Today I booted my old PC which has not been used in around 5 months or so. It is custom built with some fairly old components compared to today's standards. Upon booting I am greeted to a black screen with a white, blinking cursor in the top left of the screen. I am unable to do anything from here except reboot and try again. I have tried booting while attempting to enter the BIOS or Safe Mode but nothing happens and I end up at the blinking cursor again. I have attempted to reformat the disk with both a Windows 7 and XP disc, but again I am greeted with the blinking cursor. I am at a loss on how to get around this short of replacing the hard drive. I do not have another hard drive to test with, and without being able to boot from disc or enter the BIOS I am totally stumped with this one, any ideas on what I could do?
Well if you can't enter the bios it's not the hdd that's causing the issue. All I can think is that something is wrong with your motherboard. It's obviously getting power since it's turning on. Have you tried to clear CMOS?
I have reset the CMOS and it had gotten past the splash screen, registering devices. I did note that CMOS Checksum=Bad popped up. The computer notified me that a file or driver is unsigned and suggested I insert a disc to repair and reboot. Following it's advice I inserted my disc, rebooted and I am not stuck at the splash screen once again, the manufacturer splash screen, not the blinking cursor.