This belongs to a co-worker. When I push the start button, the fan starts, and the screen shows quickly the 'intel inside' logo, then the XP screen, neither staying on more than a second. Then I get a blank screen with the blinking insertion cursor in the upper left (like when you are working in DOS) Nothing happens after that. If I type any commands, they do not show up on the screen.
Holding the Fn key allows me to do the normal tweeks (raising/lowering vol/mute) (screen dark/light) etc. The numbers lock light is on and It will not change.
I don't know the age of the unit. When I push the on/off button, rather than run for several seconds before shutting down, it shuts down imediately, the same instant I touch the button.
The battery has been taken out for now; just using AC.
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Sounds like a hard drive issue. If you have an XP cd boot to it and run the Recovery Console. Try a chkdsk /r, and if that doesnt work try fixboot and fixmbr. If all of those options fail, try a fresh install. The last option is replace the hard …
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