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Dell Computer wont turn on

By pnowierski
Oct 8, 2008
  1. Woke up, tried turning on my dell computer. Everything was going alright until the Windows Xp loading screen. it loaded, then the screen just went black. I tried reseting it a few times now it freezes on the opening Dell screen when i turn on the computer. I was unable to get to the log on page which was at first annoying, but now its more annoying that i cannot get into my computer setup or boot options through the opening dell screen. Any suggestions?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Please try this in Safe Mode:

    Manual steps to run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer
    • Open My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
    • Click Properties, and then click Tools.
    • Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed
    Use one of the following procedures:
    • • To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, click Start.
    • • To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box, and then click Start. (^^tick)
    • • To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.

    Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:
    Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

    Wait until Chkdsk finishes Checking / Repairing any faults
    Windows will then either restart your computer or continue loading Normally.
     
  3. pnowierski

    pnowierski TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Never mind, i see the tutorial. thanks alot!!
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    If you cannot get to Safe Mode, you can run CheckDisk from booting up with your Windows CD and choosing the first Repair option
    Then select "1" to logon to the Administrator account
    Then select Enter to continue
    ie 1 then Enter

    Once on the Recovery console, just type:

    chkdsk volume:/f, and then press ENTER
    (substituting your volume name to the Drive letter ie C )

    More info here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265

    If you don't have your Xp CD, try one of these free CDs

    Ultimate Boot CD
    http://www.ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm

    XP Recovery Console
    http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso
     
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