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Flashing Cursor top left on boot after bios

Q: Flashing Cursor top left on boot after bios

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

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Good evening:

I'm hoping some can offer some advice on this rather troublesome problem.

I have a Dell laptop that was recently formatted, XP Home was re-installed from the original Dell ReInstallation CDs.

Everything has been working perfectly for the past month. However, this past weekend, we're now unable to boot into Windows.

When powering the machine on, the Dell logo appears as normal. When the Dell logo disappears, instead of the Windows splash screen appearing, a flashing cursor appears in the upper left hand corner. Nothing else. After letting the machine sit for approximately 30-minutes, an error message never appears.

I've already attempted a few things...

Removed the drive, attached it to a working computer via USB adapter. There, I performed a scan disk. No error messages appear.
Placed the hard drive back into the Dell laptop. Inserted the Windows XP ReInstallation CD to access the recovery console. FIXMBR completed successfully, however the problem continues.
Verified that the system BIOS recognizes the drive and correct drive size/parameters...

I really don't know what to do. Apparently the repair install function is not available with the Dell OS ReInstallation CD... Can someone throw a hint or two? I'm almost out of gas on this one and need to have it running again ASAP.
 

A:XP Will Not Boot, Flashing Cursor in Top Left Corner

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Hello,
I have a Dell laptop Inspiron 8500 that I used extensively for work. 2ghz cpu P4m, 2gig ram, 160gig hitachi HD.

A couple of times in the past few months it has occasionally came up with only a flashing cursor in the top left. Now it does it once a week at least. I've cannot boot into safe mode. The bios seetings seem ok. I can only boot from a bootable ISO CD.

To workaround so far, when this happens: I remove the laptop drive then use anouther computer to read the drive using a usb to mini IDE adapter to read off my recent work, I run the Hitachi factory tests for this drive via bootable ISO: It always passes fine. The drive reads fine too.
Then I use "Acronis True Image home" to restore the drive back to the last backup( which I do 2 weekly now because of this ) It takes 3hours to restore the image, and then I copy back my recent work , and all works fine for about a week.

I bought "ASO advanced Sytem Optimizer" and cleaned up the registry, and defragged the drive using "AShampoo Magic Defreg". I was excited because I thought it was a registry problem or fragmentation issue.

It worked fine all week and seems faster even. I was happy.

Today it did the same no-boot thing when I when to to boot up. Blank screen with flashing cursor in the top left.

It really seems like something is killing either the registry, mbr, or bootloader on powerdown.

I'm running the Dell diags disk and it all passes. I can boot and restore ... Read more

A:Blank screen with flashing cursor in the top left

Lee Studley's solution.


02.15.2008 at 08:38PM MST, ID: 20907996

******SOLUTION******:This website and faq pretty much sums up what I've been experiencing.
http://www.48bitlba.com
http://www.48bitlba.com/faq.htm

My
current hypothesis is the 137gig limit in the bios, in coordination
with the XP SP2's ability to go above 137gigs. Using acronis I was able
to transfer upgrade( awhile back ) from an 80gig drive to this 160gig
drive. All was well until these issues popped up. I think as the drive
utililization grew, I started having problems with my bios's lack of
LBA48( >137 gig ) support. It's almost like I'm getting address
aliasing/wrap around problems after the drive started filling up. For
the Inspiron 8500 there is no bios yet that handles LBA48 correctly, so
I downsized my partition to 100gigs using Disk Manager and all seems to
be well so far. If you search on this problem, it seems it's common on
a lot of laptops that were made before 2004 and/or people not updating
their bios. I've not heard this solution, so I hope it gets
investigated more. I welcome comments on this !! -Lee


******SOLUTION******:This website and faq pretty much sums up what I've been experiencing.
http://www.48bitlba.com/faq.htm

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Hello, my Toshiba laptop (windows XP) has just recently crashed (I'm using my sister's computer now). I will try to explain this in as much detail as I can as I know it helps. I was on the internet and then my computer froze, my mouse wasn't moving, Ctrl+Alt+Delete wasn't working, Escape wasn't working. I couldn't do anything, so I switched it off manually. Then, I waited about 10 seconds and then turned it on. The Toshiba logo appeared as normal but then, instead of loading windows, it loaded a black screen and a flashing cursor was in the top-left corner. I couldn't type or anything. So again, I turned my computer off manually and then on again, and the Toshiba logo appeared, then I noticed on the bottom of the screen, it said something like: Press F2 for setup or F12 for boot device setup. So, first I tried pressing F2 (setup), this didn't help, it just said please wait at the bottom and then loaded a black screen. So, I turned off my computer manually again and then turned it on, this time I pressed F12. It loaded a menu with three options:
HDD HTS541060G9ATOO-(PM)
CD/DVD MATSHITADVD-RAM UJ-841S-(SM)
LAN

I tried all of them and it just came up with a black screen.
My mother phoned some computer tech support helpline (thetechguys.com) and told them, they just told her to try and get into setup (F2) but she told them that it wasn't working and they said that it was probably a problem with a computer part and that she should take it in for repair but it would cost ?2... Read more

A:Blank screen with flashing cursor in the top left.

Have you tried to boot into safe mode? You'll need to find out what key does this (maybe f8) and try at startup. pahoo31

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Need help..my computer will not boot up ,,,all i get is that it detects the hardware then the flashing cursor on the top left side of screen. NO windows logo. I have read the other similar posts but for some reason i can not get into safe mode. I have an old asus a7v8x-mx motherboard with a amd 2100. I have reformatted another harddrive i had laying around and it works great with the computer so that eliminates everything but the harddrive i originally had in there. i want the information on that harddrive so reformatting that one is out of the question. I have the operating system disk , i was thinking of repairing it but i am not sure??????Any help will do Thanks

A:flashing cursor top left side of blank screen

Install your old hard "damaged" drive as a Slave. Use you reformatted drive as master and boot the OS from it. Then see if you can read your Slave drive and get what you need off it.

If not then at least you can run some dignostics from your master and see if you can get the corrupted one working.

Good luck

Dins

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

A:black screen with cursor flashing left corner

Hi -

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

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

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Good morning,

Here is what I have:

Dell Precision PWS470
Xeon CPU 2.8 GHz
1.0 GB RAM
Windows XP SP2

Yesterday, while attempting to download Windows SP3 to my wife's Dell, it became unresponsive. CTRL+ALT+DEL would not shut it down, so I forced it down by powering off. Afterwards the PC would not reboot and provided me the following error message:

NTLDR is missing
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

However, CTRL+ALT+DEL just brought me back to this same screen. I copied the NTLDR and NTLDR detect files from my computer and attempted a reboot. Now all I have is a flashing cursor in the Top Left Corner and a blank screen.

The Windows XP was preloaded so I do not have the software on CD nor do I have a recover (or boot) disc. I am not computer savvy, so taking the thing apart is not avery good option for me.

Can you give me any advice?

Thanks
 

A:NTLDR Missing; XP will not reboot, Flashing Cursor in Top Left Corner

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Hi,

Have my Dad's Fujitsu Esprimo laptop to uninstall Searchqu, Bandoo etc for him which were causing problems. That went fine, computer shut down and tried to install Windows updates. Now won't restart.

Hangs on Fujitsu screen with options for "<ESC>: Diagnostic Screen, <F2>:BIOS Setup, <F12>: Boot Menu" and Blue progress bar. Progress reaches about 75% complete VERY slowly (hour) but then hangs on black screen with white cursor in top left corner. Been like that for 2 hours now.

Have tried solutions from Google - click F2 then re-setting boot order in Bios to "default order", click F12 and choose different options, tried F8 for safe mode, but F8 doesn't do anything.

I don't know if it's related to Searchqu, to the updates or if it's just a creepy coincidence and the computer itself is actually broken.

He doesn't have a Windows7 installation cd.

Please help (i'm kind of regretting offering to help him now!)

Thanks very much - Nikki

A:Laptop hanging on black screen (flashing cursor top left)

Can you not borrow Windows 7 install media from a friend? Make sure it is of the same version (including SP1 if applicable), otherwise there could result more issues.

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I get home this afternoon and started up my Dell desktop Dimension 4600 just gave me a blank screen with a flashing cursor in the upper left hand corner. I tried to get to the "setup" (F12) and I got a "keyboard failure." Can I get my desktop back?

A:[SOLVED] Blank screen with flashing cursor in upper left

Try booting up and hitting the F8 key. Then choose the Last Known Good Config option and see what that does for you.

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Hi chaps,

Im new to this forum but hope that I'll get some help here that I could not get anywhwere else!

I have a Gigabyte MOBO [not sure which one]

Features include:
MIB
CIA
1GB LAN
8 Channel Audio
LGA 775 Chip
HT
D BIOS
I think its this one 8IP775G

anywho, I flashed the BIOS with the provided utility and Im sure I had the right file because my mate has the same MOBO and he had success with it. I flashed the BIOS and now.... Nothing. The PC doesn't post, no lights/beeps nothing/

Is there anything I can do?
 

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

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

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

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

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I've read through similar posts but none seem to help.

I have a Win XP Dell that one day after resetting would not boot up. After the bios screen only a flashing cursor on a black screen. Called Dell who simply lead me to reinstall the OS. Before that I tried the recovery console, safe mode, repair installation, et al. The only thing that worked was to reinstall a fresh copy of windows. Fine.

This happened again after a couple weeks after installing SP2. Same results. Reinstalled.

Now I have norton Ghost 9.0 and an image of my hard drive on an external hd. The problem happened again...but aha! I simply restored the prior hd image from Ghost. But the flashing cursor came up again!!! A complete image restore didn't fix the problem! I had to reinstall windows and then pick my files from the Ghost image browser (very time consuming).

What gives? When you do an image restore of the HD, is there like a boot sector or NTFS or something that doesn't get restored that could be the culprit? I read of a problem w/ NT when the Master something file gets fragmented that this could happend, but nothing with XP. I'm getting really good at reinstalling every 2 weeks, but also really sick of it.

Please help.

Thanks,
Phil

A:XP Pro will not boot (flashing cursor)

Have you also reformatted your hard drive? Try that, and if it still boasts the same problem, you may be looking at a faulty hard disk.

Good Luck!

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Hi all,

I have a bit of a long story, so you may want to go and make a sandwich or something first

I am going to college soon, and will no longer need my computer. (I'll have a laptop there) So, I tried doing the nice thing and offered it to my brother. This thing had no OS at the time, so I knew I'd have to start fresh. I took the hard drive from his computer, (a compaq, for future reference) put it on mine as a slave, and installed Windows XP to the drive already on my computer, using with my dad's OEM cd. (I don't think the Compaq came with a cd, and if it did, we can't find it... I think it uses a separate restore partition on the hard drive instead) I used the key on my brother's computer. Everything was running well, until it was time to activate. We entered the key on the case in the activation screen (for a second time, we had to do it once on install) and it didn't go through. I was in the middle of calling the XP activation telephone number, when my dad stopped me as I was reading the installation number (he doesn't want anything to be traced back to his installation cd, which I think that number was from)

Because of all this, I decided it would be easiest to just put the hard drive back to the Compaq it came from, and try another time. I put it back in, redid the jumper settings, and the drive was recognized in CMOS without a problem. When it gets to the point where XP boots, however, I get a flashing cursor. Nothing els... Read more

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windows not loading i can see hard drives in boot selection
I did do chkdsk , fixmbr , and fixboot none help

thanx in advance hope some-one can help quick need info on drive
 

A:windows xp cursor flashing on boot

tap f8 when booting and from the options menu try

last known good configuration
 

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Hello all and thank you much in advance.
I am having a problem which I have not found a working solution to within this and multiple other forums.
I have a compaq laptop running Windows XP with the latest service packs which was working fine(booting up fine, no CD rom problems, etc.) and when I went to turn it on again showed the quick compaq bios screen and then goes into a blank black screen with NO flashing cursor and after quite some time displays a message that says "NTOSKRNL.exe is corrupt or missing". It is possible to get into the Phoenix Bios, which I did and made the boot order to make the CD drive first.
When I try to boot my Windows XP cd, I hear a bit of noise(like the drive is reading the disk) and shows a flashing cursor for a bit and then I just goes to the black screen again and displays the same message.
I also can not put the laptop into safe mode.
I am at a loss.
All help is greatly appreciated, thanks!!!!!
 

A:Won't boot from CD drive NO flashing cursor

If the CD drive is set first in the boot order, and if you have an actual bootable XP CD, the white cursor should flash in the upper left corner of the black screen for a few seconds when you boot from the XP CD, then the Press any key to boot from CD command should appear.

If you do have an actual bootable XP CD, try booting from it in another computer. If the command appears, then you'll know the XP CD is okay and the problem is probably with the CD drive in that laptop.

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Upon switch on the computer passes the POST screen and then displays a black screen with a flashing cursor on the top left, this is as far as it gets.

If I boot the XP CD and select recovery consol I can log on to \windows and have performed various functions , including chkdsk, fixboot and Bootcfg /Rebuild. But still it wont boot

I have the following files in the root of c:\
boot.ini
NTLDR
NTDetect.com

If I boot from the XP CD and select install XP, it fails to find the Current Windows installation so a rerpair cannot be made.

This is the 4th time this has happend, previously wiping the disk clean with a third party secuity wipe, will then allow windows to be reinstalled (A normal format didnt work), The original hard drive which was less than a year old has been exchanged for another after the first failure, together with new ram.

I can boot to Windows Live! CD and see all the folders on the C:\ drive including windows etc, it just wont boot or repair.

On the previous times this has happened it would last for 2 to 4 months without a problem, then one day it just wont boot.

I could just wipe the hard disk and reinstall windows now, but it seems pointless when i know its gouing to fail again at a later date.

Could there be a problem with the NTLDR itself or a virus?
 

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Hi everyone

I really need help my computer is unusable right now...

I decided to delete my xp partition which was in dualboot with 7, and since then my comp won't boot anymore there's just a cursor flashing continuously on the top left of the screen...

I tried a lot of things in the cmd of the repair mode of 7 usb disc like fixmbr, fixboot, rebuildbcd etc, countless startup repair but nothing works

The 7 partition is there but it wont boot

Tried a reinstall on a new partition but it eventually fails cuz the installation has to restart and it goes back to the cursor....

Thank you and sorry for the spelling, Im on a phone and im not used to type like that

A:Flashing cursor, boot problem

hi Seerr and welcome to Seven Forums.

Try booting and pressing F8 to see if you can get a OS choice screen. It sounds like maybe XP was set as the default and it still "thinks" it's there.

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I've seen some similar posts, but the suggested corrective actions don't seem to work in my case. Here's my situation:

I have a Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 laptop running WIndows XP Pro, About a week ago, it would no longer boot. After a restart, the Dell startup screen would appear, then at the point where Windows would normally load, the cursor would just flash in the top right corner over a black screen (no beeps, no blue screen, etc.).

I tried using the Recovery mode on the Windows XP Pro install CD. I ran chkdsk and all looked good. I ran fixmbr and fixboot, but still no luck. I then tried a fresh install of Windows - still no luck.

Any ideas on this? If possible, I'd like to avoid a reformat and recreate of the partition(s).

Not sure if it matters, but this drive was installed about a month ago. The original drive was 60GB - this one is larger, and shows 137GB in a single partition.
 

A:Windows XP Pro - Flashing Cursor on Boot

Boot with your Windows CD
Go to the first R prompt
Select 1 then select Enter
On the recovery console, type: chkdsk c: /r (or chkdsk c: /f)
 

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Computer was running fine 2 days ago; now can't boot. Running XP Pro, but system goes right to a black screen with a flashing cursor. Can't get into bios.
Can't type anything...even tried holding down all different Function keys..I can hear the hard drive and fan...CONFUSED
 

A:Black screen, flashing cursor, won't boot

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I have a Compaq Armada M700 laptop, and on boot it just hangs after the BIOS screen, with the classic underscore flashing in the top left. Simple, you may say. Well, here's the twist...

When you go into Recover Console, it says that the drive has unrecoverable errors. So I tried to go into Windows Setup to perform a repair. Well...

It doesn't detect the OS at all, and when the partition information page is displayed, it reports the disk as 564225 MB! The hard disk is a 40GB Fujitsu 5400RPM model.

It says there are 3 partitions:
Unpartitioned space - 16384MB
C: Partition1 (Unknown) 54538MB (54538MB Free)
Unpartitioned space - 493301MB

Anyone got any ideas? Theres some vital data on there I need.

Thanks,

Mat
 

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Running Windows XP Professional
PC won't boot in normal or safe mode.
Just have a flashing cursor in upper left corner of screen.

Pulled Hard Drive and slaved it and Scanned with Malwarebytes and it found several virus issues....including TDSS

I am assuming that something virus related is interfering with the boot device. Am trying to avoid a windows reinstall.

Anything else I can try before having to resort to a reinstall?

Thank you in advance!

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I was watching a football game on firstrowsport.eu and my computer (a hp pavilion desktop) just shut down uncommanded. I waited for it to restart, and after the BIOS screen, it just had a flashing cursor.

I used the disc version of PartedMagic to get into my computer and ran the fdisk-l command. I got the following data:

Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x1549f232

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 33 33 0 0 Empty
/dev/sda2 * 63 1436660819 718330378+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 1436660820 1464838829 14089005 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
Please help!
Attached is my mbr.bin.zip file.
 mbr.bin.zip   612bytes
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A:Windows will not boot up. stuck at flashing cursor

The first partition is invalid and is set with a boot flag.I will edit the MBR and attach for you in my next post.
You can then write the edited MBR to the hard drive and hopefully then boot normally to Windows.MBR viewed with MBRscan:MBR Analyzer v1.1.0

File : C:\Documents and Settings\GEOFF\Desktop\jjlwood_BC\mbr.bin\mbr.bin

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--OFFSET-- 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-A-B-C-D-E-F- 0123456789ABCDEF

0x00000000 33FFBE00028ED7BC007ABBA0078BCE8E 3.?...?.z?...?.
0x00000010 DB8EC3F3A4EA5D00A00710000100007C ?.???]........|
0x00000020 000000000000000000000C668B5508B4 ...........f.U.?
0x00000030 42C6061F007C32C06689162200BE1A00 B?...|2?f..".?..
0x00000040 B280CD130F82CD00813EFE0355AAC3AC ?.?...?..>?.U?ì
0x00000050 0AC074FAB40EBB0700CD10EBF28BE98B .?t??.?..?.?.?.
0x00000060 D9C6062A000CBFEE01B90400386D0474 ?.*..??.?..8m.t
0x00000070 37E8B7FF751F66B85245434F66390603 7?.u.f?RECOf9..
0x00000080 02740C663906F003750BC6062A00078B .t.f9.?.u.?.*...
0x00000090 DFC64504128A45043C07740A3C0B7406 ?E...E.<.t.<.t.
0x000000A0 24F53C0475028BEF882D83EF10E2BD0B $?<.u..?.-.?.?.
0x000000B0 DB743D0BED74398BFBF6066D01047576 ?t=.?t9.??.m..uv
0x000000C0 F6066D01027573B411CD16755C8A166C ?.m..us?.?.u\..l
0x000000D0 010AD27465FECA7817368A0E6C0480C1 ..?te??x.6..l..?
0x000000E0 12B411CD167542363A0E6C0475F3EBE5 .?.?.uB6:.l.u??
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Hi

Having problems here.

First off I have a Dell Inspiron n7010 system running Windows 7 Home 64bit

OK the other night I shut down my system and all seemed fine until next day. I went to reboot and got the normal Dell splash screen with both the Set Up (F2) and Boot (F12) options. After the Dell screen finished it then went to load Windows, but instead I got a Black Screen with Flashing Cursor. Can't move cursor at all.

On the Dell screen I can access the Set Up (F2) bios pages. I can also access the Boot Options (F12) Page.

What I can not gain access to is the Restore (F8) menus.

I did not know to make any sort of boot disk or boot repair disk so I do not have either of these and I do not know of anyone who is using windos 7 that could make me one to use. Also Dell puts the rstore on the hard drive so onlyhave a MS Works CD and a Drivers & Utilities CD l ran the diagnostics utility but forgot to plug in my computer so when it was almost done the battery must have died so will redo the test later as tired tonight as been up half the night with this issue. But for memory the first 6 of the 8 memories areas it was scanning tested fine. Will post an update later today when Iget chance to run the whole thing again!!

I know others have had this screen. Is there a solution as have spent the last day or so googling it and seems very mixed results depending on the user and their own case with this black screen w/cursor.Some have said bad hard drive (I HOPE NOT THE ... Read more

A:Black Screen W/Flashing Cursor on boot up

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

What you are experiencing can be hard to fix, but it could well be the hard drive has gone to the big computer in the sky.

This link may offer some insight, but I have to say it doesn't look promising.

Win7 won&#39;t boot, black screen with blinking cursor - Microsoft Answers

Have you contacted Dell to see if they can help?

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hard drive on Windows XP Home has been clicking.
HDD is 5 years old.
IBM NetVista all in 1 [ monitor with motherboard, drives built into case ].

I cloned the 40 GB original HDD, IDE, to an IDE 80 GB HDD using Acronis True Image 8.
Cloning took 9 hours.
Original HDD was in the NetVista. Destination HDD attached via USB 2.

I had tried using Norton Ghost 2003, but the cloning did not progress.

Now, trying to boot to the cloned HDD, the system stalls, before Windows XP Splash screen, with a flashing cursor in the upper left corner.

Jumper on original HDD is set to master.

Jumper on Destination HDD is set to master.

I booted using my Win XP Home CD, but the "R" option was not available.
http://www.windowsxphome.windowsreinstall.com/installxpcdrepair/part3.htm

Windows XP Home Edition Setup
"If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, setup can try to repair it".

Now select the operating system you wish to repair, if as in most occasions there is only one, the just press "R" to continue.

I re-booted & selected repair, went to the recovery console [ I had to reset the Admin password ] & ran "fixmbr" [ without the quotes ].
Re-boot, same cursor problem.

I rebooted to the recovery console & ran chkdsk /r .
The report stated that chkdsk found &repaired 1 or more errors.

Reboot >> same problem.

The owner has neither the recovery / restore CDs nor a real Windows XP CD.

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A:Solved: XP Boot Failure; flashing cursor

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Running Windows XP Professional
PC won't boot in normal or safe mode.
Just have a flashing cursor in upper left corner of screen.

Pulled Hard Drive and slaved it and Scanned with Malwarebytes and it found several virus issues....including TDSS

I am assuming that something virus related is interfering with the boot device. Am trying to avoid a windows reinstall.

Anything else I can try before having to resort to a reinstall?

Thank you for checking on this!
 

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I upgraded my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit to Windows 8 Pro 64-bit using the DVD I burned from the ISO created from the MS official website. I have been running Win7 on a Intel based hardware Raid 5 disk with no problems. The install went fine and all worked well for several days until I used CCleaner (v3.24.1850) to remove some temp files and clean the registry. I used the CCleaner default settings when I ran the application.

Now when I boot the PC, it starts the boot process but hangs, with a black screen and a flashing white cursor in the upper left corner.
If I put in the Windows 8 install disk in my DVD drive, I am asked if I want to boot from it but I do not press any key, eventually Windows boots from my Raid drive. If I don?t put in the Win8 install disk, the PC hangs. I can also put in my Acronis boot disk and the PC will automaticly boot using the Raid drive if I do nothing. But it will not boot from the Raid without one of those disks being present in the DVD drive.

I tried running Windows 8 repair but that did not fix the problem. I also ran a system restore but that did not fix the problem.

Would this have anything to do with the way Windows 8 shuts down and restarts? I understand that in the shutdown process, Windows 8, creates a temp file that is used to speed up the start up process. Could CCleaner have delted that file, there by creating this problem?

Help please; any advice would be greatly appreciated.

A:Win8 Freezes on Boot - Flashing Cursor

Problem solved, I called Microsoft Tech Support and spoke to Billie and he was able to fix the problem. It seems that Windows 8 did not like my bios settings relating to the boot process. I had the bios set to have the CD/DVD drive as the first device then the hard drive (Raid 5) as the next device. Billie had me change it so the first device was the hard drive (Raid 5) then the CD/DVD drive. Once we did that the system booted from the hard drive in a normal way.

Bottom line seems to be, at least on my PC with a Intel hardware Raid 5, Windows 8 cannot boot properly unless the bios is set to see the hard drive as the first device in the boot process. Strange, but I had been running Windows 7 Pro with the CD/DVD as the first device for over two years without a problem so I am guessing that this is a Windows 8 issue.

Hope this helps anyone else with this problem.

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Hi - After turning on my laptop it goes straight to a black screen with a flashing cursor in the top left, from there I can't do anything! Any help would be much appreciated..

Specs:

Acer Aspire 5742z
Windows 7 ---Upgraded to Windows 10
Intel Pentium processor P6100
Intel HD Graphics
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB HDD

Thanks
 

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I have an Intel DG31PR with 1 GB memory and Windows XP Home. When I turn the computer on the Intel logo and BIOS 2 settings appear then the screen goes back with a flashing cursor at the top left of the screen . I have to reboot several times before I can login. How do I stop this from happening? I am a novice, any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
 

A:Black screen with flashing cursor on boot

Hi, KayChase1.
Your problem sounds very unusual, but possibly related to your BIOS settings.
Have you tried entering the BIOS menu on boot, and checking that the first priority boot device is your main Hard-Drive, rather than a CD-ROM, etc...
It sounds to me like the computer is trying to boot from a location other than the disc where your OS is installed.
 

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I have seen this topic posted many times in several forums, but in reviewing the messages and responses, none seem to apply or resolve my situation. I am posting this in hopes of some fresh help.

I have a Dell Latitude D800 laptop (2003 era) with 250GB (IDE) drive (replaced about 6 months ago) running Win XP-Pro, SP-3. One day I shut it down, then the next day it wouldn’t boot up. No new hardware or software installed for ages (perhaps other than Win & McAfee updates). The POST screen displays momentarily, but then it goes black with an unmovable blinking cursor in the upper left hand corner. I’ve disconnected and unplugged all cables and peripherals to no avail. Attempts to boot into safe mode with F8 key are fruitless, as is Cntrl-Alt-Del key. I can boot from CD via F12, enter BIOS set-up via F2, or run Dell diagnostics. I’ve booted from into Windows Recovery mode via the OP Disk CD and done repair, and also invoked “bootcfg/rebuild” command, all to no avail – black screen/cursor still returns. I can see no obvious command in the BIOS that if changed might solve the problem. One odd thing however, is that the hard disk capacity in the BIOS reads 137GB, yet the capacity is 250GB. If I had to guess, it would almost seem like this is closer to what might’ve been available free space on the disk, as though the BIOS can’t see a large portion of the disk (yet when booting into recovery mode the operating system appears to be recognized on the C drive !?). I cannot fi... Read more

A:Windows XP will not Boot - Black Screen, Flashing Cursor

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Hi all, I'm a 1st timer on this site. At boot up, black screen with curser in upper left hand corner. Cannot get past this. If I insert the 6 set recocery cd's, it will go thru the process fine and then say, your computer will reboot. Then the same -- black screen. I can get to bios holding down the f1 key. Appreciate any help you can give.
Compaq Presario SR1103wm , windows xp and sp2.

A:[SOLVED] blank screen/flashing cursor will not boot win xp

tap f8 when booting and from the options try
last known good configuration
if no good try a system restore to an earlier date when all was ok

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I have a Windows 10 desktop PC I built a few years ago which will no longer boot.
 
The BIOS splash screen displays (and I can access the BIOS by pressing Del at this point), but after that there is no Windows loading screen as usual, just a black screen with an underscore/cursor character in the top left corner which flashes indefinitely. I have left the machine in this state for over an hour and seen no progress.
 
While this black screen is shown, I can press CTRL + ALT + DEL and the machine will reboot. I can also press the physical power button on the machine's case and it will turn off immediately.
 
I have read around a bit online (I've always worked in IT, so can usually solve my own problems!) and tried each of the following (rebooting several times after trying each thing):
Mashing F8 and SHIFT + F8 during boot to try and enter Advanced Startup
Checking boot sequence in BIOS has the HDD as first boot device
Manually forcing boot from the HDD through BIOS
Removing all other boot devices from the boot sequence in BIOS
Removing all connected peripherals (USB dongles for Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, even network cable)
Physically disconnecting other listed bootable devices internally where possible (i.e. disconnecting power and data between motherboard and optical drive)
Resetting BIOS to default settings
Nothing so far has made any difference and I cannot get the machine to boot.
 
I do not have another machine available which can take th... Read more

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I've done lots of searching and know that the "blank screen except a flashing cursor on boot" problem is pretty common, but haven't found anything like what I'm experiencing.

When I power on after a full shutdown, I get a blank screen except for a flashing cursor in the top left corner of both my monitors (dual monitor setup). The computer is completely unresponsive when this happens. If I push the reset button on my case at this stage, windows boots normally and I am able to login and use the computer. Restarting using the start menu also results in a successful windows boot.

So every time I power on my computer, I have to wait for the flashing cursors, push the reset button, then login. It's only an annoyance now, but obviously something's wrong and I'm worried that one day the reset method won't work. This has been going on for months. Any ideas?


Win7 HP 64, MSI P55-GD65, i7860, xfx radeon hd 5750, Corsair TX750 watt PS, 8gb ram

A:Flashing cursor on cold boot, but all is fine upon reset?

First post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
so we can check the configuration and if the Active flag is correctly planted.

Then reboot into System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it finds and resolves the issue.

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Just awhile ago my PC was running a bit slow, so I decided to reboot it since it's been probably several weeks since it was last rebooted. After the power cycle, the screen just sat there on a black screen with a non-flashing cursor in the upper left corner of the screen. I did several hard resets and power cycles, and even tried to boot from the Win7 DVD to try to reinstall Win7. Nothing.

Then after the last time I power cycled the machine, I started doing something else, and suddenly after 10 minutes or more, the Intel splash screen appeared (Intel motherboard) as normal, and finally the Windows 7 Welcome screen.

What would cause it to sit there for so long on the black screen before doing anything? I thought the BIOS was completely toast or something since it wasn't able to boot to anything. No F2, no F8, no F12, nothing. Thoughts?

A:Black screen with non-flashing cursor for at least 10 minutes on boot

Very odd! Does it reboot normally now?

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I have a Windows 10 desktop PC I built a few years ago which will no longer boot.
 
The BIOS splash screen displays (and I can access the BIOS by pressing Del at this point), but after that there is no Windows loading screen as usual, just a black screen with an underscore/cursor character in the top left corner which flashes indefinitely. I have left the machine in this state for over an hour and seen no progress.
 
While this black screen is shown, I can press CTRL + ALT + DEL and the machine will reboot. I can also press the physical power button on the machine's case and it will turn off immediately.
 
I have read around a bit online (I've always worked in IT, so can usually solve my own problems!) and tried each of the following (rebooting several times after trying each thing):
Mashing F8 and SHIFT + F8 during boot to try and enter Advanced Startup
Checking boot sequence in BIOS has the HDD as first boot device
Manually forcing boot from the HDD through BIOS
Removing all other boot devices from the boot sequence in BIOS
Removing all connected peripherals (USB dongles for Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, even network cable)
Physically disconnecting other listed bootable devices internally where possible (i.e. disconnecting power and data between motherboard and optical drive)
Resetting BIOS to default settings
Nothing so far has made any difference and I cannot get the machine to boot.
 
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A:Windows 10 PC won't boot - black screen with flashing cursor

Sorry for the delay in responding - I've been traveling and also have been very busy.
 
Try these free, bootable hardware diagnostics to start with:  http://www.carrona.org/initdiag.html
 
As you have updated to W10, you can download a tool to make bootable installation media from here:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/ 

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Wonder if anyone can help. My Windows 7 machine was updating to Windows 10. It it to 100% and then rebooted. It starts up with a white cursor in the top left hand corner then reboots and does it again. I've tried f12 to recovery mode but that just restarts and does it again. I've checked the hard disk in bios and it's still showing it as a boot device. F2 and f12 seem the only keys to do anything. Even a USB bootable image of Windows 7 to try and recover the Windows partition is booting... Any help would be most appreciated.

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

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

Any suggestions? I'm at a loss.

thanks!
 

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

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When I turn it on it goes to a black screen with only the cursor blinking in the top left corner. I can't do safe mode, nothing. It's stuck in this mode. The only think I can access is the IBM Access button and that does no good.
 

A:Thinkpad won't boot Win XP. Black w/cursor in top left only..Help!

Many things can cause this condition and some are specific to each manufacturer and model, I suggest going to the Lenovo website to look for answers for that particular model.

Some basics

1. This issue may occur if you have a CD, a DVD disk in your CD, DVD, or USB device plugged in when you start the computer.
2. If USB in the bios is set to be bootable, disable it.

Did you install any drivers or software recently??
 

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HI,

I have a Dell d410 laptop and now when I start the computer windows dos on load. It goes through bios and then a it hangs at the next screen with a flashing cursor.

I have powered off and on several times and nothing.

I've tried taking out the hard drive and putting in back in.

I also placed the computer and hard drive separately in the freezer

sometimes when I turn it on instead of the flashing cursor I get funny symbols...that look something like this:

picture of a heart, FA then a picture of a happy face and a few other letters, follow by the flashing cursor
any ideas/ help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,

ps. my luck the warranty ended 2 months ago
 

A:Boot Faliure - flashing cursor - windows xp wont load

Hi if you have a install disc you could try this http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
 

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Hey,

I've done a search for this but it's kind of a hard one to put in to keywords without getting tonnes of results with radically different problems. I bought a new computer a few months ago and bought Vista Ultimate OEM but I still needed XP for work so I just put my old XP harddrive in, played around with installing some drivers and everything worked swell. I had some free time on the weekend though and decided I may as well install Vista now. I chucked the DVD in and booted from it, then began the installation. I've got 3 hard drives, one of them is XP, one is for the bulk of my files and finally one that I cleared everything off of, ready to be formatted and have Vista put on. The installation seems to have gone fine, it unpacked all the files and installed everything. It rebooted, assumedly at the end (I didn't hang around to watch it install for half an hour) and booted in to XP. Cool, so I rebooted again, went to the boot menu and selected the Vista hard drive and then nothing happens. I get a black screen with a white blinking "_" cursor. I went back in to XP and looked on the Vista harddrive and it appeared to have the entire file structure on it. So is there any advice you can give? I'm not quite sure what else to try other than do a completely fresh install.

My computer: Asus Striker Extreme, Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, XFX 8800 GTX, 2GB Crucial Ballistix + 2 IDE and 1 SATA drive

A:Vista Ultima - Blank screen of first boot with a flashing cursor

sounds like your computer went to sleep after the install and now cannot wake up - common vista problem - go into BIOS and play around with sleep options i find s3 works best usually or turn sleep off - you should also read the excellent sleep tutorials on this website - you can probably run powercfg from xp and see sleep options - hope this is helpful

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Hello!
 
I ran Windows Defender Offline on my firend's Windows XP machine and it removed a couple of viruses (including alureon.a) but when I tried to reboot all I get is a flashing cursor in the top left corner.
 
From what I have read it looks like it has created an issue in the MBR but I am not skilled, nor confident enough to fix it.
 
I have seen others with similar issues on here but I am afraid that their solutions were personalized enough that I was not able to duplicate the repairs suggested.
 
Thanks!

A:Windows Defender Offline Removed alureon.a - No Boot, Flashing Cursor

Hello and welcome to BleepingComputer. I am The Dark Knight and will be assisting you. Please ask questions if anything is unclear.  Please try the following. You will need a USB drive.Download http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/unetbootin-xpud-windows-latest.exe & http://noahdfear.net/downloads/bootable/xPUD/xpud-0.9.2.iso to the Desktop of your clean computer.Insert your USB drive.Press Start > My Computer > right click your USB drive > choose Format > Quick format.Double click the unetbootin-xpud-windows-387.exe that you just downloaded.Press Run then OK.It will install a little bootable OS on your USB.After it has completed do not choose to reboot the clean computer simply close the installer.Remove the USB and insert it in the sick computer.Boot the Sick computer.Press F12 and choose to boot from the USB.Follow the prompts.A Welcome to xPUD screen will appear.Press File.Expand mnt.sda1,2...usually corres.ponds to your HDD.sdb1 is likely your USB Press Tool at the top. Choose Open Terminal.Type in: dd if=/dev/sda of=MBRbackup.zip bs=512 count=1 and hit Enter.

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Win 7 is a decent OS when it's running, but the boot process breaks easily and is proving hard to repair.

Some time ago I upgraded my machine from XP to Win 7, but kept XP on the disk in case I needed to roll back. Disk layout-

Partition 1: (reserved for Grub, not currently used)
Partition 2: XP (no drive letter)
Partition 3: Win7 (C
Extended Partition: (data partitions)

Windows 7 (partition 3) was the system and boot partition, i.e. there was no separate "system reserved" partition.

After a year or so i decided I wasn't using XP at all, so I was thinking of deleting it to gain some disk space. Then a couple of days ago we had a power failure and the machine started reporting some errors on C:, although it was still booting, so the decision was made.

I made an image backup of the Win 7 partition using ntfsclone from the GParted live CD. I then deleted partitions 2 and 3 and made a new partition 2 to occupy all the available space. I then restored the image of C: into the new larger partition.

Then the fun starts.

I realise that by moving the C: partition I will have broken the link to the start of the partition for the boot process, but I have been through multiple rounds of attempts to fix it and i'm getting nowhere.

Partition 2 is marked with the boot flag.

I have run "system repair" from the recovery environment (from the install DVD) multiple times. Each time it says it has finished successfully, but the boot still fails.

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A:Boot fails after expanding Win7 partition- just a flashing text cursor

Don't disparage Win7's perfectly stable boot when you had GRUB on the same HD which notoriously corrupts Win7 often beyond repair, had a Dual Boot with ancient XPired, and flailed around before asking how to fix it as we do every day here successfully.

Boot into the Win7 installer System Recovery Options or System Repair Disk to Mark C Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

This will work unless C is a Logical partition in which case first it needs to be converted using Partition Wizard bootable CD to set partition as Primary .

If this fails post back a camera snap screenshot of the Partition Wizard CD drive map and listings. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

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Hi Everyone!

I just joined and hopefully I can be of some help for others, but for starters I need to ask for help for myself! Before posting this, I did a search of the forums here but did not find anything identical to my issue.

I have a 10-month old Acer 5100 notebook that will no longer start Windows Vista (Home Premium if that matters).

A few nights ago I noticed the machine was at the "Windows did not shut down properly" screen (black background/white text). Unfortunately I was not around the machine when it got into this mode. The screen showed a list of 5 or less choices - I think the default highlighted choice was to let Windows search the hard disk for errors. I chose this but it didn't seem to start after watching it for several minutes. So being the impatient sort, I rebooted the PC and the same black screen with choices displayed. This time I selected 'Start Windows Normally' but when the system came back up it ends at the same screen again. (I believe the "Windows did not shut down properly" screen I was seeing was not the normal one I've always seen, but a different one with less choices, if that makes sense)

So I said forget this, I have a backup. I tried restoring a backup of the hard drive I made with Acronis True Image (I booted off the True Image CD). I chose to only restore just the C: partition. Both times I tried, it gets to over 50% complete then there's a message about the image being corrupt.

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A:Vista won't Start, Screen Hangs at Flashing Cursor, Hard Drive LED Always Flashing

bump for the day
 

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heres the problem history:

-I wanted to install a PCI video card on this Socket 478 mobo and for some reason when booting with the new card ON the pc would freeze.

-So I checked the Bios Version and was an old one so I did an upgrade with the new version of the Bios. After flashing correctly as indicated in the mobo's manual I went in the CMOS settings and set it up to Optimal Settings and rebooted.

-the result: The system keeps asking me for the floopy disk with system to boot up and I noticed this message:

"CMOS/GPNV checksum Bad"

and I know most of the people would say try replacing the battery and I did and still getting the same problem so its not the battery.

when in a:/ I try to go to c: or e: and wouldnt recognize it. I also tried rebooting and going to the BIos again and tried to set the HD manually and its not there!

Any help would be appreciated

I am running Windows XP pro
P4 1.7 GHZ
256 RAM
40 GB HD
the pc is 1 year old
 

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I recently flashed my BIOS with a modded ROM but now I have a little bit of a problem. The actual flashing went well however, I get a message on restart explaining that WinXP cannot boot because some "system" file is missing or needs to be repaired. It tells me to insert the installation CD to fix the problem...thats my problem. I don't have an install CD! I don't know what to do at this point. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated - and I can't use the computer until I know what to do. Thanks in advance!
 

A:No WinXP Boot After BIOS Flashing

Sounds like you screwed the boot order with your little flash and now the OS cant find its NTLDR, try reflashing back to the non modded ROM and see if it fixes it,

If not then do a google on what is missing, you may be able to download it from the web.

Regards
 

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the cursor on my click mini, every now and then keeps moving left to finish on top left corner, this causes typing errors. what is the cause? and how can I put it right.
cheers
Jo

A:Satellite Click Mini L9W-B cursor keeps moving left to finish on top left corner

Try cleaning the whole touchpad, perhaps it may require recalibration. I previously had issues with the touchpad and removed the additional drivers that came with it

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Hi
 
I had PUM.dns latch onto my computer and I've tried secure erasing the SSD. However, even that has not stopped the issue of it inviting various trojans back onto the computer.
 
I remember seeing a message - 'Secure Boot Violation: The system found unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system or UEFI driver...' and considering resetting/flashing the Bios to see if I can remove any potential issues with its integrity.
 
Would anyone know if this is effective or recommend a better way in dealing with this issue? 
 
I have an ASUS Z97 and they do have this flashback option with a USB. Is that useful?
 
Appreciate any comments.

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