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Laptop Powers On, But I Can't View Desktop

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#1 AntoniaLucky13


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Posted 14 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 which is about six years old. It overheated and powered off last night (something it does with frequency). This morning when I turned it on I had some start-up options, and selected "start normally" which I always do. It brought me to the log-in screen, I put in my password, and it seems to log in, but instead of being able to view my desktop, it is just a black screen. There's nothing to click, and the only thing I can do is let it power off. What happened? How can I fix this/prevent from happening again?

Edited by hamluis, 14 April 2013 - 07:15 PM.
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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:59 AM

How have you determined that this is a overheat issue?


If the laptop is overheating I would suggest using canned air to blow out the dust inside, products like the ones listed here.


Can you boot into Safe Mode?


If so, does this problem persist?

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