After installing a new SSD to an Acer Aspire 5820TG I am getting black screen with a blinking cursor

Hi everyone!

My fathers old laptop was getting really slow, so I ordered an HDD caddy and one Kingston Sandforce 240GB SSD. I installed the components, and installed Windows 8.1. After doing this I Installed some software like a web browser, anti-virus etc. Then I ran Windows update and let it install 46 Updates (roughly 900 MB). Then I used DRP.SU to install drivers, but when it came to the last driver, the graphics card driver, it shut down suddenly. When trying to turn it back on it just gives me the black screen with a blinking underscore.

What I have tried: I have tried installing windows again, but I still get the black screen with a blinking underscore even before I can get going on the installation. I've tried alt+f8 and I've tried shift+f10, still nothing.
I have also tried removing the HDD which is seated in the HDD caddy, and that didnt work either.

Any other suggestions?

Best regards
Even Søsveen
Norway
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  1. When you say you have tried installing windows 8 again, do you mean that you are booting to the install dvd?
  2. hans_pcguy said:
    When you say you have tried installing windows 8 again, do you mean that you are booting to the install dvd?


    Yes, that is what I mean. I tried booting the DVD with Windows 8.1 installed on it, but it still will not go past the black screen with the blinking underscore.
  3. Can you get into the bios?
  4. Usually a blinking cursor means that the hard drive is busy or that the bus is busy/very slow/stuck. I would try taking the ssd out and then trying to boot to dvd. then put the ssd back in. that might clear it up. sorry about no caps my button is being stubborn.
  5. hans_pcguy said:
    Usually a blinking cursor means that the hard drive is busy or that the bus is busy/very slow/stuck. I would try taking the ssd out and then trying to boot to dvd. then put the ssd back in. that might clear it up. sorry about no caps my button is being stubborn.

    After removing the SSD the computer can now boot the Windows DVD.
    What is the problem then, broken SSD?
  6. hans_pcguy said:
    Can you get into the bios?


    Yes, I can get into the BIOS, and I have tried resetting it to default twice.
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