My son gve me a hosed Asus Eee PC 1005HA loaded with Windows XP. All it gets at powerup is a blinking cursor and no POST beeps. I thought maybe the HD was shot, so I downloaded a linux bootloader and installed it on an SD drive along with Linux Puppy operating system.
After fiddling with Linux, pressing ESC to select the flash drive(even after reassigning it as the #1 boot priority), I realized there was an advanced boot menu that included XP. Voila, XP booted and works great. For a couple of days, I updated Windows and AVG, MBAM, scanned and removed a trojan and tracking cookies. It works great, very stable and I'm enjoying using it. it has better WiFi capability than my phone.
However I still have to use ESC to communicate with the SD card and access the boot menu, and several button presses to select XP to boot. If I select Boot from HDD from that menu, it's back to the blinking cursor. Same if I power up and take no action. Same if I go back to BIOS and assign the HDD as top boot priority.
Where can I start trying to get this back to automatically boot XP? Does it sound like the Boot sector is corrupt? Any way to fix that? I'm not sure if it's using FAT32 or NTFS. I'll see if I can figure that out before my next post.