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I have a Compaq Presario CQ-50 105NR and when I boot it up it goes to a black screen and the cursor just blinks in the top left corner. None of the LEDs are lit nor are there any beeps during start up. When I run the BIOS setup and test the memory all is ok, but when I go to test the hard drive it says that there is no IDE device present. I bought a brand new hard drive, installed it and still get same problem. What could the problem be caused by? Thank you.

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For some reason the disk is not being registered in the BIOS. Bent pins can cause this problem. Is the disk firmly seated?
Did it quit working "suddenly" and you replaced the disk? If so, it sounds like the disk controller circuit on the mother board has gone bad.
Put the disk in a desk top and see if you can read it. (Takes special laptop cables or a special adapter. PC shops could test it.)
If you can see the disk contents, then for sure you have a problem on the mother board.

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