I couldn't possibly written a better description for the problem I am having with my Inspiron 6000 laptop. I have tried all the same things and got the same results....still a black screen with a blinking cursor.
Did you ever find a solution?
If you've installed a drive over 120G on a 6000, MAKE SURE Windows is installed in a sub-120G partition. If it isn't , you WILL have problems.
I did install a 250g and everything was fine for over 3 weeks of daily use and then came the black screen. I'm sorry but I don't understand your instructions but I don't think it matters since my operating system disc doesn't work either. I can't get anything to work except the F2 and F12 keys. The diagnostics all passed and and when I select the boot from the CD/DVD Drive, it goes to windows setup, loads files. says it is starting Windows, I select "Repair", and it goes through all the copying of files and restarts to the same black screen. I think maybe a new laptop is in my future.
Thanks for trying to help.
Delete all existing partitions on the hard drive and create a single 120G partition for Windows. Format it and install. AFTERWARD you can create another partition to use the rest of the drive. The system doesn't support a drive over 120G at the BIOS level -- that is the problem.
OK But, before I do this since I really don't have any knowledge at all about these things AND I fear that I may not have told you everything correctly, I would like to tell you exactly what it says on the screen that shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space. I hope you don't mind....here goes:
After the explanation about using the UP and DOWN ARROW keys it lists 3 options:
1 To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER
2 To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
3 To delete the selected partition, press D
Then there is a rectangular box that has the following info:
238473 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]
C: Partition1 [NTFS] 238465 MB (218748 MB free) The brackets around this last item are kind of pointy
Unpartitioned space 8 MB
Then at the bottom of the screen there are 3 choices:
ENTER=Install D=Delete Partition F3=Quit
Is this where I should be?
Ok...I did that and I got the following response:
The partition you tried to delete is a system partition. I goes on to warn that I will loose diagnostic or hardware configuration programs.........
Should I still delete the partition?
I can not thank you enough for all your help. My laptop is up and running again thanks to you.......many, many, many thanks to you.