Blank screen with flashing cursor upper left corner

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Damalulu, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Damalulu

    Damalulu Guest

    Computer is HP with XP. I was downloading drivers for my cell phone USB
    cable. After it downloaded it said I must re-boot for it to take effect. I
    did this and now when it turns on there is a blank screen with a flashing
    cursor in the upper left corner. Nothing else. What can I do? I must have
    downloaded a virus or something, who knows. How can I get it to boot up so I
    can see what is wrong?
    Damalulu, Jun 2, 2008
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  2. Restart and press the F-key for the Advanced Boot Menu (on my computer it is
    F10). Choose Last Known Good Configuration and see if that resolves the
    restart problem.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jun 2, 2008
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  3. Correction: That's the F8 key, not F10. Sorry about that.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jun 2, 2008
  4. Damalulu

    Mike Guest


    I have a PC with 4 drives + an MO drive inside.
    Vista Ultimate 64 permanently running - 24/7

    At random times in Disk Manager, one of the drives - complete with
    logical drives on it, goes to Read Only. The whole drive hardware is now
    read only.
    Shut down, start up again from cold and its OK.
    I haven't logged yet whether its only one drive or if it swaps to
    another of the four.
    Can anyone assist ?
    Tried Microsoft but cannot find any results that match.
    The newsgroup has one thread about files & folders but mine is the whole
    drive, as in the hardware driver seems faulty.

    Gigabyte 965 m/b
    4gb Ram
    Gigabyte ATI 3870 graphics card
    All drives & single DVD writer is Sata, mix of Sata 1 & 2

    Thanks for any sugestions

    Mike, Jun 2, 2008
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