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My laptop computer has two problems: A blinking question mark is centered over the CD drive icon and i don't know what this means. It running so slow, bootup takes about 8 minutes. The internet connection return errors and I don't know what they are "or" how to fix. I running Windows XP if you need to know that but cannot get to the internet to even download software to fix it? Help? It's a HSN laptop.

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Please go to safe mode with networking and try connecting to the internet,restart pc,press f8,choose safe mode with networking,choose windows xp,go to admin account..try to connect to the internet using safe mode with networking,download malwarebytes from and run a scan

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In order to provide exact solution let me know exactly what is happening. Also Let me know the operating system you are using.

Also open my computer nd let me if you see the CD/DVD drive icon thier.

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