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Black Screen at Startup: Windows VISTA Laptop

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by shackc96, Jun 25, 2012.

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  1. shackc96

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    Approx three weeks ago, I experienced a screen lock-up on a rather old Dell Laptop (Model 1450) using Windows Vista. I spazzed, tried to hard-boot (realized that a DVD was in there, poss the cause). Then reached for the Windows Vista software CD (was the wrong one - license was for other laptop).

    To date, I can see the Dell Banner, the Windows Vista banner and then blackness. Nothing. No cursor...no lines...I hear the fan briefly....

    Have tried to reboot in Safe mode (no luck). Pressed F2 and F12...can see both screens but Im lost.

    Can't locate the orig Windows Vista cd to reload.

    Is this computer dead? Any recommendations on how to revive? Lots of info on there I was hoping to extract. Thanks in advance for any advice....I'll start diggin the hole to toss the laptop into...
     
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