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Laptop Not Booting - Goes to Black Screen With Underscore

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by quesera, Nov 17, 2010.

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  1. quesera

    quesera Thread Starter

    Nov 17, 2010
    Hello everyone! I've found several topics on the forums regarding issues similiar to mine, however their solutions either didn't work for me or were a little too confusing to follow. So here's to hoping that this can be resolved!

    Earlier, I was using my HP laptop with Windows Vista when the computer suddenly froze, then abruptly shut off. When I tried to reboot, everything seemed normal at first (albeit much, much slower), until about ten minutes in when the screen went black. The only thing visible was a strobing white underscore in the upper left corner.

    Needless to say, the situation hasn't changed. If I press ctrl + alt + delete, the computer restarts. It will not allow me to access F8 (to boot it in safe mode), however it will let me adjust the boot priorities. I've tried booting it with the hard drive being first on the list (which wasn't the default setting) with no luck.

    I've also tried removing the battery and holding the power button, letting it "cool down" for a couple of hours before rebooting again, and letting it stay on the black screen to see if something would change.

    I'm really worried that it has something to do with the HD, as I forgot to backup my most recent files. Is there any way to verify this? Would there be some kind of strange noise coming from the computer, or any other indicator? I've never had a HD fail on me (knock on wood), so I honestly don't know what to expect. Could it be something like the motherboard, instead?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I really have no idea where to go from here. Thank you in advance for your time!
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