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black screen with cursor on start up

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Manic Taz, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Manic Taz

    Manic Taz Flightless Bird

    Had a dual boot win XP SP3 and linux system. While trying to remove linux and
    the partition I deleted the MBR (received grub error 22). I ran a repair of
    windows via the installation disk (fixmbr and fixboot from the command line).
    It seemed to go fine other than at the prompt the drive letter was 'D:' Now
    on start up it goes to a black screen with a cursor and then freezes.

    How do I fix this?
     
  2. Mike S

    Mike S Flightless Bird

    On 6/23/2010 7:28 PM, Manic Taz wrote:
    > Had a dual boot win XP SP3 and linux system. While trying to remove linux and
    > the partition I deleted the MBR (received grub error 22). I ran a repair of
    > windows via the installation disk (fixmbr and fixboot from the command line).
    > It seemed to go fine other than at the prompt the drive letter was 'D:' Now
    > on start up it goes to a black screen with a cursor and then freezes.
    >
    > How do I fix this?


    Please post your boot.ini file.
     
  3. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Manic Taz wrote:
    > Had a dual boot win XP SP3 and linux system. While trying to remove linux and
    > the partition I deleted the MBR (received grub error 22). I ran a repair of
    > windows via the installation disk (fixmbr and fixboot from the command line).
    > It seemed to go fine other than at the prompt the drive letter was 'D:' Now
    > on start up it goes to a black screen with a cursor and then freezes.
    >
    > How do I fix this?


    If you deleted the MBR how did you recover the disk? Tools like
    TestDisk should be able to recover the disk but there are no Microsoft
    tools available to recover the MBR.

    If the MBR is intact, and if the computer is booting to a blinking
    cursor in the upper left corner of the screen, in all likelihood the
    disk doesn't have an active partition, you can boot the computer with a
    Windows 98 startup diskette and use the FDISK utility to verify and set
    the active partition flag.

    John
     

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