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L355 Satellite Shows Toshiba Logo then goes to Black screen with blinking cursor; after a few seconds two lines appear in top left corner with cursor still blinking. Have Windows Vista (but can't find original disk) I reset the harddrive; I checked bios and it boot recognizes harddrive Tried F8 and getting into safe mode, but couldn't

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You need your Vista disk to re-install Vista.

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