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Cannot boot windows...need help saving computer

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I have an Acer Notebook that I've installed Windows XP and McAfee Virus Protection on in the past 2 months. The computer is a couple years old though. Recently I came to this error. The computer when booting up now will show the Acer logo which is where if you hit F2 you can get into the bios and then immediately afterwards goes to two blinking cursors....one at the top of the screen and one at the bottom of the screen. I can't boot from disk or boot in safe mode. Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks
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Hello, and welcome to Geeks To Go.
It may be that your hard drive has failed.
Do you have the XP CD?
If so lets try running check disk.
How to run checkdisk from recovery console (Windows xp). (Courtesy dsenette)
  • Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
    Note:Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so.
  • When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
    Note:If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
  • When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
  • At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following then press Enter:

    chkdsk /r

  • Allow this to run UNDISTURBED until completed (45 min or so)
  • Report any errors

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