keys did not function on startup, only f2 and 1 did and they took me to the BIOS. Ctrl+alt+delete just rebooted when the screen was black. I then decided to look up solutions for this quagmire. So I guess I'll list what I have done:

A) Went to BIOS and made sure that my HDD was on primary boot.
B) Searched for a Boot booster, but did not find one
C)Restored BIOS to original settings (Worth the try). Did not work.


I then went on to use my windows 7 usb.

by using windows 7 installation usb that I have, I:
1) Tried to recover to an earlier date, it failed.
2) Tried to reinstall windows 7. It installed but I did not get to activate it because it does not let me past the black screen.
3) Format my OS partition and then reinstall windows 7, still nothing.
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A:Laptop goes to black screen and blinking underscore after Asus logo

Bump :/

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hello, i have a acer aspire 5336-2460 laptop, everytime i try to boot into windows it gets stuck at a black screen with a blinking underscore in the top left. I tried making a bootable win7 dvd and it still doesn't solve the issue. F8 won't work only F2 and F12.

A:blinking underscore after logo screen

Why is my screen black when I start Windows 7?

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Hello everyone. This is my first question, so my apologies if I do something wrong, or I don't know a specific thing.

Specs (from what I can remember) :

Laptop Model: Acer Aspire 9410
Graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce Go (cannot remember the exact number)
Processor: Intel Centrino Duo (cannot remember the hertz of the top of my head either)
Screen resolution: 1440x900 (17" widescreen)
Installed RAM: From what I can remember; somewhere around 4-5GB I believe.
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (not sure of SP)
1 Hard drive: Sata; 70GB
Onto the Question:

I have a laptop from about 2006 that I bought from a guy off of craig's list in 2011. (2006 being how old the laptop is, 2011 when I bought it)

It worked great until about last summer. My sister was on the laptop just checking her facebook as usual. The laptop randomly turned off. I turned it back on and when it booted, it was a black screen with a blinking underscore. I let it sit for about 20 minutes; no progress. I heard you can try the windows restore disk, but unfortunately I do not have one. The OS does not show up at all. I read that it could be software that was installed could have caused it. I asked my sister if she installed anything at the time, even updates. She said no. I looked at the boot order in the BIOS, and the HDD is primary on the boot list. I also asked my sister if she bumped it, or dropped it, she said no again.

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A:Windows 7 Black Screen with Underscore at boot.

When you attempted to boot from the Linux Live CD, did you change the boot order first? I ask because you did not mention it.

Download Seatools iso from my signature, and use imageburn also in my signature to create a Seatools CD, boot from it and test the Hard drive. Honestly, it sounds like it may have gone bad

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Hi,
Yesterday I was playing a computer game, when my pc suddenly shut down, so I restarted and tried again, and the same thing happened.
So I figured the PC might be overheating, I told my dad, who got rid of the dust inside the PC.
But after putting all the cables back into the pc, when we tried to restart the computer, all it did was show bios information (American Megatrends etc) After that the computer continues, but after it says "checking NVRAM... update OK!" it goes to a black screen with a white blinking underscore on the top right of the screen. I can't see any sign of windows whatsoever (I have windows Vista). I tried getting to the safe mode, which I read about after googling. But I can't enter safe mode, all I get is a screen saying "Please select boot device" and it shows 4 options: 3 "USB: Generic Flash" options and 1 "IDE:HL-DT-ST DVDRAM" option. But whichever one I choose, it just goes back to the black screen... I read about this on google too, and people said you should close this screen and keep pressing F8, but when I do, nothing happens, all I see is the black screen.
Does anyone know what to do to fix the problem?
 

A:Windows won't boot: Black screen with white underscore cursor

Go back inside the computer and make sure the cables to the hard drive and from the motherboard to the hard drive are secure and connected
 

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

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

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

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

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

Please Help.
Thank You!

A:Vista; black screen blinking cursor

Im here to help

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

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

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

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

A:Vista - Black Screen Blinking Cursor

Hi Family_Man,

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

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

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

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

Thanks & Regards
Dell_Tapan_s
Dell Social Media Responder

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Hi,

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

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

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

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

Thanks.

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

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

Quote:




H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
http://www.carrona.org/memdiag.html (read the details at the link)
http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html (read the details at the link)

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

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

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

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

Any help out there?

Thank you in advance.

A:Vista not booting? Black screen/blinking cursor

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

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

Failing all the above steps may indicate Hardware failure.

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

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

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

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This is what did and my vista now does not start. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Couple of days back at the time of booting my laptop I pluged in my iphone for charging. As it saw a new drive it started to scandisk it. I unplugged my iphone and restarted my computer as I was in a hurry. The scan was just taking a lot of time.
After that my vista is not starting up. It goes and get stuck on a blank screen with the cursor blinking on the top left corner.
As I have lost my original repair CD I made a recovery disk by downloading a vista recovery software for X64. Ran that and it did some thing and fixed the problem. But still I cannot boot my vista. It gets stuck on the same screen.
Using this disk, system restore and complete recovery is not working either.

Any one has any other tricks of making me pass the black screen. :-)

Thanks
Nicks

A:Vista stuck on black screen with blinking cursor

Hello nicks145,
Can you boot into safe mode ?.
If you can, open a command prompt and type sfc/scannow press enter and let it scan, you may have to do this more than once if errors are found, until the system is clean.
Try this and post your results, good luck.

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My sons computer will not boot Vista 32-bit. I get the black screen and blinking cursor. It will not start in safe mode. It appears to show up in the BIOS. I inserted a recovery disk, but when I click on repair, no OS shows in the box. I clicked install (and stopped there) used the SHFT F10 option and pulled up the Command Promt. From there did the earliest system restore I could find. Restore was successful, rebooted....and still the black screen. I've tried so many things, that I don't even know where to begin. Please help! Thank you. I know a little about computers, but I am not a guru, so please try to ABC as much as possible.

A:Vista not booting? Black screen/blinking cursor

Hi jipcie,

Let us try few steps to isolate the issue:
1. Disconnect any external devices connected to the computer.
2. Go to system set-up and ensure that Hard Drive is selected as the first boot device and followed by CD/DVD drive.
3. Save changes and exit.
4. If issue persists, run the built-in diagnostics provided by the manufacturer on the computer to check if the hardware is working fine.

Based on the system model F2 or DEL keys should let you enter the system BIOS. Kindly let me know the system model to assist you better

Please post the results.

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Alright, so I have had windows 7 dual booted with windows xp on my lenovo g550 laptop for a while now, and some stuff happened with my xp partition that made me want to re-install it.

So, I go to re-install xp and the setup is going well, until the first reboot. I reached a screen that said something about the Boot.ini file being corrupted or missing or something and it went by really fast. At that point, I decided to just scrap the partition. So, I pop in my w7 recovery cd to startup repair, which didn't really help. Then I followed this guide:

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

to ensure the bcd is completely restored. However, I ran into the black screen with the underscore flashing. I looked up this problem and I still have not been able to find a solution. When I try the w7 recovery cd, sometimes it says that the Windows Recovery Management needed to be repaired or something like that.

So, can anybody help me out with this situation? Sorry if this is confusing.

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Hello there, I need help!! I have an Acer 5720 with Windows Vista. It had been working fine. I was trying to go onto the internet and it would not open so I shut the computer off and restarted it. It try to do some repairs and kept freezing up during them. Now when I turn it on (by unplugging it and taking out the battery because it will not turn off any other way right now) I got an Acer screen for a few seconds and then it goes to a black screen with a blinking white cursor up at the top left corner of the screen. I have tried push control alt delete but nothing. I have push all kinds of buttons but get nothing! Not sure if it will ever work again but really need to try to get into it and save all my data!! Important business info in there and unfortunately it has not been backed up on a flash drive for way too long!! Please help me!!!!

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Hello,
I have a dell inspiron 580 Intel ® core ™ i5 CPU 650 3.20 GHz with windows 7 according to the sticker on the computer. I am not computer savvy at all so lay people terms would be greatly appreciated. I have been using google documents to study from and add stuff to for my national exam. Google docs kept freezing on me so I used task manager and ended some tasks hoping that would help it from freezing…it has been freezing for months on any browser I use and it really cuts into my study time so I thought ending tasks may help. After that, I got frustrated with the computer and instead of powering it down, I just turned it off via the power strip switch. The next day when I tried to start it, all I get is a black screen with an underscore. I cannot type in any commands nor do I have any option to start it in safe mode. I only have the options of F2 and F12 when I start the computer or press ctrl+alt+delete. I tried messing around with setting under f2 and f12 but nothing worked. I tried to load default setting from one of those menus but that didn’t work either. I tried pressing F5, F8, F12 at different times repeatedly upon computer startup to try to get an option for safe mode but that didn’t work. Please help me, I really need to get it fixed so I can continue studying. Thanks!

A:black screen with underscore

MBTD85
You can click the link for information on running a repair install in windows 7.
Windows 7 Support

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So i have this gateway laptop and I got a blue screen of death randomly one day. I restarted my computer on safe mode and my laptop said it fixed the problem. The next day i restarted my laptop once more and i was faced with a black screen with a blinking underscore on the top left. I tried tapping and holding f8 with no luck either so I popped in my repair cd which i made when i had first bought my laptop since it told me to do so. I then tried restoring my default settings with the repair disc with no luck again. I've looked up different solutions online and tried mostly all of them but nothing has helped.

The startup repair option said there was nothing wrong

I dont have a system image

I tried chkdsk/r on command prompt but it said it was locked.

And lastly, i tried both options of recovery management ( first restore operating system and retain user data, and then i tried completely restore system to factory defaults)

None worked. I still get that darn black screen with the underscore.

Also, my laptop is a gateway with intel core i3, with windows 7, and a nvidia geforce gt 330m cuda 1gb
It also has a light up touch pad?

So if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much
- Marc
 

A:Black Screen with underscore (tried almost everything)

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I just recently tried to remove malware called "Vista Total Security" using Malwarebytes which removed the detected files. After the quick scan completed I restarted my computer hoping my computer would go back to normal but now I am stuck with a fixed black screen with an underscore line at the top left hand corner of the screen that blinks non-stop. I cannot get back to my login screen or desktop If anyone can help me out in solving the problem I would very much appreciate it.

I've tried using the three recover CD's that came with my laptop but that still did not resolve the problem. I also tried pressing F8 and F2 which do not work at all, I am completely lost on what to do...?

A:Black Screen & Underscore

Hi -

You have to boot into Recovery, either using the HDD recovery partition or the recovery DVD.

Make sure BIOS firing order is set to read DVD 1st. Usually F2, F10 or F12.

Laptop Recovery Instructions

For reference - Vista Total Security maleware

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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So I was running through westfall on my gnome mage (ALT) and bumped into a much lower level ripper, as usual frost nova and keep running! But my system crashed, couldn't alt + tab or clsoe the program. Rebooted my computer which I have own for approx 5 months and it reads the motherboard fine then goes onto this black screen with a white flashing underscore. IF you leave it long enough it moves to another screen within the bios asking you what state you want to boot windows up in. None of my keyboard buttons work on this page and when the timer runs from 30 to 0 instead of booting up it just crash's...

Once i got a step further and I was on the XP loading screen but it never loaded.

Any ideas? :/

A:Black screen, white underscore...

What are the specs of your computer, could be the power supply, or memory is your system overclocked. When your computer is booting are there any beeps?

Try booting from a XP disc and run recovery console then type chkdsk -r

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My xp pro compuer is turing off and going to a black screen with a flashing underscore. I am able to manually turn it off and back on again. This started two days ago and has down this four times total now. It seems to be happening sooner and sooner. we use this computer as a media server for extenders around the house. any ideas what is wrong? while on, I check the temperatures and the s.m.a.r.t. on the harddrives and everything is checking out ok. the cpu temp is a little high (50-60 C). But this cpu has always ran this hot.

A:black screen with flashing underscore

this thread was moved to a different forum. So I'm just bumping it to the top so people have a chance to read it. update on status is the computer turns to the black screen as mentioned before. it can't even get into windows completely now without doing it.

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McAfee was saying that it had gotten rid of a trojan and that I had to restart. I restarted, but when my computer booted up again, I just got a black screen with the flashing underscore. I turn on the tower, then the monitor comes on. At that point I'm on the Dell logo screen where it has those F2 and F12 options. After a few seconds it just goes to that black screen. I've even tried doing that F8 thing for safe mode. Nothing happened. Is there any way to fix this? Any way to prevent it from happening again?

A:Black screen, flashing underscore

C'mon, guys... PLEASE, help me. I don't know what to do anymore. I tried startup repair, system restore and system image recovery. Please. I don't know what I'm doing or what I'm supposed to do. I just really, really need your help. I'm begging you guys here. There must be some sort of solution for this. I can't even reinstall windows because of some compatibility problem. I was going to try custom installation, but I have no idea what I'm doing so I'm not going to mess around with that. But can you please, please, please help me? I'm completely lost now.

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Hello. When my dell inspirion 560 boots up it brings me to a black screen with a flashing underscore. It never lets windowd 7 boot up. I tried using a windows repair disc but I gets error 0X4001100200001012 and I Have no idea what that means. It happened when I woke up and saw I fell asleep with the computer on. When I tried movimg the mousr to take it off sleep mode I got not response. So I turned it off. Looking back it was probably a dumb mistake. Any ideas on how to fix? I really hope its not the hard drive..

A:black screen with flashing underscore

Which Windows repair disc did you use and what option did you select?

Start the PC and press F8 as soon as you see something on the screen, keep pressing F8 once per second until you see an alternate boot menu which should have the option to "Repair..."

Launch the Repair PC option and see if restoring a recovery point or performing startup repair will fix the issue.

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