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What does it mean when I boot up and I get a number 2 with a flashing cursor on a black screen for windows vista?

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1) Reboot, then when it is starting up, press F8.
2) Click "Repair my computer".
3) Select the keyboard layout and lanugage.
4) When you get to system recovery tools, select System restore.
5) Select the restore point when it was working fine and restart the computer.
6) Best of luck!

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SOURCE: MY optiplex gx280 intermittant boots correctly

It sounds like a problem with the boot loader inside of windows. If you are getting no errors then this is most likly the case.

The following link shows you how to get to the recovery console.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058


from there you need to run 2 commands. the first is: fixboot
the second is: fixmbr

Just type those in when you get to the command line. if that fails, you need to reinstall windows. either way, back up data...ie songs, pictures, documents...etc.

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SOURCE: Dell 8400 No Boot, not even POST

It sounds like your bios were improperly flashed or went bad. The X300 SE message is your video card. So your video card works, the system mostly works, but the BIOS isn't starting up. You should contact Dell and tell them the situation.

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Some times you have such an error when you leave USB Flash Drive or External drive connected. Try first to disconnect all external USB devices if you have some.

Posted on Feb 02, 2011

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I see that you are having issue booting into windows on your machine and that you are getting black screen and a blinking cursor.

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Computer won't boot Windows Vista. Screen goes black with cursor arrow.


In this case you have to do the PC restore . you can do that in dell machines by shutting down the machine and when it is coming back on just HOLD DOWN THE CTRL ket and the START HITTING f11 key in this case you will lose the data which you have the on the c drive but this issue will get resolved .

Else you can try to restart in the safe mode with networking and then go to the system restore and then select the bold dates in which you have idea you system was working fine . selct the date and then do the system restore . In this case you will not lose the data but you will lose the updates which you have done after that date .

in both the cases system will work .

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