I have a Medion PC with Windows XP running on it. Recently the machine would bootup, show the WINDOWS logo screen then start Windows. However when it starts it simply shows a black screen with the mouse cursor. I can move the cursor left and right and up and down and what not. Pressing anything on the keyboard including CTRL-ALT-DEL does nothing.
I assumed something was hanging at startup so I go to safe mode. Same thing except with the SAFE MODE words in the corners.
Very frustrated and with critical data on the drive I can not format. So I start the XP CD in the drive and boot to setup.
I choose recovery and get the dos prompt. The moment I select the OS and type anything.... nothing will show on the screen!!!! It wont restart, I cant start any commands. I can't do anything. It simply "freezes". I have to restart the machine using the power button.
Is doing a REPAIR install my best bet? I want to retain all my applications, and documents. They are mission critical to me. I'm at a total loss. I tried different keyboards to make sure it wasn't the keyboard causing the problem with no luck.