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Thinkpad A31 been unused for 12 months. Still appears to boot into windows, plenty of hard drive activity but no video displayed on screen at all, totally blank. I am pretty sure it boots fully into windows but I just don't see anything.

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Sometimes I have seen something like this where there actually is a harddrive error, and it just acts like it books. It would be good to run a scan of the Hard drive. With something like GWScan. The Ultimate Boot CD would be able to run this for you.

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