It freeze at the first dell screen and wont boot. wont even let you choose F2 or F12 for booting from CD.
I have test memory and HD into another same model and work fine. so I guess this is bios or bad windows
is anyone familiar with this fail? pls help !
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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.
Are you trying to reinstall your OS? Or just trying to boot to normal mode?
If the first is your case, you have to choose booting with CD drive in order for your system to boot on your CD Installer.
However, if the second is your case, you don't need to press F2 and F12 after powering on. If you encounter this without your BIOS changed, try reverting it back to BOOT on HARD DRIVE. That is when you are in the BOOT OPTIONS, select HARD DRIVE and press ENTER.
Put the HD in an other computer , start the instal process and let the installation program copy all files to HD. Just when computer is to restart you turn off the computer and put the HD in the C400 and continue the installation from there . When you got one computer going , clone the HD.
Try also to repartion and reformat (hard) the HD.
When your computer is booting up you have the option to press F2 or F12. PRESS F2 -Set Up When your in the Set Up go down to Boot Device Configuration(BDC) Now under Hard Disk Boot Priority You Will see first boot device second third and boot other device For the first boot device select "HARD DISK" After you have made the first boot device hard disk press F10 to SAVE and RESTART
F12 gets you one-time boot options, F2 gets you into setup. If you get an operating system error booting to the hard drive then try changing first boot to the CD/DVD using your Windows disk. What you do then depends on whether there are files you really need to save or if you want to reinstall the operating system. You are welcome to ask again if you need more help. ~Steve