XP boots to black screen with cursor

By eviltim
Apr 19, 2010
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  1. My computer is starting as it usually does, and the windows loading screen goes by, but after the loading screen, and before the welcome screen should pop up, I get a blank screen with only the cursor showing.
    I have tried using the 5x shift key to start stickykeys, and that did nothing.
    CTRL+ALT+DEL does nothing.
    I have tried restarting the OS in every mode I have available.

    Immediately before this problem started, the OS would not start any .exe files. Because of this, I restarted and this problem arose.
    Personally, I think that the computer is having extreme errors related to .exe files.

    Anyway, the only XP CD I have is a Dell recovery disk from another computer.

    If anyone can give some advice, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Almost forgot, the last thing it was doing correctly was installing the D&D character builder, if that helps at all.
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,117   +23

    Have you tried booting into Safe Mode? Were you having these issues prior to the D&D character builder and how soon after this installation did you start having issues?
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