I have a freak of a Vostro 220s pc. I’m trying to reinstall Vista using Dell’s reinstallation DVD The PC has a new mobo and hdd. It boots to the vista disk, I get the initial screen which is just a black screen with a light gray/dark gray bar at the bottom saying “loading files” for a minute or two, then it goes to a blank black screen with a white mouse pointer. Seems like the GUI interface should come up next – that blue/green background and the Vista setup windows… but it never comes up.
This is just the current point I'm at in troubleshooting this PC. I'll give more detail in a subsequent post, but wondering if anyone has a fix for this to begin with.