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screen goes black during start up

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by iowasusan, Feb 5, 2010.

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  1. iowasusan

    iowasusan Thread Starter

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    This is a laptop with Windows XP. The screen goes black as Dell is powering on. The message is DST log contains errors. Code 1000-0146

    Is this a virus?
     
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  3. iowasusan

    iowasusan Thread Starter

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    no, this is my son's laptop
     
  4. Lance1

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    Boot into the BIOS and see if the hard drive is detected.
    Look at the top left of the screen, you should see something like:

    Tap F12 for boot options
    Tap F2 or Delete for setup


    This will take you into the BIOS. Check also that it says enabled. Next see if you can boot the dell diagnostics partition. F12, then select diagnostics, once you have the diagnostics available run the memory tests and the hard drive test. Post the results.
     
  5. mitekcomputers

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    This is the standard error code for a hard drive failure for Dell laptops. The simple solution is to replace the hard drive. As far as laptops go, Dell is an extremely easy system to remove and replace the hard drive in.

    Once you have the hard drive in, reload the system with your OS, and download all the drivers from Dells website.

    The poster (Lance1) above is correct though.. you should always check in the BIOS first to see if the hard drive is being recognized, but through years upon years of experience, 99.99% of the time it just means a totally dead drive.

    Mike at Mitek
     
  6. iowasusan

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    Unfortunately, it seems that the hard drive will need to be replaced. Thanks to everyone who responded. I appreciate the time taken to help me.
     
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