Hello, ( sorry this is long-winded)
I have a Dell laptop Inspiron 8500 that I used extensively for work. 2ghz cpu P4m, 2gig ram, 160gig hitachi HD.
A couple of times in the past few months it has occasionally came up with only a flashing cursor in the top left. Now it does it once a week at least. I've cannot boot into safe mode. The bios seetings seem ok. I can only boot from a bootable ISO CD.
To workaround so far, when this happens: I remove the laptop drive then use anouther computer to read the drive using a usb to mini IDE adapter to read off my recent work, I run the Hitachi factory tests for this drive via bootable ISO: It always passes fine. The drive reads fine too.
Then I use "Acronis True Image home" to restore the drive back to the last backup( which I do 2 weekly now because of this ) It takes 3hours to restore the image, and then I copy back my recent work , and all works fine for about a week.
I bought "ASO advanced Sytem Optimizer" and cleaned up the registry, and defragged the drive using "AShampoo Magic Defreg". I was excited because I thought it was a registry problem or fragmentation issue.
It worked fine all week and seems faster even. I was happy.
Today it did the same no-boot thing when I when to to boot up. Blank screen with flashing cursor in the top left.
It really seems like something is killing either the registry, mbr, or bootloader on powerdown.
Now I'm restoring the images now, and will turn on shutdown system even tlogging, But how will I read the logs when I use the
drive as an external usb drive on the good machine.
I'm running the Dell diags disk and it all passes. I can boot and restore the
partition using Acronis. I'm at a loss... Thanks for any help. Thanks!!! -Lee Studley