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May 15, 2009

When starting up there's just a blank black screen with a blinking cursor on the top left of screen.

I waited for hours and still won't boot.

I tried fixmbr, rebuildbcd from Vista DVD and it didn't help.

Any help? I'm tired of reinstalling Vista again and again.


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