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Windows 7: Flashing cursor on cold boot, but all is fine upon reset?

01 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Flashing cursor on cold boot, but all is fine upon reset?

I've done lots of searching and know that the "blank screen except a flashing cursor on boot" problem is pretty common, but haven't found anything like what I'm experiencing.

When I power on after a full shutdown, I get a blank screen except for a flashing cursor in the top left corner of both my monitors (dual monitor setup). The computer is completely unresponsive when this happens. If I push the reset button on my case at this stage, windows boots normally and I am able to login and use the computer. Restarting using the start menu also results in a successful windows boot.

So every time I power on my computer, I have to wait for the flashing cursors, push the reset button, then login. It's only an annoyance now, but obviously something's wrong and I'm worried that one day the reset method won't work. This has been going on for months. Any ideas?

Win7 HP 64, MSI P55-GD65, i7860, xfx radeon hd 5750, Corsair TX750 watt PS, 8gb ram

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01 Oct 2013   #2


First post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
so we can check the configuration and if the Active flag is correctly planted.

Then reboot into System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it finds and resolves the issue.
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02 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

Thanks for the reply. I tried rebooting from the Win7 disc and running startup repair multiple times, but it could never detect a problem.

Here's my Disk Management screenshot:
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02 Oct 2013   #4


Why are all of those other HD's marked Active, a flag only meant to point to the partition intended to boot the OS? Only the System Reserved partiition which boots the OS should be marked Active. Mark Inactive any other Active Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

It is also best to have Win7 in Disk0 position to avoid repairs derailing the System flag to a preceding partition, especially if it's errantly marked Active. Make sure it remains set first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

Why is Disk2 Dynamic which is only meant to span a partition across multiple HD's? I would convert it using one of the non-destructive methods in Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk.

These corrections in themselves may resolve the issue. If not run a few Startup Repairs, but only after the changes above are complete.
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 Flashing cursor on cold boot, but all is fine upon reset?

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