I'm having some problems booting my machine (Samsung NP300 (e5a) laptop). I've had problems with windows before, so this is not what's worrying me. What's worrying me is that when I turn it on, and press F2 to access the BIOS (it's labelled 'setup'), I don't get anywhere. I am left with a black screeen with one unblinking cursor in the top left corner. What might cause be to not be able to access it?
The problem started when windows was updating windows 10. The update was interrupted mid way through (power button held down), and since then I've been unable to get onto windows. (Obviously I'll never do this again.)
- When trying a normal boot (not trying to access BIOS) I just get a black screen, and the backlight flashes on and off every couple of seconds.
- When trying to boot off my windows 8 recovery USB, I get a blue page saying "The BCD file doesn't contain valid information for an operating system". "You'll need to use recovery media" which is odd, since that is the recovery media/
- When booting of a windows 7 recovery CD (the laptop was once on windows 7), no operating system shows in the system recovery options box, and on opening a command prompt, no C: drive shows up.
- When booting gparted live from a CD, the windows partition shows with a warning triangle, but a 'check and repair' command fails.
Is it new hard drive time? Thanks for any time