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Computer won't book - black screen - cursor blinking on left hand


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chrisyts

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I have had this problem before when I was running Vista. I have a HP Media Center computer and put in a new SSD 120G Hard drive and Windows 7. The D Drive is where the data is stored and is also a new hard drive (not SSD) but not put in at the same time. This morning computer was unresponsive so I turned it off and turned it back on. The HP Invent screen comes up followed by the Intel info at the top, then a blinking cursor. The screen is black. I can hear the hard drive spinning or maybe it is computer noise, and then goes silent. The cursor moves down on the left hand side about 2 inches and continues to blink at me. I did have the problem before when I was running Vista on this computer and a regular C drive but given enough time it would start to boot. But this time it looks like it is not going to boot.

Do I need a new mother board or a new computer? I read in one of the threads about running chkdsk but am scared to try that. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am not a techie person and scared of computers but willing to try some good advice.

Problem has been solved and my computer is up and running.

Edited by chrisyts, 28 June 2011 - 02:05 PM.

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The black screen means your computer cannot find an operating system. Does the hard drive you put in have the operating system installed?
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Thanks Hendaz. I went out and checked the system configuration and saw that it was trying to access the right hard drives and the correct hard drives were being targeted. I then started to ESC out and the computer started to boot and is now running just fine. Not sure what will happen if it goes down again and I have to reboot. I talked to my computer person and he said that it might have been caused by Windows doing an update.

Thanks for your help.
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