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Computer stuck on black screen with blinking underscore

Hello.

Just today, i was moving some stuff from my 100gb c drive over to my d drive with 500gb so i could take out my d drive, reinstall my computer and then but back in my d drive with the saved stuff.

When i then unplugged my d drive the computer crashed and now every time i starts the computer it is stuck at a blinking underscore.

I stopped the computer and took the graphics card out and the little flat cirkle battary to drain the computer from power, then set it all back. And now when i boot up it shows American Megatrends, please Enter f1 to run setup and f2 to load default

If i run default settings it goes back to the blinking underscore again. How do i fix this?

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Clarification Request
why did you start this anyway?

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Surely not just for moving files.

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Sounds like a blown OS.

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The OS is not noted so you use the repair and recovery methods particular to the OS you are running.

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Windows

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My os is Windows. I cant access any Windows recovery. I dont know how. No Windows messages shows up on boot.

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your windows may be on what you thought was the D drive.

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your windows may be on what you thought was the D drive.

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But that should not change anything.

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My D: and C: drive is still Connected, so that shouldnt make a difference.

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connected at same place as before???

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...or switched places?

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I have not switched the drives

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Recovering Windows XP

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Is different from Windows NT 4.0. For now, you only have to worry about files not on backups.

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How and why?

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I have Windows 10. And what files, and how?
Dont understand quite what you mean.

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Windows 10 has a nicer recovery system.

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If no drive boots then you can use your USB or DVD of Windows 10's install and repair to try automatic repair. How is on the web and if you don't have this USB or DVD then we can get into how to create it.

As to the files, since a crash can be a wipe out, you only worry if there are no backups.

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Here's the tutorial for Automatic Repair in W10.

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Okay

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All files is saved on the Grin drive.

So i pretty much just need to reinstall my computer.
I have a Windows 7 cd.

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boot drive

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took the graphics card out and the little flat cirkle battary to drain the computer from power, then set it all back. And now when i boot up it shows American Megatrends, please Enter f1 to run setup and f2 to load default


You lost all previous BIOS settings when you did that. Need to point BIOS again to the correct boot drive.
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Yes.

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I did that to access the bios.

I have done it before and they have always been on default settings.

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Hm

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I have 4 options.

My 1st boot device is: Removeable Dev.
2nd: SATA:3M-ST9120817AS
3rd: ATAPI CD-ROM

And then i have 4th option: Disabled

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I only see one drive.

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try the HD listed. If not work, add the other drive CORRECTLY and try it.

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PS

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...make sure it has BOTH the data and power cable connected.

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I did.

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I tryed setting the SATI hd to 1st, and still Black screen with underscore is coming up.

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where is the second HD?

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It's not showing.

Post was last edited on December 25, 2018 2:53 PM PST

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In Boot Device Priority

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In boot device priority I only have those 4 options.

But a new tab have shown called Hard Disk Drives.

It displays:
1st drive: SATA:3-ST9120817AS
2nd: SATA:3S-ST500DM002-1BD142

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I tryed:

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I tryed switching the 1st and 2nd around and i was able to now chooce the other hd in the priority tab. I saved and restarted instead of the blinking it now shows: “Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in Selected Boot device and Press a key”

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Btw

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Under Boot Device Priority it also shows in the side: A device enclosed in parenthesis has been disabled in the corresponding type menu.

I dont know if that have anything to do with anything.

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hmm

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Is this an UEFI BIOS? What OS is this? You tried to boot off both drives now seen in BIOS? It's possible when doing copy/paste, maybe you used cut/paste and moved some necessary windows files off the boot drive, thereby disabling it?

If all else fails, create a Linux Mint DVD, set BIOS to boot to DVD, and can use that file manager to be sure all files you want are saved to one drive. You can then reinstall windows again on the other drive.

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All saved

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All files i need is on the Grin drive already.

So everything on C: i dont need. How do i reinstall Windows then, it seems like i cant really access anything Else than the bios.

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Is this older BIOS or UEFI type?

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In UEFI type there is the UEFI and the Legacy areas. Since you have win10, unless it was an upgrade, you should use the UEFI, but size of your drives indicate it WAS upgraded from earlier OS. In that case it would be in Legacy Mode, or you have an older standard BIOS.

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Robert can do best for you on the win10 system

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I've been ill 2 weeks and tired now. Good luck.

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Bios

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Bios Info:
Version: 2102
Build date: 06/17/10

Proceccer:
AMD phenom ii x6 1045t

In Bottom is says:
v02.61 Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, inc

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that's standard BIOS

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Reinstalling windows should be fairly straight forward then.

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Have to ask.

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How old is this PC? If it's as old as I think, I can't see Win 10 running on it.
Dafydd.

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thinking that too

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reason for my "clarification" question. It's 9-10 years old.

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