Please help. I have been unable to boot up my Dell Inspiron 1525 since last weekend. As I boot it up, it appears to boot, and then asks on a black screen whether to "Launch Startup Repair (recommended)" or "Start Windows Normally".
A: If I launch Startup Repair, it flickers a couple of times, the Windows 7 squares appear briefly, there is a flash of a blue screen/white writing which disappears instantly, and then I get a plain black screen, and eventually a white arrow cursor appears, and the mouse works, but just a plain black screen. I have let that run for up to 3 hours, and nothing changes. I have done this more than the 3 times recommened. Should I leave it overnight? Will more time help?
B: If I start Windows Normally, then it seems to boot again, and then its says Starting Windows, I get the Windows squares, and it sits there for a while, then there some flashes, and the screen goes black, and it reboots, back the option to either "Launch Startup Repair (recommended)" or "Start Windows Normally" - excatly where I was... Goes nowhere.
C: I have tried to read other forum posts, and followed the suggestion to hit F8 repeatedly, and boot up in Safe Mode. It just runs through a whole list of Drivers that it is loading, and then hangs up on a line: Loaded: \windows\system32\DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS and then I get a black screen again briefly, and it reboots to the "Launch Startup Repair (recommended)" or "Start Windows Normally" place again. Went nowhere...
D: I have tried to Boot to the Command Prompt, and it takes me back the same beginning.
E: I have tried to boot from my Windows 7 DVD which is in the drive, and it seems to load Windows and then I end up on a black screen with a white cursor arrow.
I do NOT want to lose my data (I have not back-up in about 3 months, and I have critical files on there). I know that I was running out of HDD space, but it wasn't too bad...
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!