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Hi, My Dell Inspirion 1546 will power up, give me the welcome screen and then nothing but a blank screen with a flashing cursor. I've seen this problem show up online over a dozen times with no resolution. My warranty just expired 2 months ago. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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This happens because the BIOS can't find a boot loader. This happens because either the disk is severely corrupted and the only way to fix that is to reinstall, or that the hard disk itself has been damaged and you must replace it and reinstall.
To find which just go into the BIOS and see if the hard disk is correctly identified. If it is then maybe the disk isn't to blame (or the damage isn't terminal yet). In that case reinstall and see what's happening; if you start getting errors soon after the install then the disk is damaged and must be replaced. Use what life it still has to recover your files.

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  • Shantelle Aug 05, 2010

    Having trouble getting into BIOS. Can you walk thru?

  • Azrael SRL Aug 05, 2010

    To access the BIOS all you have to do is to press the F2 key when the laptop starts.


  • Shantelle Aug 05, 2010

    yes did that. but nothing happens afterward. I've even hit the Load Default key.

  • Azrael SRL Aug 05, 2010

    Press it and keep it pressed continuously till you get into the BIOS. If this doesn't work then the BIOS is corrupted and you must take it to a shop for the BIOS to be updated offline.


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