Blinking cursor HELP!!!!

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slvryaris
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Hello guys. My cousin has an older Toshiba Satellite L25-S1216 that I have restore/recovered numerous times for her using the factory disk for recovery. She brought it to me with numerous viruses/spy-ware/ad-ware that McAfee was not taking off. So I recovered the system using the recovery disk like I always do returning it back to default setting and after the whole recovery was done I was asked to remove the disk and press any key.

So I removed the disk and hit a key then it proceeded to restart and it came to a blinking cursor in the top left hand corner and didnt move. You can re run the recovery disk and go into the setup/bios and change the boot sequence to re run the recovery but it never goes past the blinking cursor and it looks like the only hard drive action from the light is when it restarts but when the blinking cursor comes on it stops.

Like I said I have recovered this laptop many times and I have never had this problem and followed everything the same way every time. Any help would be hugely appreciated.

cvasquez
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Hmm....try to see if one of the memory modules is causing you a problem by removing one of them at a time.
Determine which one is causing the problem. I you removed both of them the mobo should complain, then add one at a time.

To me this a hint of MOBO degradation.

Good luck.


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slvryaris
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I will give it a try. It only done this after doing the recovery. I just tried to restore again and it does the same thing. I have ran the recovery on this and it just starts and I get the Toshiba screen and the F2 and F12 options. F2 for BIOS and F12 for selecting where to boot from. Curious if it could be a hard drive problem, but as I explained it just hangs after the Toshiba screen and there is no hard drive action light just for a little bit then black screen with cursor and no hd light. Nothing happens when I hit keys or anything.

Hardware_Hank
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could be your harddrive going bad, if it doesn't even wanna post into windows or recognize that windows is present. Usually when Memory is bad it will BSOD when trying to start windows or beep once or many times (depending on the bios it uses)

I guess if removing the memory modules hasn't helped, I would recommend seeking out a cheapy notebook harddrive and putting windows on it.

hnkftalnot
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If the harddrive is bad, wouldn't it give an error message, like "non system disk or disk error" ?

Slvryaris, can you access the drive using a linux livecd?

If the recovery disk doesn't do anything I'd get a Windows install disc and try to reinstall that way. But first use the livecd, to verify the mobo and all is still working and to get the important stuff off it.

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thats only if it isn't bootable. It'll tell you boot error or please insert proper boot device and press a key

sometimes the HDD is badly worn and it can recognize certain parts of the OS and other times the bios just handles things differently.

Either way, I certainly wouldn't rule it out that the HDD is bad