Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop. When I start it, after the Dell boot logo appears and goes away, the screen remains black with a blinking cursor in the top left corner.
Before I came to this forum, I tried everything in the excellent "10 Things You Can Do..." article: (http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=348
) but none of them help. (Please take a look at the article before making a suggestion that's already there.)
Pressing F8 (or F5 or F7) while on the Dell screen has no effect, so I can't use Safe Mode or Last Good Configuration; although F2 (Setup) and F12 (Boot options) do work.
I can boot from the Windows CD as well as the "Ultimate Boot CD for Windows". These let me access the C: drive but the diagnostics I ran don't seem to find anything. (Maybe I'm not doing them right.) I also ran CCleaner to fix registry errors and other stuff.
Then I came back to Bleeping Computer. The sticky post at the top of this forum suggests that I try these:
- Disk Diagnostic
- CHKDSK /F /R (try to boot)
- fixmbr (try to boot)
- fixboot (try to boot)
- Safe Mode (try to boot)
...but I think I tried all these when I followed the 10 Things article. Any ideas what else I could try?