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    hostonbarry
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    Ok so my desktop computer is no longer working. My son attempted to do a windows update. It said “windows platform update”. Everything seemed to go fine but now the computer won’t even boot up. It just brings up a black screen with a flashing cursor. Any ideas?

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    Karl
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    A couple of things to try …

    1. The flashing cursor sounds suspiciously like it’s trying to boot from something other than your hard drive.so make sure you don’t have any floppy disks or CD/DVD’s in the drives, then reboot.
    2. If number 1 didn’t work, try holding down your F8 key while the PC is booting. Hopefully this’ll get you into “Safe Mode”. You should then be able to do a System Restore to return the PC to a previously working state.
    3. If your PC won’t even boot into Safe Mode, it’s likely to be something more serious and you’ll need to take it to someone.

    Good luck.

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    Jake@EmroyPrint
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    It’s a bit unorthodox, by I generally find a bit of good old fashioned banging and yelling tends to do the trick.

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    Chris Bates
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    Emroy, post: 23440 wrote:
    It’s a bit unorthodox, by I generally find a bit of good old fashioned banging and yelling tends to do the trick.

    I’m going to vouch for this as an IT tech. I once fixed a clients computer by carrying it into my workshop :P

    It was a cable jammed into the CPU fan that came loose with the movement, haha.

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    Karl
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    Emroy, post: 23440 wrote:
    It’s a bit unorthodox, by I generally find a bit of good old fashioned banging and yelling tends to do the trick.

    Of course! I believe it’s known as ‘percussive maintenance’ in the trade.

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