Problem with PC Boot

By wrhenders
Jun 5, 2007
  1. When I boot up my desktop computer, it runs through the BIOS and then goes to a black screen with a blinking _ and wont let me input anything. This happened after years of working fine and no new installations, but the computer screen abruptly turned black while working on it and after a restart I got this boot problem. In the BIOS the MoBo recognizes the all the hardware, and when I try to boot from the windows cd it asks to hit a key to boot from the cd and when I do it just goes to the black screen with the blinking cursor...
    Is this a hardware problem with the MoBo? or a software problem??
    Thanks for any help!
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    when's the last time you replaced the CMOS battery?
  3. wrhenders

    wrhenders TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I havn't yet, its been three years, but the bios still has the system time and all that running fine. Would the battery effect the boot sequence directly?
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