I have a Dell Inspiron e1405 Laptop running on Windows XP and for some reason I can't get past the Dell boot screen to the Windows splash page. Instead, my screen just blanks/blacks out and an underline cursor ( _ ) flashes in the upper left corner. I waited for a long time, hoping that maybe my laptop would eventually begin to wake up and then go into the Windows screen, but it just remained in a state of limbo. I noticed that my hard drive light never lit up during this whole time.
Here's what I tried to do, but to no avail:
1. Turned off my laptop via power button...waited for several minutes...turned it back on...I still get the same blasted result,
2. During the boot-up process on the Dell splash screen, I hit "F2"...after the progress bar reaches to the end, my screen blacks out and I get that flashing underline cursor in the upper left corner,
3. Performed the same boot-up process, but this time I hit "F12 and I ended up with the same result.
4. I took out my hard drive and memory card and put them back in, thinking that they needed to be reseated, but still nothing.
Questions? Comments? Recommendations? Any (*ANY*) help that you can provide would be GREATLY appreciated!
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