Thank you all for reading this. Any help given is very appreciated.
I used my Dell Vostro 1700 laptop for years with Vista OS. It started crashing at "Starting Windows" screen. Could not log on anymore. Decided it was time to upgrade OS and format drives. Stupidly I thought that would cure it. Now the problem is different. It won't boot at all. I tried USB and a recovery disk. I won't read either of them. The screen goes black with a DOS style cursor blinking in the upper left corner and just hangs. I can't access safe mode. I ran all the diagnostic tests with no issues.
I took the laptop apart. Striped it down and reseated everything. BIOS battery, RAM, HD, all connections that could be unplugged and plugged. I reset the BIOS to defaults. Didn't help.
I'm not sure where to go from here. Is this a hardware problem?
Edited by hamluis, 29 June 2018 - 09:22 AM.
Moved from Crashes/BSODs to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.