Re: trying to restore dell 4400 and cannot get to a dell...
If you boot from the XP CD and choose the first repair option it will load to a DOS prompt. From there type "chkdsk /r" and press enter. This will run checkdisk on your hard drive and repair any problems that it finds. It will take 45 minutes or more depending on the size of your drive. Once it finishes type exit to reboot and remove the CD. Your computer should boot normally.
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start tapping f8 after you boot the machine, when given the boot menu, try to load safe mode, and see if it loads. if it does, then you need to do a system restore back to before you got the black screen. more than likely windows loaded an updated driver that disagrees with your system. try that and let me know what happens :)
The operating system is corrupted you have reinstall you windows xp , you have insert the xp boot cd in the cd rom after that the option will be aksing to (press any key to boot from cd..) at that time you have press any key then the booting will be started.
From your description, you were able to boot the machine properly in Safe Mode. While in Safe Mode, change the video resolution to the lowest possible (color depth does not matter at this point). You should also check that you are configured for single monitor operation if your video card supports multiple monitors. Reboot the machine normally. If all goes well, you can readjust your video settings for a higher resolution again.
In safe mode try pressing ctrl+alt+del, then go to task manager-->applications-->New task, then type:
Now your desktop should appear. you could also try running:
In the same way, and see wether explorer.exe is still in the startup. Adding it again will permanently solve your problem.
I hope this helps,
Try going into safe mode if you can by pressing the F8 key when you first turn on the laptop.
If you get into safe mode then go into the system configuration utility underneath the system tools folder. Click on the startup tab and then click on the button that says disable all. This will keep programs from loading when windows boots up. Reboot the computer and see if you can get into windows normally. If you can then you know its a program thats causing the problem. If you still can't get into windows normally then you'll have to wipe out the drive and restore your computer back to factory default.
You also will have to do this if you can't get into safe mode as well.
To resolve the problem,do the following step,
1. Power on the system
2. At dell logo screen before windows xp starts to load tap on the F8 key slowly 5 to 8 times
3. Select safe mode
4 Hit enter on the next screen and logon using the administrator or your name
5. Do the system restore, when you have logged on, this would return your system back to the date when it was working fine
6. To system restore
click start>all programs>accessories>system tools >system restore
Try putting the computer into safe mode by holding down on the F8 button and selecting safe mode during the boot process. Once you get to the safe mode screen and windows appears, restart the computer.
If that doesn't fix the problem you will have to restore Windows.