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Black Screen. White Flashing Dash

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by christenka, Feb 6, 2011.

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  1. christenka

    christenka Thread Starter

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    I have an HP Pavillion dv6000, running with Windows Vista Home Premium.

    When I turn on the computer, the HP intro screen turns on but then immediately goes Black with a white flashing dash in the top left screen. I can not access F8, safe mode, etc. I can only access the basic set up menu.

    I never received a restore, or a Windows XP disc. Ive come to terms with the fact that I will most likely would lose my files and am willing to do a restore, but I can not get onto the log on screen. Do i need to see a tech? Please be advised I am not tech savvy and just want to get back on to my computer :(

    Any help/links/disc downloads would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. RaytheBear

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    Just a bit confused here: You say you have Vista Home Premium and then you say that you do not have a Windows XP disc? Could you clarify this point a bit more please.

    Ray
     
  3. christenka

    christenka Thread Starter

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    What I meant was, I never received or purchased a vista installation disc which as I've researched, people have said "use your installation or repair disc," which I have neither.
     
  4. RaytheBear

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    What does it say in the Basic menu?
    And is this the menu you got when tapping the F8 key as soon as your computer starts up?
     
  5. christenka

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    F8 is not accessible at all...and the basic setup is the systems, run diagnostic, security, etc. Nothing gives me access past the HP opening screen.
     
  6. vicks

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    Contact HP. I am sure you can purchase the necessary recovery disks. Most companies charge about $20.00 US
    for them.
    Vicks
     
  7. christenka

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    will i lose all data with recovery?
     
  8. vicks

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    Very most likely you will. That is why it is advisable to back up anything you want to keep...on a regular schedule.
    Sometimes, when able to do a 'repair' install your personal documents are okay, but you still would need to reinstall any programs and update your security programs etc.
    vicks
     
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