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Q: trusty PC won't start, no bios access--just cursor

Suddenly the PC goes through bios screen, not letting me use keys to enter set up, etc. Then just shows a black screen with flashing cursor, no dos access, nothing works.

Hard drive is vibrating so I assume it is working. Reseated and cleaned all contacts wtih eraser and lintless cloth afterwards to remove any bits. Reseated electrical connections to drives.

Can't figure out how to get heat sink off this cpu to check that connection. Electricity on, fans on, etc. It was dusty and this was all blown out.

Any ideas about how to isolate problem?

It doesn't respond at all to windows disk in CD or recovery disk in floppy drive for my back up program--Restore It. (I could not get into bios to change boot up order, of course.)

This is about 4 yr old P4, 1.7 intel cpu, 512 mem, Intel board (sorry about that oversight), Win XP Pro, 350 power installed last year. \\

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A: trusty PC won't start, no bios access--just cursor

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OK - here's the symptom. It's a decent 4 year old laptop. Battery Ok, external charger Ok, and it does actually charge.

If the computer has been switched off, you can try 10-15 times to switch it on with the hardware switch before it actually fires up. You do hear the fan start, you do see a light go on, and then it goes dead again, with just a small orange flash of the light with the lightening symbol. But after the 10-15th try, it may actually fully start - and then everything runs just fine.

Also - if I do a soft restart (ie select 'restart' in Windows) - it restarts without any problems.

Local hardware-repair shop suspected processor, because when I took it to them I was under the impression it would never start (I hadn't tried 15 times!). They replaced processor. It worked. Then, when I came to pick it up, they proudly attempted to start it up - and it failed again. Obviously - not the processor. I took it home and discovered the 10-15 times trick, in sheer frustration.

I've left it off for a few days - and for all I know, it may now be permanently dead. However, I suspect not.

Any thoughts?

A:Trusty Laptop won't start (HP Compaq Nx5000)

If it were a desktop computer, I would suspect that the capacitors on the motherboard had failed, maybe that's what's happened? It's a little hard to get at the motherboard in a laptop, but if you can, look for any swollen or leaking capacitors. They hold a charge and supply power to the components on the motherboard, if they're failing they won't charge up properly and it can take several power-up attempts for them to get enough charge to start it up.

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Is it possible to have Ease of Access start with BIOS setup? Is it possible to have pressing F10, etc also start the preferred Ease of Access tool? Is it posible to invert colors of BIOS setup?

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I have an old HP machine and when I turn it on it does not indicate that windows is loading or even give me the option of pressing ESC or F10 to get to the BIOS. It goes straight to the desktop but I can't see the Start Menu or access programs. If I hit Ctrl, Alt, Delete, nothing happens. Any thoughts as to how I could get to the BIOS? I'd like to load LINUX on it, probably SUSE since it's an older machine.

A:Can't access Start Menu, BIOS, Task Manager, etc

If you are going to install something other than Windows...what's with BIOS, Start Menu, etc.?

When is the last time the system worked properly? When did things change?

Pertinent error messages received?

One thing I suggest...before you attempt to install any O/S, it's worth the time to run the appropriate diagnostic on the hard drive.

System model?


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I am trying to install Win XP MCE x86 en 2005  because I had to replace the hard drive with a new one ! Even  after the hard drive  out of the laptop I could still get into the BIOS and also run  the diagnostics and the screen  was working perfect > The laptop has been sitting around for over a year until I finally got  the new hard drive and the proper Operating Win XP disks that  will work with the  Product Key ! But now I can not run the diagnostics (F12 ) ,enter the BIOS (F2)  the screen  is black and  I have hooked up a external monitor  and the only keys that will get a image on the external  monitor  is  by holding the FN key down while  pressing the system on button to start the machine , but  the screen is unresponsive and  has large  pink square sections over the screen if I use  Ctrl >>ALT >>DELETE it will restart and if I do nothing  I can hear the disk drive  and all lights are on and I will hear 2 beeps and  then  nothing ... if I touch almost any keys  they will beep  repeatably until I release my finger from  them ! I have done the power down and checked the RAM  and removed the  hard drive and started the machine  powered it back down and replaced the  hard drive and started it back up but no changes  were to be found !  Could  this all be a issue  with the small Cell batt... Read more

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I found this program called Trusty Files on the net and was wondering if anyone here has any experience with it ? From my understanding, its a P2P program thats legal ? But when is downloading music, etc legal off the net ?
Sounds to good to be true.

Is it?

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Have found a lot in searching/reading on running Win8 in VM's.
I have a very trusty/stable and clean XP Pro SP3 fully patched PC.

I'm not quite ready yet to ditch my XP Machine.
I have a new Win8 Pro PC with an I3 with 8GB

I want to install VBox or VM Player on the Win8 Pro PC and run my XP install in a VM.
I have Macrium Reflect on my XP Pro PC, I believe I can create a VHD then convert to VDI.

for a XP Pro in a VM are there any benefits to either VBox or VM Player.?

Any guidance, pointers or tips welcome.

Thanks... Dave

A:Trusty XP Pro Install on Windows 8 in a VM

I'm not a VM guru. But I happened to have this Macrium page on bookmark:
How to create a Virtual machine from a Macrium image backup (ImgToVHD, VHD, virtual machine)

Maybe there are some helpful tidbits.

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Ahoy there,

So, my 9800pro has finally carked it, or so it would seem.
The other day I got this: img145.imageshack.us/my.php?image=farkedwo9.jpg (ul have to excuse me not making a link, apparantly im not aloud to do that unless ive made atleast 5 posts. if you can't see it, theres lines running down the screen everywhere).
Before I go any further I will say that it is most definately a graphics card issue, I have determined this.
I suspected my card might be overheating, so i thoroughly cleaned all the dust from the fan and heatsink, to no avail. I then took the heatsink off, scraped all the old dried thermal grease off and put some nice new grease on and put the HS back on. At first this seemed to help but alas, the graphical anomolies returned after a while.
I've replaced it with a 9600pro that was lying around for the time being; I suppose its about time i bought a whole new computer though.
You'd think the 9600 would be only a bit less powerful but it seems to have about 10% (exageration) of the power that my 9800 had.
So, what think you? Time to move on? I suppose it can only be something fairly majorly wrong with the chipset.. id rather keep it for a while tho, being short of funds atm.


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Hi, I've been using bc.com for msconfig cleanup and other helpful things as I ready my very old (2002) IBM NetVista computer for its long awaited transition from SP2 to SP3. Many years ago - when I first attempted to do this- I was using NIS and ran into problems. Can't recall the particulars, I think I had to disable Norton, but still had trouble due to SystemWorks (which STILL lingers in semi-barren folders!) or some other pita issue. Since I work from home I gave up spending my time messing around and just kept putting it off, and off, and off?A couple of lots of programs, installs, uninstalls, etc. this machine has served me incredibly well ? and still does- so I have been leery about even going through this process. But on the other hand, would like to getting it running a little more efficiently.I have another computer now, running Win7, and have been transferring important docs and photos (part of my income) to it, DVD and an external HD. I have also been deleting as much as I safely can from the IBM ? going back to 2002. I have always done auto and manual cleanups but I am really digging now. It's amazing what I am finding! So here are some questions. I know I have to look (again) at the "what to do before SP3" and won?t bother you all with that just yet, but since I have not been able to do a single update since (because it won?t let me update anything w/o SP3) I am wondering if besides securing all my data if it would be worth u... Read more

A:New here w/my ancient, but trusty, IBM - and SP2/3 questions

I would make sure all your drivers and applications are updated including your BIOS, and then you can upgrade to SP3.Also I would recommend running: NORTON Removal Tool and download Avast or another free AVG.

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I've got a Samsung Q25, Windows XP, new enough to be still under warranty.

The tragic story goes like this:
I installed a new music editor, and everything was going great. Later that night, thoughtt that the comp was running a bit slow so decided to give it a rest and shut it down. When i decided to start it up again, it gets to the loading page of Windows XP, and then i get the blue creen, then it restarts. It gives me safe mode options, and the usual choices. Tried them all but none would work.

I've got the "system recovery disc" that came with the computer, but there have been conflicting replies (from samsung support) on what the CD actaully does. replies:
a) It will erase and restore to factory state.
b) Gives you a choice to ONLY replce system files and thus allowing bootup and access to files.

All i want to do is get my files out before wiping the slate clean. (I've got 15 gigs of photos on there which i am praying that i can recover!) Can someone please help me! Is it possible to get the files before reformatting/reinstalling windows?

Thanks alot in advance!:

A:Trusty comp dying on me! please help...

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Hello i want a lightweight desktop email client, to push my emails as my computer is up and running. Any good free ones, that are easy to set up with my yahoo account? possibly even my school email account, which is i believe running paired with Microsoft exchange.

A:Trusty easy to set desktop email client.

To access Yahoo mail via an Email client I do believe you need to pay for yahoo mail plus.
Yahoo! Mail

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have had a Samsung SyncMaster 753DF CRT monitor for a number of years now (6-7 years). It worked great with my old Pentium 3 system and is now part of our second family system.

In the last few years every once in a great while the screen would have a sheer pinkish over the screen. It wouldn't last long and for long periods never occur. In fact for the last year it was always clear -- until yesterday and today.

The sheer pink is ever present. No settings were changed. No power failures to speak of or hard reboots. It remained so until my son flicked the screen with his finger. Now it is back to normal.

Any ideas? If I have to buy a monitor so be it but if I don't have to spend the money so much the better.

A:Is my trusty Samsung monitor giving up the ghost?

I suppose with a monitor of that age there could be some dirty connections involved. It might be helpful to re-seat the CRT socket where it connects to the image tube, also the yoke connector and degaussing ring.

Before you go inside, make certain the plug is pulled and you bleed off any residual charge by holding the power switch in.

ALSO, most, if not all CRTs have a High Voltage cage, (sort of a box separate from the main chassis), do not attempt to go inside, avoid it like the plague, it will light you up big time!

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i'm looking for a sync software free o paid
about paid software i'm undecided about Goodsync ,Syncovery or SyncBackPro (they are almost paid outside SyncBack there is a free version)

I need to sync lots of big files to my several external hard disk and nas
cloud service would be welcome & ftp, for small size file (for small size files i mean 10 or 20 mb)

about freeware i know Synkron , and there are several
do you sync sofware? could you give me some advises me a good one?

i have tried Bvckup and i don't like

A:looking for a trusty sync software free o paid ,can you advise me a good one?

- Dropbox
- Google Drive
- OneDrive
- Amazon Drive
- Box
- Mediafire
- iCloud
- SugarSync
- SpiderOakONE
- pCloud

Some may be web-based only but I've used Dropbox, OneDrive before and liked them.

As for alternatives of the software you've been referring to look at:
Jumping Bytes Software - PureSync - Synchronize and backup files and folders
Never used it before though.

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Hello, and thanks in advance for advice. A few months ago, my Outlook mail file was corrupted (a fairly common thing, I hear), so the other night I finally decided to repair the application with my original Office disc. After working a while, the computer stopped responding. Turned the system off, since then I get nothing on the screen, black screen. BIOS doesn't run, which means no Vista. System will not boot from recovery discs freshly received from HP, put in a new HDD with same results, system will not boot from disc even with HDD unplugged. Have tested monitor off laptop, works fine. Have removed all extras, including sound card, unplugged disc drives, modem, everything extra. Have re-seated all plugs, cleared the CMOS according to instructions, removed and re-set the battery on the motherboard, removed all DIMMs (replaced one to attempt a boot.) I am at a total loss at this point, resorting to y'all...and prayer!.

HPa1742n, Vista, 3gb ram, 320gb HDD, about 3 years old.

Again, thanks!

A:No BIOS, No Cursor, No NUTHIN'!

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Hi, This morning i run into the strange thing - my laptop was stuck during power-up (never made it through BIOS). I have powered it down, and next time it booted successfully. I went to check BIOS settings - and surprise - once in BIOS screen, I cannot move my cursor...Laptop beeps whenever I press anything on the keyboard... Few days ago i updated my BIOS (was requested to do so) to UEFI: LENOVO JFET50WW(1.27) 09/19/2017.My config:LENOVO 20DM009GUS ThinkPad S3 Yoga 14Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 1607 (build 14393.1715)

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Hello, I have a flicking cursor before loading of the BIOS for about one second?Is it normal? Thank you!!!

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I have a HP Pavilion dv7 laptop that seems to power up okay but has a black screen with no cursor.  The fan runs for a few seconds and blinking lights show near the cap lock button and on the upper right of the keyboad.  I pulled the hard drive and tested it ok and tried moving the memory around with no luck.  I also tried the reset trick by turning off and holding the power switch for one minute.  I searched this forum and anyplace on the internet that I could find and all I could gather was that this is no uncommon but nobody seemed to have an answer.   Could the cmos battery cause this ?  I always have a a battery available to check but this is a differant style and I will have to order one.  This computer is about two years old and running Vista.

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A:black screen with no cursor or bios available

Never mind! Looks like you guys have it figured out.

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

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

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

The repair options via system repair have done nothing.

When I put in an install disc and tried the repair option it gave me a message that was saying something about how the disc was not proper to repair my system. I have used this disc successfully recently for a diffe... Read more

A:BIOS blinking cursor for 3 minutes before W7

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

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

Once the log is in view then click on Copy in the right hand pane and select "Copy details as text".
You can then right click on the message box on this forum and select Paste and the log will appear, add any further information asked for and then click on Submit/Post Quick Reply and your done.
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Hi all, I have 2 HP nx9020 notebooks which i have formatted and installed windows xp pro on. both of the hard drives when connected to other machines via usb can be browsed to and seem to work perfectly. but when you try and boot to them they get past BIOS and just stop with a flashing cursor in the top left hand corner.

I have tried reformatting and reinstalling - doesnt work

I have tried connecting to a different machine and trying to boot from them - doesnt work

I have connected to a different machine and tried repairing using windows recovery console - doesnt work

I have used a windows xp CD origianl disk and a different boot disc to try and boot from the machines - the boot disk goes to the flashing cursor and the win pro install disc starts to work and hangs when it gets to kernell.dll

I have seen an old thread on here in regards to this but pretty much everything ive tried is not working... ive replaced the memory, tried different machines etc and as its 2 HDD ive convinced its a Software error.... my thoughts are its related to the MBR or boot.ini an area im not strong with... ive any advice or help would be appreciated...

thank you

A:Flashing Cursor top left on boot after bios

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

A:Blinking cursor after BIOS loads, before splash

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

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

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Had a BSOD (after a failed Comodo firewall install) and Vista couldn't automatically repair. I can get to the desktop but the cursor is frozen and I don't think the keyboard is working either. Any suggestions on how to fix?
With hindsight I would probably have tried to select a previous restore point from the options from automatic repair but I don't know how to get back to it. Is it possible to select a restore point from the BIOS? The arrow keys work then.
PS - I don't have a Vista recovery disc

A:BSOD - cursor stuck - restore point from BIOS?

During boot you press the F8 key over and over till the Advanced boot options apears. From there boot into 'Safe Mode with Networking'. Once in safe mode then try the previous restore point.

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After cleaning out my system in this thread, I was asked to come over here to help solve my issue:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi mechjames,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My last BIOS update has failed and now my laptop Satellite PrU400 PSU45E is out of order.
I want to use the Crisis Recovery Disk with an USB floppy drive but I don't know the key combination to run the boot-block.
Is anybody can help me?

Best regards

A:Satellite Pro U400 BIOS update failed - What is BIOS Boot-block access


I wondering what Crisis Recovery Disk do you have ?:|
In my experience the special disk is needed which is available only for ASP technician.
Therefore it?s necessary to contact the ASP in your country in order to reflash the BIOS.

In my opinion you shouldn?t not try any ?Crisis Recovery disks? which you fond in the net? this can lead to mobo damage?

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The same issue from BIOS 1.2.5 is happening with BIOS 1.2.6. After the update, the boot screen remain totally black (no Dell logo) and you cant enter in the BIOS interface (no video at all).
The workaround is to downgrade to BIOS version 1.2.3 
The windows boots as usual, and maybe this is the reason that users havent noticed this issue.
The bios upgrade/downgrade is automated. No mouse clicks are needed. Just wait computer to boot and wait some minutes. After this (blind) downgrade (because there is no video), you will see the dell logo once again and everything works as usual.

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Im working on a Toshiba Laptop A105-4284, Model #: PSAA8U-0FH02K that froze while trying to flash the BIOS, so I didnt know what else to do but shut it off. Now, when I try to boot it up, it gets stuck in the same place it did during the flashing; on the Toshiba splash screen with the status bar at the bottom showing about 20% complete. I cant get into the BIOS and cant boot into Windows. Other options available on this screen are Press F2 for System Settings and F12 for Boot Menu. Pressing F2 results in a beep and the status bar changing to "Please Wait..." but nothing else happens no matter how long I wait. Pressing F12 doesnt do anything. Pressing ESC takes me to a screen that shows the typical system info -- Phoenix Technologies Version 6.00; Intel Calistoga CRB.T3A Reference BIOS; VERSION.MAK 1.53; (looks like its running POST and recognizes CPU, Cores, No TPM or TPM has a problem, and system RAM and stops there. What is my best course of action?:

- shorting out the CMOS battery (I've tried this on the solder pads marked C88, with no laptop battery, with and without the wi-fi, ram and hdd installed; Im either doing it wrong or its just not working )
- trying to reflash BIOS chip (I tried this; turned the laptop on and held down the 'c' key to boot from cd, but still got stuck at the same place)
- replacing the BIOS chip
- something else?

Any guidance or information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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A:Toshiba A105: Failed BIOS flash; now no BIOS access & won't boot

Im trying to figure out why I've had no replies yet.

Have I asked a stupidly easy question that everyone is rolling their eyes to and cant bear to tell me the answer? Or have I stumped everyone?

I have a hard time believing this is a stumper. I've found the same question posted elsewhere on the net and shorting the CMOS seemed to help. That or removing the battery altogether (its soldered to the board), but I dont think Im doing it right. Can someone give me directions on that?

or is this just a lost cause? :-/

Thanks in advance

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HI, Please skip to paragraph six for the actual issue I am having--the preceding paragraphs include info that may help to identify how to fix this. I am posting this using my HP desktop running Windows 7 as my Lenovo Ideapad 110 cannot connect to internet as explained below: Firstly, Sorry if I am breaking community guidelines in any way with this post. I did multiple searches but only came up with "forgot my BIOS password-how can I reset it" type posts. I am looking for urgent help to get back into the "BIOS" of my Lenovo IdeaPad 110 running preinstalled Windows 10. Everything was running fine until yesterday. This is when I made the mistake of thinking I knew more about the system than I actually seem to lol :/ So, yesterday--I entered the "BIOS" screen upon startup using F2 (function key+F2). I went on to disable wireless connection ability (to test something unrelated), and also switched Boot from strait UEFI boot mode to legacy/UEFI boot-with UEFI being the default boot option.  I don't know if any of the above have to do with the issue I am now having but I wanted to share it just in case. Here is the real issue as of now: Also yesterday at the same time while in "BIOS", I also went on to set an "admin password", the one you must type in before you can even get to the lenovo splash screen to enter "BIOS". Basically I believe this is referred to as a POST password although I am not an expert cleary (hence asking for the experts' he... Read more

A:Lenovo Ideapad 110-Set an Admin PW in BIOS, Now I can't access BIOS after entering the correct PW?

Sorry for the double post but I just saw this information and thought it might apply to me, please let me know what you think: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht500216  

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Hi everyone, I tried getting to the advanced Bios setup under Bios menu but couldnt find it. The Bios version of my Pc is insyde F.1B. please what can i do ?

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Good evening!
A week ago I reinstalled Windows 7 in EFI mode on my laptop, and now I've got this problem: whenever I turn on my computer after a shutdown, the BIOS says "System Resuming" instead of "Press F2 to enter settings". This makes impossible for me to access BIOS settings. Previously, my BIOS used to say "System Resuming" only after a hibernation. The weird fact is that - as far as I remember - this thing started happening only after a few days.
Can you help me?
Thanks in advance :-)

A:I can't access BIOS settings because BIOS assumes Windows is resuming

Try doing a shutdown command from a CMD window, or Start button / Run
The command is shutdown /s

See if entering the command manually makes a difference in how it starts up

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Hi Guys
I restored an image created with Macrium Reflect on my wife's computer (Custom build with Asus P8Z77-V LX mother board) and everything went fine until rebooting when i got to the "Please press DEL or F2 to enter UEFI BIOS settings" then everything stopped.
I have tried F2 DEL F8 F12 just about all the F combinations and nothing works, I have two SSD drives one with Win7 Pro and one with Win10 Pro (not connected at the same time) and neither of them will boot up.
I have tried changing the jumper pins from 1 and 2 to 2 and 3 for 10 sec to clear the RTC Ram in CMOS then returned then to 1 and 2 and tried rebooting...no change so i removed the battery and repeated the jumper pin swap then reinstalled the battery and still no change, cannot get passed press DEL or F2 to access the BIOS settings.
I even downloaded the latest BIOS and updater as shown and put them on a USB flash drive together and tried the Macrium Rescue disk, and still nothing happened and it will not open the BIOS maybe i got it all wrong ?
I was hoping someone here might know how to put it right, i am out of idea's and any help would be greatly appreciated.

System Specs

Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz 8MB
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LX LGA1155 ATX Motherboard
Memory G.Skill 8GB Kit (2x4GB) DDR3 Ripjaws X C9 1600MHz
Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" 7mm SSD SATA3 530/130 x2 = 1 Win7 and 1 Win10
Storage Drive Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 3.5" 2TB 64MB 7200RPM
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I have noticed recently that when I first start Vista, that when the greenish-blue Welcome screen pops up, the Vista cursor is not always rotating...maybe 50% of the time this happens. Is there any issue I should look into, and does anyone know why this happens ?


A:Start-up question re cursor

That rotating cursor is an indication that the OS has not completed loading and that you should wait before deciding what you want to do.
Either way it is not a problem, unless the roatation takes a long time to complete or if you cannot get past the welcome screen.

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lenovo 8113-jcg
160 HDD
Pentium D 925 (3.00ghz)

Flashing cursor appears on start up after Lenovo splash screen.
Problem has occured after serveral tests...

- Faulty ram was changed and tested on other machine. RAM 100% works.
- Possible faulty HDD. Replaced with brand new HDD.
- After Norton ghost. Tested image on other computer that are the same and they work. Tested other image build on this computer and still same result.
- Connected computer to network using motherboard port and PCI card and ghosted with both. Same problem occurs.
- Removed CMOS and reset. Re-ghost and still doesn't work.

HDD works in external case so this rules out HDD failure.

HDD works when using XP disk to install windows, however there are lots of driver problems and this method isn't practical. The ghost method needs to be used to get all the settings from the network so the computer can be ready to use quickly.

This is happening on two identical computers.

If anyone has any information that could help me with this problem it would be valued.

Thank you.

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

A:Blinking Cursor Upon Start Up

bumping to hopefully get some views..

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I have an e-machines computer 1.17 geg hertz with windows xp operating system.
A few days ago the computer started showing blank screen on the monitor.
Some one suggested that I should install a separate graphics card and disable
the integrated intel graphics on the mother board.
With my limited knowledge I did install geforce 8400 gs card and disabled the
intel graphics adapter.

Now when I turn on the computer, I get emachines logo,then windows xp logo,
then it wants to check disk drive E and F, I do not know why, as it never did this
earlier, then I get a message that windows is starting up and then I get a "Welcome"
screen. During this screen the curser freezes up. Sometimes it does not freeze up
and the computer goes back to rebooting cycle again.

I do not know what I am doing wrong.

Please help.

Best regards,

A:Cursor freeze up during start up

Another development this morning. The computer does not even try to boot up. I hear no sound of
hard drive turning and no beep and no display.
Can it be a dead hard drive or something else? How do I boot up with a recovery disc, if
the computer does not even try to boot up?

Please help.

Best regard,

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cursor in start of computer is jumping when I restart  is find but very annoying to have to do two starts every time I want to use my new computer???

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This is my first post here, so hi to everyone.
I just got an ASUS X401a Notebook and I want to use a flash drive to boot from Linux.
I need to change the sequence in the BIOS so that the flash drive is first choice to boot from.
I have no problem accessing the BIOS utility, but it allows me to alter only some settings. Those in blue colored font I can change those in black font I cannot. What drive to boot from first is in black and not adjustable.
I used command line to work as admin and I also set up a password for admin in the BIOS to access the BIOS utility, but still no go; some things are allowed to be changed some aren't.

Any help is appreciated.

A:BIOS: Can access BIOS utility, but cannot change settings.

Is it asking for a password or something?

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Hi Guys, please can anyone offer any advice. The cursor on my E31 notebook freezes on a regular basis and the only way to get it going is to remove the back, press a few connections and away we go until the next time. Obviously I can't go on doing that and it suggests there is a connection problem, that being the case please can someone advise how I  access the connection for it, I'm assuming it's situated under the battery but I don't want to remove it if it's not. Ehen it's working ok it's listed as Lenovo pointing device in device manager but when it fails I have to insert a USB mouse until such times that it's convenient to open it up. Any assistance greatly appreciated, thank you

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Does anyone know if there's a way to change the default cursor in Access from a line to a block?

I have user who has problems seeing the cursor. Petty, I know!

A:Changing to block cursor in Access

Change their *whole* default cursor under the Control panel mouse settings, pointers.

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Hi again Guys,
My Wife’s Laptop, a Toshiba NB205, has developed an annoying problem. She is running Windows XP (Home Edition) SP3.
The problem is on Start Up or Re-boot. The PC no longer immediately starts automatically but the ‘TOSHIBA Leading Innovation’ legend appears, along with the notation:

Press (F2) for SETUP, Press (F12) for boot device selection menu.

I have found that by then pressing ‘ENTER’ it continues to boot normally. Further, if I wait about 10 minutes it will boot automatically anyway.
However, when the ‘log-on’ page appears, the cursor is rapidly flashing or blinking and the keypad does not function.
I have further found that, by pressing ‘ESC’ the cursor stops its erratic behaviour and I can then continue, although the problem re-appears quite often whilst the PC is being used.
I have run ‘SpyBot’ and performed a ‘Boot Time Scan’ with no negative results. I have also re-booted using ‘Last known good configuration’ and also gone into ‘F9’ and selected ‘Load Set Up defaults.’
Any ideas what can be causing this anomaly, please?

A:Start Up Problems - Erratic Cursor

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Good day, im having this problem on my acer 4741g laptop recently. Upon start up im having this black screen with cursor for about 10-15minutes until in boots up to normal start up display, i also observed that after the black screen in boots up very slow. This only happens when i shut down or restart my system otherwise this problem dont show up.
I already did some troubleshooting including start up repair, adjusting my resolution and system recovery but still cant fix the problem. I need help with these, Any response would be gladly appreciated. Thanks!
Heres complete info of my laptop:
Acer 4741g
Intel Core i3-370m processor
Nvidia GeForce GT 415M
2Gb DDR3 Memory
320Gb HDD

A:Black Screen with cursor on start up

Just to be clear: where in the startup sequence does the black screen occur and delay?
The instant you turn it on?
A second or 2 after you turn it on but before the "Starting Windows" screen would normally come on?
Or after the "Starting Windows" screen.
Do the fans in the laptop run louder while this is occurring?
Is anything other than the HDD light blinking?
Is the HDD light blinking?

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First of all, apologies for bothering you with such a seemingly common problem, but I'm having a nightmare with this and need some help.

I'm using Vista (I don't recall which exact version, sorry) but today I just can't get my computer to start. I get to a pure black screen with a single white cursor in the middle. Research tells me that this is quite a common problem, but none of the suggested solutions have worked for me. I have tried the following:-

1) Removing USB devices.
2) Running system restore. I successfully restored the system and got into Windows proper, but all processes/programs crashed as soon as I'd started them, rendering it useless. I restrated and boom, straight back to the black screen.
3) Running system restore in Safe Mode. Same results.
4) Running explorer from the task manager. Didn't work, as the explorer process crashed immediately.

I've been having a few problems with various processes crashing on start-up over the past couple of weeks, so I wonder if these problems are related.

Any help on this matter would be much appreciated. I guess an easy solution would be to completely reinstall Windows, but that isn't really an option as I lack an installation CD. I'd be very grateful for your help!

A:Black screen w/ cursor on start-up

I have the exact same problem and always wonder what that is. Had my computer for about 3 years, and never had the problem until couple of weeks ago.

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After my computer runs for a few hours and I turn it off the next time I go to use it it goes through the start up screens then when i should get the desktop I get a black screen and cursor I opened it up cleaned it with air and it worked for about a month now it's doing it again

A:black screen and cursor upon start up

Does this happen when the computer has been off for several hours?
When you cleaned out the computer did you clean the heat sink and fan on the CPU?

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ALL of a sudden when I turned it on it boots to the dell logo then goes black with cursor
I put in the win 7 disc and tired to do a start up repair and restore to no luck
it states no restore points on this computer and start up repair does nothing
I have looked at several threads and can not find any solutions that works. this laptop was working find a week ago
I had not used it since then

any ideas what I can try before I do a clean install and lose all my files?

A:Black screen with cursor at start up

I would suggest you to read this article.
Hopefully it will help you..

Black screen with cursor at start up

Best of luck....

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