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Wonder if anyone could help or provide some ideas.

I'm trying to get my spare laptop to work.

Every time I turn it on it just boots to a flashing cursor on a black screen.

The hard drive in it is new - without windows 7 installed yet.

I've tried booting from my windows 7 disk. Set optical drive to first in boot order. Just goes to flashing cursor, does not say "press any key to boot from cd"
Tried booting from usb. Set usb hard drive to first in boot order. same as above.

Mem test says ram is ok, reports cpu and ram amount in bios ok

Laptop is hp compaq nc6320

any ideas at all would be really appreciated

best regards
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:welcome: brokelaptop

Have you checked that the display has been switched on (button 3 top left of keyboard) no joy try pressing the Fn and F4 keys down together in case the computer has been toggled to display to an external screen, if neither suggestions help then connecting to an external display via the notebooks VGA port should be done next.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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