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PC turns on but will not boot up; unable to run directly from cd rom

Powers on; black screen; in safe mode unable to run cd rom from command prompt; would like to reformat and do clean install

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Just before it boots, press the button, (F1. F2, Esc etc) to gain bios screen. Set the boot drive to DVD ROM. Insert your boot disc and re boot.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

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SOURCE: Will not boot to Safe Mode

Try to boot from the Resource CD by selecting the <F12> key and select boot from CD/DVD drive. If you tried to run the "Diagnostics" option from the <F12> boot menu and it went to command prompt, there might be an issue with your hard drive or the "Diagnostics" partition is corrupted or missing. If all tests pass using the Resource CD, then your OS is probably hosed. As for the 9 LED light, that just indicates that your numeric keypad is enabled.

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SOURCE: startup repair won't repair

It sounds like your leaving your Installation Disk in the drive. Take that out and run safe mode, then just plug in your flash drive as normal and it should detect it and you can copy your files to it. If not, use s CD and burn the files you need on them then you can proceed with Wiping the drive. If this fails, Install XP but there is a option to not have the drive formatted thus this keeps all files in tact. Reinstall XP like this, take the files you need and then reformat and reinstall XP and you should be fine. After doing all this, run a virus scan and have it run regularly because it may have been a virus that caused the problem to begin with.

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SOURCE: Dell latitude d600 screen goes black during boot

ok after you have booted in safe mode do a restore to a date just before the last day it worked properly and try that restore is found here

start/programs/accessories/system tools/system restore

hope this helps

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