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I have an acer aspire laptop and everytime i turn it on it comes up with a black screen and a flashing white underscore in the top left hand corner is there a way to fix this?

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    Glenn Rogers May 11, 2010

    Is there a memory card in your card bay or a disc of somesort in your floppy or cd/dvd drive bay? If so, remove those and try again and let us know more details as asked by GeekUTech.

  • Fra Tro May 11, 2010

    May I ask:

    Which operating system are you running?

    Was there any software installed prior to this problem? "This includes updates."

    Was there any hardware installed prior to this problem?


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White underscores rock. They let you enter your BIOS password and stuff. Your system has achieved Zen and you're unhappy with that? You better clear up what you wish it would do for you.

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