Windows XP won't start. Black screen, no text

December 7, 2010 at 05:27:58
Specs: Windows XP
Today my laptop suddenly turned off and as I try to turn it back on, it starts to load with typic screen with computer's name. But then the screen is all black and a white _ is appearing constantly. I tried to push the F8 button but it didn't work. What should I do? I need my laptop for studies so it would be awesome to repair it fast.

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December 7, 2010 at 05:29:07
And I have no repair CD or something like that.

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December 7, 2010 at 06:28:10
The files to create the "repair CD" are on your hard drive. Unfortunately, most users don't read the documentation that comes with their computers & the disks never get made.

Before messing with your Windows installation, make sure your system isn't overheating. Overheating is a common cause of random shutdowns in laptops. Check the underside of your laptop to make sure the air intake vents aren't all clogged with dust, lint, etc. Get a can of compressed air & shoot a good blast into the vents to blow out any dust built up on the cooling fan.

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