Yes the hard drive on you desktop is working or you would not have black
screen with the cursor.
The problem is that the OS on it appears to be corrupt and therefore it will
not complete the boot process.
Since your post does not include your past posts in this thread I do not
know what OS your are running.
Depending on the OS you may be able to run a repair install booting the
installation disk from the systems optical drive.
"carm077" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Yesterday I was cleaning up my computer (deleting programs, files, etc)
> and it was fine. It wasn't till this morning when I turned it on that I
> encountered this black screen. It's right after the login screen but
> instead of going to my desktop it goes to a black screen with a movable
> cursor. Ctr+Alt+Del or Ctr+Shift+Esc don't work either.
> The weird thing is that I'm on my laptop now but I can connect to that
> computer (the one with the problem) via my network. When it's on the
> black screen I can connect to it and take files (I have file sharing on)
> which makes me think its not a hard drive problem.
> Worst comes to worst I can reformat seeing as I have all my important
> files from it but I'm trying to avoid that.