Hey all, I've been having a rather unusual start up problem, which I can't find relevant information on, through google:
When I try to turn my laptop on, it only gets so far:
logo.jpg 144.51KB 1 downloads
then black screen with tiny flashing dash
dash.jpg 149.81KB 5 downloads
and that's where it stubbornly stops. Every time.
I can't even get to the boot menu. No amount of hitting F8 takes me to the boot menu, or produces ANY response (yes, it's definitely F8 on this computer). The only thing the computer responds to in this state is ALT+CTRL+DEL, which restarts it.
A bit of context:
Last night my computer had a small "blue screen" crash -- nothing unusual, this has happened to me before on this and other computers, without any serious damage. But this time, I'm having the problems described above.
What I've tried so far
Here's what happens when I try to boot using my Windows Vista installation/recovery disk, downloaded and burned from this site.
Vaio logo, black screen with dash, and then upon hitting F8:
penguin.jpg 204.87KB 4 downloads
I hear the CD drive spin (which is a good thing, means it's working), but then an image of the Ubuntu penguin and lots of commands that I don't understand. That's absolutely not what the CD is supposed to do.
I have not been able to get past this point, and have no idea what to do next. I can't even find relevant information on google.
Edited by ohshit, 11 May 2013 - 01:34 PM.