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Cannot see post screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by devil, May 6, 2010.

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  1. devil

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    I got a message on laptop saying <windows root>\hal.dll missing, i sorted out that problem but now when the laptop restarts i get a message saying cannot display this video mode. This message then disappears after a couple of minutes and it boots into windows. (xp pro).
    I cannot see the post screen and i can`t get into the setup screen.I set the laptop to boot from cd/dvd drive to fix the first problem but now i can`t get into setup to change it back to hdd.
     
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    OH and the laptop is a DELL Inspiron 8200
     
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    The laptop is connected to an external display as the laptop screen is broken. I`ve booted the laptop this morning and now i can`t even see the windows screen.
     
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    Did you manage to get into the BIOS setup via the external monitor when the laptop screen was broken? Or was this before the screen was broken? Did you also try that key combination from the 2nd link I sent you? You mention that you can't see Windows on the screen at all now. Is Windows definitely up and running at this point? Gower IT
     
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    Didn`t manage to get into Bios even with the external screen and pressing the key combination. Windows has suddenly shown up again.
    Could it possibly have anything to do with an update that was installed recently?
     
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