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Laptop screen stays blank at bootup

When I try to turn on my laptop it immediately pops up a black screen with a white _ in the upper left hand corner of the screen that repeatedly blinks. It did this with nothing in the cd drive. I tried putting in my OS disk but it still would not go past this screen.
It's a Dell Inspiron 1720. It used to start up with a Dell screen and then into Windows, but I see neither now. I need to figure this out so I can complete my project. Please help.

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  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    Either your operating system is corrupt or your hard drive is bad. If you have your operating system cd set the BIOS to boot up off of the cd. If you system can boot up off of the operating system cd then try to reinstall the operating system.




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First try holding down the insert key while booting. Next either your F1 or F2 key will get you into bios.
Try pressing those keys alternately while booting to enter setup. If you get to bios follow the previous poster's advice.
Try re seating the ram boards and the hard drive. Make sure you don't have any usb flash drives installed.


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