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#1 j54ams

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 02:19 PM

I recently reinstalled Window XP Home on a relatives Dell Dimension 4550. When restarting at my home, it started quickly. But, after taking it back to their house, it loads to a black screen with a dash flashing in upper left corner for up to 10 minutes before continuing to load. It then loads completely and runs well. What could cause such a problem? I was baffled since it booted perfectly at my house!

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 02:26 PM

Typically...the black screen with flashing cursor in upper left...indicates an MBR problem. Often overcome by running the fixmbr command from the XP Recovery Console.

Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503

But since it's a Dell system...there are other considerations.

Dells and Fixmbr Command - http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/3524/p/19304465/19589396.aspx

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 06:41 PM

If it were a MBR problem, why would it work fine at my house but not theirs? It worked totally great here! I even brought it back to my house to recheck and it still worked great here but when i took it back to their house, it didn't boot very fast again with the cursor in upper left corner again. After it finally loads, it runs OK.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 06:50 PM

Well..."typically" was a key word I used.

A system that has problems at one location, but not another...would lead me to think that there are significant power fluctuations between the two (possibly).

Or some key hardware component has become loosened and works properly intermittently.

Those are my best guesses :).

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 07:01 PM

That was my assumption about the power but didn't know for sure if that would have caused it. Thanks, Louis. I'm going to suggest they check the power to that plug.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 11:55 PM

Take the side panel off, and see if anything came loose in transit?

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 09:57 AM

That wasn't it because I transported it twice with same results! Thanks for the idea.




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