My wife has a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. Last night she dropped it and totally screwed the monitor. That's not that really bad part. I can't get it to boot at all. I hooked it up to my TV via HDMI so I can see what's doing. If I try to boot from the drive, it goes to a blank black screen no matter what mode: Boot Normal, repair mode, safe mode, last know good one, etc... If I try to boot from the CD/DVD install disc, it starts to come up, then goes black for about 20 seconds, then goes to a Vista/Microsoft type background - blue and green with some white-ish lines, and an arrow cursor that will move via mouse...but that's it. Stays right there.
If I boot from the Drivers and Utilities disk, I can get to a Command Prompt and chkdsk and that seems to do stuff, but I don't know what good that will do me.
She's an English teacher and has most of her lesson plans on this computer, and hasn't backed anything up for quite some time...great, I know.
Any thoughts on how to get files off this thing before I toss it in the pond would be greatly appreciated.