Windows XP blank screen with flashing cursor

By kimherrin
Jun 23, 2009
  1. I have a dell desktop that I was restarting after adding software (blackberry). During the restart in stalled with blank sreen & flashing cursor.

    At that time there was a disk (blackberry software) in cd drive. I tried powering on several times ........same result.

    Tried pushing F2 and/or F12 ............same result.

    Tried no disk in cd drive ....... same result.

    Tried Windows XP OS disk in cd drive ....... same result.

    I'm on my work laptop now and can't down load software on it.

    Any one got ideas?

  2. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    Have you run any hardware scans at all?

    I would suggest running a integrity check on your hard drive first of all

    Information on running seatools can be obtained here

    Another quick question, can you boot into safemode?
  3. kimherrin

    kimherrin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Finally booted.......not in safe mode

    I dont' know how or why

    did the same thing last week

    when it was stuck it would not boot in safe or with OS disk
  4. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    I would suggest still running scans on your hardware, nothing worse then it happening again just when you need it.

    At least you should have a better idea of the problem.

    Run the scan with seatools that I suggested in the previous post and also schedule a checkdisk to make sure your file structure isnt corrupt by:

    Start > Run > Type cmd > Type chkdsk /f /r > Type Y.

    Next time you reboot, it will ask you if you want to stop the disk check (leave it to run)
  5. kimherrin

    kimherrin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok thank you!
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Create an account or login to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...

Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.