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Black screen of Death Please Help!


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semperfi3521

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Hi Everyone, i know this type of issues have been questions and answered a million times, but i spent all day today looking on how to fix it, and none of the suggestions i've come accross i can implement.
Here is what happened: I have an Inspiron 5150, windows XP pro addition. about 4 years old my friend was using my laptop and said it froze, wouldn't shut off or anything, so he unplugged the power cord and took out the battery. Now when i turn the power button on, i get the black screen with white blinking cursor immediately, no message, start-up anything. All it does is i can hear the fan run.
When i push the power button to turn it off, it shuts off instantaneously, no power down, just hear internal click and its off.
I've tried to put in Dell Restore CD, WindowsXP cd, none of the hot keys (i.e. f5, f8 etc) work.

Does anyone have any ideas? Please help!
Thanks!
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Never let a friend use your main computer!

If you have one that isn't important, let them use it.
Laptop or desktop. Or they can buy their own.

Besides that, check all your internal and external connections.
Hard Drive, Memory, what's in the usb port.

If you didn't see the friend with the computer,
you don't know what was done.

so he unplugged the power cord and took out the battery


What in the heck was that done for!
And WHY! What was being done on your computer.
That's the main question.
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hello !!!!!!

can you check power supply whether it is properly plugged or not

else you can try swapping the power chord

and let me know whether it works or not

thanks
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semperfi3521

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checked the power supply and tried switching to another one, no effect.
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Your hard drive died.
You can look in the BIOS (F2) to see if there is a HDD listed, but it sounds like the hard drive failed when your friend was using it.
Do you know how to remove the hard drive and replace it?
I can walk you through the steps if you need me to.
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