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BIOS blinking cursor for 3 minutes before W7

Q: BIOS blinking cursor for 3 minutes before W7

I am beyond frustrated with this. Intel MB: D945GTP AAC97837-300. Bought this CTL pc that has W7 Ultimate 64 (from the properties screen). I believe that it was upgraded from XP. The problem is that it sits with a black screen and the flashing upper left cursor for 3 minutes until it starts doing the normal W7 loading, which goes off smoothly, and works just fine from then on. I believe that the guy that installed the W7 has done these successfully before, but I wonder if something went wrong with the install.

It has only onboard video and no additional cards of any kind. Iíve tried many things. Iíve tried memory sticks individually. The cmos battery is over 3 volts. Iíve tried disabling all boot options but the HD and the same problem.

My neophitism makes me think that either the bios can't find W7 due to a problem in where it is looking or a possibility the HD has a problem. Do I need to do a test like chkdsk first to make sure the HD is ok? One idea I was given was to do F8 select the HD and that would have the bios look for a boot sector. Problem there is that F8 takes the 3 minutes also and just brings up the safe mode screen. Is there that option in that screen or somewhere else for this?

The repair options via system repair have done nothing.

When I put in an install disc and tried the repair option it gave me a message that was saying something about how the disc was not proper to repair my system. I have used this disc successfully recently for a different install and it has all versions and in 32 and 64. I selected the right option there.

I also have a USB install that is Pro 64 so I set the bios to boot to usb first. I selected repair and startup repair and it said that it could not detect a problem. If somehow I would need to use this, being a different version I would have to reinstall without saving files. May be better to keep the Ultimate though as it may be needed to match the key properly.

The W7 shows as genuine and has a key. I suppose that I can do a clean reinstall and format if necessary. But I wouldnít mind trying some ideas to fix it in a different way to learn, and I can try anything that you want me to. Whatever is better or easier. I have the install disc or USB that I can use. The only file or anything that would be a problem at all is the Office '10 in it. I believe that I can get the download to reinstall Office and I have the code. I can ultimately do a full reinstall with formatting if necessary. If so, any specifics options to do related to the formatting?

What can I do here? I can do anything that is asked although this pc is not always following protocol. Iíve about worn out the start button and mouse doing restarts. Thanks to anyone who can help

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A: BIOS blinking cursor for 3 minutes before W7

Not a problem I have come across before, so lets start with a run of Disc Check and then run FRST to see what is on the system and view the error logs.

Disk Check
Click on Start then type cmd in the search box. A menu will pop up with cmd at the top, right click on it and select Run as Administrator. Another box will open, at the prompt type chkdsk /r and hit Enter. Note: you must include a space between the k and the /
You will then see the following message:
chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)
Type Y for yes, and hit Enter. Then reboot the computer.
chkdsk will start when Windows begins loading again. Let all 5 phases run and don't use or turn off the computer. (The chkdsk process may take an hour or more to finish, if it appears to freeze this is normal so do not interrupt it. On drives above 500GB it can take several hours.)
When the Disk Check is done, it will finish loading Windows.
Then follow this guide to find the chkdsk log. NOTE: You need to do the search for wininit not chkdsk.
Windows 7 Disk Check log

Once the log is in view then click on Copy in the right hand pane and select "Copy details as text".
You can then right click on the message box on this forum and select Paste and the log will appear, add any further information asked for and then click on Submit/Post Quick Reply and your done.
Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) and save it to your desktop. Do not get tempted to download Regclean Pro.

Note: You need to run the version compatibale with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.
Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
Press Scan button.
It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.
The first time the tool is run, it makes another log (Addition.txt). Please also copy and paste that into your reply.

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OK, I've exhausted my slightly higher-than-average computer knowledge, and can't even get IN the darned thing to see what's wrong :/ Dell XPS400 running Windows XP (SP2)Loads BIOS then goes to blank screen with blinking cursor in up. left-hand corner, and that's it.I can get into set-up, and the boot menu.Boot device menu options are : onboard SATA HD, onboard/usb CDROM device, system setup, hard drive diagnostics, and Boot to Utility Partition.What I've done so far:Ran "hard drive diagnostics" from Boot menu, said everything's fine. (HD is Samsung SP2504C)boot to utility partition = "utility partition not available"Boot from XP installation disk. It's a friend's computer, & admin password not known (never used it day-to-day, nothing's pw protected, so they don't remember it), so I cannot "repair" from the XP disk.Everything I see online assumes I can run in safe-mode, which I can't even LOCATE at this point. I know my Windows-repairing skills have gone down the toilet, since I'm a Mac and have been for 2 yrs now but really, where the heck did it go?! Anyway, I guess we can wipe it and reinstall, but is there a way to check that it's actually a corrupted file that's the problem, not some hardware that's dead, so I don't waste my time? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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BTW, my friend said he was online in IE, with 2 windows open, tried to maximize one window, then it froze for a few seconds, then the blue screen that said "something about how 'if this hasn't happened before, just restart your computer', so I did and got that blinky thing".

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After cleaning out my system in this thread, I was asked to come over here to help solve my issue:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic426754.html/page__st__30__p__2769309#entry2769309

After I removed the bad fake partition, and did the bootrec stuff. After rebooting the computer and completing the BIOS checks, I was left with a blinking "_" cursor, it just blinks. No hard drive activity from the light on the front of the case. I booted into recovery CD again and did the bootrec stuff again, and the same result. I also used the Startup Repair on the recovery CD, and it did say it found issues, and supposidely fixed them, but still have the blinking cursor.

I decided I needed to at least get it up and running for internet browsing, so I installed Fedora Linux as a dual boot like I have done in the past. Fedora works great, but when I select Windows 7 at the boot screen, I still have the blinking "_" cursor.

After running some bootrec commands in that thread, I lost my GRUB dual boot screen, and just back to the blinking "_" cursor after the BIOS screen.

I also noticed when running /rebuildBCD, it says "Total Identified Windows Installations : 0", which is odd, because when first loading Windows recovery console, it shows my Windows 7 Ultimate install on the list.

Can anyone suggest anything? We can start from the beginning if it is easier. Thanks.

A:Windows 7 No boot, Blinking Cursor after BIOS loads

Hi mechjames,

Not sure of your knowledge level but you seem to know enough to bounce from OS to OS when needed so I'll continue from that...

As it's the Windows partition and OS you care to save let me point you to a few things that might help right off, if you are comfortable with the tools. (Not sure if your a shell or GUI guy so bear with me.)

Fixing grub or grub2 isn't that hard but a few steps we can get into later if needed. Are you using a live cd/dvd to boot Linux? Are you able to use gparted or even fdisk to see what's going on with the drive?

A tool I have used from Linux to fix a HDD issue is called ntfsfix. If not part of your current tools its available using your usual installer, apt, dpkg, synaptic, etc.

As a last resort you can reinstall Windows using the upgrade option so you save all your data and profiles so keep that in mind.

In linux can you mount the drives or partitions you want to fix/save?

Have you used linux to backup/copy the data you don't want to lose?

Let us know how any of the above goes so we can proceed.

Regards,
Zen

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I have a Precision M6500. It does not have any Hard Drives on it. BIOS is A04
Default BIOS setting has SATA at RAID.
I can change SATA = Disabled and it will boot to BIOS
I can change SATA = ATA and it will boot to BIOS
I change SATA = AHCI, it pretends to boot to BIOS but gives me blinking cursor. Aborting boot with F2 or F12 also gives blinking cursor.
I open back panel, remove CMOS battery, plug it back in again, laptop will boot up. Unfortunately it boots into SATA = RAID setting.
How the heck do I change it to AHCI so I can put a Hard Drive in start using the darn thing? I see I'm not the only one who has this problem of blinking cursor, however in my case, it is not random. It only happens after I change SATA = AHCI, not otherwise.

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I'll start with the background info:
I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 with Windows XP and Ubuntu installed. Previously, GRUB would boot up and allow me to select which OS to run.
A day or two ago, I was using StumbleUpon and listening to iTunes when my computer froze, minimized to the desktop, and showed a window saying there was a virus. Half the icons on my desktop were missing and I didn't have control of the mouse. I performed a hard shutdown. When I restarted the computer, it went past the Dell splash screen and sat at a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left hand.

What I've done so far:
-Tried removing the battery and starting the laptop.
-Removed the hard drive and started the laptop, receiving a "missing hard drive" error, replacing the hard drive and starting the laptop.
-Running off a live Ubuntu CD.

I've had the most luck running of the live cd. Originally, I couldn't get the windows partition to mount, but after trying (and failing) to get GRUB to install, one of the commands must have freed it up and now it mounts properly (in the live environment). However, my computer still won't boot past that blinking cursor.

I opened up the Boot.ini file and everything seems in order, however I still get an error when trying to mount the Ubuntu partition (but I think I can worry about that later).

So, since I can open up that partition and browse around my files just fine, why won't the darn thing boot up? Could GRUB ... Read more

A:Laptop won't boot past BIOS, blinking cursor

The ubuntu LiveCD should have a "boot from hard drive" option. If that works, you could "re-do" grub from the command line using the "sudo" do allow for adminstrative commands.

As to the cause, I would check the bios for anywhere it would show CPU temperature.
 

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I'll start with the background info:
I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 with Windows XP and Ubuntu installed. Previously, GRUB would boot up and allow me to select which OS to run.
A day or two ago, I was using StumbleUpon and listening to iTunes when my computer froze, minimized to the desktop, and showed a window saying there was a virus. Half the icons on my desktop were missing and I didn't have control of the mouse. I performed a hard shutdown. When I restarted the computer, it went past the Dell splash screen and sat at a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left hand.

What I've done so far:
-Tried removing the battery and starting the laptop.
-Removed the hard drive and started the laptop, receiving a "missing hard drive" error, replacing the hard drive and starting the laptop.
-Running off a live Ubuntu CD.

I've had the most luck running of the live cd. Originally, I couldn't get the windows partition to mount, but after trying (and failing) to get GRUB to install, one of the commands must have freed it up and now it mounts properly (in the live environment). However, my computer still won't boot past that blinking cursor.

I opened up the Boot.ini file and everything seems in order, however I still get an error when trying to mount the Ubuntu partition (but I think I can worry about that later).

So, since I can open up that partition and browse around my files just fine, why won't the darn thing boot up? Could GRUB be installed in the inaccessi... Read more

A:Laptop won't boot past BIOS, blinking cursor

So if you boot from the Ubuntu CD (not the partition on your drive) does everything work fine?

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Hello
I am having a problem starting up my system. When I turn on the computer I cannot make it past the black screen. the only thing I see is a little blinking cursor in the upper left corner. Control-alt-delete does nothing. It is a compaq laptop. What should I do? I need this computer for work and the help desk people at work are not very much help. Thx
 

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i have a blinking cursor on boot-up, i did put this HD in my Inspiron, 2 install 2000 on this HD, the 1 from my Solo, because it has no CD-ROM drive. i did have "NTDLR is missing", on my Inspiron, could this be why im getting a blinking cursor on my Solo? and should i install 2000 again?
 

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bump. i might just re-install 2000 soon.
 

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After being infected by some nasty malware, my computer now will not boot. I cannot even try to access F8 options. After the BIOS splash screen, all there is is a black screen with the lone blinking cursor. I docked the HDD and ran Malwarebytes, which removed a couple things, hoping removing the malware would help. Unfortunately no, and I am at my wits end! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanx

A:Blinking cursor and thats it!

Hello pithblitz I will be helping with your computer problems.From this point on, it is very important that you refrain from doing anything else to your computer other than what I have requested of you.I do not mind if you browse the web, do basic tasks, or even test to see if the problem(s) you are experiencing are still occurring with the computer while we are working together, but do not run any tools/fixes unless I or another helper from this thread has asked you to do so.Remember that you came here for help, so allow us to help you If something does not run, make a detailed note of what problems you encountered along the way (exact error messages are preferred), but continue onto the next steps until you reach the end of my post.Always do the steps they are listed in (left to right, top to bottom).I prefer that you complete all the steps while you are in Normal Mode. However, I understand that sometimes this is not possible. If you are unsuccessful in getting a tool/fix to run from Normal Mode, but Safe Mode works, then use Safe Mode.If you have a question about something, do not hesitate to ask.Let's begin:First, which operating system are you using?If the answer is Windows XP, do you have your Windows XP installation CD or a Windows XP Recovery Console CD?__If the answer is Windows Vista, 7, or 8, try the following: Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.Plug the flashdrive into the infected PC.Enter System Recovery Options.To enter... Read more

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Hello, I am having issues with my netbook. It's an Asus Eee PC with windows xp. Lately I've been having problems, but I'm pretty sure I got some sort of virus. Yesterday I ran Avast! and Malware Bytes, found a few trojans and had them removed successfully. However today, when I tried to turn it on, all I got was a black screen and a white, blinking underscore. I do not get to the windows screen, and I cannot get into the boot menu either.

Unfortunately I do not have any of the restore information because it is a company computer, and I am trying to avoid reformating considering there is a ton of programs I don't believe I'd be able to reinstall afterwards (my IT guys are in Tacoma, WA).

Can anyone help please?
 

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Hi - as it is a Company Computer - best to let the IT guys know about the problem.
They may not thank us, for any suggestions that we make.
 

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Did refresh to Windows 8 and upgrade to Windows 10. After startup symbol (blue circle) continues to blink.Also, short line in task bar blinks. Any suggestion to eliinate.

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A cd or dvd in the optical drive or any external peripheral. Test by unplugging all external peripherils but powr and screen and see if it boots normally. If it does just use process of elimination to determine the cause. You may need a bios update to fix it as well.

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Possible dead hdd see if you can load to safe mode happened to me too.

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Well, my wife's computer got shut off from a power outage for less than a second. Now when we turn it on all there is, is a blinking cursor in the top left corner. I have tried getting into bios or safe mode, but it wont allow me into either. Please help.
 

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When my desktop boots up I see a blinking cursor.......I need help plz.....I hAve a biostar board
 

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I have 8.1 on my laptop and basically it works great, but when typing, that dam little blinking cursor that tells where your typing will disappear. Then I have to take the mouse and click where it stopped typing. What is causing this problem?
 

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I have posted a couple of questions about this problem, but it seems nobody know what the source of the problem is. Not sure if its a lack of members or if my problem is one that requires professional help, but if someone could help me out with a link to another forum where someone has posted the same issue or just flat out tell what the dill is, it would make me very happy. Heres my most recent thread with details about my problem....http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic116499.html
 

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post once. If people wish to reply they will.
 

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I have been scouring and trying all the "tricks" I have come across to no avail. My issue is as follows:

Five days ago after running a Virtual Machine (Ubuntu) on my laptop, something caused a complete system hang (or that is what I recollect). When I rebooted the laptop, lo and behold, splash screen, then blinkin' underscore forever.

The currently comatozed laptop is:

Sony VAIO BX297-XP
Win XP Pro SP3
1x 200Gb Hitachi Travelstar 7K200
1x 500Gb Seagate ST9500420ASG
2 Mb (1x2Mb) RAM (Samsung DDR2-SDRAM PC2-5300)
all other specs are standard for the laptop.

I know it is old, but it has traveled the world and been unfathomably resilient and saved dozens of other systems from failure. As I am reluctant to redo everything again (father, I have sinned and "forgotten" to backup since x-mas; but it received a full boot drive cleansing, by format, 7 months ago).

Any pointers are greatly appreciated. I have tried mbrfix, mbrboot, surface tests, file structure tests and more, yet still that annoying screen. Have had a dual boot running Kubuntu but it was not in use when this happened.

My fingers are crossed.

A:Another blinking cursor issue

If you have booted off of the XP CD and gotten to the Recovery Console and typed chkdsk /R and pressed enter, and that didn't help, and you have then typed FIXBOOT and then FIXMBR then you will have to try a Repair Install.

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Hello, my laptop updated earlier. Now it won't start up and every time I try to turn it on it lets me go to the Startup Menu and anything I do after that it keeps going to a black screen with a white curser at the top left corner. I've tried restarting it multiple ways and I'm not sure what to do?

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Got a blinking cursor everytime I reboot. Tried the minmized image recovery which reformats, copies / restores the files to the hard drive but when it says the next step is to reboot, and I do, it freezes on startup (HP Logo, single line of discolored pixels at the top of the screen, press esc for boot options frozen in the bottom corner). At this point I reboot and I'm right back where I started.

I did a memory and full hard drive check, both come back fine. Not sure what else to do.

Pavillion g7, Windows 7 64bit, i3

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Make your Recovery disks which are used in such a case where Factory Recovery won't run from its partition. You may need to wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command.

Most tech enthusiasts prefer to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which is a much superior install especially considering the huge amount of bloatware larded into the HP factory recovery disks. Everything you need to get it perfect is in the blue link.

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It seems as if there is something wrong.
I don't know what though.
If possible would someone take a look at this hjt log please.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:25:58 AM, on 12/24/05
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSTASK.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KB891711\KB891711.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tsk
C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\TASKMON.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SYSTRAY.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGCC.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGEMC.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGAMSVR.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\STIMON.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\ZONE LABS\ZONEALARM\ZLCLIENT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WMIEXE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\ISAFE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\RNAAPP.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\TAPISRV.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\ZONE LABS\ZONEALARM\MAILFRONTIER\MANTISPM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DDHELP.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\PSTORES.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\INTERNET EXPLORER\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\PROGRAM FILES\INTERNET EXPLORER\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP\CLEANING & TOOLS\HIJACK THIS\HIJACKTHIS.EXE

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://us.rd.yahoo.com/customize/ie/defaults/sb/msgr7/*http://www.yahoo.com/ext/search/search.html
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A:my cursor is blinking way too fast

Im going to post this link now as I have it copied to my clipboard now...I am going over your log.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/accessibility/cursorblinkrate.mspx
 

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I am having some pretty serious computer troubles. I will start at (what I think) is the beginning.

5/26: A BSOD forces my system to restart. Rebooting into Windows causes my system to BSOD within a few minutes. I can, however, boot stably into safe mode. After a few attempts at rebooting, I try restarting with the battery removed. Windows loads fully. Half an hour later, I replace the battery, and the system does not crash. System remains on from 5pm.
5/27: Sometime around 12pm, while I am asleep, the system crashes. I wake up to a black screen, with the power indicator light on. System does not respond to any stimulus, until I hold in the power button and the power indicator goes off. On next boot, the Dell logo/loading screen appears, the loading bar gets to full, and the screen changes to a blinking _ in the upper left. This happens every time I attempt to boot to the HDD, and does not change unless I power the system off. Up to 20 minutes.
I can boot into the diagnostic partition- all tests passed. I can also access the BIOS and the boot-devices menu.

I made an "Ultimate Boot" thumb drive using a friend's system, and booted my system with that. Memory tests gave no errors. Most HDD tests would not run, but some non-sector-testing systems detected all partitions. I got no conclusive results from the diagnostics.

I then reformatted the thumb drive and loaded "Ubuntu Live" onto it. I tried booting to that. Dell loading screen switches to blinking... Read more

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Hello people.

Have anyone of you noticed that your cursor blinks once or twice while either:
Holds cursor upon 'window bar'
Holds cursor upon 'minimize - enlarge - close' bars
Moves cursor to the explore taskbar area
Not that annoying but, I notice it.

Please note that I have no theming or 3rd party software that'd disturb Aero.
Question is, do you have it? Should I just ignore or do something about it? I also plugged my mouse in another USB port with no difference.

A:Cursor blinking within Aero?

It's not happening for me :/

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Hi, I have a friend's HP laptop with Windows 7. When I press the power button, it shows the HP splash screen and then a black screen with a blinking cursor.
 
She said that she was working on her online schoolwork and left the room. When she came back, it restarted to the black screen with a blinking cursor.
 
- I tried F8 to access the Advanced Boot Menu but it wouldn't load.
- I also tried F11 to boot to the recovery partition but that won't load either.
- She does not have her original Windows disks.
- I can boot to BIOS, so I ran the hard drive self test and the memory test and they both passed.
- I check the boot options and the hard drive is the first option. (Her CD/DVD drive is the second option, but there is no CD/DVD in the drive).
- I took out the hard drive and scanned it with Malwarebytes on my desktop, but there were no threats found.
- I tried to run chkdsk on the partition with the OS while it was plugged into my desktop, but I get a message asking about mounting the volume, so I selected 'No'. Then it says that chkdsk cannot run on the drive because it is in use by another process, would you like to schedule a chkdsk the next time the system restarts and I selected 'Yes'. (I'm not sure how or why it thinks the drive is in use, but I restarted the desktop and I also removed the drive and put it back in the HP laptop and restarted it, but neither option ran chkdsk.)
- I saved her documents and photos onto my desktop
 
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A:Windows 7 Blinking Cursor

The black screen with blinking cursor means that for some reason or other the system cannot find the hard drive when it tries to boot.
 
What has worked for me in the past is to press the 'F8' key while the HP splash screen - the BIOS screen - is showing. This usually takes you to the 'Boot options' page but not in the case of the black screen. What you get is a screen that looks very like the boot order screen in BIOS but it isn't. In this screen use the 'Up' and 'Down' arrows to select your hard drive from the list of drives shown, then press the 'Enter' button and the computer should boot normally.
 
The first time I ran into this problem, on my own computer, I spent about two hours re-booting and pressing 'F8', getting this screen every time, until inspiration struck and I selected the hard drive with my operating system on it !  I have since run into it a few times since.
 
Chkdsk will not run on a disk you are looking at, or if is the one that is trying to boot because that hard drive is in use. It will start as soon as you re-boot because the instruction is stored. When asked 'Schedule chkdsk at next restart ?', press 'Y' (Yes) and then 'Enter', then re-boot. However, you have done the most important thing - backed up all her data.
 
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I'm trying to fix my sister's older dell laptop. Its probably from 2005 or so. The original problem was that it was plagued by so much malware/spyware that it was completely useless. So, I simply tried to reinstall windows, like I've done dozens of times in the past.

Everything went smoothly at first. I booted to the CD, deleted the partitions, formatted a new partition, and the setup files seemingly copied to the hard drive like normal. However, when it restarts (once the installation files are copied), and it tries to boot to the hard disk, all I get is a blinking cursor. I have tried the actual Dell SP3 reinstall disk, and I have tried another copy that I have used before on my computers (which worked just fine)... Different disk, same result.

It appears that the hard drive works normally, since I can look up the directories in the repair console and see the files there. I can also hear it moving its mechanical parts as well. I am stumped and can't for the life of me figure this out. Is there anything I might have missed? Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

edit:
I should have posted this the first time

Dell Latitude D610
CPU: Intel Pentium M 755 / 2.13 GHz
Chipset: Mobile Intel 915PM Express
 

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Just wanted to stop in and say hello. Trying to get the hang of these forum sites... I have a problem with my PC and this was the most comprehensive site I could find so I figured I would sign up and let the learning begin. Not quite sure how all this works just yet but I'll figure it out soon enough...

Anyway, I found a bigger hd but no OS, so I was gonna format using WinXP and I accidentally plugged her into the master plug instead of slave and now Windows wont start. I used ERD commander to check the contents of the drives and thankfully my data is still intact, but when I try to boot, I just get the blinking cursor. Any ideas?

At first I thought it was a Windows problem but I borrowed a HD w/ Windows from a friend and got the same results. I'm thinking its just not opening the drive properly or something.
 

A:Blinking cursor on bootup

Have a look here: Tutorial: No POST (Power On System Test)
 

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I have got Windows 7 with 256 MB graphics card pre installed, 1 GB RAM and 160 GB Hard disk. The problem is Now when I start the computer it says checking NVRAM and a blank screen with blinking cursor appears. I tried to boot with disconnecting all the drives but the problem remains same. Pls help me to solve this problem.

A:Blinking cursor screen

Is the screen with that message the first screen you see?

Or do you see a screen (probably with your computer manufacturers logo on it) beforehand?

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Whenever i boot my laptop for the first time in the day, it will get stuck at the blinking cursor screen after the samsung splash screen appears. Restarting or pressing ctrl-alt-del after a few seconds will cause it to reset and windows logo will show and it boots normally afterwards. I have an external hard drive plugged in always if that matters. I've tried changing the boot order but it doesnt work. No hard disk errors too. Reinstalled windows but it didnt work either. Does anyone have a solution?

A:Stuck at blinking cursor

Hello whiteholes, welcome to SF!

Yeah we've got some ideas... but it is very hard to be specific as you haven't filled in any details in you System Spec's.
Anyway, there are many possible reasons for this but the most common one is a timing issue. Strange as it might sound, a cooled down system (as from being off overnight) takes just a little longer to power up all parts than a warm system that is rebooting. A cold part (like your boot HDD) being too slow could cause this... but, in this case I'm not sure because I'd expect a message on "boot disk not found"or something like it. So it is another component. You just need to check for that. I would start by trying to boot one morning without having the external HDD plugged in.

For more specific help, update system specs.

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I have a computer with XP pro installed on it. When I turned it on the other day right after the POST test it just has a blinking cursor in the top left side of screen. I looked through some of the other post in the forums and tried what I found to try to fix the problem. I put in my XP cd and reset the computer. It said to press any key to boot from cd, I was doing something else and didn't hit a key and the computer booted correctly into Windows. I tried to boot normally again, and it was the blinking cursor. I put the windows cd in again and this time I hit the key to boot from cd. I went into the recovery console and can chkdsk /r and chkdsk /r /f and everything was ok with both. I ram fixmbr and it still boots to the blinking cursor. But it will keep booting correctly if the windows cd is in and I don't hit a key to boot from the cd. I also went into the boot options and selected last known good configuration and that didn't change anything. I also went into disk management and it showed a healthy hard drive with no problems. What do I need to do to get it to boot normally without the cd in the drive? Thanks.

Chris

A:xp boots to blinking cursor

Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503 If that didn't handle it, I would try the fixboot command.If still no joy, I would try the bootcfg /rebuild command, What is Bootcfg - http://windowsitpro.com/article/articleid/...is-bootcfg.html Louis

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

I waited for hours and still won't boot.

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

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

Thanks in advance.

A:Blinking cursor on startup

have you just recently installed a program or service pack ?

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i recently got my computer back from the shop. they checked got my computer in working order and i brought it home. it had a blank 500 gig sata hdd and i booted it up. i put in my windows disc to install windows and rebooted, it ran all the little checks and stuff. it gave me my options for a fresh install, recovery and stuff likke that. at that point my keyboard wasnt working so i did a hard reboot and when i did it came up to a blinking cursor in the left and thats all it does now. i took out the battery and reset the bios already but i'm at a loss and dont want to take it back and pay money again.

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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?

Thanks
 

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Hey together, i've got a big problem with WOL and our HP Pro Desktop. On regular startup Windows 10 is booting perfectly. But if I'm starting the machine with WOL Magic Packet the System will only boot up to the blinking cursor on black background. This is only so if the machine is started by WOL. I have tested it on 20+ Machines, HP Pro only. Same problem... Do someone have the same problems? I dont know anymore. I have cleaned the boot priority and renewed the driver for nic. Nothing helped. Thank you in advance. David

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Hello,

I have a HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook and I want to install Windows XP on it. I have the bootable DVD which works fine when I try to boot any other computer with it, but when I try to do it on my Pavilion, the phrase "Press any key to boot from CD..." DOESN'T appear. Instead, it stays on a blinking cursor on a black screen forever and nothing happens. If I try to boot, say, Ubuntu, tho, it boots and installs normally.

What confuses me is that, by trying to boot the CD on another computer i confirmed that its working, and by booting Linux on my Pavilion i confirmed that it is not my computer.

Would anyone know why this is happening and how can I fix it?

EDIT: I also have just tried Windows 7 and it also gets stuck on the blinking dash. Apparently, the only OS that installs is Linux.

Thanks in advance,
Souza
 

A:Blinking Cursor - HP cannot boot XP from CD

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Hello folks,Thank you firstly for any help on this - I'm at my wits end trying to sort it out.DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK law-and-disorder.de/wp-content/themes/law-a/gerald393.phpOk now that is out the way I'll begin!I was checking back links to my website though yahoo's site explorer and the link above was there. As usual I always see who's linking to my website(s) and opened the link along with 3 or 4 others. This link was the last 1 I was checking and when I finally clicked the tab it was open on I saw looks of numerical figures and at the top of the screen it said ''WAIT... LOADING PAGE'' or something along them lines.I knew straight away I had to get off it so I tried to open task manager to shut it down to no avail.So I restarted the PC by the button on the front, and it starts to boot up.It shows me as usual the Asus meotherboard boot page and I can choose DEL to enter setup.After that is when I hit a brick wall.I then go to the next screen which shows MAXTOR SMT and some numbers after - my hard drive?And below is says press any key to continue. Now is I press an key is goes to a black screen white blinking underscore in the top left corner - and if I press nothing it does the same - black screen white blinking underscore in the top left corner.I've tried all F keys and nothing happens apart from F8 which brings up my BOOT MENU.I can select Hard Disc - SCSI-0 : MAXTORor CDROM - 1st Master : ATAPI DVD Entering either of those does noth... Read more

A:Blinking Cursor on boot up

Hi, Lets give it a try.We will need to view the system status from an external environment. It will be good to know the Operating System installed as well as the specs of the computer. You will need a USB drive and a CD to burn. There will be several steps to follow. Download GETxPUD.exe to the desktop of your clean computerRun GETxPUD.exeA new folder will appear on the desktop.Open the GETxPUD folder and click on the get&burn.batThe program will download xpud_0.9.2.iso, and upon finished will open BurnCDCC ready to burn the image.Click on Start and follow the prompts to burn the image to a CD.Next download driver.sh to your USB driveAlso Download Query.exe to the USB drive. In your working computer, navigate to the USB drive and click on the Query.exe. A folder and a file, query.sh, will be extracted.Remove the USB & CD and insert them in the sick computerBoot the Sick computer with the CD you just burnedThe computer must be set to boot from the CDIn some computers you need to tap F12 and choose to boot from the CD, in others is the Esc key. Please consult your computer's documentation.Follow the promptsA Welcome to xPUD screen will appearPress FileExpand mntsda1,2...usually corresponds to your HDDsdb1 is likely your USBClick on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?)Confirm that you see driver.sh that you downloaded therePress Tool at the topChoose Open TerminalType bash driver.shPress EnterAfter it has finished a report will be located on your USB ... Read more

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Hello all -Just signed up. Have anyone had this problem in Word: Constant blue cusor while in word. Sometimes in Ooutlook.Any suggestions.(Moderator edit: post moved to more appropriate forum.jgw)

A:Blinking cursor in word

Isn't it a normal thing to have a blinking cursor in MSWord and Outlook to indicate that you can type something?

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My cursor keeps blinking from the arrow to the hourglass. It only lasts a split second but i work with graphics and its very distracting when im in close on my drawing.
 
Thank you

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Hi Cary,
I have a Dell Inspirion that when powered up all I get is a blinking cursor. Any comment will be appreciated.
 

A:computer only has blinking cursor

The title of your thread and the problem that you describe are 2 completely different things, so we don't really know what kind of help you need.

Is your Dell Inspiron a laptop/notebook or a desktop/tower?
What is the exact 7-character "service tag" number on it?
What version of Windows is it running?

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Until recently I had IE 11 running on Win7. After a registry cleanup the blinking cursor had disappeared from every search bar I tried to use, except IE11. My shortcuts produced what I expected but after 2 blinks the cursor stopped. I had to go right bact to IE8 to get back to normal and, as we all know, IE8 is no longer supported. I tried an upgrade reinstall of Win7, thinking it would rebuild the registry but it made no difference.
Does anyone have the answer to this please?
Cheers, RR
 

A:Blinking cursor has disappeared.

Hello, Not sure exactly what you mean by 'upgrade reinstall of Windows 7', usually these issues are fixed by using System Restore.
 

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I deleted some startup files from a WindowsXP Pro machine it was originally a Win98. Which files do I need to get it going XP, 98 or Compaq restore(hope not)? I can only access BIOS. I have no backup!
Thanks for any help
 

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Windows will not boot, I created a rescue disc and ran FRST64... but I'm a little lost on how to fix.
 
Any suggestions? 
 

A:Ran Malwarebytes, now all I get is blinking cursor

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Open notepad (Start =>All Programs => Accessories => Notepad). Please copy the entire contents of the code box below.start

HKLM-x32\...\Run: [] => [X]
HKLM-x32\...26dfa299cadb\InprocServer32: [Authentication UI Logon UI] <==== ATTENTION!
S2 HP Support Assistant Service; "C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Support Framework\hpsa_service.exe" [X]
S3 hpqwmiex; "C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared\hpqWmiEx.exe" [X]

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Save the files as fixlist.txt into the same folder as FRSTRun FRST and click Fix only once and wait.Restart the computer normally to reset the registry.The tool will create a log Fixlog.txt please post it to your reply.===I need you to run the Farbar tool normally and post a fresh FRST log for my review.Let me know what problem persists.If all fails try to restore you computer to a previous date. ==================== Restore Points available =========================Restore point made on: 2014-11-12 21:00:11Restore point made on: 2014-11-20 21:00:12Restore point made on: 2014-11-28 21:00:10Restore point made on: 2014-12-06 21:00:11

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A little over a month ago my laptop became infected with a couple trojans..after that I was unable to boot as it would stop at a blinking cursor when starting up. Since then I have been using Hiren's boot cd to boot and was able to clean everything up so my laptop has been running fine for the most part. The only thing is that the blinking issue is still present. How would I go about fixing this? Thanks!

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bumping to hopefully get some views..

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When i click my mouse in the internet (Eplorer 5.5)
My cursor blink from arrow to hour glass.
What can i do to stop this
 

A:Mouse cursor blinking

My cursor usually does the same thing for a moment or so until my screen is done displaying what I have clicked on.
 

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got free upgrade to windows 10.      everything ok        after installing a samsung ssd in notebook  somehow i noticed the blinking spinning cursor.     how can i get rid of it.

A:cant get rid of spinning , blinking cursor

Hi @jakeylbj,Thanks for becoming a member of the HP Support Forums. I understand you are having an issue with the computer freezes. I will be glad to help you. Here are some documents to help.Computer Does Not Start (Windows 10)Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered (Windows 10, 8, 7)Slow Internet Troubleshooting (Windows 10, 8)Reducing Heat Inside the Laptop to Prevent Overheating Please keep me informed of how things went. If you require further assistance, let me know and I will gladly do all I can to help you.Please let me know if this resolves the issue by marking this post as "Accept as Solution".To simply say thanks, click the Thumbs up below!  Thanks.

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

Thanks
 

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HI All,
I built my own computer last year. The computer boots up just fine but before it bios screen comes up there is a blinking cursor that runs for almost 20 seconds and then bios kicks in and everything goes on normally form there. Can anyone tell me how to avoid the initial 20 to 30 secs of pointless cursor blinking?

Thanks,
-Viks

A:Blinking cursor before boot

The computer boots up just fine but before it bios screen comes upHi and Welcome -Do you actually mean the POST screen, rather than the BIOS screen ??If it is the POST screen, you can enter BIOS setup, and change settings so the POST screen will be very brief (about 5 seconds)Has this always done this, or is this a new / recent change to starting ??Thank You -

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Specs:

Windows XP Home
400W PSU
160GB HDD
2GB RAM
1.8Ghz Intel Processor
Onboard Graphics
Onboard Sound

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

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

any help is appreciated

A:Blinking Cursor on Startup

Hi

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

BG

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