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Q: From Blinking Screen not loading login options to Blank Screen

I have a Dell Inspiron 1750 laptop with core 2 duo (I forget how many GB the hd is) that had Windows 7 Home Premium edition installed on it when I got it. (I have no idea where any of the CDs that came with it are now.)I had been having problems with the login screen just flashing from the blue background image to black and the mouse just showing the circle thing with Please Wait... showing, instead of loading the icons. Normally, there are two icons that show up. One is the Fast Access icon that has facial recognition and the other icon is the one to type my password.
It would only run in safe mode, and none of my restore points would make windows load normally, but I know next to nothing about computers and wasn't able to find a tutorial on how to fix it, so I downloaded Ubuntu instead by using Windows in safe mode with networking. I was having problems with Ubuntu freezing, so on the next startup I chose to run diagnostics tests and the monitor connection test & the sata confidence test both failed, while everything else passed, which I don't understand because I wasn't having any problems with dead pixels or colors or anything or saving any files. (I think the hd test said something about $I30 31344?) I went into bios setup and clicked factory restore or something along those lines, thinking that it would restore Windows to how it was when I first got the laptop and now, it loads the Dell circle at startup followed by a black screen with a white blinking underscore, but I can't type anything. How do I get it to load Windows 7 again?

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Preferred Solution: From Blinking Screen not loading login options to Blank Screen

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I recently changed motherboards and removed a 2nd hard drive which contained win 8.1. The system now has one drive with Win 7 Pro on it. My backups have been going to a removable seagate usb 3.0 drive and was not always plugged into the system, so occasionally I got a notice that windows couldn't find the backup drive which was not a problem as I plugged it in weekly and backup ran fine then.

What I've done so far:

1) sfc /scannow from elevated prompt, no files had problems
2) ran MRT and virus scan, came back negative
3) Started system repair disk and selected Startup Repair and came back with no problems, ran additional available troubleshooter which came back with no problems found.
The full error message reads:

"The backup application could not start due to an internal error:

The service cannot be started either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it. (0x80070422) "

When I select "Backup and Restore", the page comes up showing only the words "Control Panel Home" in the upper left in the blue area and the words "Backup or Restore your files" in the top white area of the page. The rest of the page is blank. See attached pdf ...
Not surprisingly then, the service doesn't show up in msconfig as a startup service.

The error is supposed to be, according to technet articles, indicative of a corrupted file, however as stated above System File Checker finds nothing.

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A:Backup Screen options/info screen blank; Error (0x80070422)

Windows Backup was disabled in "Services" for an unknown reason. Also, I was looking for "Backup and Restore" at the top of the list of services instead of Windows Backup at the very bottom of the list. I didn't look in "Linux Backup and Restore", either. Duh. Anyway, good news, easy fix. Done.


"Start > right click "Computer" > select "Manage" > select "Services" > select "Windows Backup" from list and double click it. When the pop up window opens, if the pull down says "This service is disabled" click on the pull down and select Manual. Click "Apply". "OK". Done.

Now, just go to backup and restore in the Maintenance folder on the start menu program list, click it and Backup menu is there ready to go.

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After the Starting Windows screen a blank black screen with a cursor that I can move pops up that lasts a minute (shouldn't happen with SSD, used to be ~10 second boot). Afterwards the login screen will appear as normal and everything works as normal. This doesn't happen when I boot into safe mode.

I attached a list of start up services, installs, and scheduled tasks, along with my latest boot log.

Any suggestions?

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Hey everyone.

I did a bit of research and this seems to have been an issue for a while, or has been in the past. Was upgrading to windows 10, I first had to restart my pc cause it was initially stuck on that preparing to install problem with the green bar being stuck around 25%.

It then got through that and began the installation process with the big circle and rebooting process. However around 91% when I last looked at it it was just black screen, this stayed this way for about 3-4 hours. I then decided to reboot the pc and it has now booted to the login screen. Is this a known bug or could there be a possible issue?

The problem seems a bit different as some people I saw have had to fall back on PC restore points etc. So not sure if it installed or what could be the problem.

Also side note, I upgraded my pc when windows 10 first publically released, but rolled back because I had about 5min shutdown times. So not sure what is going on and any info would be greatly appreciated!


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I never had a problem upgrading like you've experienced but I experiencing Windows 10 upgrading process is the longest time taken ever compared to previous versions. It took me 1 hour+ to finished.

Play around a little bit to get used to it then did a clean install. No problem arise, seems working fine.

The point is, problems always happen after upgrading, to solve it just perform installation from scratch (clean install).

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Hey, need some help yet again!

Yesterday, I downloaded Mission Against Terror (New MMOFPS), and I downloaded it. Upon updating with the patcher, my laptop went haywire. It started opening up random IE windows, slow speed, etc etc.

I did a whole memory scan, and a malware/adware/spyware scan. There were several viruses and whatnot, but what is important are the files: SVC2.exe and 2008.exe, you'll find it why later on. The anti-virus said that it had fixed/deleted everything.

So, I restarted my laptop, hoping that I'd get it up and running in safe mode for any further scans. Unfortunately, when I restarted it, after the windows 7 loading screen (which is right before login screen), a black screen appeared. With nothing at all. Not even a cursor. BLACK. JUST BLACK with NO keyboard access/mouse access. But, that's expected since it's BEFORE the login screen. It's the same with normal boot, boot that does that "last best used option" or whatever, safe mode, with networking, etc etc. All the same. Black screen.

Good thing I had WIN XP on my other hard drive. So, I booted up into WIN XP (where I'm posting this from), and did a FULL (NOT QUICK) system scan, to find the SAME Viruses YET AGAIN: SVC2.exe and 2008.exe, along with some other minor tracking cookies and what-not. Win XP (on second drive) is also having a few problems, like IE shutting down every second (using firefox now). Think this is a whole system prob. But, why? Didn't the antivirus-es fix it? I... Read more

A:Black Screen BEFORE Login screen and AFTER Windows 7 logo/loading!

Hi your problem can best be addressed in the security section of the forum

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Bonjour mes amis.

I recently have started getting the infamous black screen of death at my computer's startup, very similar to this fellow user's problem. Basically, Blank screen on boot up, before login screen; slow startup. The black screen lasts at least two minutes on average, before the windows login screen comes up. Everything else runs fine!

I think it might be my antivirus, Bitdefender Total Security 2013, and I've posted on their forums about it, and I've gotten responses from other users saying:

The Black screen issue is known by BD Support till now they have not able resolved that issue.
hope BD 2014 resolves the issue.

And the booting time issue is been solved.

However, I uninstalled Bitdefender and the problem still persisted. I proceeded to uninstall every program i could remember installing before the problem started, so before the start of June. This was painful because I updated all my software, so everything was listed as installed recently.
My startup time after removing all these software is attached below; 156 seconds, compared to before with the speed ranging from 200-500 seconds, with the worst at 472 seconds.

Although this sped about my startup, I still got the annoying black screen issue. I am sure it is a software issue because the black screen is present, but lasts no longer than about 5 seconds when starting in Safe Mode with Networking, and is present even int he low graphics.

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A:64-bit - Blank screen on boot up, before login screen; slow startup

Hello mate try some of these Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 start at point 15 then do chkdsk Disk Check

The go through the other stuff.

Oops should have mentioned this one too start at point 7 - option 3 Optimize Windows 7[2]=Performance Maintenance

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Hey, first time posting here, so sorry if this is the wrong section or anything.

Lately my laptop has been experiencing a problem when I boot it up. After the Starting Windows screen with the glowing Windows logo, a blank black screen pops up that lasts for ages (I'd say at least 5 minutes). Afterwards the login screen will appear as normal.

When I log in, the desktop appears quickly, but when I try to start any programs, like my browser, they are slow and freeze often (usually I can run programs with no problem when the desktop appears). Sometimes the laptop will hang every three seconds. It takes a bit of time before the programs and the laptop run like normal.

I've tried several things without success:
-Uninstalling and reinstalling graphics drivers (I've never updated my drivers because no updates are ever available for my driver; is that normal? My laptop is about two years old)
-Defragging hard drive
-System Restore (I don't seem to have any restore points)
-Clean bootup
-Startup repair (or whatever that first F8 option is called)

A:Blank screen on boot up, before login screen; slow startup

Welcome to Seven Forums Tienjt.

You can run this SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker and post back with results.
Below my sig is a link to MalwareBytes, download the free version, update it, and run a full scan.

Have you installed anything new, hardware or software? Sometimes OEM's don't/won't have driver updates.

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I cant get into my desktop. When i start my pc XP loads, and it starts the last known good configuration. I then seen the xp loading screen.

Next i should be able to see the login screen, however this is a blank black screen, the mouse is visible and i can move it around the screen, but i cant see anything to log into the desktop.

I dont know why this has happened, it was working last night. The only thing i can think of was my brother switched the power off as it was shutting down. The shut down had automatic updates running (i think) at the time the power switches were turned off.

How do i solve this so i can see the login screen and get into my pc?

Hope someone can help, cheers.


A:XP login screen wont show, blank screen and cant get to desktop?

Hello Paul

Boot into Safe Mode Options Screen (the one with Last Known Good Configuration on it) by pressing F8 at bootup and choose
'Safe mode with command prompt'

At the command prompt type

Hopefully this will open System Restore, so restore to before the problem started


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Recently my pc just showed a black screen when waking up from sleep, and i had to restart the pc to get to the login screen. Today the same thing happened, but now i cant get to the login screen even when rebooted.

I have rebooted approximately 20 times, booted in both normal safe mode and safe mode with networking, yet still get black screen. I have tried booting from EFI Device (standard), Hard Disk and CD&DVD with no results. I have also tried going back to an older version of the pc (recovery), but it failed and couldn't load the recovery save.

The pc is old, from 2011/12 i would guess, runs with 8 GB DDR3 RAM, i5 2320 Quadcore CPU, 2 TB HDD and some Acer motherboard (Acer Predator G3610 i believe, not sure). The original GPU was a Radeon, but after about 2 years i switched to a Nvidia GTX 970 (MSI), and had no problems whatsoever. Could it potentially be a faulty GPU? I would find it hard to believe the GPU would break overnight, considering i played 6+ hours of CS:GO yesterday with no problems.. and well.. how does a GPU break overnight when not turned on?

Anyways, any help here is very much appreciated!

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Installed Win 10 on Dell INSPIRON N5110. Installation went normal, when the Login screen for password appeared - I entered my password and after a short time the screen with the apps appeared and from that moment on the screen started blinking. The screen continually blinks so fast that it is impossible to move the mouse on any app and click, It is impossible to download the "TSG SysInfo" suggested. I have to use the computer's Shutdown Button to turn it off. My computer is totally unusable, are there any solutions?

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First I run Windows 2000 and keep it updated as much as Microsoft releases updates. I also reguarly run anti-virus, anti-spyware, defrag, etc. The problem started 2 weeks ago when I booted the computer it showed the MB splash screen and then instead of the 2000 loading screen it just showed "Error loading OS." in the top left. Well I figured the hard drive was going so I pulled it out, blew it off, tapped on it, checked connections and stuck it back in. Rebooted and everything seemed fine and has the past 2 weeks. Well today I was playing Civilization 4 and the screen went blue. Yes the dreaded blue screen, but no error messages on the screen or anything. Just a solid blue screen. The computer didn't respond to anything so I pushed the power button on the case. Well upon restarting nothing happens. Just a blank screen. No MB splash screen or anything. Everything is powered up and I can hear the hard drive spinning, but nothing is on the screen.


Windows 2000 Pro
ASUS P4C800E Deluxe mobo
3.2Ghz P4
1.0 GB Kingston ValueRAM
ATI 9800XT
Maxtor hard drive (Old)

Any help is appreciated.

A:Error loading > Blue screen > Blank screen

Doubt this will help but have you tried seeing if you can start in safe mode?

Reboot and hit F8 as it tries to start up. Think it is F8 in 2000

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When I turn on the laptop, the screen remains blank and after about 20-30 seconds the mayus and desp leds start to blink every 3 seconds and keep on blinking unless I turn off the notebook. I had this problem a few times before with the same symptoms but I used to solve it by performing a hard reset. This time that just wont do. I've tried cheking with another screen and I get nothing, also tried checking the memory modules and the hard drive connections and they are just fine. Also tried pressing the windows + B + on button to update the BIOS but it does not work either. I have this HP since 2010 and It always has worked perfectly. Just about a year ago I had to replace the screen 'cause it was damaged form a fall. I someone could provide some help on this matter I would be very thankful.ps: Excuse my bad grammar but English is not my native language.

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I'm beginning to think this lies outside of a software issue. While watching a racing video the other day, everything on the screen got HUGE and froze the computer. Thereafter it wouldn't boot XP. I got it to now boot into XP and I can login by deleting the display adapter. However, after I've been in Windows for 30 seconds or so it goes to a blank black screen with a blinking cursor. No keyboard or mouse commands work. The CDROM still opens.

What are some likely scenarios? This is on a Dell Dimension 8250. It has old RDRAM in it. I tried taking a stick out to test it but the computer just started beeping without it. There are 4 sticks. I'd rather it be the video card than the RAM if anything at all hardware related.

A:XP: Blank Screen with Blinking Cursor

I just tried to reinstall XP and while at the Installing screen it went to a blank screen with a blinking cursor.

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This is a Compaq Presario SR5130NX, AMD Athlon 64, 1024 M RAM. Running Vista Home Premium. Was working fine a week ago. My niece took it to college and said it started “acting up”, then it wouldn’t start up at all.
When I took a look at it I found that it now boots to a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner.
Things I have tried so far:
Open case, checked cable connections. Unplugged and reseated hard drive power and SATA cables.
Tried booting into Safe Mode, same thing happens (blank screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner).
Booted from Vista DVD (I only have a Vista 32 bit DVD, so I don’t know if these tests are valid or not, since this is a 64 bit edition of Vista).
Tried startup repair. It said that no problems were found.
Tried system restore, and it said that there were no restore points (which is pretty weird, I’m pretty sure that when I looked at this computer last week I created a restore point).
I checked the BIOS and it is recognizing the hard drive, although it list the hard drive as the 3rd drive, and the dvd rom as the 4th dirve (the first and second drives say “None”.).
I verified that the boot order in the BIOS is correct.
Not sure what could be going on. I don’t believe that any new hardware or software has been installed, but who knows.
Any advice or suggestions would be most appreciated.

A:Blank Screen with Blinking Cursor

I have found a partial solution. I went to HP’s website and found that Recovery Console Command Prompt commands are available in Vista.
I booted from the Vista dvd, system repair, command prompt, and ran the following:
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /fixmbr
and the system booted up to a Windows update screen that said “Configuring update 3 of 3”. I suspected that this may have had something to do with recent Windows Updates, as I found references to this problem when Googling. I suspect perhaps the system was shutdown during the update?
Anyways I thought I was home free. The login screen came up, I logged on, much to my dismay the system hung for a minute or two at the Welcome screen, then faded to a black screen with only the mouse pointer showing. Strangely enough Ctrl-Alt-Del brings up the screen with “Switch User, Task Manager, Log Off, etc”, but the normal desktop is just black. I cannot get to Task Manager. I can however boot in Safe Mode. No Restore Points are available. I uninstalled the 3 most recent MS updates, no change. I downloaded the latest video driver from NVIDIA’s website, no difference. Last known Good doesn’t work either. At this point I’m at a loss other that trying a complete System Recovery. Any other suggestions would be most appreciated.
Since this is a somewhat different problem, perhaps I should start a new thread?

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I tried to log onto my pc and the hdd wouldn't load. I don't know if I have a hardware problem or a virus. When I turn on my pc the dell logo comes up then you hear a beep and a blank sreen with a blinking cursor. I read up on this and thought it might be window xp that need to be repaired so I tried that with the cd and entered fixmbr, but it didn't work. The BIOS screen recognizes the hdd and everything else seems to be correct. I'm nowing using that hdd as a slave and put in my old hdd which is pretty much dying. I have a bunch of microsoft updates that keep failing so there must be something on this hdd too. Is there a way to tell if I have a hardeware problem or a virus? I just bought the new hdd a year ago so if it's bad I still have about 20 days till warranty is up. Ant help would be greatfully appreciated. By the way these are the KB updates that are failing on my old hdd.


A:blank screen with blinking cursor

does anyone have any thoughts on this? Does anyone know if a bootable XP CD will get me to this drive? I really don't want to wipe it out and start again if I don't have to.

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I have a Presario laptop windows vista home. I opened an e mail I thought was from my daughter; clicked on a link and to make a long story short after clearing windows ok and run, my screen went blank with a cursor blinking in upper left corner.

Tried rebooting in safe mode and will not allow. Just ran Primary Hard Disk self test in Bios setup utility and got a test status #2- 07 Fail..


A:screen blank with blinking cursor

Here is the link I clicked that caused the screen to go blank on minus me2u.exe so it won't work. Anyone heard of this link?


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Blank screen on my compaq laptop at startup. Blinking Cursor. Help

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monitor screen on laptop black has a - but does not blink. How to fix check etc?

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This problem just started a few hours ago. I've been reading through similar posts, but tapping on F8 does nothing. Help please.

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I know this topic has been posted before and I did read through it. Heres the situation though...whenever I boot up my computer, all I get is a blinking cursor on a blank screen. Absolutely NOTHING else. It doesn't show my motherboard screen before or anything, so I'm not even able to go into the BIOS.

Windows 7 64-bit
ASUS Motherboard
AMD Phenom II x4
4 gigs of RAM
(I will be more specific if needed?)

I built this computer in February...so it's only a few months old.

I was playing a game and it crashed to desktop. I tried to get back into the game and it started to load, then crashed to desktop again. I restarted my computer, tried to get in again, loaded a little while longer, crashed to desktop. I noticed that when I was on the main screen, it was kind of flickering...so I thought it might be something with my graphics card.

Tried to download and reinstall the driver, it gave me an error (don't remember what it said). I tried to research this on Firefox, and it eventually crashed and I believe it gave me some kind of memory error. Anyways...I decided to reformat and reinstall Windows 7. I got the reinstallation going after reformatting the hard drive, but the reinstallation froze at 9%. I thought it might just take a while so I left it going for an hour or more and it made no progress. This is when I noticed it completely froze.

I restarted the computer and tried to run the Windows 7 reinstallation again and it gave me an Kernel error, saying ... Read more

A:Blank Screen, Blinking Cursor, Nothing Else

Hi and welcome to TSF tis may help you with testing the ram http://forum.notebookreview.com/note...memtest86.html

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After restarting my computer to complete a Microsoft update, the HDD light started to blink, with no boot screen.  I opened up the laptop, removed battery, no change in symptom: blank screen, keyboard is lit, fans are on, HDD light blinking. Tried the hold power button routine several times, with no avail. This laptop was dropped off at a trusted PC shop this afternoon. Will update this once I know more. 

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btw, I did do a search and looked through a ton of the posts but couldnt find this specific problem... and in fact I know a way to fix it when it happens.. but I'm more concerned with preventing it from happening...

Heres the setup: 50 computers all exactly the same (hardware/software):
Dell GX748 (i think thats the #)
Windows XP sp2
ATI x300 (i think - Regardless of the exact video card, it uses the ATI Catalyst control center...)

Ok, so i come to a computer - its past the point of screensaver to where windows "turns off" the monitor.. I try and get back in, but the screen remains blank, and is not responding. I'll hold the power button to shut it off, restart it... It will go through the start up process (dell splash, bios info, etc, windows loading screen) then BLANK, and unresponsive.. Now after shutting it down again, i will be prompted about how i want to start windows since it did not start normally.. I'll do safe mode and get in just fine.. The fix is to go to display properties and change the resolution & restart... after that windows starts normally!

So why is this happening?
** I know its not responding because, for one, there are no beeps when there should be (trying to press random buttons while the station is not logged in - CTRL+ALT+DELETE to enter password box), and pressing the power button does not shut it down as it would @ the login screen..

A:Blank screen after Windows loading screen

If System Restore was enabled, run it from the task manager.
File > new Task > %SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe
Download this free utility and boot with it To check the ram ....

Have a look
http://www.chicagotech.net/logon.htm#Blank Desktop or No Desktop After Logon to Windows 2000

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i have just got a graphics card it is a verto nvidia ge force fx . 5200 pci 128 mb ddr garphics card and when i plug the monitor plug into the vga port on the back of the garphics card like it says in the instruction manual and then turn my computer on it goes up to the windows xp loading screen and then the screen goes permently blank, the ram on the graphics card is ddr and the ram on my computer is sd does this matter aswell

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I had an issue with my Laptop. Its on windows 7. After i switch it on, once it finishes the loading windows screen, the login screen and everything after that is blank. Although the sounds and the system is very active. All the leds are glowing.

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hello all
i have a dell computer which was working fine before i reinstalled the windows and now it doesn't boot up. it keep on giving me blank screen with blinking typing cursor right after bios. i am able to get into bios.

now..i am fully positive that the hard drive is not defective and the window's are installed properly, because i used the same hard drive in my ibm laptop and it worked fine.

one thing i should let you know is that, i installed the windows on my ibm computer and then installed the hard drive in my dell computer which is not booting.

could the reason for the dell computer to not be booting my hard drive BE cuz i installed the hard drive on an ibm computer?

on the side note also one of my question is that CAN I SWAP HARD DRIVES FROM IBM laptop to DELL laptop.?

the hard drive was installed on ibm, and works fine on ibm but it doesn't boot up on dell and instead gives me blank screen with blinking typing cursor?!?

sorry if i am confusing you guyz, please ask me for any details if i seem to have confused you!

also if some of you are wondering that why i didn't directly instal the operating system on the hard drive in dell computer, <<well the answer to that is that, my dell optical cd drive doesn't work so i decided to install it on ibm and take it into dell.

thanks in advance.

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Cannot get my win 7 operating system to run. POST goes through and then just that dang blinking cursor.

Have tried recovery disk: Startup Repair, System Restore.
Also tried battery pull, can't get to the menu to run Safe Mode.

Help, got project that is due in two days and can't afford bad grade

A:Blank screen with blinking cursor after POST

also tried bootrec.exe /fixMBR


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

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

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

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My HP Pavilion x360's screen is black. The computer turns on but the screen remains blank. The Caps Lock LEDs blink, but that is all. Ive tried to do a hard reset but nothing happens. I read that the LEDs are emitting a blink code for a CPU issue, but I don't know how to fix the problem.

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

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Try this

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I am posting this reques tfor help only after scouring the internet for help and suggestions, but nothing I have tried has helped so far.


Lats night I shutdown my DELL notebook as a colleague came over to chat. Without thinking, I then closed the lid of the notebook while the shutdwon was still in progress. I immediately realised what I had done but figured it was too late to simply reopen the lid so I let the process finish until all the lights went out.

Today the startup was normal, but when I tried the first process (to open Googe's Chrome) I got error message regarding unreadble file or similar .. so then I remembered wha thappened last night so I decided to shutdown properly and fully and reboot.

The reboot now doesn't work. Instead I see the DEll logo display but then just a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner. I think it doesn't even get to start loading Windows.

My only options are F2 (BIOS Setup) and F12 (Boot menu) plus CTRL, ALT + DEL will reboot with the same result .. back to the blank screen


1. F8 for a safe mode reboot ... doesn't work ... not result

2. F2 to check BIOS ... these things are beyond me, but I did check the boot device sequence on the basis of one post I saw and it seems ok with HDD as the first in the sequence

3. I created an Emergency Windows Boot disk, and then boot using this .. then select Repair Computer .. but instead of going to the repair menu I geta message saying "... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Blank screen with blinking cursor


Originally Posted by RSPTK

3. I created an Emergency Windows Boot disk

Hi Robert -

How did you create the disc?

See if Dell Recovery Partition works. Try CRTL+F11 keys during boot-up.

Also, F8 - http://support.dell.com/support/topi...774-ed5qnzk7xx

HDD may have failed.

Run HDD diagnostics - http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html

Regards. . .



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Hi everyone
The resume of my problem is stated in the title.

Here is aproximate history of it:
I installed Android Studio and after started it I noticed Windows is performing badly.
I went to Windows Update, saw there are some uninstalled updates and tried to install them. I installed 3-4 of them, but one can't install despite I tried few times. I can't remember which one.
I restarted computer, started Andorid Studio again and Windows performed badly again.
I deinstalled Android Studio, restarted computer and Windows performed well.
But, I need Android Studio, so I decided to try to fix this problem.
I suspected I have some disk issue and started Windows GUI equivalent of Chkdsk (from Control Panel). It showed me I had some disk problems, that they are fixed (or will be fixed after restart) and that I need to restart computer.
During restarting I had notice that my computer is repairing, but afterwards it stuck into blinking Windows login screen. I can't input anything on it.
I can't load into Safe mode. Acctualy, it seems it can load partly, because I get "Safe mode" signs in corners of screen along with blank screen, but that's it - I can't go further.
I made bootlog and saw only one issue - dxgkrnl.sys can't load. Acctualy, in one booting it load once, but next n times it fail.
BOOTLOG_NOT_LOADED \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\dxgkrnl.sys

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A:Blinking Windows login screen and dxgkrnl.sys can't load

Have you tried other solutions?

Cross-Platform Development in Visual Studio
Visual Studio Emulator for Android

Windows modules such as DirectX rarely have bugs, and since your problem persist only after installing Android Studio, you should get better response by asking them directly for Windows support/compatibility.

It's most likely you don't meet System Reuqirements

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i get the black screen with the blinking cursor every morning when i open the pc but when i restart it again it works ... however when i shutdown the pc for few hours i dont get this problem ...
here is the things i did but nothing worked well
-repaired windows (didnt get the problem for 1 week then it got back)
-bios fix with repair disc

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Hi everyone,

I need your help/suggestions on this one before I do any harm to the system.

The problem is my DELL E310 will not boot to Windows XP. It got as far as the DELL Logo and then it comes to a blank black screen with blinking cursor on the upper left corner.

At the DELL Logo, I can F2/F12 to change the boot sequence and boot to Windows XP pre-SP1 Install CD. I have tried going into the Windows Recovery Console. Typing "dir" gets a "An error occurred during directory enumeration" for C:drive. Typing "chkdsk" gets a "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems."

What was I doing before the blinking cursor...? I was trying to set up dual-boot configuration with addition of a 2nd SATA hard drive. Before attempt to install XP on new drive, a quick check in Control Panel | Computer Management | Disk Management confirmed that Windows was seeing the new drive:
Disk 0 (existing C:drive) 144.33 Gb NTFS, 39 Mb FAT and 4.64 Gb FAT32.
Disk 1 (new drive) unallocated.

I tried to install Windows XP to the new F:drive (after creating the partition), but the installer wants to install to C:drive instead. On the installer set up menu, it reports Cartition [unknown] 132 Gb.


A:Blinking cursor on blank black screen, Windows XP

Use your windows install cd and get back into the Recovery console, instead of chkdsk, run the FixMBR and Fixboot commands. In all instances that i've encountered the "blinking curser", it's been a corrupt or modified MBR record.

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

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

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

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

A:Problem with laptop - Blank screen with blinking cursor

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

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Product name: HP G62 Notebook PCProduct number: XG960UA#ABAOperating system: Vista I am not getting an error message or any message whatsoever. My computer was fine all day long til it started running a little slow, so I decided to restart it. When I restarted it, it acted like it was going to start up then it went to a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner. I have tried restoring the computer back to factory settings but there is no option for that when I press F10.

A:Blank Screen with Blinking Cursor in Left Corner....

Hi, Shut down the notebook. Tap away at f11 as you start the notebook to see if this will launch Recovery Manager? Regards, DP-K

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I have a HP XW6600Getting Blank screen after 10Minutes. Power button blinking but shreen blank. Can any one help to resolve this,If i plug the power point and reset it again its work, and again it work for 10minutes but the same problem accord. I have reinstalled the OS again this problem occur

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Hello, I have a HP dv6 (6165tx) i7, Windows 7 64-bit. My laptop not booting up. The issue is when I Boot it shows blank screen with blinking Cursor & no HP logo on startup and its not going into BIOS also. Its not responding to Esc, F9,F10 keys while booting, Just Ctl+Alt+Del is working which will restart.Plz can you provide me any solution ? Thanks in advance..  - Javed

A:HP dv6 (6165tx) not booting, blank screen with blinking Curs...

 Hi @Javed786?, Welcome to the HP Support Community!   I have looked into your issue about your HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook and it having startup issues.  Try performing a hard reset.   When performing a hard reset please note remove any and all USB devices. Disconnect all non-essential devices. Here is a link to computer won't start for Windows. HP Recovery Manager can be accessed from the Start Menu, or by tapping F11 key as soon as you power on the laptop. This link shows you how to do a recovery before this issue started. Please let me know how this goes.   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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I have a blinking curson on upper left of black screen preventing the computer from booting

A:Re: Blank Screen with Blinking Cursor in Left Corner....

Hi @Taton, Welcome to the HP Forum!  It is a terrific place to find answers and tips! For you to have the best experience on the HP forum, I would like to direct your attention to the HP Forums Guide. First Time Here? Learn How to Post and More. What is your product or model number? HP Notebook PCs - How Do I Find My Model Number, Serial Number or Product Number? What operating system are you running?  I grasp that on startup you get a blank screen with a blinking cursor. Here is a link to HP Notebook PCs - Computer Starts but Screen Remains Blank (Windows 10, 8)  that I hope will help. Should you require further assistance, please provide your model and your operating system. If a post helps you, inspires you, provides fresh insight, or teaches you something new, please consider clicking the "Thumbs Up" on that post. Should this resolve your issue, please click "Accepted Solution" to help other visitors and member alike to find what worked for you.

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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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When starting up my notebook there was a blankscreen for months with blinking caps lock light once every 5 seconds. Tried every solution I read but finally opened up the laptop and switched out the small round battery inside and it started up!! It now works and I couldn't believe what a simple solution it was. Try before you take to a shop!!

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When I turn my computer on it goes to the blue hp logo and then to a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the top left corner. If I hit f8 when booting it gives me 2 options...f1 to setup and f2 to resume. It won't let me go into safe mode or anything. I have tried booting from the xp cd, but nothing happens. I have tried replacing the battery and that hasn't done anything.

It started when trying to open a program, the computer just went blank. When trying to reboot, this mess started...

Any brilliant ideas? PLEASE!

Also, I just got this error message, which is new...i got it after I unplugged the computer for awhile...
warning 251: system cmos checksum bad - dafalut config used

A:Computer won't boot - blank screen with blinking cursor

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Please help me. I always think I am computer savvy until a random crash I can't fix gets me.

Second time, Drudge's site has crapped me out... Dell Laptop, Inspiron b130. Blank black screen, no sounds, blinking cursor. It is completely frozen here. I have tried it all: unplugged and taken out the battery with the power button hold-down, f2 and f12 boot sequence rearrangement...

How can I restore to a day ago? I am pretty sure that was what I did last time Drudge's site bit me.

I HAVE to have @#$% done for crucial work tomorrow! Please, my friends, help!

Thanks a million in advance.

A:Dell laptop blank screen with blinking cursor! At wits end!!

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

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

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

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

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Hey i just did a fresh install of windows 7 , everything works perfect till the end. But when my computer restarts nothing shows up just a blank screen with cursor blinking on it :s. .. I reinstalled Windows 7 couple of times but its still the same.

When i connect this hard drive to my other desktop it works totally fine there. Windows start up & works like a charm but not on the other system.

Help would be much appreciated

A:Blank Screen with cursor blinking after fresh install of Windows 7 no

Quote: Originally Posted by mooodey

Hey i just did a fresh install of windows 7 , everything works perfect till the end. But when my computer restarts nothing shows up just a blank screen with cursor blinking on it :s. .. I reinstalled Windows 7 couple of times but its still the same.

When i connect this hard drive to my other desktop it works totally fine there. Windows start up & works like a charm but not on the other system.

Help would be much appreciated

Might be as simple as a video driver.

We could use your system specs


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 My HP laptop Presario  CQ61. Continuely  blinking  caps , num locks period one. This all happened after upgrading window 10.. please help me to solve the problem. I have sensitive info in hard disk too. I do not like to loose my data as well. Thanks

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My brother has a Dell Inspiron 5150 , WinXP, which is not working, it either freezes up or goes to a black, dos screen with a blinking cursor that does not respond. I have a feeling it is a hardware problem, but this is beyond my level.

Here is his email describing the problem:
"It's an dell inspiron 5150. if it boots, the cursor will suddenly freeze and not unfreeze. it also just goes black with the blinking matrix/war games dos cursor. the events are not related.

after cold shut down and restart, it may boot up or i may get the blinking cursor.

in a word, my junk don't work"

Any thoughts

A:Dell Laptop not working, blinking cursor on blank screen

Does anyone have a clue about where we should start? Or do you think the laptop is toast?

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