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Does anyone know why I get a black screen at startup on Windows XP?

By Redwineguy ·
I turned the laptop on this morning and I am getting a black screen with cursor on top left. I have checked the BIOS setup and it says it is booting to hard drive. I have left the screen up for 1/2 hour and it is just sitting there. I've tried to get to a SAFE MODE start-up but it doesn't respond to any keys. Any help is appreciated.

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So as not to reinvent the wheel...

by jimmy-jam In reply to Does anyone know why I ge ...

Check out this thread that I had started. It's full of good suggestions.

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-7343-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=339385

:ar!

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And if you would like to add some more information

by OH Smeg In reply to Does anyone know why I ge ...

Little things like the Date & Time in the BIOS could have an impact here but the big things are

Make & Model of Computer

When it was last used

What was done to it before it stopped working

Have you tested the HDD

Col

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