Flashing cursor but boots when XP disc in CD drive

By Bugarit
Nov 15, 2009
  1. I am having issues with an old Compaq machine that refuses to boot correctly. The flashing cursor shows if I try to boot straight into XP but if the XP disc is in the cd drive it boots fine. Even though I do not press a key to boot from disc. I have done severla CHKDSK /r as well as fixboot and fixmbr. I pressume there is a boot sequence issue or POST test issue but any ideas on how to fix or investigate further would be great.

    Thanks in anticipation
    Bugarit :grinthumb
  2. scuzzo

    scuzzo TS Rookie Posts: 50

    Have you gone into the BIOS and checked the boot sequence? How about if a non system disk is in the drive?
  3. Bugarit

    Bugarit TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Suzzo, I tried disabling the cd drive in the BIOS so that I was only booting from the HDD.
    Anyway, sussed it! I disconnected the CD drive from the IDE cable and power and the PC booted fine. Consequently I have reconnected the cd drive and the machine boots fine now as well.
    So in brief disconnect the cd drive and the issue is resolved.then replce the drive
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