Hello everyone, I am about on the edge of my rope with my laptop. It was working fine a few days ago. I ran a virus scan about an hour before it stopped working, and everything was working fine. My computer then restarted itself and i get a black screen with an endless blinking cursor on the top left corner.
here's a picture of the screen i get before the blinking cursor
There seems to be basically two possible issues here. The first is that your OS install is pretty thoroughly hosed and you'll have to reinstall. The good news there would be that the drive itself is fine. The other possibility is that the drive has died, and now you have to replace that and reinstall the OS.
And most of the time when you boot the computer there will be some message that says "Press <key> for boot options" or something to that effect. If you do that, you should be able to select the DVD drive to boot from. However, if this is not present on your computer, then you need to go into setup, and be sure to change the order of the boot device so that the DVD drive comes before the HDD.