Hello, I'm new here and did try a quick search looking for similer issues. A few days ago a buddy gave me his old laptop. He said he thought the dvd rom was NG. The unit is a compaq presario v2000. I have seen these laptops have a high rate of mobo failure. I'm hoping thats not the case. The symptoms: upon startup it goes to the hp/centrino screen then it goes to a flashing curser in the top left corner for a few seconds. Finally it rests on a black screen and tells me to remove any disks/media and restart. I heard you guys like a challenge so if thats true and anyone is willing to help. I would appreciate it. (So would my son ) I'm pretty puter savvy and can follow instructions....I just don't know where to begin. Thank you in advance to anyone who may give this a shot. OS: winxp pro cpu: 1.4 pentium m ram: 512mb Oh and the dvd rom doesn't appear to work. When I do put a cd in, the black screen with the flashing curser appears to hang a lil longer.