won't boot/screen goes black
Posted on 2008-10-10
I friend has this Dell Dimension 8110. For some reason, when she turns it on, it will say "Diskette drive 0 seek failure." Several seconds later it will also say "Secondary drive 1 not found." Then it will quickly flash some third message and then try to boot, but I never know what the third message is because its way too fast. I've tried to hit the pause button but I'm never in time.
Then it brings up another screen that says
"Hardware Profile/Configuration Recovery Menu.
This menu allows you to select a hardware profile to be used when Windows is started.
If youre system is not starting correctly, then you may switch to a previous system configuration, which may overcome startup problems. IMPORTANT: System configuration changes made since the last successful startup will be discarded.
Regardless of which profile I choose, it will look like its booting and then the screen goes black.
I've tried to get into the BIOS but I am unable to. I've tried hitting every one of the F keys, as well as the Delete key and the Esc key. When I hit any of these, I hear the PC beep (so the keyboard is probably working) but for some reason, I cannot get into the BIOS.