XP won't boot past "splash" screen
Posted on 2004-09-14
XP system will not boot past the initial XP "color" screen. Rolling back to a previous version did not work. The system ends up with a black screen with just a white mouse pointer blinking. The mouse will move around the screen so the system is not frozen but cannot see anything else because it's black.
It will boot into the Safe Mode but gives just Safe Mode in white letters in each of the four corners and the blinking white mouse cursor. It will go no further. Have the 2 OEM discs (Drivers and Utilities, Applications) which came with the machine. Booting from the Utilities disk and running diagnostics shows hardware to be all ok. Neither of these discs appear to have an XP image and wonder if one was even provided since I have all the other discs. Therefore, I am unable to do a XP reload.
I booted from another system's XP disc and did a FIXMBR and FIXBOOT. On FIXBOOT it indicated I had a corrupted boot sector and said it fixed it. However, upon a reboot, the screen is the same as described above. Any way to fix this without buying a new OS disc?