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Black screen with cursor on startup.

by 48chevy / November 1, 2009 2:18 AM PST

Dell Dimesion 4700
On board video
SATA Drive

On startup it will load through the xp logo then goes to a black screen with cursor and freezes. I have tried booting to safe mode with no luck, put drive in external enclosure to reload drivers no luck, tried fixmbr no luck, tried in different case no luck.

Any ideas? I really don't want to reload windows cause no disk.

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Try it without USB devices plugged in.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2009 3:09 AM PST

About the no disk. Time to fix that.

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Tried nothing plugged into USB.
by 48chevy / November 1, 2009 7:05 AM PST

Still same outcome. Its not my computer just looking at it for them. I'm sure if this was in the first post but i also tried a different video card in the original case.
Could it be a bad hard drive?

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Bad drive test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2009 10:17 AM PST

That's possible. Why not test it with a hard drive test? (hint: easy to find with google.)

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Bad drive test.
by 48chevy / November 2, 2009 11:22 PM PST
In reply to: Bad drive test.

I ran the WD test software came back good. Any other ideas?

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Sadly, the XP CD is needed for most repairs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 3, 2009 12:31 AM PST
In reply to: Bad drive test.

Looks like the end of the line for this install.

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