Dell laptop won't load

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hippja

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I have a dell 1545 laptop that stopped loading windows. I have Windows Vista. When it turned on I ran F12 and have tried all sorts of things... I ran load from On board NIC and it said Media Test Failure (PXE-E61 Media Failure). I ran load from DVD and got it to disk read error. Ran the Diagnostic test and it said SCSI_0_000_Disk_generic_multicard Error code 4400:011A.

I took out the following and put them back in: Hard Drive, DVD Drive, and I re-seated the memory. Still loads the dell logo and then goes to the black screen with the curser in the upper left hand corner just blinking. Any advice would be great
 

hippja

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Yes and I have tried booting from it and it goes to the same thing.... (Thanks for helping me..)
 

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I have run the boot from each of these numerous times and I have un-clicked each one and only booted from it.
 

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I don't see that one... When I boot and hit F12 it gives me the choice of booting from Internal HDD (goes to black screen); CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive (which will do and have run reinstall, fix, everthing); Onboard NIC (media test failure message); BIOS Setup (takes me to same page as F2 Dell settings) Not sure where to look for rediscover?
 
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In the Dell Settings, can you highlight the hard drive and hit enter? I would think there is a search for drive option somewhere there.
 

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No luck. I can see the boot options but won't let me re-discover or enter on it.
 
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When you try to boot to the DVD, what disk do you have in the drive? A bootable disk?
 

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It is the Reinstallation DVD from Dell. It gives me choices like repair, re-install, test, etc
 
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Try repair first. If that doesn't work, try re-install. It may not even find the hard drive, so, at this point we are testing.
 
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