The laptop was restarting after installing some windows updates, then decided to no longer boot. It will POST and then come to a black screen with a flashing cursor and does nothing else after that. Test the HD and RAM and they are both fine, anyone know of a solution?
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The hard disk got damaged and it's dying - the boot take longer because the boot sector was damaged and it had to be relocated.
Create a reinstall disk with the utility HP has installed in the laptop, buy a new hard disk and install it and then reinstall Windows with the disk you created.
Did you try safe mode and see what happens? Normally during boot up time, press f8 and it will give you the option to go into safe mode. That could be the case of a corrupted files somewhere but you cannot tell until you start troubleshooting. If that does not help then post your problem here and someone else or maybe myself will try to help you. Hope this helps, good luck...
When your computer hardware appears to power up
okay, but the Windows XP operating system won't boot properly, you have to
begin a troubleshooting expedition that includes getting into the operating
system, determining the problem, and then fixing it. To help you get
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Try choosing "Last known configuration that worked" if this does not fix you problem, then reboot once more, and while it is booting up tap the F8 key and select safe start.
Ps. you may just need to do a fresh re-install
has windows been registered.
if so your gonna have to reinstall windows.
make sure os disk is in cd tray ..boot up...choose install (not repair) sys check says os already installed continue install or repair...at this point choose repair..this way any files or downloaded programs wont be lost.