Blinking cursor on blank black screen, Windows XP

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mat91fnd

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Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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