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[SOLVED] XP not booting - continuous flashing dash?

Q: [SOLVED] XP not booting - continuous flashing dash?

My windows XP machine will not boot after relocating my entire PC across the room. After being unplugged for an extended period, my PC will not boot upon being plugged back in. I had to mess around with the jumpers to even get the "DISK BOOT FAILURE - INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" message to go away.

Now it has, but my PC won't boot any more. All I get is a continuous flashing dash, or hyphen, or whatever blinks before Windows' XP progress bar appears. What's my next step?

I'll continue to check this thread so if you need any more information let me know.

Preferred Solution: [SOLVED] XP not booting - continuous flashing dash?

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A: [SOLVED] XP not booting - continuous flashing dash?

Hi please check the cables and connections to your hard drive are properly and securely seated

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I have been having problems with my Dell Dimension 5000 since this morning, basically I switch it on and all I get is a blank blank screen with a white dash blinking in the top left corner.

I can't access safe mode or bios settings using the function keys and I can't get further then this blank black creen with flashing dash.

I have taken out my gfx card and cleaned the dust out of the fan, checked all the cable connections inside and out. I also checked other posts for solutions but could not find any that related to mine as I can't access anything. I have also checked the Dell Diagnostic lights which indicate:

Other failure has occurred.
Ensure that the cables are properly connected to the system board from the hard drive, CD drive, and DVD drive.
Check the computer message that appears on your monitor screen.
If the problem persists, contact Dell.

Dell don't seem helpful as the computer is out of warrenty and I even get passed around or hung up on. Only thing I can think of is that my hard drive might of gone as it makes a reading noise about five times then I hear nothing even though I replaced the HD about two months ago.

Sorry for the essay, hope I can sort it out!!

A:[SOLVED] Windows XP boots up with blank screen with flashing dash

Good morning Mikey, well buddy your at the right place, just the wrong section. We have some great techs in our hardware section that will be able to help you straighten this out. You have not done anything wrong, I just want you to get the proper help that you need. Here's what you do:

Mark this thread solved using the quick tools option located at the top of this thread and selecting solved from the drop down menu. So you are in compliance with forum rules that state that you cannnot have more than one thread open at a time.

Post your problem at the link below.


This will get you the help you need to resolve this issue. Take care and good luck.

I will monitor you to make sure your getting the help you need.

Thank you

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I have an Hp pavilion a1226n desktop computer and shut off the power this morning during a bad storm. I used the regular procedures and shut it down correctly, but when i tried to boot it up earlier this morning, the only thing that comes up is a blank black screen with a flashing white dash in the upper left hand corner. I have already tried to remove reset the BIOS by removing the battery and then later restarting, but it did not help at all. Also, it wont even boot far enough for me to start in safe/real mode. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the help

A:[SOLVED] Boot problem- blank screen flashing white dash

Hi sherm12789 and welcome to TSF

Start up your computer by either tapping the F1, F2, F4, F6, F8, F10, F11, F12, or Delete keys to access the systems BIOS. For the exact information on what key to start up the System BIOS refer back to Original Manufacturer System Documentation.

After getting into the BIOS, look for a page that would have something like, eg. PC Health Screen or System Monitoring Page. When you have found a page similar to this post back what the BIOS says for your temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds.

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My laptop is a IBM Thinkpad T40, which i had to rebuild using parts from another T40
It has a 1.5 GHz Processor Intel, Centrino Mobile
512MB of RAM
and Windows XP Pro Completely updated
Upon a rexent start up, after turning it off last night normally, it ceased functioning.
Now after the IBM Thinkpad start screen it merely displays a flashing white dash in the upper left corner. I have some files on there that hadn't been backed up. (I back up every Friday it died on a Thursday of all the rotten luck.) Suggestions about what i can do to get it working again?

A:Flashing Dash

Take the drive out, mount it in an external enclosure, attach it to a working computer by USB cord and copy out files that you can access. After that run hard drive diagnostic utilities like hitach drive fitness test and check to make sure it is completely fine before reinstalling in the original computer. You can try booting into safe mode, or last known good configuration or you can try a repair install of the OS. If nothing else works, format and reinstall the OS from scratch.

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Before reading the below paragraph NOTE: I used the windows 7 upgrade advisor to tell me if there are any compatibility problems and nothing came in.

I recently installed Windows 7 on my Acer Aspire 6530 and it worked great, no problems at all! I thought it was amazing due to microsoft's previous attempts. Anyway in the excitment I attempt to upgrade my other Acer Aspire 7720 which also is a laptop, and I boot it while on the computer so I can save my files, and then it booted with a black screen with a flashing white dash, so I attempted to install Windows 7 by simply booting it with a CD, after all of that, it has the same result.

Obviously all my files are gone, but I was smart enough to make a back-up which it is now on, but what I want to know is there is anyway to fix it so I CAN use Windows 7, there shouldn't be any problems upgrading my system, what has gone wrong?


A:Flashing Dash, Windows 7 Boot-Up

Windows 7 32 or 64 bit? Does Acer have Windows 7 drivers for things like sound and video drivers listed for your laptops?

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when i first turned on my computer i got a blue screen message saying that BIOS is corrupted and now is updating. Then the computer restarts and a flashing dash come up on a black screen and nothing else happens.

Whenever I restarts the computer the same process happens.

Anyone can suggest any fixes or causes???

A:BIOS corrupted + Flashing dash

Maybe clearing the BIOS could help. Look at the motherboard menu, there should be a jumper which you can set to clear the BIOS.

If you can still enter the BIOS by pressing a certain key on startup, then you can choose Load BIOS defaults or some similar setting.

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hp ze4805wm notebook just shows a flashing dash on a black screen, then this message: Windows could not sta rt because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. What can I do to resolve this issue?

A:black screen with flashing dash

Hi jsharper,

Check this link out: Black Screen Issues and Troubleshooting

Hope everything works out well for you.

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Hi there.

I have just turned my Acer Aspire 5735 on and as soon as the logo comes up the screen turn black with a flashing dash in the top left hand corner. I can not get into safe mode, and can not press any F# except for F2 and F12. I have tried everything I have found on google but nothing works.

Please help

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hey guys

well yesterday i turned off my pc came back to it turned it on it started up for 3 seconds then the screen went black with one white flashing dash at the top left

if i restart it it happens again. I changed my monitor and it still didint work so i know its my hard drive or something

any help would be greatly appreciated



A:Screen goes black with one white flashing dash

anyone have any ideas?

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hey guys,

My computer wont load windows, when i turn it on the nec screen flashes for a split second then it just goes to a screen with a flashing dash in the top left corner.
The only menu i can seem to access is the system setup screen if i press ctrl alt del then tap the f2 button.
I also cant find my windows disk (i bought my comp brand new about 5 years ago but i dont think it came with a disk)

I read that replacing the battery in side the pc could fix it, is this true?

Also i unplugged all unneccesary devices

cheers, Andrew

A:Computer wont load ,just a flashing dash

bump, please.
sorry if ive bumped to soon but it been over 72hours, looking foward to hearing from one of you guys soon.

thanks, Andrew

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hey guys,

My computer load windows, when i turn it on the nec screen flashes for a split second then it just goes to a screen with a flashing dash in the top left corner.
The only menu i can seem to access is the system setup screen if i press ctrl alt del then tap the f2 button.
I also cant find my windows disk (i bought my comp brand new about 5 years ago but i dont think it came with a disk)

I read that replacing the battery in side the pc could fix it, is this true?

Also i unplugged all unneccesary devices

cheers, Andrew

A:Computer wont load flashing dash

also what is the proper boot device priority, i changed it hoping it would work

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I have an Acer Travelmate 2300 running windows XP. Whenever I try and start it up a blank screen appears and a flashing white dash is there in the top left hand corner. Is there any way i can fix this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:Blank Screen with Flashing Dash On Startup

Thats apart of the operating system, is not an error so there is nothing to fix.

UNLESS thats all you ever see, but I got the impression from the post your computer still starts just fine.

If your machine is not booting and stuck at the "flashing dash" you may need to do a system repair.

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I have an HP Pavillion dv6000, running with Windows Vista Home Premium.

When I turn on the computer, the HP intro screen turns on but then immediately goes Black with a white flashing dash in the top left screen. I can not access F8, safe mode, etc. I can only access the basic set up menu.

I never received a restore, or a Windows XP disc. Ive come to terms with the fact that I will most likely would lose my files and am willing to do a restore, but I can not get onto the log on screen. Do i need to see a tech? Please be advised I am not tech savvy and just want to get back on to my computer

Any help/links/disc downloads would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Hello. I have a compaq mini that was infected with the pallidium virus. After following the instructions for removal using RKill computer rebooted and now it only starts with a black screen with a flashing dash. I cannot access anything at all. I took out the battery, still nothing. I thought I would reinstall Windows XP Pro but I get the error message that it did not find hard disk drives? Any ideas.

Thank you.


A:Computer starts with a flashing dash after pallidium virus

Hello and to the BC forums.

Please sit tight and be patient.

I have requested that an experienced helper who specialises in un-bootable computers respond to your topic.

Thank you.

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hi people i have a adven laptop but she i boot it up just goes onto a screen with a flashing dash line in corner of screen

A:flashing white dash line in corner of screen

Go into your BIOS and verify that the hard drive is listed as the first boot device. If it is, it sounds like your mbr is corrupt, or your hard drive is damagedI'm still learning Vista, not quite sure if fixmbr is the same or not. Give yhis a look:http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/microsoft...-mbr-vista.htmlhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

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I have been trying to load a Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro Joystick but as soon as I plug everything in my system just starts rebooting. I have re-loaded the software and the Joystick but the same thing happens - what am I doing wrong.

Many thanks for your help.

A:[SOLVED] ME continuous re-booting after loading Joystick

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I have just been handed a computer from my next door neighbour, it seems to be a home build (or a computer shop build) so im unsure of the exact specs as it is not booting, they are telling me that until yesterday it was working fine... but now it will not start..

All I can tell from opening it up is that it is XP, has an Eagle power supply, a winfast motherboard and 512mb of Dan electric Ram..

when you switch the system on all the fans start and the hard drive spins up, but then there is one beep and the green power led on the front of the case goes from constant green to flashing green and nothing else happens..

I have removed and checked the HD wich is fine, I have reseated the RAM and even changed it from DIMM 1 to DIMM 2, but none of this makes any difference..

Could it be a power supply fault or a Motherboard fault?? or even a graphics card fault?? how can I find out which it is??

I have asked my neighbours if they still have the user manuals but they claim they threw them out when they moved in about 3 years ago...

Can anyone help??

Many Thanks

A:Solved: Power light flashing and PC not booting

Fixed, removed the PCI graphics card, and went back to the onboard graphics.. started and ran straight away...

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My brand new P50-c-179 is flashing when i write on word, autocad or open folders. Its just happend a few seconds and then it stops. And now sometimes when i us google earth or autocad it stops and then i have a blue screen. I buy it one month ago... Thanks for the answers, i really dont know what to do.

A:Satellite P50-C-179: BSOD and continuous flashing of windows

To me the same thing happens to me. blue screen and reset.

I have also flashing colors in the textures of the games.

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got a pc i built for a friend and when she tries to start her pc, all it does is sit on the windows xp screen.... nothing else happens except the hourglass keeps going and going.... here's a hijack this log.. need some help
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:35:33 PM, on 8/5/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\CAVRID.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\CAVTray.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\ISafe.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\VetMsg.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\kimberly\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.webcrawler.com/
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {00A6FAF6-072E-44cf-8957-5838F569A31D} - C:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\SrchAstt\1.bin\MWSSRCAS.DLL
O2 - BHO: MyWebSearch Search Assistant BHO - {00A6FAF1-072E-44cf-8957-5838F569A31D} - C:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\SrchAstt\1.bin\MWSSR... Read more

A:continuous booting

Uninstall MyWebSearch from Add/Remove Programs.

See if you can download and run these on her system:

Ad-Aware SE: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html

Install the program and launch it.
First, in the bottom right-hand corner of the main window click on Check for updates now then click Connect and download the latest reference files.
Then, in the main window: Click Start and under Select a scan Mode tick Perform full system scan.
Then, deselect Search for negligible risk entries.
To start the scan, click the Next button.
When the scan is finished mark everything for removal and get rid of it. (Right-click the window and choose select all from the drop down menu and then click Next).

SpyBot S&D: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2471.html

Open Spybot Search & Destroy (Click Start, Programs, Spybot S&D (Advanced Mode).
Click online, Search for updates, Download all available updates.
Close all Browser windows, Click ''Check for Problems''.
Anything that it finds, Click ''Fix Selected Problems''.

Reboot, post a new log.

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I am running Windows XP Home (Service Pack 2, Build 2600).

The system shows that "Windows is Starting" then it gets to the "To begin, click your user name" screen and a system error box appears showing:

X (in red circle) System Shutdown

This system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress and log off. Any unsaved changes will be lost. This shutdown was initiated by \ NT AUTHORITY (or is blank in most cases)

Time before shutdown: 00:00:59

The system process

C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe terminated unexpectedly with status code -1073741819. The system will now shut down and restart.

It then shuts down and attempts to restart and continues in this loop.

I have attempted to boot up in Safe Mode but it gets to a point and then the same message appears.

I suspect I have to run the Hijackthis.exe but I can't get to a point where I can bring Windows all the way up.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



A:Continuous Loop While Booting

In Safe Mode do you have access to the Start button? If so Start>run and type shutdown -a may halt the countdown so you can continue booting.If you are then able to boot in Safe Mode run scans with every anti-virus and anti-spyware product you have installed. Can you download the McAfee AVERT Stinger utility (also see instructions for use) from here:Stinger-to another computer and then transfer it to your own system via a USB flash drive or CDROM?Come back with some info about whatever security software you have - if you already have HJT in your system then the guys and gals in the HJT forum may be able to help you in Safe Mode.

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Was wondering if I can get some help...
Just went to Fry's today to pick up some parts to upgrade my current computer. Got:
ECS PT800CE-A motherboard
Intel 3.2 gHz Prescott CPU
Kingston 512 MB PC3200 DDR400 memory
Antec 350W power supply

Added the above to my system, with Gainward Ti4200 card

Reset the CMOS, then powered it up. The screen first shows the AGP card powering up, and then I get the screen for the memory testing. I can get through that, with the memory testing ok, and it says "intel 3.2mHz CPU with Hyperthreading technology detected." Unfortunately, from that point, it automatically rebooted back to the vga loading screen. It does this cycle endlessly. If I press <Del> during the memory check, it cancels the memory check, then skips directly to the reboot. I've tried disconnecting everything and pulling out all the nonessential cards, but it doesn't seem to change a thing. It doesn't look like the mobo is accessing the bios at all-no beeps, no accessing of the floppy drive. Anyone else run across this? Only thing I can think of is maybe a memory incompatibility?? But the memory test passed without problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Help! with continuous booting problem

You replaced your motherboard.

Are you using Windows NT/2000/XP? If so, this is why. You will need to run a repair install if this is the case.

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Good day,

I had just subscribe to a high speed internet connection a week ago (today is: 6-May-07) and I suddenly encountered problems of continuous re-booting intervals of re-boot vary from 10 ~ 30 minutes. The only thing that was done to my computer prior to this rebooting is by instaling a PCI Lan card that is needed for the high speed internet connection. But I refuse to believe that this is the problem because I was able to use my computer without any problems for 1 week.

OS: windows xp SP2

I hope you can help me.

Thank you,

A:Continuous re-start/re-booting

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I am facing this weird problem with my pc since few days

when ever i try to boot up my pc, the memok led lights up and gives continuous beeps (1 long 2 short)
even pressing the memok button dosent help

now to solve this i have to reseat the bios by moving the jumpers, and then push the memok and then it boots
but to further add to my agony once i leave the pc shutdown for 4-5 hours again the same problem reoccurs

i have been using this pair of corsair ddr3 rams @1333mhz for a year now and it worked perfectly until now
memtest+ finds no error

i have latest bios installed and even reflashed it
tried a different psu
tried booting up with single stick of ram
tried different ram slots
tried different cmos battery

plz help

A:PC not booting with memok lighting up & continuous beeps

whats the memok button just so I know sry.

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vostro 3560 laptop not booting but has continuous beeps about 2.5 to 3 secs apart
can someone advise the best course of action for this fault.

from what ive read it looks like a system board or bios fault.
can anybody confirm thisand the best way to rectify as i think im out of warrnty as well on this unit.

A:vostro 3560 laptop not booting but has continuous beeps about 2.5 to 3 secs apart

That beep pattern means a faulty mainboard - you'll need to replace the board.

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I need help. I was in the my account section TECH SUPPORT GUY on my Windows 7 lap top and I hit Control either underscore or dash and everything changed to extremely small text. I meant to hit Shift and underscore....I can just barely make out the text. What did do? How can I fix it? Plus when I tried to shut down it did an update and finally shut down and when I rebooted it was the same extremely small text? Appreciate any help. Thank U. Coastal

A:Solved: Control + underscore or dash

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My HTC Dash does not recognize my Motorola HS850 Bluetooth headset. Have not had this problem with other bluetooth capable phones. All suggestions on how to correct this are welcome!

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I was running 2 instances of XP (Dual Boot: One for general use, and one for music production). I have installed windows 7 over the General use instance of XP and it is running perfectly fine. I have also managed to get the menu to appear upon bootup where it gives me the option to boot to windows 7 or xp. When i choose xp, it just reboots itself an appears at the menu again. I am going to try and run bootfix (maybe fixboot?) but i cant seem to boot from the xp cd. All i get is a blank screen with a flashing curosr however to let you all know, i have no hardware issues whatsoever and the Hard Drives are fine as confirmed by HD Diagnostic scans. For some reason it wont boot from cd. any help?

A:Booting from XP CD: Flashing Cursor

It may have to be configured for the boot order in bios, do you know what type of bios you have?
You can find out by watching the upper left hand corner of your screen immediately after you power the pc up. Usually on that same screen it will say "to access bios press (some key)"... This message will appear near the bottom of the screen. Be very careful in bios you may mess up your entire computer.

Most bios you must press a key at the very beginning of power up in order to reach the configuration menus. Basically you want to change your boot order from booting your hard drive first to booting to your cd rom drive first, to enable you to boot from the CD.

If you post your bios type I can look up the vendor and tell you what key to press.

ps. Its fixboot

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I have a Sony Vaio laptop with an upgrade to windows 7 from vista. Yesterday my computer was really slow so I reset it to try and speed it up. I got passed the Vaio screen but then came the black screen with the blinking dash on the top right corner. The only thing I can enter is BIOS with F2 nothing else works. I can't enter safe mode or anything else. I've tried a few things, but nothing works.

1. Reseting default values in BIOS
2. Removing everything but internal Hard Drive in boot menu.

I have a windows & start up disc

3. Ran Startup Repair: Says couldn't detect a problem if recently attached device then remove it. ( Nothings Connected)
4. System restore ( was successfull but still no go)
5. Ran chkdsk & chkdsk/r from command prompt option

I also contacted Sony Support and with the 15 minutes alotted

6. Reseated memory

I just want to be able to get into the computer one more time so I can transfer my music and some other important files to my External Hard Drive. Please HELP!!! Any help is GREATLY appreciated.

A:Solved: Black screen & Blinking dash on Startup

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Hi, I have a dell Inspiron 15 3558 laptop and I have noticed that upon pressing the power button to switch on my laptop, at first the dell logo appears after a second the logo disapears and after another second the dell logo comes back and then the spinner icon at the bottom shows up. After that windows(I have installed windows 10) starts up normally.
               This has started to happen from a few days ago and until now I haven't found any solution for it. Why is this happening and how to fix this?

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About an hour ago, I was on my system running Windows XP Home, just browsing the web when all of the sudden I got a blue screen of death for "sfsync02.sys." I have never seen this BSOD before, this is the first time it happened, and upon my attempt to reboot, I cannot get in to Windows. It just hangs on the black screen with the blinking cursor, which would only prior momentarily display right before the Windows loading screen would appear. Multiple reboot attempts have given me the same result, just the black screen with blinking cursor. I cannot get in to safe mode or anything as I cannot even get that Window to display.

I have two 300 gb Seagate SATA harddrives, and both are displaying properly in the bios. In terms of hardware, nothing has changed in this system in years. About 2 to 3 weeks ago I had the case opened up to clean it out and remove the dust that had accumulated inside and on the fans, that is it in terms of me opening up the case.

It has 1.5 gb of RAM, 2 300 gb Seagate SATA drives as mentioned, an ASUS K8VSE Deluxe motherboard, Creative Audigy 2 ZS 7.1 sound card, ATI Sapphire X800 Pro 256 mb video card, and an AMD 3400+ processor. Also has a DVDRW, CDRW, and DVD-ROM disc drives, floppy drive, and media drive, there is nothing in any of the drives nor is there a USB stick in any of the USB ports.

Any advice on how to get back in to Windows? I currently have the system OFF and have switched off the power switch on the back of the power supp... Read more

A:XP home not booting (flashing cursor) after BSOD

I have Knoppix 5.11 on CD and I booted it up and I was able to access both hard drives and all of their contents so I doubt this is a hardware issue.

I believe I read somewhere that if the cursor was blinking, that was an indication of the bios trying to find a boot device? However both harddrives are functioning properly.

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Hello, I'm currently writing this from another laptop. I have a Gateway Netbook that runs on Windows 7 starter. The problem first arised when I went to access a tumblr blog that I usually visit, but it was loading incredibly slow, so I walked away from my computer a moment. When I returned, firefox had crashed, and when I went to try and minimize the screen I saw that all of my desktop shortcuts were gone as well as from the startup menu. I went to restore the firefox, and noticed that the page was trying to redirect me to a malware site, something .biz and an account cnn123 in the url as well. I immediately reacted by rebooting my laptop so that I could start up in safemode but what I got was just a completely black screen with a small flashing cursor. Nothing else.

What I did next was burn the avira rescue program onto my usb flashdrive after reformatting it, and I opened the bios menu so that I could boot up from my usb and use the program. (My netbook doesn't have a cd drive) I ran the scan and it detected 19 infected files, as well as I believe 108 alerts. All of the files from my c: drive are still there because avira scanned through them all, and after it was done scanning I set it to try and repair the files, and if it couldn't it would delete them. I restarted the laptop, removing the usb and having it boot up the way it should originally, but I still have the black screen with the flashing cursor. I'm not sure what to do now.

Also I will mention th... Read more

A:Black Screen during booting up with flashing cursor

Are you able to boot into safe mode?

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Hi, new to the forum.

I'm working on a dell inspiron 1525 for a friend. It came with vista but it was loaded with virus's. I formatted the hard drive and am now trying to install windows 7. The problem is that Everything that I am trying in just going straight to a black screen with a blinking cursor at the top left corner. I have done some research on this problem but none of the comments were from new installs. Vista was working fine except for being slow so i'm not thinking anything hardware related.

I've tried booting from cd, flash drive....and its all doing the exact same thing.

Any help would be great. Thanks

A:Black screen with flashing cursor when booting W7

First run the Dell Diagnostics from boot to test the hardware: Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run the . If they run then I would try to keep the Dell OEM Diagnostics partition - at Step 7 of Clean Install Windows 7 delete all partitions but it. Recovery will no longer run after reinstall so delete it too.

Use the installer provided in Step 1 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 burned to DVD or written to flash stick using tool in Step 2. Unplug all other HD's and peripherals, Boot the installer by tapping the F12 key at boot to choose boot device. If you get a flashing cursor it is not booting the device.

If problem persists Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. (If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install.) Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Instal... Read more

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Hi guys,

never had to post any questions about windows issues as I could find all my answers on the net.
Well, not now.
I had to reinstall the whole machine from scratch because old HDD has been playing up.
This is what I did:

1. Imaged old (faulty) drive to new one - just because I needed some data out of it and the old one was very slow and freezing.
2. run the system with new imaged drive - all working except sometimes it was playing up, so I decided to upgrade to another drive with Win8.1 from Win7
3. have plugged in new HDD to SATA0 port and the imaged drive to port SATA2
4. installed Win8.1, copied data over, reinstalled applications and so on.
5. all working perfectly. Now every time I boot up the machine, I'm offered options if I want to boot to Win8.1 or Win7. No problem there.
6. Now I wanted to remove the imaged HDD from SATA2 port, so I did - and here comes the problem:

All I get now is the black screen with flashing cursor in top left corner. How is this possible ?
Can anyone please help ?
When I plug the second drive in all works as before. I just have to remove the second drive. How can I do this?
In the attached image you can see my drives from Win8.1
the Disk0 is the one I need to keep - that's a Win8.1 ( C: )
Disk1 (imaged HDD) is the one with Win7 on it and needs to be removed.

Any help is much appreciated.

A:Booting Win 8.1 gives black screen with flashing cursor

anyone ?

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I've been using a "Toshiba Tecra S11-168" for about a year and after one night it simply wouldn't boot anymore.

I can charge the battery, the battery led will become green as well, notifying me that the battery has been charged. The power led will be orange.
as soon as I'm trying to boot the laptop it gives 1 little click (Supposedly the HDD trying to start) and then it stops booting in an instant. It doesn't have more then 0.1 seconds to turn off again and the only sign of life is that little click. From that moment on the battery led will turn completely off (while the charger is still inside) and the power led will start flashing orange in this order: Short, Long, Short, Short, Short, Short, Long Long (Repeat).

anyone has any clue what's happening here? I'm expecting a defect in the mainboard but it might be something else.
(Good to note is, that we own 2 of the same laptops. Both the charger and battery work in the other laptop. I've also tried to boot it without the ram and HDD but no succes either.)

Kind regards,


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I have a HP Envy that I got about a year ago, recently (yesterday) it has been not booting up. What happens is when I press the power button it loads up and goes past the hp loading screen, but when it gets the the first windows loading screen, it kinda flickers from that to a black screen, also the on screen keyboard will pop up and go down all the time. Really not sure why it is doing this, can't even get on my computer. One last thing, if I wait long enough it will pop up with an error saying "LogonUI.exe - Application Error. The exception Breakpoint. A breakpoint has been reached. (0x80000003) occurred in the application at location 0x00007FFD23A5C753. Click ok the terminate the program" if I click ok it just start flickering again or just goes to a black screen.

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Hello, a week ago I had what I am now refering to as Major Disaster Number One. When I turned on my Laptop it didn't boot had a black screen and made loud beeping noises. This was eventually resolved by removing one of the memory cards as one of the slots was defective. In the meantime I had done quite a lot of fiddling with the system.

The PC had been working fine for a whole week until Major Disaster Number Two happened today. This time thankfully no loud beeping but black screen and flashing num/caps locks (twice). According to the HP website 2 flashes indicates a BIOS problem. I did what was recommended and took battery out and pressed power button for a minute. Tried this several times in different combinations but with no success. Tried reconnecting hard drive and swapping memory around again.

Actually something I should mention is that when I first turned it on today it came up with a white screen, totally white, and after waiting a minute I impatiently turned the computer off at which point it refused to turn on again.

I have looked on various forums including this one but don't know what the PC terminology "post" and "flash" mean with reference to boot up and bios.

Thanks in advance for your help.

EDIT: Btw some info about my system (I just read about how to ask for help) I have a HP Laptop DV5-1004nr running Vista 64 Home Premium. Something about my computer experience: About 10 years ago I worked with computers extensively during the Windo... Read more

A:Help - system not booting black screen flashing lights!

Welcome to Vista Forums MrMoggins.

Is your laptop still under warranty?

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My windows 10 lockscreen had flashing at boot up login i troubleshoot but it will not be fixed
Can you find attached file? How it can be solved???

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Hello,  Having an issue with my Y700 ideapad that just popped up yesterday. Whenever I boot my computer up and get to the desktop there will be an audible beep followed by the screen starting to flash black. Every second or so it alternates between black and the desktop preventing anything from being done. Not sure where to start with troubleshooting it but I do have a warranty still on it since this issue only popped up about 6 months into owning it. Any help is much appreciated since I'd like to be able to use my computer again.   

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When I boot my computer, the monitor displays flashing squares until Windows XP has refreshed the screen with the log in icons.
But if I use Windows ME, the screen doesn?t get refreshed and I can?t see anything apart from flashing squares.
I am using a Sapphire Radeon 9200 Atlantis and I would like to use Windows ME for my son to play games on.
I have updated the graphics card drivers but it still does it.
Windows XP refreshes the screen and takes away the flashing blocks.
Is there a command that XP uses that I could make ME do as well?

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Hello, My parents have owned a Lenovo laptop for a couple of years now. However, recently this issue showed up and I wondered whether there is a chance there is a solution to this problem which I could try myself, since the laptop its warranty already expired. If I recall correctly, the model of the laptop is the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2, running Windows 10. So here is the issue; the laptop has issues turning on. Oddly enough, it is not a very consistent issue. Eventually, the laptop does turn on. The problem is that this sometimes takes hours, other times the laptop appears to be able to boot instantly as it normally would. I have no idea what affects this. When pressing the power button, the keyboard backlight starts flashing. It does this until the laptop completely boots, and as I said, the amount of time this takes varies. I already tried looking for solutions on different forums, but they usually concern the issue where the keyboard backlight flashed and the laptop simply will not boot at all, which is not the case here, as it eventually does but often it takes a while.Other solutions suggested a certain amount of flashes meant a certain issue or failure. Problem here is that the amount of flashes seem to be random, so it is not as if it just keeps looping a certain amount of flashes as it varies. This leaves me puzzled as to what could be the culprit. I am not sure what to do, especially since I have not owned a Windows-based machine in a whi... Read more

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I am getting continuous DCOM Errors in the Event Viewer.

So I follow the directions listed here:

I search the registry, find the key, double click the default and get this:

I continue to follow the directions and go the the DCOM Configuration to find the program:

The program DOES NOT exist in the DCOM Window. So I am stuck at step 6 on the help window. The culprit is located here in my program folder:

C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NetworkAccessManager\bin

The program name is: nSvcAppFlt Application 168KB

Can you plese help me resolve/correct this?

Thank you.

A:Solved: Solved: Continuous DCOM Error in Event Viewer

It's part of the NVIDA Firewall on ASUS MB. Be nice if it was named NVIDIA Network Access Manager or NVIDIA Firewall.

I don't have an ASUS, or that CLSID on my system, but did some googling and I found this http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=23134 that says the Name is app_filter that you need to edit.

It says the CLSID won't match the AppID, but I'd check and see if it's listed:
In the component services window, widen it out, then click on View and choose Detail. This should list the Application ID column.
Search for {BC866CF2-5486-41F7-B46B-9AA49CF3EBB1} (double check that, I typed it by hand).

In the Registry Editor, check the {BC866CF2-5486-41F7-B46B-9AA49CF3EBB1} key for an AppID value and look for that in component services. Also you could check the ProgID key (and the others as well) to see if you can spot the name there.



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Yesterday, I installed XP (SP2) on one of my computers, and installed most of the security updates. Today, I started the computer, and it kept on restarting after the Win XP startup screen, but after a few cycles, it loaded the desktop. It then installed WGA, and then wanted a restart. After that, it got into the same reboot loop, but this time, it won't get out of the loop. There is definitely no malware on the computer because it is a fresh install and I haven't downloaded anything except updates from windows update. I then tried Safe Mode, and that worked, but regular startup still doesn't work. How can I fix this?

P.S. I myself am a guy that fixes computers, so there's no need to simplify terminology. I am asking here because I cannot figure out what the cause is; there is no blue screen or anything showing up, the screen just goes black and the computer reboots.0

P.S. #2: I might just put Linux back on that computer is I can't figure out the problem. I don't really like windows anyways.

A:[SOLVED] Win XP SP2 Continuous Restart

Update: I tried to boot the machine again, and it started up after a few cycles, but the problem of repetitive boot cycles is still there. I examined the event viewer log, and I found no potential culprits. I'm perplexed.

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So every time I boot my computer, Windows tries to install the same update (I've checked and it is in fact the same). It completes the installation with no errors, but when the computer turns back on, it starts all over again. I have tried a lot of remedies for this including that of the Microsoft help service page. But the the computer still keeps updating.

Thanks in advance for the help!

A:[SOLVED] Continuous Update?

What does Update History show?

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I'm a beginner and I had a window pop up with a folder in it named MSN CoreFiles and pop up ads that keep coming up continuously. Could someone please help me. Thank you so very much!! This is my computer information:

Dell Dimension DIM 3000
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.80 GHz
2.70 GHz 512 Mb of RAM
Windows XP Home Version 2002
Service Pack 2

A:Solved: NSN CoreFiles/Continuous pop ups

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Window XP Home Edition Version 2002 SP3
Intel Celeron 335
2 x Maxtor 80GB HHDs
Foxcom 865M01 Motherboard

I recently fitted an extra 1GB of RAM to this computer and initially had no problems. However I now find that the computer continuously reboots when shut down. It appears to shut down completely in the normal way and then after about 3-5 seconds starts up of its own accord.

I have run AVG Antivirus 9, Malwarebytes, Maxtor HDD tester (SeaTools) and MEM86 memorty tests but all pass with flying colours. I even rolled back the system (restore) to a date when I did not have this problem but to no avail.

Any suggestions for looking elsewhere to track down this problem would be much appreciated.

A:[SOLVED] Continuous Reboot

I had the same problem at one time and my problem was a bad hard drive. If i were you i would just reload windows on the computer. It should stop the constant reboot

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I am helping a friend with there computer they said has a virus. I went to boot up computer and it gets to login and asks for password which my friend does not remember. After trying to bypass password the computer just restarted, and it continuous does this. Is this the work of a virus, or perhaps a malfunction of hardware. Any help is appreciated.

HP Compaq
windows xp pro
512 mb ram
amd sempron

A:Solved: Continuous Shutdown

If your friend password-protected the computer and can't remember the password and can't log in, your friend has a problem.

You won't get help here or from Microsoft to bypass the password.

A hard drive format and fresh install of XP is likely in order.


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