Switch on computer - c:\ on screen only

  decha 23:12 20 Jan 09

Hi, hope someone can help me. When I switch on my daughters laptop, there is just a blank screen apart from the C:\ at the top flashing annoyingly away. I don't know what to do. I am okay with a computer, but self taught so don't know how to fix any unusual or major problems, or even where to start.
Help! Any ideas, with easy instructions please. Bet she has downloaded or deleted something!

  Proclaimer 23:27 20 Jan 09

dir /p

and see what directories are listed. Use the space bar to advance the list if it is more than one page.

Depending upon what is listed...

  DieSse 00:09 21 Jan 09

What operating system is it?

Win98 or ME or XP or Vista??

  Peter 02:16 21 Jan 09


If the operating system is one of the older versions of Windows you could try typing WIN at the DOS Prompt.


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