I've got a new Inspiron 1545 which fails to boot. On startup I get the Dell screen, progress bad completes across the bottom, and then get a black screen with a flashing cursor at the top left.
I've removed and reseated the hard drive, and run the diagnostics from the menus - no errors are given.
This is the first startup of the machine, so I haven't had chance to make any restore CDs. To add to my conundrum, I'm travelling through Vietnam - not sure if there's any Dell support here.
Any ideas appreciated.
I know this is an old post, but I'm replying in case anyone else sees this.
The diags built into the system (hit F2 I believe) won't detect anything about this.
The comprehensive diags you need are
Dell 32 Bit Diagnostics (Graphical User Interface version), v.A1358A2/A0478, A1358A2
Dell 32-bit Diagnostics v1358 with MpMemory v0478 and MpNuma v1071
It's available at
FYI on the diags for anyone else seeing this on other models, the diags work for the following
|Inspiron Desktop One19
Inspiron Desktop 300(Zino)
Inspiron DeskTop 400(Zino HD)
Vostro Desktop 320
Vostro Notebook 1220
Vostro Notebook 1320
Vostro Notebook 1520
Vostro Notebook 1720
Vostro Notebook A840
Vostro Notebook A860
Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit
One more thing, there was a BIOS update released 11/23/2009.
Dell Inspiron 1545 Intel BIOS, A13
1545A13.EXE Non-Packaged 1 MB
Verify Operating System and Product Compatibility 11/23/2009
I tried to download this file but something's not quite right--it said it was a 3mb file but it only downloaded something like 9kb. I then popped the flash drive containing the file into the Inspiron 1545 but I still received an error message along with the flashing cursor that the OS could not be found.
Other suggestions? OS is Vista.