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    Hi.
    once in a while' when i boot my p.c ( new one), after the bios boots up i get a black screen and a blinking mark on the top left side.
    sometimes one restart works and some time i need 2 restarts. after that the pc works fine.

    what seems to be the problem?
    i think it's a driver but i'm not sure.
    it's getting more frequent
    Thanx
    MCP, MCSA 2003, MCSE 2003

  • #2
    Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

    How long does it sit there with the cursor blinking? Mine always displays that during boot for about 5-10 seconds.

    I would do a CHKDSK C: -F -R from a command prompt and reboot the machine. Let the repair complete and see what is reported in the Application Log afterwards; I don't think it's drivers as no drivers have been loaded at that point - it's still loading basic OS stuff like Kernal and so on.

    p.s. more information is always good. What OS are you running? Do you have any other problems when using your machine?


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    • #3
      Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

      if i won't restart it will blink forever.
      i waited once fo 30 min and it still remains
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      • #4
        Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

        and....

        were the rest of my questions written in invisible ink?


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        • #5
          Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

          I encountered this awkward behavior, at the end I discovered that there was a trouble-maker CD in the drive, and the computer had the CD-ROM set as first boot device.
          Please check there is no CD in the drive.

          Sorin Solomon


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          • #6
            Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

            1. i already checked it, there is no c.d in the cdrom
            2. didn't to the check this yet, it look's like a hardware problem' is it?
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            • #7
              Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

              I've seen this with USB sticks plugged in -- theBIOS tries to boot from the (non-bootable) USB stick and hangs....
              Tom Jones
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              • #8
                Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

                Hi.
                i Tried every thing, allthe usb's r out, no c.d in the drive, priner is out.
                but still it keeps coming once in a while.
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                • #9
                  Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

                  Have you tried also to disconnect the cables from the CD/DVD and floppy drives, then boot the system?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

                    Check the BIOS and if you have an option set the SATA Controller to Compatibility. (Of course I am assuming you have SATA drive(s) due to your new one PC comment.)
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                    • #11
                      Re: Blinking mark before windows boots

                      Thanx i will try and update soon
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