Almost all bsod's are driver related.
I have the exact same laptop, so I should be able to help you.
When you see the Dell splash screen right after you press the power button, start hitting the F8 button like it's going out of style until you see the "Advanced Boot Options". If you miss it, wait for the crash/reboot and try again. You have to use the arrow keys to navigate here (no mouse). Select "Safe Mode". It should boot now. But you will notice that things look noticeably different. That is because Windows only loads the bare-bones drivers with no start-up programs.
Hit the "Ctrl + Shift + Esc" keys on the keyboard. Navigate to the "Applications" tab of the Task Manager. Click New Task. Type in "sysdm.cpl" without the quotes and hit Enter. Navigate to the "Hardware" tab and open the "Device Manager". If you see anything that catches your eye here, then you've likely found your culprit. Disabled devices have a little yellow triangle next to them. If you see any like this, open them up and make note of the problematic device. Using a different computer (the one you are accessing this website from), go here
and download all the latest drivers for your Dell laptop. Copy them to a flash drive and install all of them on the laptop (no reboots yet until they're all done!), then try rebooting into normal mode. If you still get the bsod, let me know and we'll go from there.
By the way, if you're using 64-bit Windows 7 (what Dell puts on every new laptop), go here
to download the drivers instead.
Edited by keyboardNinja, 06 January 2010 - 11:52 AM.