Improve company productivity with a Business Account.Sign Up

x
?
Solved

Dell XPS will not boot from any device - just blinking cursor

Posted on 2009-07-07
3
Medium Priority
?
765 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
Hello,

Never bumped into that one before:

Dell XPS M1210 laptop will not boot rom any device/media. I only get blinking white cursor on black screen regardless wether I try to boot from the HD or Windows Installation CD/ other bootable CDs, or even diagnostic boot  or dell patiton.

The laptop has The Media Home alt ernative OS (or whatever it is called) installed. I tried starting this one up instead, but it only shows the Media welcome screen and stalls like that.

So far I have tried:
load default settings in bios
disable boot from anything other than  tintenal HD and CD
made sure there are no memory cards or any other devices attached to the laptop

Could this be some sequrity measure gone wild, or is it corrupt BIOS (bios boot screen loads fine, no error messages)
Or could it be some faulty input dedvice or othr hardware (stuck keybord key or faulty  touchpad) although I do not get any error messages or beeps?
Please help if you can,

Thanks!

0
Comment
Question by:rookie_b
3 Comments
 

Expert Comment

by:james_martin
ID: 24796372
Normally if it is a stuck keyboard you will get a beap of some sort.  I have run into this before and it was a bad CD/DVD drive.  Have you tried disconnecting it to see what happens?
0
 
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

by:
dbrunton earned 2000 total points
ID: 24801307
Or disconnect the hard drive and try booting from CD.

Also check that the CPU fan is working correctly and isn't blocked.

Check your memory sticks.  Remove, wipe clean, blow out slots and reseat.  If more than one memory stick try rebooting with one installed at a time.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:rookie_b
ID: 31600708
faulty hard drive. once i took it off i was able to boot from the cd>

Thanks!
0

Featured Post

NEW Internet Security Report Now Available!

WatchGuard’s Threat Lab is a group of dedicated threat researchers committed to helping you stay ahead of the bad guys by providing in-depth analysis of the top security threats to your network.  Check out this quarters report on the threats that shook the industry in Q4 2017.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

New style of hardware planning for Microsoft Exchange server.
Check out the easy way to Export Thunderbird to MS Outlook. It can be done effectively by using manual method and if you are not much into coding then you can definitely try the third party tool for the conversion.
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
Despite its rising prevalence in the business world, "the cloud" is still misunderstood. Some companies still believe common misconceptions about lack of security in cloud solutions and many misuses of cloud storage options still occur every day. …

601 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question