So my laptop has had this problem for a few months but I've been too busy to actually do anything about it. Whenever I turn it on, there are three things that always happen. It will either:
1)Stay stuck at the "Compaq" screen
2)Go passed the "Compaq" screen but then to a black screen with a blinking dash at the top left corner (If I wait long enough, like five long minutes, Windows 7 will eventually start up.)
3)Or go passed the "Compaq" screen, to the black screen with dash, but eventually instead of starting up, it will say something like "Operating system not found"
Because of this hassle, I just leave my laptop on. If for some reason it turns off or I have to restart it, I just keep restarting until number 2 happens.
My laptop has also been infected with a number of viruses/trojans such as Privacy Protection, and whatever causes Google redirects that I have removed(?) with the help of the forums/tutorials here. I'm pretty sure my laptop is still infected though.
Thank you for the help!
Edited by virusesmustdie, 17 December 2011 - 05:27 PM.