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Does nothing compaq screen shows, pressing F2 or DEL does nothing - unit beeps then screen goes black with white underline flashing in upper left corner.

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This indicates, it has lost the initial boot settings in the bios for a p.o.s.t. and if inseting your xp disc into cdrom drive at boot up doesn't do anything either, possible cmos battey flat and requires checking and replacing. The motherboard may also have a fault as it's getting on a bit.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006

  • andrew pester
    andrew pester Nov 10, 2006

    Sorry also meant to say that you may also need to get the hard drive checked out, as it may be damaged and as is to why it can't find the masterboot record.

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