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Solved: Black screen with blinking cursor

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by jerromyjon, May 3, 2009.

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  1. jerromyjon

    jerromyjon Thread Starter

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    This is the third time our new Dell inspiron 530 has done this... We were covered under warranty the first 2 times now they want $$$ to diagnose and repair what was fixed with a simple patch before. Apparently the directory sectors of the hard drive are inaccessible :eek: I should have paid more attention when they took control of the computer, ran their utility, and "recovered" the missing data. The entire contents of the hard drive were intact and I have no idea how the "map" of the drive could be recovered but they did it relatively quickly over the internet. Windows Vista premium and all of its boot options are completely inaccessible. Bios passes fine but as soon as the hard drive needs to be read it hangs. If this hadn't happened twice before and been repaired through software I might have believed there was a physical problem with the hard drive.
     
  2. joeten

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    hi and welcome to TSG you may need to run a start up repair or at least a chkdsk from the install disc you could also try your recovery partition or safe mode this should help with safe mode http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67612-check-disk-chkdsk.html and this from install disc http://helpdesk.wisc.edu/page.php?id=6565 this for start up repair http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/91467-startup-repair.html ok to get to safe mode try tapping f8 on boot up you need to check on dell site about the recovery partition if any on your comp hopefully one of these methods may be of help
     
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