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I have a Gateway MP8708. These are the following symptoms:

  1. able to boot to and enter BIOS
    • can change BIOS settings and remembers them
    • does not show any problems during BIOS boot
  2. can push F10 to enter 'BoOt from...' menu.
    • lists items and detects: DVD Drive, USB Drive (if I connect it to USB), HD

It attempted to boot the OS, but I just get a blank screen.

I took the HD out and connected it to my PC. It worked well. I erased the drive.

Anyone have any ideas on what else I can do to see what is broken? I took the entire laptop apart and didn't see anything too obvious.

Edit:

I should have added, I inserted a CD drive to install a new OS. but it will not read it. nor will it read a usb drive, so i cannot re-install the os.

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Have you tried re-installing an operating system now that you erased the drive? –  Taegost Jul 12 '13 at 20:52
    
I should have added, I inserted a CD drive to install a new OS. but it will not read it. nor will it read a usb drive, so i cannot re-install the os. –  Sam Jul 12 '13 at 20:53

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