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notebook boot problems

By phil ·
I have a Gateway6020GZ Notebook that i'm having boot problems with. A week ago it stopped booting. The bios would show and i'd even see the hardware initializing but then instead of the usual xp load screen i get nothing but a dos cursor blinking in the top left corner. So i figured windows is corrupt. Tried reinstalling/booting from a winxp disc but again the exact same thing happens (blinking cursor which is also accompanied by minor fan and hdd spins, then silence). So i removed the hard drive and formated it on another machine through an enclosure(filesystem was actually in tact and accessible). Still unable to install xp from disc after putting the hd back in the laptop, same exact thing.

i'm close to pulling my hair out, please help. Is this a bios or hardware issue?

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