Similar problem, so I'll watch your post for replies.
Dell Inspiron 530 desktop
quad core processor
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI Express Sound Card (user added - 2008)
WD mybook RAID 1 external HDD 2x1gb
Cannot get past flashing cursor on startup
Here's what I can do, and the results:
At DELL splash screen, I can press F12 for startup.
This takes me to startup screen, where I (supposedly) can select DVD as boot drive
NOTE: DVD was ALREADY selected as first boot device, but doesn't show on this screen
When I select DVD and ENTER to accept, it does not accept the entry.
At DELL spalsh screen, I can select F2 for SETUP. However, this does not take me to SETUP.
All I see is the following message:
AHCI Option ROM BIOS Revision: 01.01.50 Date: 04-26-2007
Copyright © 2006-2008 Phoenix Technologies, LTD
ACHI BIOS not installed!!!
I cannot get past either screen (F2 or F12)
I've tried F8, but to no avail.
Was hoping to boot from Win 7 DVD. I'm not opposed to a reinstall of Windows.
The "flashing cursor" issue seems to have deep roots with many users, going back to win XP.
I've had this problem on another Dell desktop (Win XP, Dimension 8100, RAID 1 primary HDD).
Has anyone had success with this when the system can't get past the "flashing cursor?"
Thanks in advance,
Edited by atravelfanatic, 16 May 2011 - 12:55 PM.