Dell M4800 workstation laptop stuck on startup

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DELL M4800 WORKSTATION LAPTOP stuck in startup. This computer had not been turned on in six months. Upon trying to turn it on I found the battery was dead. I hooked up the power supply and attempted to boot. The Dell logo appeared normally for a few seconds. Then the screen went black. The hard drive led kept flashing and has been flashing for an hour.  It is randomly flashing. Sometimes fast and sometimes slow. It appears that it thinks it is doing "something" not just stuck in an endless loop. Should I let it continue this activity or take another action. Note: the laptop has a 1 TB SSD and the laptop has seen under a month of use. Virtually like new. Note: The caps lock, num lock and other key leds are operating properly.

I do not see an option to close this question prior to any comments being given. I was worried that it might be destroying data so I forced a close and rebooted it. It seems to have liked that procedure and all seems to be OK at this time. I rebooted once again to make sure and all is OK.
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Turn it off (force off with the power button if necessary). Plug it in and let the battery charge for 4 or 5 hours.

When charged, try starting up again. There may be updates that want a charged battery.
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the other possibility is that it might be trying to resume (hibernation state) then next power up (if John's suggestion is followed) it should prompt whether you wish to resume or terminate. You should choose to terminate, at which point the hibernation point gets wiped and the system will start from the begining.
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Thanks for the update.
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In the future, instead of editing your own question, post a comment that the following was attempted at which point, a comment, yours, will be present and you can choose it as the solution that answered your question.
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arnold, thank you for your guidance in how to handle this situation in the future. I appreciate it.

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