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After post test black screen with underscore blinking

My old laptop shows a black screen with a blinking underscor after POST test. Can't find the OS cd...Any thougths?

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  • WebDevChick Feb 27, 2009

    My apologies... I posted this in the wrong section. It is actually an IBM notebook, but thanks so much for your input. I had a feeling it was lack of memeroy so off to the store. THANKS AGAIN :)

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I had a computer that done that once, turned out to be memory. Mine wasn't a Gateway though but might be the same problem. Just something I have seen, maybe that will help.

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