Dell Inspiron 1440 Windows7 64bit
SSD~18months ago due to drop on floor, damaging original HDD
Was working yesterday. Did update of 3 important items, did restart, then left house. Wife didn't use the laptop or turn it off. Appeared to be off this morning.
Push start button, Dell logo appears, F2Setup F12BootOptions appear lower right corner, blue line advances as if starting, doesn't make it all the way then screen goes black after 2 seconds, flashing hyphen remains constant in upper left corner. External mouse, arrow/enter/backspace buttons work in F12
Ctrl Alt Delete starts over.
Pushing F12 within 2 seconds brings up black screen with white text which offers boot device options:
Internal HDD - selection brings back flashing hyphen screen
CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive - ditto
BIOS Setup - 8 menu list items with sub items which open to right of screen, many with options to click (I haven't selected any to change)
Diagnostics - blue screen/white text Ran diagnostics tests; no diagnosis offered. No change in symptoms