BIOS Version A04
Intel Core 2 Duo 2 MB
Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (307 MB/ 667 MHz)
250 GB HDD
When I turn on my laptop I get the Dell POST screen and that seems to function normally. After the bar fills up the computer would normally go to the Vista log in screen...it doesn't. I get a black screen with an unrespsonsive cursor in the top left. I've checked the BIOS and all of the setting are where they should be. When I start over, I can only use the F2 or F12 keys (I can run any bootable disc). I've done every diagnostic possible (Dell "Diagnostics and Drivers", Vista "Repair My Computer" and the onboard diagnostics) and they all PASS...everything. I cannot use the F8 to try Safe Mode or such, and did a keyboard check to make sure all keys are functioning properly, and they are. In the Vista RE, it shows the OS and I move to the next screen to click on "Startup Repair". That completes successfully but the comp still will not boot. I've checked the memory, hard drive, etc. and as I said earlier, they all pass.
The next thing I tried was the Bootrec commands for FixBoot and FixMbr, which both say completed successfully. Still not booting. Here's the kicker...when I use the ScanOs command, it says that no operating system can be found. I've checked the directory and it's there. So now I'm really confused. I did a clean install after formatting the drive, and still nothing. (Just to be sure, and since I had them new, I replaced the RAM but problem is still here.) If anyone has any ideas or help, that'd be great! Thanks in advance!