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Blank Black Screen After Windows XP Loading Page

Shut the computer down 3 days ago and it has not booted since. When I press the power button I get a quick DELL page that briefly gives a F2 or F12 option... goes directly to the normal Windows XP page with the loading status bar. That page goes away and you think the thing is going to load and work as usual.... but it doesn't. I have a blank black screen with a white arrow cursor that works. Nothing has happened past that, not even after several minutes of sitting there.

I have looked around in the settings directory that I can access by hitting (I think) F2 and reset everything to default.

I booted the computer from the Drivers and Utilities CD and have ran several (I believe every) test. All say PASSED and it has given me NO Errors.

I need some direction with this problem because I am not by any means a computer whiz

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  • istuart19 Dec 18, 2008

    Kaj,

    F8 worked, I was able to boot the computer using "Last Known Good Configuration"



    I am on the computer now and everything seems to be working...



    Will the problem persist? Should I look further into the problem or forget about it?



    Thanks for your help!

    Isaac

  • daveo-1 Dec 31, 2008

    My computer will not boot.  Starts out fine, then goes to black screen with a big curser.  Tried safe mode, and all I get is the words safe mode in all four corners.  Tried reinstalling windows XP service pack 1 disk... it goes through all the motions, setup loads files, initiates, etc., computer restarts, and here I am back with the big black screen!  HELP!!!!  I even went the route of trying the " last known good configuration " with no luck.  I'm on a Mac laptop right now.

  • Kaj Bjorlin
    Kaj Bjorlin May 11, 2010

    Hi,


    Boot your computer up again. This time however, please press the F8 key repeatedly after the "Bios screen" that tells you to  press F2 or F12(or RIGHT BEFORE the Windows XP page).


    This should bring you to a menu with several choices. Please select the "Last Known Good Configuration" and let me know if you're able to get into windows correctly now?


    If that doesn't work - please boot up and press the F8 button again until you get the boot menu and this time choose "SAFE MODE" and let me know if that lets you get into windows.


    Please reply here with your findings.


    Thanks,


    Kaj 

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