So, I've got a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop, and use the OS Windows XP Home Edition. When I press the power button, the Dell logo comes up and the loading bar below it loads properly, and then it brings me to the black screen with the blinking cursor. Usually after this, the Windows XP Home Edition logo comes up and it's loading bar runs and then it brings me to the login screen. However, I am stuck at the blinking cursor stage and cannot get by it.
I've found that, before this screen comes, I can access 3 options, all of which I have tried to use to fix my computer, but cannot:
F2 - Setup
Brings me to a page titled 'Dell Inc. Inspiron 1545'.
It lists 9 drop down menu's with options to change some settings:
- System Information
-Function Key Behavior
-Internal HDD Password
-USB Wake Support
-Wake on LAN
-Fn Key Emulation
F12 - Boot Options
Brings me to a page that shows the following:
Use the up- and down-arrow keys to move the pointer to the desired boot device. Press [Enter] to attempt the boot or ESC to cancel.
Brings me to a screen that shows the following:
Window Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA Mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Disable automatic restart on system failure
Start Windows Normally
Return to OS Choices Menu
Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice
Unfortunately, I'm not totally tech-savvy. I don't know commands or codes to input or anything like that. So, the most I've been able to do or try to do was go through each of the options I could access (and I don't know if there are others), and try finding a way to make my computer upload. For F8, I went through all Safe Modes, Last Known Good Configuration, Start Windows Normally, Reboot, and Return to OS Choices Menu to try to get it to boot up. Each attempt brought me to a blank screen that doesn't change. F12, I tried to tell it to use the Internal HDD, but to no avail. I went through all of the information in F2 to see if any settings were mixed up.
This problem occurred after I got home from vacation, over which my laptop worked fine. I didn't get a chance to backup all the new files, or this wouldn't be a problem and I would just get a new computer. Is there a way to fix this, or am I going to have to send my computer off and just hope that the files on my Hard Drice can be retrieved?
Thank you for reading.