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Windows 7: Stuck at blank screen with flashing hyphen!

04 Jul 2013   #1
Horwood

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Stuck at blank screen with flashing hyphen!

I recently got the error "A disk read error has occured, press CTRL, ALT and DLTE to restart. I managed to get rid of that error by using startup repair on the Windows 7 disc. I now get a blank screen with a small flashing hyphen on the top left of the screen. Using Windows 7 professional 64-bit. Please help, thank you in advance.

I'm using a tablet at the moment, my Skype is 'horwood58' if you need to see the problem through my camera.


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04 Jul 2013   #2
Horwood

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Gonna reinstall Windows, hopefully fix it.
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04 Jul 2013   #3
Horwood

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Nope....
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04 Jul 2013   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Is it your Dell laptop under the System Specs?

If so, is it still under warranty?

Have you made the system recovery Disks for that Dell laptop?
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05 Jul 2013   #5
SandeepP

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Horwood View Post
I recently got the error "A disk read error has occured, press CTRL, ALT and DLTE to restart. I managed to get rid of that error by using startup repair on the Windows 7 disc. I now get a blank screen with a small flashing hyphen on the top left of the screen. Using Windows 7 professional 64-bit. Please help, thank you in advance.

I'm using a tablet at the moment, my Skype is 'horwood58' if you need to see the problem through my camera.
Hi Horwood,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

It could be an issue with the harddrive of the system. If its a laptop you are using then please check the link below to run diagnostics on the system:

http://dell.to/11NpLCy

Please run the diagnostics and let us know the results.
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05 Jul 2013   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sometimes it takes running Startup Repair 3 times.
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05 Jul 2013   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

After running Dell Diagnostics Utility - How to Run the then reinstall and this time make sure you delete all partitions except the OEM Diagnostics partition during reinstall.

If Dell Diagnostics partition will not boot to run then run the HD maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan followed by Disk Check from the booted installer's System Recovery Options Command line. You may need to first format a full disk partition using Step 2 in SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

If the bootable diagnostics partition will not boot then you can wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command from same command line.

Follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Report back results with exact error text and failure point.
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