Vista on Dell Laptop

I have a Dell Inspirion 1520.  The machine is running MS Vista Home Premium.  At first Vista would just boot up to a black screen and a cursor.  Though the forum I found if I unplug it and undo the battery, hold the power for 30 secs.  It would then boot up.  That worked great.  I can now boot up to normal mode.

My issue now is that the computer runs extremely slow.  I can not get any internet connection box to appear.  Opening word takes 10 mins.  It just runs slow.  So I have run ccleaner, Malwarebytes, chkdsk /r, disk defragment, disk clean up.  To no avail.

I tired running sfc /SCANNOW, however it never seems to run.  It flashes up the command prompt for a second and disappears.  I also tried getting into safe mode, but I can not do it.  It boots to a black screen, cursor, and tags in the four corners, but that is as far as it will go.

Any ideas on what I should do next?
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Jackie ManCommented:
I think you have caught KSOD, black screen of death of vista which is difficult to fix.

Reload maybe your only choice.
I would test the hard drive.  Dell probably has a hard drive diag either built into the Bios of the laptop or look up your model online and see if they provide some type of diag tool.  If not determine the type of drive from Bios and then go to the manufacturer's website and they should have a tool you can download and run.
Jackie ManCommented:
Have you run sfc /SCANNOW in elevated command prompt.
Details of sfc /scannow is as follows:-

Run the Vista System File Checker Tool:

1. Open a Command Window in Administrator mode:

* clickStart
* click All Programs, thenAccessories
* right click on the Command Prompt option,
* on the drop down menu which appears, click on the Run as Administratoroption.

* If you haven’t disabled User Account Control (and you shouldn’t!) you will be asked for authorisation. Click the Continue button if you are the administrator or insert the administrator password.

2. Start the System File Checker

* In the Command Prompt window, type:sfc /scannow,
* press Enter.
* You’ll see “the system scan will begin”.

The scan may take some time and windows will repair/replace any corrupt or missing files. You will be asked to insert your Vista DVD if it’s needed.

Close the Command Prompt Window when the job is finished.

One caveat: you need a Windows DVD to enable SFC to make more than minor repairs.

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If sfc /scannow does not work, try to scan for Malware/spyware:
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2. On the Scanner tab, make sure thePerform full scan option is selected and then click on theScan button to start scanning your computer

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I would try removing your anti virus software to test.
run a chkdsk/r in an elevated command prompt if this doesn't work then run a full Malwarebytes scan with updated definitions.
iFrogAuthor Commented:
I ran the chkdsk /r, it runs through the process but no changes.  I ran Malwarebytes too, but nothing was found.

I did the diagnostics test.  The hardware checked out ok, nothing came back critical or with an error.

Now each time I start it up I can the Vista Black screen and arrow.  I am starting to think its time to reload this machine.
I would at least try removing the anti virus software before resorting to reloading.
iFrogAuthor Commented:
but i can't get to that point.  The screen just goes black with the mouse cursor showing.  its the KSOD
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