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I have a dell inspiron 1545. It will not boot up. When I

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I have a dell inspiron 1545. It will not boot up. When I turn it on it goes to a black screen with a cursor flashing in the top left.

Hello. Lets try to Repair It..

 

 

1) Turn on the computer

2) Start tapping/pressing F8 until you see Advanced Options Menu

3) Select Repair Your Computer and press enter

4) Click Next

5) Click Startup Repair

6) Restart your computer when complete to see if that fixed it.

 

 

Windows Vista/7 Startup Repair (GUIDE)


http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html

 

 

 

If that did not work, try a system restore.

 

1) Turn on the computer

2) Start tapping/pressing F8 until you see Advanced Options Menu

3) Select Repair Your Computer and press enter

4) Click Next

5) Click System Restore

6) Restart your computer when complete to see if that fixed it.

 

 

Windows Vista/7 System Restore (GUIDE)


http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial142.html

 

 

 

BEST OF LUCK!
GOD BLESS!

 

 

:)

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
No luck. I keep pressing the f8 key after I start it, and it does nothing, and as I continue it beeps every time I press the f8 key, but nothing else.

This must be timed just right...

 

 

1) Turn on the laptop

2) You see the Dell Logo

3) Press/Tap F8, F8, F8, F8 (wait 4 seconds) F8, F8 ,F8, F8 (repeat)

 

 

If that still does not take you to the repair option, another way is to turn on the laptop and after you see the dell boot screen, if you see the windows boot screen with the flying orbs, Press and Hold the power button in to shut if off the hard way. You may need to do this 3 - 5 times before it will say windows was not shut down properly, choose startup repair (recommended)...

 

 

Hope that works!

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
The f8 tapping does not work with the timing, and it doesn't even get to the flying orbs. It goes straight from the Dell logo screen to the blank screen with the flashing cursor top left. Hard shut off many times, and no windows 'not shut off correctly page' just blank page with flashing cursor top left.

I see. Do you have a Dell Windows 7 Disc on hand? Also, try this for me...

 

 


1) Turn on the computer

2) Start tapping/pressing F12 to get Boot Menu Options

 

 

Do you get the Boot Menu using F12?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I have the boot menu f12 - no disk tho

Thanks! Go ahead and run the Diagnostics Test using F12. Perform a Full Scan and let me know if any error codes come back.

 

 

:)

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I have a message saying 'no problem has been found with the system so far. Do you want to run the remaining memory tests? This will take 30 minutes or more.

 

Shall I put yes?

No, thats ok you can close it. So that means your hard drive is not the issue either which is a good thing. Sadly, you will need to re-install Windows, and since the F8 is not working that means we cant access its Recovery Options.

 

You will need to call DELL to order the Recovery Disc, dont worry its Free. After you get that Disc, please follow my EXACT instructions below if you do not want to lose any of your data.

 

 

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So that no data is lost, I need you to follow my instructions exactly...

 

 

Windows 7 (Guide) with step by step pictures/instructions...

 

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/Install_7/install_7a.htm

 

 

1) Turn on the computer

2) Start tapping/pressing F12 to get Boot Menu Options (if you have this option)

3) Insert Windows 7 DVD

4) Select DVD/CD-ROM and press enter

5) Press any key to start the installation

 

Now, when you get to the point where it tells you to choose the disk, (Step 8 & 9)...

 

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/Install_7/images/image2_3.html

 

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http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/Install_7/images/image2_4.html

 

 

 

(DO NOT) delete or format the drivers. Simply click on NEXT and it will pop up a message talking about a folder called Windows.Old where the old OS and Files will be backed up to. When you get back on the destkop, this is how you get your PERSONAL FILES back and you can simply right-click and CUT/PASTE these files back to where they belong.

 

 

1) Click Start

2) Open Computer

3) Open C Drive

4) Open Windows.Old

5) Open Users

6) Open your user profile and here are all your files

 

 

NOTE: When your finished moving your data back over to the new desktop, you will need to DELETE the Windows.Old folder as its wasted disk space as 10GB or more!

 

 

BEST OF LUCK!

GOD BLESS!

 

 

:)

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I live in the British Virgin Islands, and post takes MONTHS. Is there anywhere I can download this recovery disc?

I am afraid now. Dell ships FedEx 2day Express so you should get it quickly.

 

 

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/topic.aspx/la/shared/support/dellcare/en/byphone_prod_vg?c=vg&l=en&s=gen

 

 

Your only other option would be to buy a Retail Copy at a local store.

 

 

:)

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
OK thanks
Your Welcome!