MY computer boots and stops with a black screen dn the cursor blinks in the left hands corner. i have taken the memory and battery out, nothing helps.. i t did let me test the hard drive and it passed. i rebooterd and it does the same thing.
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Yes, this sounds like the traditional black screen issue, but it's
different! This machine is a Dell Dimension 3000 with XP. System won't
boot. After Blue Dell BIOS splash screen with F2 & F12 options, it
just goes black. There will ultimately be a white cursor in the upper
left hand corner. I can edit BIOS with F2, I can get in to the boot
menu with F12, but I can't do anything after that. I can even get in to
the Safe Mode menu (F8), but it never boots.
When your computer is booting up you have the option to press F2 or F12. PRESS F2 -Set Up When your in the Set Up go down to Boot Device Configuration(BDC) Now under Hard Disk Boot Priority You Will see first boot device second third and boot other device For the first boot device select "HARD DISK" After you have made the first boot device hard disk press F10 to SAVE and RESTART
Your boot menu for Windows is corrupt. Try to boot from the windows installation disc and make sure to key any key when told to boot off the disc. Once the windows files load, you will have a choice of what to do next. If you have XP, choose the repair option and you will be faced with a black DOS screen...after the blinking cursor type
FIXBOOT hit enter Try to boot the computer without the disc in it. If it does not boot, then boot off disc again and this time type:
FIXMBR hit yes and enter
Try once again to boot without the disc.
Also try to boot into safe mode by tapping F8 when you see the Compaq name come up during starting. If you can get to the multiple boot up option screen, scroll to "Safe mode with networking" and choose that. If it boots then you can go to the start button > accessories > system tools > system restore > choose a restore point back a day or two and follow the prompts.
If you have Vista, boot off the disc and choose start up repair. If that doesn't work, boot again and choose restore computer to an earlier time. Again choose a restore point back a few days. Good luck ParrotHead PC Repair
Could be a number of issues, incl unseated processor or a faulty hard drive. First off I would remove mains & battery, remove covers from underneath and reseat any memory or processors you can find - by reseat I mean just take out and put back.If this fails, I would look to price up a new hard drive before condemning the machine.
Its seems its not booting correctly. Just Insert Windows CD and fix the windows. Another solution is to press (I think) F1 or F11 or F12 (depending on the model) when booting the machine. It will take you to recovery mode. Use it to restore the boot section ONLY.
Often, this indicates that the laptop could not find its default boot device which would be your hard drive. Pls enter the BIOS/CMOS setup and determine if your laptop can auto detect the hard disk. If detectable, save and exit, if not the drive may require replacement.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.