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

Posted on 2009-07-07
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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!

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by:james_martin
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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?
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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.
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faulty hard drive. once i took it off i was able to boot from the cd>

Thanks!
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