Blinking cursor on startup

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dhawk969 Posts 2 Registration date Wednesday April 27, 2016 Status Member Last seen April 29, 2016 - Apr 27, 2016 at 08:52 PM
KY_WD Posts 2054 Registration date Thursday October 23, 2014 Status Member Last seen February 28, 2017 - May 3, 2016 at 03:12 AM
Hello,
I have a HP laptop that will boot as noted below;
1 - HP Battery Alert - states that my battery needs to be replaced
2 - HP logo screen
3 - blinking cursor in upper left corner
Any help to fix this issue? Nothing was changed prior to this happening and the battery has been bad for a while.
Thanks
Brandon

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KY_WD Posts 2054 Registration date Thursday October 23, 2014 Status Member Last seen February 28, 2017 121
Apr 28, 2016 at 10:51 AM
Hello Brandon,

What happens if you boot in Safe mode? Have you tried that already?
The first that comes up into my mind is to restore the system through a repair CD if you have one.
The second thing is to restart your computer, go after pressing the appropriate F key to navigate to the Windows menu. From there you should have access to restore your OS. Open the Command Prompt in safe mode and run the command:
sfc / scannow
Then press Enter and wait for your OS to be repaired. If you can not access this menu while you reboot, enter BIOS settings. There, navigate to the storage menu to verify that your hard drive is as a first boot priority. If not, set it!
Once you have done this please, come over here to tell me what happened.
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dhawk969 Posts 2 Registration date Wednesday April 27, 2016 Status Member Last seen April 29, 2016
Apr 29, 2016 at 01:40 PM
I cannot boot in safe mode and do not have a repair CD. When I press the F key and go to boot options, it gives the the following;

POST Hotkey Delay - 0
CD_ROM Boot - Enabled
Floppy Boot - Disabled
Internal Network Adapter Boot - Disabled

It does not list the hard drive?!?
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KY_WD Posts 2054 Registration date Thursday October 23, 2014 Status Member Last seen February 28, 2017 121 > dhawk969 Posts 2 Registration date Wednesday April 27, 2016 Status Member Last seen April 29, 2016
May 3, 2016 at 03:12 AM
Hello again,

Since your hard drive is not being listed as an available bootable drive, I would like to suggest you to take it out to test it on another computer. I suspect that it might have failed. If you have the option, please try to take out from the laptop bay and to connect your HDD to another PC. You could do that by putting it in an external case or using SATA-USB adaptor/cable.

I hope it gets recognized on different machine.
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