Boot Disk shows Black Screen
Posted on 2006-07-07
Trying to boot a brand new Dell XPS M1210 laptop (Broadcom 440x NIC). I am using a CD Boot disk that I know works, since I've used it on Dell Optiplex machines with the same Broadcom 440x NIC.
When I boot off the CD-ROM boot disk it shows a black screen with some random characters in the top left corner. If I try another boot disk, for another nic, the laptop will simply ignore it and continue booting off the hard drive. But if I use the Broadcom 440x boot disk, it shows this black screen.
I tried booting off a USB floppy drive with the same NIC drivers, and it seems to boot off the floppy, but it doesn't detect the NIC.
I have tested 2 models of the same laptop, both exibit the same behavior. I have gone throught BIOS and have not found anything that seems like it would effect this behavior.
FYI we are using Ghost 7.5, and the laptop is one of those new Core Duo's.