The Dell splash screen comes up, and then instead of going to the Windows logo it just goes to a blank screen with a flashing cursor at the top left corner.
F2 and F12 are shown as options during the Dell splash screen, but nothing I do in there helps.
Usually you can press F8 (I think?) to go to the safe mode options, but it won't work, and I even did a Windows repair from the disc and the problem still persists.
Based on other information I've read in these forums I have tried the following from the Windows Recovery Console:
CHKDSK /R I tried this multiple times. The percentage counter seems to hop back to 50% once it reaches 75% and then continue on very very slowly after that.
FIXBOOT and FIXMBR Tried each of these a few times at various stages of investigation.
Nothing has made any difference at all.
I have also just tried installing a parallel version of Windows on the same drive, as recommended by another person on these forums, in order to gain access to my files.
It installed fine, but when the computer restarted near the end of the installation, it went back to that damned flashing cursor again!!
I've tried unplugging the laptop and taking out the battery for an extended period of time, as suggested by another user in a similar thread.
Also tried taking out the hard drive and re-inserted it after starting the computer as another user suggested.
I've even tried what the Microsoft website recommended
That was to copy the NTLDR and NETDETECT.COM files direct from the Windows disc to my c:\ drive.
Again, nothing has changed. The flashing cursor still sits up there mocking me!
Do any of you fine techies have any suggestions as to what I might try next?
Thanks in advance!
I just wanted to add that I've also run the diagnostic in the BIOS and everything comes up as a "pass".
The memory test seems to take quite a bit longer than all the others but that may be normal, I'm not sure.
Edited by DTX, 31 July 2010 - 02:59 PM.