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Black screen and blinking underscore before loading OS

I have some old computers that I'm trying to upgrade. So I took a known good hard drive loaded with Windows XP Pro and plugged it in to the computer I'm trying to upgrade. I just wanted to make sure all the parts are working. The computer goes through all the POST test, beeps and then goes to this black screen with blinking underscore. I know it's not the OS or the hard drive because it works on another computer. I have all the minimum requirements to run Windows XP Pro. There is no problem with the memory. So I'm at a loss as to what is the problem. Please help me!

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  • stepht319 Feb 04, 2009

    so if I get a new drive, everything should be fine?

  • WebDevChick Feb 27, 2009

    I have the same issue:



    IOldish IBM notebook which I haven't used in a long time. I

    So, Laptop turns on, goes throught the POST test, doesn't beep and then I get the grayish screen with blinking underscore. I read the answer to the post however I have another problem. I do not have or will never find the OS cd. I am not a pro but have dealt with issues before and never reformatted my pc's or laptops MUST I REFORMAT? I had to get some stuff out of there :( Any thougths?

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Chipset drivers that are loaded onto the harddrive are not the same as the ones in the "new" computer you put it into.

The only way to do that is format the drive and start from vanilla.

This is very common. -Jeff

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

  • Jeff Wolfe
    Jeff Wolfe Feb 05, 2009

    Well i cant say, it will be "fine" as you mentioned the computer is old and you are testing it. and to do so you have to go in order.



    I would just use an old 2 gig Harddrive "or whatever you have laying around". and format it on the system your testing. remember to change the boot order in CMOS to boot from CD for your windows OS. that will be in the cd tray waiting for your format instructions.



    please dont forget to rate thx, I hope this helps.

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