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Sound like you have a hardware problem.if you boot can you use the keyboard to go into the bios?hit f2 when it boots,If you enter the bios it might be a windows issue.However if it persist your keyboard might be disconected or bad.
It sounds like you bought the computer without an operating system, if you just bought it you need to install an OS (Windows or linux).
You might be able to get recovery discs from Dell if this sytem is entitled to a windows install. Does it have a Windows OEM sticker on the bottom?
In short, You need to install an Operating System.
You can submit a form to request replacement CDs at https://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form
You may need to do a ownership transfer with Dell before they will send this there is a form for this as well or you could call customer care http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/change_order/tag_transfer?~ck=ln&c=us&cs=19&l=en&lnki=0&s=dhs
sorry to say,but please re-install your operating or repair your windows from windows 2000 cd system.to ensure problem do not persist download trial version of the software IOLO SYSTEM MECHANIC or some other registry repair software and run it on your pc.
help have a dell latitude c800 must have a a email viruse cause it has blue screen with message "beginning dump on physical memory" then it has black screen with message disk error no drive found. did not get a cd for rebooting dont know what to do. it is refurbished and running windows 2000. would appreciate any and all help.
try load defaults on bios by goin F2 on dell splash screen. if still no go, remove battery and leave adapter plugged in. if no power while adapter only plugged in, replace adapter, if has power while adapter plugged in, replace motherboard( since you already replaced the old battery).