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white cursor when boot with xp

tewlaw
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when i boot my xp machine, all i get is f12 to change boot. after that, i get a white cursor in the top left corner of the screen. how to i get it to boot without erasing everything?
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What is being erased? Does it not boot into XP?
  Do you per chance have a flash drive, a CD left in the drivem a external USB hard drive or something else like that attached to the computer? It sounds like it is trying to boot something else besides the hard drive.

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could be a disc left in one of the drives, or a USB stick in the machine....


try pressing F8 just after it asks you to press F12 and try and get into safe mode....

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no, nothing. cant press F8.

cant i do a repair somehow from the windows xp disk ?
  How about F2 or DEL to enter setup? You don't see anything on the screen at all except F12 to Chane Boot?
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If you have an XP installation CD, then you can what is called an XP Repair.  This is a very good page on how to perform an XP Repair Install, which will preserve your data and programs:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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