Inspiron: Black screen with cursor, possible SATA issue?
I have a Black screen with cursor which moves, all other keyboard functions are running normally like contrast/typing in command prompt etc
Have run a diagnostics and received the following errors which(within my limited knowledge anyway) all appear to be in relation to the same SATA? compontent.....
SATA Disk S/N= WD-WXE908DF1300
Block 472475009 ->5016
Msg: DISK_0 (IRQ) No additional sense information\
Having ran the Symptom tree function for what appears to be a non-booting operating system it gave the following errors with relevant test names all in relation to SATA component name above afaik
Error 0f00:0232 Read Test
Error 0f00:0432 Seek Test
Error 0f00:1232 Smart Test
Error 0f00:0D32 Start Unit
Error 0f00:0E32 Stop Unit
Error 0f00:1a32 Verify Test
I also tried to boot a Vista repair CD through the CD-Rom this worked fine but, I could not restore to a previous setting/configuration as it says there were not any to be found, this seems wrong as I often noticed this facility backing up system settings. In Command Prompt I ran the scandsk, chkdsk and chkdsk /r which found no problems. There was a memory check facility and everything is fine.
I tried to disconnect the battery and operate via power lead only, having pressed down the button to relieve it of any remaining charge with battery removed.
Basically I had been working on the PC all day on Saturday, closed it down as normal, came back a few hours later and it wouldn't start at all. Just a black screen after appearing like the OS (Vista) was starting up with the black screen saying windows with the night-rider green light going across for a second or two then nothing, or else just a black screen.
Model Inspiron 1545-4211 , I think it's 32-Bit as it does not boast otherwise.
No other problems previous to the event, just that it was freezing the odd time on youtube videos in facebook. The whole system would freeze and I would have to force shut-down. Another time a few months ago I attempted to defragment the HD and the process did not appear to progress after over a day. Ther is only half of the memory capacity in use and I have been running Dell online diagnostic remote tool recently and that has been reporting that everything is tip-top and up to date.