XP startup problem

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howzee

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Was shutting down my pc earlier today and the power went out. after the power came back on i turned my computer back on... nothing. It starts up, displays my graphics card info, shows the intel splash screen then goes to a black screen with a single "_". This blinks a few times then disappears and that's where my pc stays.
I've treid to enter the bios (F8) to start it in safe mode but can't get to it.
I put my Windows XP cd in, to boot from that, with the following result; same as above excpet after the "_" blinks a few times it says "press any key to boot from cd", i press a key. a few moments of black then "setup will scan your hardware configuration" (or something along those lines), then back to black and there it stays.

Thanks in advance for any help
 

howzee

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thanks for the link. this sounds like it might help but I can't get it to start in safe mode. pressing F8 during starup doesn't get any reaction from the pc.
 
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Power on the computer and tap the F8 key every second or two, but not too fast or you will get a keyboard error. The trick is to catch it before you see Windows start to load. When you succeed, then you will see a "boot menu" of white text on black background.
 
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