I am beyond frustrated with this. Bought this pc that has W7 Ultimate 64. I believe that it was upgraded from XP. I t all works just fine once it gets all started. The problem is that it sits with a black screen and the flashing upper left cursor for 3 minutes until it starts doing the normal W7 loading, which goes off smooth from then on. If I put in a install disc it will go to that fairly fast. My noephitism makes me think that (in order of likelyhood) either the bios can't find W7 due to a problem in where it is looking, the HD potentially has a problem or the bios is having a problem. I can't seem to get the bios to set for the HD to be #1 in the boot order, but when I disconnect the optical drive it doesn't help any. It has only onboard video and no additional cards of any kind. The repair options via system repair have done nothing. Do I need to do a HD test like chkdsk first or I have an install disc that I can use. What would be the options there? The only file or anything that would be a problem at all is the Office '10 in it. I believe that I can get the file to reinstall Office and I have the code. I can ultimately do a full reinstall with formatting if necessary. If I need to use the install disc exactly what options do I select? What can I do here? Thanks to any one who can help.