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when i turn my dell on it starts up and then the screen goes black and their is a blinking bar in the left corner?

Q: when i turn my dell on it starts up and then the screen goes black and their is a blinking bar in the left corner?

when i turn my dell on it starts up and then the screen goes black and their is a blinking bar in the left corner. i have tried almost everything but nothing seems to work. I press f5 or f4 and it does nothing. if i continue to press buttons..every time i press a button it makes a loud beep noise. is there any way to fix my computer?

Preferred Solution: when i turn my dell on it starts up and then the screen goes black and their is a blinking bar in the left corner?

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A: when i turn my dell on it starts up and then the screen goes black and their is a blinking bar in the left corner?

What is your operating system?

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I have this problem that when i boot my computer the acer logo appears and then it goes to a screen that have some text on it and then it continues to a black screen with a blinking dash pn the upper left corner. I dont actually know what the problem is and I am hoping that someone could help me.

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

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

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

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

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

A:black screen with blinking line in upper left corner

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

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

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

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Hi guys,

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

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

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

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

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I regularly use my Laptop Lenovo Y560i from last 2 years but today when i tried to start it shows a logo of lenovo and then goes black with white line blinking on the top of the left corner i kept it turn on for more then 2 hours but nothing happens please someone suggest me what can i do?

A:My laptop's screen is gone black with a white line blinking on the top left corner

Hi, and welcome to TSF.

Firstly: try to boot in Safe mode ( Press F8 during startup and select safemode) Does it boot normaly now?

Also: when pressing F8 during startup you could also get the option to "Repair your computer". Click that and go to startup repair.

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So my laptop is an old one however I know it can be fixed. I closed the top when it was updating the computer. Will that cause it to not start up within hours. It comes on shows the Dell symbol then goes to a black screen with a bliking underscore in the top left corner. What should I do? Will I be able to savee any of my work on it?

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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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blinking light can anyone help me

A:blinking light left head corner of screen

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

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

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

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

Thanks In Advance...

A:Vista with black screen and cursor in left corner

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

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

A:black screen with cursor flashing left corner

Hi -

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

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

Regards. . .



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i have hp omni 105 pc and when i switch on the computer ...... it shows a black screen with a sign at top left corner. the sign moves a little down and after some time computer starts up...........
is it a sign of any thing bad in my comp?

A:black screen with someting blinkin at top left corner

It's not booting to your Hard Drive. You can set the boot order in your BIOS. It is either F1, F2. Delete, F5, sometimes F10. HP usually uses F10, try that first.

Then set your boot order as follows:

CD/DVD first, Hard Drive second, then it does not matter after that.

Also, in your BIOS you will be able to see if your Hard Drive is being detected, if not, try unplugging the power and Data cables and plugging them back in, HP's are notorious for dropping the Hard Drive, you have to buy new SATA cables constantly. You may need to do this.

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

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

Any help at all is greatly appreciated.

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Hello, my computer will freeze every 2 hours or so and I have to restart it by holding down on the power button.

Then when I restart it I get a black screen with white underscore in the top left corner. Or sometimes a screen that says no boot device available.

I can still start the computer by going to boot menu and choosing HD at the start of setup. But if I don't press f8 then my comp will not boot up.

I don't have a clue whats wrong with it. I had to reinstall vista but still the same problems. Please help.

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

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

What model Thinkpad?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Black Screen + White Underscore in Upper Left Corner

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

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

A:black screen flashing mark upper left corner

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

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Not sure if anyone has this problem.When I lift up the laptop by the bottom left hand corner (on the left of the track pad), the screens blacks out and flickers.No way to recover except to power off.I tried to repeat by lifting it on the right side of the pad. No issue.Hardware problem?Any advise is greatly appreciated.

A:Holding X240 by bottom left hand corner causes screen to black out and flicker

Hi, I had this problem several times as well. First time it happened was I picked up my x240 (with lid open) from the corner to the left of the trackpad, and the screen flickered and crashed. The x240 crashed the same way when I was using the x240 on my lap, while resting my left elbow to the left of the trackpad, supporting my chin reading the a document on the screen. I think the crash happens when there's pressure to the area to the left of the trackpad. It would be great if anyone else could replicate the same problem, and hopefully somone can find a fix!

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my laptop is not start. click on power buton it is just see black screern and curser .what i do .i am using windows 10. i am  try to conver to my in dule operting system (windows 10+udntu).but i dont know what is the problem is instuling the ubntu and i get this problem .plase suggest me how to solve this problem.

A:Black screen with blinking cursor in the top left

Sheeramasawa Sorry, but this is just a community forum that focuses on Windows-related problems with HP computers. We do not do Linux troubleshooting here. So, if you need support with a dual-booted system, you need to check on the Ubuntu Forums: Ubuntu ForumsGood Luck

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Hello, yesterday my Pro Windows 8 laptop had updated and now I am having trouble turning it back on. When I turn it on it gives me the option to press the ESC button which leads me to a Startup Menu that allows me to press F1, F2, F9, F10 and F11. After that, it goes to a black screen with a white blinking cursor in the top left corner.  I've tried taking the battery out and holding the power button and I've also put in a "Application and Driver Recovery DVD" not really sure what else to do.  Any answers? Thank you.

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Okay so, I have had a samsung N135 mini laptop for a year and a few months & just recently I turned it on and after the samsung logo comes up it goes to a blank black screen with a white blinking cursor at the top left side of the screen. And when I try to go into safe mode it brings me directly back to that black screen. ALT+CTRL+Delete does not work! And when I press system recovery it goes to the black screen, any ideas on what I should do before going to get the hard drive replaced? (If thats the problem) feedback would be nice, thanks <3

A:Black screen, blinking cursor at the top left side.

Hello and welcome to TSF.

It does sound like you may have a dead hard drive. Try following these instructions to test it: HD Diagnostic

Good luck and let us know if you have any other questions.


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Hi guys,i have a problem, i was working on this PC that had a problem. the problem was - when it is turned on,nothing comes on.There is a black screen and blinking cursor (looks like an under-score) [blink]_[blink]that just keeps blinking.Okay this is what I did. I thought the hard disk was damaged, I get a brand new hard disk drive (SATA) and inserted in, and start installing the System Restore Discs and Operating system CD, it is a HP Compaq Desktop dx2200 MT.Every thing goes perfectly well, it starts up fine, XP is installed up and running, all other software are being installed.It all looks great up until I slave the original hard disc in order to copy back the users files back onto the new disc. By the way all copying goes well until the PC suddenly freezes, it doesn't respond to all the keyboard keys or the mouse whatsoever, even pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL in an attempt to open the the Task Manager doesn't work. I turn of the PC by pressing the power button. Remember there are 2 hard discs connected now in the PC, Master and Slave, both are SATA.When I turn it on, the blinking starts again.I try removing the original hard drive (the one I slaved) and still it doesn't boot correctly. I try booting either of them alone, still nothing,I don't think it is a virus problem, because I installed Sophos and had it updated straight after the OS, and if I had connected the slave hard disk it could had detected it.these are things I have tried.1.Removed RAM card and p... Read more

A:PC at startup is only blinking at top left hand corner

It's a Compaq system...did you check the Compaq support site?

From what I see, HP system have proprietary boot mechanisms...which isn't necessarily good for what may be the problem.

My guess is that the MBR is damaged, Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503. Using the fixmbr command from the XP Recovery Console of a MS Genuine XP CD...is the normal cure.

But you have a Compaq and I don't know if that command would be effective with your system.


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DELL XPS 410 XPSP2 - system will not boot past the blinking cursor in the corner. I can't get to the BIOS and the PC will not boot from CD. I have tried to hit F1, F2, F8 andF12 at startup to no avail. I replaced the Video card with a known good card, still no luck.
I tried the unplug/plug method for the I/O panel with no changes.

The fans are working correctly, so I don't think it was an overheating issue and the power supply is up and running.

Any suggestions? I'm at a loss.


A:PC will not boot, cursor blinking in Top Left corner

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I believe I got a virus it was stuck on a warning screen. I tried to reinstall window XP now it goes to choose Window XP Professional or Home on Black screen white lettering. It will not let you choose XP is highlighted. Then it goes to black screen with cursor in left hand cornor. Can you please help. Thank You

A:Black Screen blinking cursor left hand cornor

kimber357, welcome to TSG
try reinstalling again and use these instructions:
and when you get to the blue screen where it lets you delete the partition you need to delete them all first, then choose setup windows, and it will create a new clean partition for you.

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

A:Blinking cursor in upper left-hand corner

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

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hi I recently brought a Acer aspire one d257 -n57dqkk running windows 7 starter. I downloaded the latest Ubuntu desktop image and used a program to install it so I could test it before installing it. so in effect I could boot win7 or Ubuntu I liked what I sore and when I tried to install ubuntu I got a error install failure just after the partition settings of the install wizard. the computer restarted and when I tried to boot win7 it wouldn't start. so I run start up repair and let it do its thing but it came back with failure to fix. when It started it did the following. it loads the Acer logo and bios menu then blank lit up screen with blinking white horizontal line in top left hand corner and will no longer bring up startup manager or anything. has no beeping sounds at all when it gets to this point. I think I might have accidentally wiped the windows partition when installing Ubuntu. any help would be greatly appreciated. PS I have created. a bootable winxp USB flash drive using Rufus and set bios to boot from usb. but it has 3 options USB FDD,USB CDROM and USB HDD tryed all 3 USB options and it won't go past blinking line it worked perfect before Ubuntu install and the hard drive is brand new

A:blinking horizontal line at start up on top left corner help needed

It sounds like what you were trying to do is to dual boot Windows and Linux?  
If that is true, Linux is very anal in terms of how you do this.  
You have to install OSs in a specific order.  First, do Windows - oldest OS to newest OS, then you have to do Linux last.  
Unfortunately, you can't just create a partition on your hard drive and install Linux to that.  
Assuming no issues with the hard drive itself, I'd pull the data from it by attaching it with a SATA and data cables to another PC, then put your data on a removable storage device of appropriate size (USB hard drive, flash drive, etc.).  
On this hard drive, erase all hard drive partitions and start over.  
This is why I refuse to use Linux as an OS - sure it's nice and secure but that's only because there isn't enough market share for criminals to make it worth their while to grab the source code and devise malware or viruses from there.  
It's a huge hassle to install, however, if you plan on using it.   

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

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Hello Bleepers!

Wow! It's been a long time since i have needed your support. Firstly, Happy New Year to all! Secondly...Oh do I need your help.... desperately!

I was online earlier today, and all of sudden i noticed my computer started to run slower. Then i saw a yellow triangle with exclamation appear in the system tray (bottom right). Since i have seen malware and spyware before i was immediately alerted and had a bad feeling. I closed internet explorer and noticed two files on my desktop, one looked like a folder and the other a strange file. I never put them there (obv). Something malicious must have intruded my system while i was surfing. Malware Pop Ups began almost instantly . Since i was worried i didnt wait to see what they were pretending to offer, or be. It appeared similar to most scanner spyware. I shut down my pc right after malwarebytes would not load. It stated some sort of hard drive error, which i assumed was fake. Upon rebooting, I was unable to load windows. I had previously installed the recovery console which i was able to access. I did a little reading and loaded the recovery console. I read that running "chkdsk /r" might solve the problem. Well it found some errors after a lenghty check, and said it fixed them. I then rebooted. Now all i get is the blink cursor in the top left corner, immediately following the dell splash screen. I am only able to get F2, and F12 to work. The bios does recognize the hard drive. PLEASE HE... Read more

A:Blinking Cursor (top left) on Black Screen after I ran chkdsk /r on recovery console - Malware Issue Too

Malware topic here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic374227.htmlNow that your topic is properly posted, you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a Malware Removal Team member, nor should you continue to ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.From this point on the Malware Removal Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the Malware Removal Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the Malware Removal Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MR Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.To avoid ... Read more

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Hi I have a similar problem like below post that I copied & pasted from your forum. I was following instructions but I cannot go to my Last Known Good Configuration.I click enter and it goes black again. Please help! desperate!!!!! Thanks

Re: Help !! Random pop ups/ ranom sites /= spware plzz helpp !!!
Let's try Last Known Good Configuration:

* Restart your computer.
* After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, start pressing the F8 key.
* In some systems, this may be the F5 key.
* Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear.
* Use the up arrow key to highlight Last Known Good Configuration and press 'Enter'.
* Login on your usual account.

A:PLZ HELP! Laptop starts and turn to black screen


Copy the bolded into notepad and save it to your flash drive. Name it OTLscript.

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\*.
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\*.exe /s
%APPDATA%\*.exe /s
%systemroot%\system32\drivers\*.sys /lockedfiles
%systemroot%\*. /mp /s
%systemroot%\system32\*.dll /lockedfiles

Next.......Download OTLPE from either location and save it to your desktop:


Double click the OTLPENet icon on your desktop
Do you want to burn the CD? choose Yes
ImgBurn will automatically extract and load the OTLPE Iso to be burned to CD
Place a blank CD in your CD-Rom
Click to start the burn process
You will see a dialog Operation successfully completed
Boot the non-working computer using the boot CD you just created
In order to do so, the computer must be set to boot from the CD first

Note : For information click here

Your system should now display a REATOGO-X-PE desktop.
Double... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You may attempt a Startup Repair

Are you able to boot into safe mode? Safe Mode

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

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

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I got a DELL Inspiron 7559 in July 2017. The rear left corner is already pulling a part at the seam. It doesn't seem to be the hinge, but it does pull further a part when opening and closing the screen. 
I called DELL support. Even though the computer is only 5 months old, this problem isn't covered under warranty. 
Online, it looks like several other 7559 buyers have experienced the exact same problem. It seems unethical of DELL to have a recurring manufacturing problem and refuse to repair it.
Any suggestions on options to get the split repaired without spending $140? 

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Hey everyone!
So, I've been having this problem with my laptop for quite a while now and I have not been able to solve it. My laptop is acting as a desktop (it's connected to an external monitor, its lid is closed, and it is constantly plugged in). Every so often, the screen on the monitor turns black for around 3 seconds and comes back on. I just bought a new monitor to see if that would stop the flickering, but it didn't.
I have CONFIRMED that it is a problem with the laptop itself, NOT the monitor.
I do not know anything else that I could try to fix my problem. I've been on so many different forum discussions and have gotten nowhere. I have updated the graphics of my laptop, just by updating them and by completely uninstalling them and reinstalling them. I am thinking that my problem could be related to the battery of my laptop, as I have tried basically everything else. It is not related to the refresh rate. The laptop is connected to the external monitor via HDMI. The laptop is connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable.
My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 15 7547. My laptop is running the 64-bit edition of Windows 10 Home (version 1703). My processor is an Intel Core i5-4210U CPU @ 1.70Ghz 2.40Ghz. I have 16 GB of RAM installed.
If anyone could point me in the right direction, it would be highly appreciated.
Thanks again,

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Hello all,

I have a Dell Optiplex 210L and if I leave the computer running in Windows XP and come back to it lets say the next day. I have to hold the power button in until it forces a shutdown and then turn it back on to get the computer working. It then works fine until it happens all over again.

Computer is running Windows XP SP2.

A:Dell Optiplex 210L Black Screen Blinking Cursor

Anyone else have this problem?

I have 3 computers that are doing the same thing now.

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Our desktop PC will not boot up. I turn it on and the Dell screen comes on then it goes straight to a black screen with a white unmovable cursor blinking at top left. The computer does not beep when I turn it on. Once this black screen comes on the keyboard does not work. I can't get passed this screen.

We have noticed the computer working slowly lately and yesterday as I was typing an email the cursor disappeared then returned.

We did open it up and clean it with a dust cloth hoping that may help but it did not.

Thanks for any help!

A:Dell Dimension E510 has black screen with blinking cursor

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I have a blue screen problem. Don't know if I should post it here or not but here is my problem.

I have windows 8. I updated to 8.1. So far so good. That is until this morning. I don't know if this is in fact a Windows 8.1 issue or if anyone has ever experienced this before. I turned on the computer. I got the 'Hi' message followed by the next message of windows getting my apps updated. I then had a blank blue screen with a 'start' in the top left hand corner and an arrow in a box pointing to the next page. On the next page I had APPS on the top left hand corner and a blank box. I typed in 'desk top' even tho' that is not an 'app' as such. It took me to a blank black page with a bin in the top left hand corner. It looked liked my machine had been completely wiped. This has never happened before and I tried to Google it but the answers given did not have any correlation to what happened to me...any clues anyone?" Sorry guys, I just reread my post....I forgot to say that my computer has been functioning as normal all day .. What I did was to turn it off and back on again and it worked as normal. The thing is, I don't now trust it and want to know what? why and is it something I need to address.

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two days ago, i turned my copmuter on and left the room for a few mins. i came back, woke it up from sleep mode, and then 2 mins later it just turned off by it self.. i turned it back on and now all i get is the blinking underscore at topleft corner.. i did nothing to my computer to make it do this.. what can i do to fix?

A:Blinking underscore at topleft corner after DELL logo on start up

Which operating system?
If you have a current backup I would suggest booting with the OS disc and going to the recovery console. If you have XP, run chkdsk and see if that fixes it. If you have something newer there should be some options for recovery when you boot from the CD/DVD.

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HI new to the site. Here is my issue. my Internet Explorer will not load. The screen remains blank with a black clock in the lower left corner. I have confirmed that my internet conection is active as it works both with wireless and if I connect a different computer. Help

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Hey guys, i honestly can't believe how many people are having this issue, so simply once and for all... there is an easy solution to this problem. You do not need to uninstall/reinstall anything, change bios, get a new graphics card (in most situations, only significantly old graphics cards cannot play this game on minimum settings), or anything.

To fix... go into properties, compatibility and tick the box that says run in 640x480resultion... this minimizes the work the GPU needs to do and tricks the game into thinking it is adequate. In game, you can then alter the resolution to the correct one for your monitor.

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Daughter's laptop we've been working on. After much research online to the same problem many others were having and solutions they had tried, we diagnosed what we thought was a hard drive issue as our original error was 2000-0147 and we have replaced the hard drive on this twice since she's had it in the last 3 years. When we got her hard drive last week I went to install it and the Cd drive will not run the install disks.

I deactivated the CD drive in the setup so that it would boot from the hard drive and removed the CD drive and I'm still getting the black screen after the initial dell window with the windows startup scroll afterwards at the bottom. Put it back in and ran diagnostics and am getting errors on the CD drive.

Not able to start in safe mode or any other options within F8 without same results, with or without the CD drive in.

I'm willing to buy the CD drive but my question is, will the new CD drive work without the drivers being installed on either hard drive?

Thanks for your help.


A:Windows Starts then black screen with Cursor Inspiron 1525 Dell

will the new CD drive work without the drivers being installed on either hard drive?Thanks for your help.TammieHi Tammie and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.A CD drive or DVD drive is usually manufactured as a plug and play device, therefore there are no drivers required for it to work with a system.The plug and play technology is built right into the motherboard, that is where it begins.So a CD or DVD drive can be booted to regardless of whether there is even a hard drive installed, as long as the disk in the drive is burned as a boot disk.So a basic answer is, no you do not need drivers.Hope that answers your question and you are much welcomed for my reply.Bruce.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 running XP Pro. This morning I received an error code M1004 (something about overheating) and the computer was frozen at that point. I cleaned out dust from the heat deck, as it was completely blocked with dust. I also did a hard shut-down then restarted, and all I get is a black screen with a blinking cursor. I can only use F2 or F12. I've tried running diagnostics with no help. I upgraded my BIOS with no luck. I also tried to run chkdsk from the XP repair module, and I'm getting a message saying that one or more volumes have unrecoverable errors. I also get a directory enumeration error when I try to use the dir command on the C drive. I'm trying to figure out what to do now, as I unfortunately didn't back up about 1 GB of pictures that I need to get off this hard drive. Please help. Thank you!

A:Black screen with blinking cursor & M1004 error code: Dell Inspiron 6000 with XP Pro

You can pull that drive out of the computer and put it on another computer as a Slave drive or buy yourself a USB enclosure and put the drive in there and you will be able to copy your pictures and any other valuable data. Then either buy a new drive (as this one may be bad) or put it back in and Boot off of the XP CD, Format and reinstall.

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

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