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Black Screen At Boot; Power Switch?


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#1 jercgirl

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:15 PM

hello to all - I am having a weird problem with my PC. It's a gateway, about 5 years old. I was running Windows XP home, and it was fine until a few weeks ago. Upon booting up, it went thru windows screen, also BIOS and then instead of the 'windows is starting up' message, I get the dreaded black screen with "Operating System Not Found." I resigned myself to having to re-install everything because my HD crashed (I've already done it twice) - when suddenly it went back to 'normal' for about two weeks. It has done it again two days ago. The only strange symptom is that once I push the power button, I hear it click a number of times in quick sucession - but I haven't touched it again.

Can my switch have gone kaflooey and would that cause the black screen? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 HitSquad

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:46 PM

Hi jercgirl.
The clicking noise you here at power up, the 'OS not found" message and the crashing are because your hard drive is near dead. If you can get it to boot, backup everything you need pronto. 5 years is a pretty good life for a hard drive. :thumbsup:

Edited by HitSquad, 22 June 2006 - 02:47 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2006 - 03:58 PM

Hi HitSquad:

Thanks for the reply. I was hoping that it was the button. Ah, well.

I'll see if I can get back into it. Thanks again.




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