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Re: Dell M70 laptop won't boot up
If you have a Windows installation CD, you can use the Recovery mode to attempt to fix the problem.
Turn on computer, insert CD into drive. Press any key to boot from CD Windows installation process will start After a few minutes, a screen will come up telling you to hit ENTER to install Windows, or to press R to enter the Recovery Console Press "R" You will be asked which operating system Most times there is only one option, select 1 At command prompt, type "fixboot" and press ENTER, if it asks if you're sure, type "Y" press ENTER again Then, at command prompt, type "fixmbr" and press ENTER, again, type "Y" and press ENTER if it asks. Type "exit" and press ENTER to exit recovery console and reboot.
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Sound like its trying to load and can't find hard drive, CD, or USB device. You need to go into BIOS by pressing an F key during boot. Look on the screen for correct Function key to press during boot. Make internal hard drive first. Save and restart. Reseat hard drive if it does not show up in BIOS.
Yes, this sounds like the traditional black screen issue, but it's
different! This machine is a Dell Dimension 3000 with XP. System won't
boot. After Blue Dell BIOS splash screen with F2 & F12 options, it
just goes black. There will ultimately be a white cursor in the upper
left hand corner. I can edit BIOS with F2, I can get in to the boot
menu with F12, but I can't do anything after that. I can even get in to
the Safe Mode menu (F8), but it never boots.
This is a freebie
The system is not booting to the hard drive, the #9 indicator is an indication that the number lock is enabled.
Try holding the Fn key while powering on the system, see if diagnostics run (The works on newer Dells, not sure about the D610) If you don't have that function, if you have the resource cd, try and boot to it and run diagnostics.
Generally, the issue you describe is a problem with the hard drive, if it passes diagnostics, then see if you can repair the windows install booting to the XP Cd
Start the computer up and repeadetly keep pressing DELETE to access BIOS menu, Once BIOS menu is aquired make sure that BIOS can see your main harddrive, If that checks out then you may need to set your booting device order to boot the harddrive that contains your Operating System. If that still does not work then you may have a bad motherboard.
You don't say what Windows are you using.
Anyways, it seems like you have a corrupted BOOT problem.
On Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can insert your Windows installation CD, and choose the "Repair my pc" option.
Windows will do it automatically fro you, and you'll be up and running in a couple of minutes.
Did the HDD light flash ? also check battery may be bad, CMOS need info to talk to the drives before booting up, also is your copy of windows legal? XP and later Microsoft gives you 5 tries and windows goes bye bye, also no antivirus prog. master boot record may be corrupted. and only other thing back to O/S is linux( open source) . unles CMOS chip died.
That blinking cursor is the way in which the BIOS is telling you that Windows is missing - its most critical, core files have been corrupted beyond repair. The only thing you can do is to reinstall using the recovery cd or your own Windows install disk.
There’s probably an issue with your boot-up files or the hard drive. Suggest you start backing up all your documents, pictures and anything else that you don’t want to lose. Press and hold the <Fn> key while powering the system on. This will run the Dell Diagnostics. If no errors are detected, your software has a problem. Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please show your appreciation by rating your experience. Thank You.