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Booting problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by KevAtUSC, Aug 10, 2006.

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  1. KevAtUSC

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    I'm not sure if this is a Windows XP problem or what. About two months ago, when I turned on or restarted my desktop it started doing something weird. In between the "Dell" screen (where you can hit F2 to get to the BIOS) and the "Windows" screen, I get this blinking underscore on a black screen. It usually takes about five-ten minutes to go boot up Windows. But it isn't slow once it starts Windows.

    It started while I was having problems with it running slow all the time. However, I just reformated the hard drive, and everything is running fine. This is my only problem. Like I said, I just reformatted the HD, so I'm trying to reload all of my programs. Pretty annoying when I have to restart all the time and it takes five-ten minutes.

    Anybody have any suggestions?
     
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    thanks for the link, but none of those seem to be my problem. Windows starts eventually, it just takes quite a while. I don't receive error messages, and my computer still responds.
     
  4. Dan O

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    Did you confirm your CMOS/BIOS settings are correct?

    You may have a driver issue an in-place upgrade to repair your installation of Windows XP may be needed. I have seen it fix many problems like your's.
     
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    You say you re-installed Windows on your Dell, did you run the drivers disk and install all of the drivers for the computer? If you did not I suggest running this driver disk and installing all of the drivers this might help. The screen with the flashing cursor is because Windows can not find a driver or install the driver(s) during bootup.
     
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    I did run the driver's disk as well, and like I said, the problem started before I reloaded Windows and has continued.

    I've never changed my BIOS except for just yesterday when I changed the boot order so it would load from the CD-ROM. I changed it back. I know I have never changed any of that stuff, but maybe it changed on its own?

    I'm starting to worry it's a hardware problem rather than a software one.
     
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    If this problem started before re-installing Windows the question I have is how did you re-install Windows? Did you format the hard drive or re-install over itself?
     
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    But one little thing, this is a Dell and this might have been different than Dell's procedure. Here is Dell's procedure

    Dell - Procedures for Reinstalling or Upgrading to Windows XP
    http://www.djdenham.com/Install Procedures.htm
     
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