Have tried reinstalling vista, but inspiron 1525 doesn't seem to pick up the cd after initially sounding promising. I am stuck with the mouse, fully moveable against a black backdrop; the only screen so come up after 'start windows normally' screen.
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Re: Can't get past black screen and mouse
Power off your computer, then power on hitting F12, del or whichever key it states to go into setup. From the setup menu, select change boot order or boot menu. Set the CD ROM to the first boot device. Save changes. Restart. Your computer should boot to cd starting the installation.
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Seems that there is a cd in the cd drive.take it out and this will be fixed. if not then you will have to reinstall everything data will be lost.you can try pc restore. power on the system and press ctrl and F11 .if this doesn't work then you will have to use the windows cd to reinstall everything.
This sounds like the dreaded Windows Vista Black Screen of Death (KSOD). you might have a bad hard drive, but even more likely some software or a driver is causing a problem and caused Vista to get stuck. The repair will not work. You might be able to run a complete repair from the Windows Vista CD, if you have one. If you are not too experienced, take it to a reputable computer service center. If you are at all technical and have time, google your problem and you will see thousands of similar users with same problems.
This is one reason Microsoft released Windows 7 so soon.
do one thing right click on my computer and go to properties , then go to Hardware Tab , under Hardware tab click device manager then u will be able to trace ur 1525 adapter there ,if it is not working properly then a question mark will be indicated before it... ok do one thing right click on that and uninstall it or remove it then take ur driver cd and install it again with ur cd .... if it doesnot work then go to internet and download latest driver for the adapter for vista ...that;s it
This is happening because the Dell webcam central is accessing the webcam at the same time as yahoo messenger. Click on start and click on Run(XP), Type MSCONFIG in start search (Vista) and you'll get the system configuration utility. Open it and go to the startup tab. Uncheck anything related to Dell webcam. Click on Apply and OK and restart the computer. If yahoo messenger shows a black screen uninstall Yahoo messenger and reinstall with the more recent version.
try booting from a cd like the reinstall cd for windows that came with the computer. when starting hit F12 to show 1 time boot menu; select cd drive; hit any key when asked to boot from cd. This will tell you if its a software or hard drive problem.
there are several things which might resolve your problem.
attempt to get into safe mode (with f 8 at boot), and check device manager for problem devices.
insert the vista disk and boot, and attempt to "repair" windows, the boot sector particularly. there is usually a "repair" utility on windows disks which allows you to fix problems without completely reinstalling windows.
your computer may be infected by a virus. if you can get into safe mode, try a virus scanner called "avast" if that doesnt work, try "malwarebytes" or "combofix". these can be found by doing a quick google searc, just make sure you download them from reputable sites. you may have to use a seperate comoputer to download the programs.
if you cannot get into safemode, try the same anti-virus software suites, from a different computer, with your hard drive installed in that system as a "secondary" drive. if this is a laptop hard drive, laptop to desktop hard drive adapters can be purchased for around $20.