thanks i found that page, and it hasn't helped much yet.
the question mark flashing and a plain grey screen alter everytime i force shutdown.
i have a cursor for my mouse now, so i hope that's good.
i'll have to find my installation disk, and troubleshoot later.
is there a possibility that my info is lost if my disk is corrupted?
i had a fall in nov/dec...my screen is cracked...about a 1/4 blacked out...i haven't had a chance to do anything with it yet. it's been working fine. i was on it last night, and then this morning it would not start up.
how do i reseat the ram and hdd?
by the way, thanks for your help!
i gotta get to work, but i'm gonna try your suggestions later.