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Black screen instead of Desktop Windows XP on Satellite A100-455

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I have now a permanent problem with my Satellite A100-455 laptop since it didn't shutdown properly (in fact it stopped when the battery was out...).
Now systematically when I try to start the laptop, after the Toshiba and Windows XP family logo the screen remains black (only the mouse arrow works), the Windows desktop never displays!
Even with a F8 mode, I tried some options without success...
What can I do ?
Do you think the only solution is the recovery of the system with the original recovery CD delivered with the Laptop?
Thanks in advance for your help.

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hi deirdra
looks like you have to install your system again. using the recovery-cd is a good idea.
but be aware you could *loose data*! depending on the recovery mode.
when you are not able to start your operating system by pressing f8 you are in trouble.
maybe you can test it with a system-on-cd to check if it is a hardware problem.
in my oppinion there is a problem that depends on software...
try to choose "known last good" configuration
and / or "f5" instead of "f8"on booting into your os.
try to boot without battery only with ac-power on.
let me know if any of the suggestions worked for you.

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