just looked through the posts and don't see anything that helps; so here goes.
I have a Dell Dimension C521 that was running W7.
Processor is AMD (Athlone) 64x2 dual core 4220.
Not long after I acquired this machine it just stopped working. The fans were running, but nothing turned on. So I put it aside and more or less forgot about it.
But today I dragged it onto the bench. And it fired up.
First with an error message asking me to run the recovery program. Which I did.
I worked for an our or so. then after maybe the second boot up I got the blue screen of death and the message that something bad had happened and it was saving all physical memory to disc.
It kept stopping this screen for half an hour but showed no sign of continuing any further.
I finally shut it down with the i/o button.
Now, the fans run, a couple of LEDs light up, but nothing appears on the screen.
I vaguely remember having run the recovery the last time it failed, with similar results.
I was wondering if there is some way that I can get it to boot from a CD, and maybe it will run Linux from this.
Or does anyone know any magic key combination that will allow me to get into safe mode ?