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coleb10

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Why is an image of a CD flasing off and on around my mouse arrow?

It is slowing down my start-up and etc...
 
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Most likely because there is a CD in your ROM and that will slow down your boot. Your computer thinks it has a bootab;e CD, checks the drive and then doesn't. After Windows is up, autoplay takes over and senses the CD and it flashes....
 

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Good advice, but there is no CD in either drive.

However, before this started (today) I tried to burn a CD a few days ago and the bottom tray wouldnt open at all. Had to use a paperclip to open it. When I tried to proceed the screen told me to insert a CD even though there was already one in there.
 

coleb10

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How do I get the CD image to stop appearing by the mouse arrow?

It has quadrupled my initial boot-up time when I power up and it never goes away the whole time I am working.
 
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Have you had a look in msconfig (start>run>msconfig) to see if there's anything trying to run causing the problem?
 

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Looney tunes, I looked in there but I am not familiar enough with this area to know what tab to look under or what to look for.

However, highlighted under the BOOTINI tab is the following:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition"/fast detect
 
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On the Startup tab, untick everything which isn't pointing toward any anti-virus/firewalls and broadband connections (it tells you where the file is pointing in the command header).
Reboot and see if the problems persists.
If it goes away, post all the files you unticked.
 
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It sounds as if the drive (CR Rom) has gone bad and Windows isn't releasing it. Remove it from the Device Manager, and reboot. See if that stops it. If not, then you might have to open the tower, unplug the power cable and IDE ribbon. Then boot and see if you have the icon by your mouse. When ROMS go bad, this is one thing they do. If you try what I suggest first, then you can eliminate hardware and look to software. And..as always.....do a complete virus scan.
 
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