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Cant start my sons dell e520 even from the recovery disk. Keeps looping back to black screen and message floppy diskette seek failure.

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Have you tried to put a disk in the floppy drive when it starts up?
It probably had a disk in before last close down, and is looking for it now when you start up.

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