Question about Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop
Computer starts up, the WinXP display comes on, then it dies & all I get is a black screen with a blinking cursor. I've already tried to hit F2 and F12, to go into boot menu or setup. Neither one worked. Also tried putting a diagnostics cd in the cd drive, but it never ran. Any other suggestions?
Turn the computer's power on.
Immediately put the original Windows XP CD into the drive.
Tell the computer to boot from the CD (not from the hard-drive).
Does it start to boot from the CD?
Do you get as far as the "repair/install" boot-screen?
If so, your basic hardware is OK, and turn your computer off,
rather than choosing "repair" or "install".
Then, it's probably either the hard-drive that is failing,
or the installed copy of Windows XP is fuddle-duddle-ucked up, so that it cannot finish the "Windows startup" processing.
Posted on Apr 23, 2009
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