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Boot Problem: Blinking Curson After BIOS Load

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by itmerlin, Jul 14, 2007.

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  1. itmerlin

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    I have a boot problem where I get a blinking cursor after the BIOS loads. Its a Dell 4500s desktop. I have tried the following:

    1) Repair option with Windows XP Professional CD
    2) Intalled new instance of the OS (on the same partition "C")
    3) Ran Dell hardware diagnostic test on the hard drive - No Errors reported !!

    I am thinking there is some kind of a bood sector problem. Need some help (instructions and/or tool(s) to fix the problem.

    End objective desired:

    a) Repart original installation of the OS (have lots of apps and settings to loose)
    OR
    b) Copy "documents and settings" folder at least from the current installation on C Drive.

    Please advise/help.

    thanks.
     
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  3. itmerlin

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    Yep tried that but the XP repair does not fix anything. I have even tried a fresh install in a different folder (Windows2) but that doesnot work either.

    Any other suggestions??
     
  4. bbearren

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    Can you be a little more specific? Did the repair/reinstall not work, or did it work, go through the reboot, copy the rest of the files, complete the installation, etc. then return to the blinking curser after a reboot?
     
  5. itmerlin

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    everything you said above didn't work. I tried the repair/install procedures you mentioned above. So when the repair installation finishes it asks for a system reboot and when the system reboots, it goes back to the blinker cursor ! any other ideas??
     
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