the laptop to factory condition, I'd think you may have anything from a simple overheating issue to a hardware failure. After cleaning out the vent ports with compressed air, I'd try to run memory and hard drive testing software. Knowing the HD manufacturer would be good as most offer both destructive and non-destructive utilities to analyze the hard drive's electronic and magnetic components. Memtest86, available as a bootable .iso, can find RAM issues that BIOS checks miss. With these three items. Good luck.
I am departing soon and would desperately like to my laptop with me when I go. Here's a quick summary if any one wishes to have mercy on my soul and lend a helping hand:
- The black screen of death. I can turn on the computer (a DELL INSPIRON E1405) and see the DELL Logo and the Windows logo....then nothingness. Just a black screen...no cursor, no nothing.
THINGS I'VE TRIED
- Rebooting...alot! No luck...blackness
- Tried re-installing WINDOWS VISTA by booting from the CD...it read " Windows is Loading Files"...and then it goes to blackness...nothing. No dice.
- I know zippy about comptuers...but it seems like I have two options, F2 or F12 from that startup screen...I've tried both...and can get that far.
Any advice on how to possibly save this computer? Is it dead and should I toss in the Atlantic ocean on my way overseas? Im starting to wonder if I even have the right VISTA CD anymore. Penny for anyone's thoughts...
Thanks a ton. Shack