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Windows 7: Computer does not boot, blinking underscore

14 Dec 2011   #1
fokogrilo

Windows 7
 
 
Computer does not boot, blinking underscore

Good night for everyone!

About two hours I was doing a recover in my hd (with Acronis true Image 2010) when at 1/3 of the process the computer rebooted. I thought it was normal, but soon after the image of the motherboard appeard, a blinking underscore emerged and the boot does not proceeded. I have tried changing the boot to dvd and hd (in the bios), also I tried to put the windows disk but the option to boot from cd does not appears. ie, the PC starts, the image of the motherboard appears and then immediately the undersore flashing.

Solutions?

Regards,
Fokogrilo


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14 Dec 2011   #2
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Why were you restoring an Image? was it malware? There has been some talk recently of a BIOS infecting virus.

You could try disabling the BIOS splash screen to read any error messages. Also seeing if USB Drives are still bootable.
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14 Dec 2011   #3
fokogrilo

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for the replay.

The reason why I had to use an image was: today, without installing anything, whenever I opened a youtube video the screens (dual monitor) shook (like when we pressed the demagnetize button in the old monitors, but this in a soft way). I tried to update the graphic card, install the new adobe flash player and restart the PC sometimes all without effect.

"You could try disabling the BIOS splash screen to read any error messages"

How does that work?
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14 Dec 2011   #4
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

In the BIOS there will be an option (probably under startup) to show a splash screen / boot logo. Turning the logo off will allow you to see the info posted by the bios, are the drives all detected etc
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15 Dec 2011   #5
fokogrilo

Windows 7
 
 

Good afternoon!

I have looked for the "splash screen / boot logo" in the BIOS, but I did not found.

Btw my motherboard is a M4A79T Deluxe

I also send some photos of the bios menu if can help

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15 Dec 2011   #6
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The setting if available (BIOS is virtually the same as mine) is in:
Attachment 188420

But you can achieve the same thing by hitting [TAB] as soon as the display initializes, Both the optical drive and hard disk were detected at start-up.

Is the image stored in a seperate partition on the primary drive or another source?

The blinking cursor generally means there was no bootsector found on the first device, this usually proceeds onto the next device in the sequence.

Is your windows disk written properly/damaged (e.g. known to be bootable previously or in another machine).

You should be able to boot if you can get Acronis True Image bootable iso on a CD/DVD/USB Drive you should be able to serlect this as the boot device and begin the whole recovery process again.
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16 Dec 2011   #7
fokogrilo

Windows 7
 
 

Oh yes, i get it now. The image is in my external usb disk (with other stuff in there). But in the Bios Device Priority there is no option to select USB. In the other hand in the Hard Disk Drives menu there is this (MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service) but it doesn't matter if i put the USB Hitachi on first or in second drive

more photos here

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Oh yes, i get it now. The image is in my external usb disk (with other stuff in there). But in the Bios Device Priority there is no option to select USB. In the other hand in the Hard Disk Drives menu there is this (image4) but it doesn't matter if i put the USB Hitachi on first or in second drive

more photos here
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16 Dec 2011   #8
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just waiting for mega-upload (p.s. if you scale the pics down you can upload them here)
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16 Dec 2011   #9
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Although the USB Drive contains the image, It is probably not bootable (unless you wrote the image to the drive instead of just storing it on there and added the other data later).

You should also keep your internal drive set as the "First Drive" in drive order, because this is the drive windows will install it's system information on, even if installing to another drive.
Attachment 188531

Although swapping these around should make the USB drive appear in the boot device menu if thats something you wanted to try.

There does not appear to be a fault with your BIOS so booting from a CD should be possible.
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16 Dec 2011   #10
fokogrilo

Windows 7
 
 

I did it! The PC detected the CD, but it was weird, like if the hamachi is in the 2nd in the drive order the cd is bootable, but if in internal HD is in 2nd it is not Anyway the windows is being installed on the internal HD so looks like there's not going to be any more troubles

Many many thanks!!
and
Happy Holidays!

Regards,
Fokogrilo
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