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Blank screen with cursor blinking in left corner

Pc has blank -black, screen, and a blinking cursor in upper left corner. did a pre-beet test assessment, everything passed, except a 'spindle test' had failed. hmmm '

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Bad hard drive?

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SOURCE: Power comes on, blank screen, blinking cursor in

Hi! Try to go to bios(press F2) and check if the system is detecting the hdd, make sure no external devices are connected to the system.If yes, then try power drain first, unplug the ac adapter, remove the battery then press and hold power button for 10secs. Put the battery back in, plug in ac adapter and then restart the machine. If doesnt work try to use the cd to repair windows.If getting the same thing, try access safemode and then try to use system restore. Last option is to reinstall the operating system again if still no go, possible hardware problem and might need to call your manufacturer.hope this helps...

Posted on May 20, 2010

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SOURCE: computer displays black screen with blinking cursor

Its seems its not booting correctly. Just Insert Windows CD and fix the windows. Another solution is to press (I think) F1 or F11 or F12 (depending on the model) when booting the machine. It will take you to recovery mode. Use it to restore the boot section ONLY.

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

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Did the diagnostics pass the RAM and the hard drive.
You should check the BIOS settings to see if the hard disk is detected, if possible reset the BIOS back to the default settings and see if the computer boots up.
If not :-
Then it appears that the operating system is either corrupted or system files were deleted or infected with viruses.
Your only option is to do a operating system repair or a complete new install of Windows.
I recommend you do a new install.

Posted on Nov 23, 2008

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SOURCE: Black screen w/blinking cursor

So.. you can select safe mode? Or you turn it on and it is resuming into the blank screen?

If the latter. Unplug the power, pull the battery out for 20 seconds or so. Then put it all back together and try booting up.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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SOURCE: black screen, blinking cursor in top left hand corner

Could be a number of issues, incl unseated processor or a faulty hard drive. First off I would remove mains & battery, remove covers from underneath and reseat any memory or processors you can find - by reseat I mean just take out and put back.If this fails, I would look to price up a new hard drive before condemning the machine.

Posted on Apr 28, 2009

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