Turns out my laptop was toast. I did manage to get my files off my hard drive using a disk reader I bought off Amazon for $30.
My aunt is having a similar problem. Her Inspiron 1545, running Windows 7, will begin start up, but then reaches a black, blank screen with only the cursor. With the fact that she has stored many important photos on the computer, as well as the majority of her music, we are reluctant to reinstall Windows and lose all of that. Is there any possible way to back up her things without being able to reach the login screen or any such thing?
Refer the following link which has troubleshooting steps to isolate the issue:
I recommend to contact a local technician or drive savers to back up data.
I have provided a link below for drive savers data backup:
Click on the above link and select the options accordingly. They would help you in backing up data.
You may also run diagnostics on the computer. Restart the computer by holding the FN and Power button simultaneously. Let the diagnostics run.
Let me know the status.
I have a Inspiron 1545 win 7. F8 option never worked. I did used the F12 option, run the diagnostics and afterwards the booting options appeared (I didn't even have to run the full diagnostics).
It seems on Win 7 you need to run diagnostics in order to be able to access the safe mode booting options!
All I have to say is this... you're a genius and thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! I thought my Inspiron 1545 was gone forever! Whew, wow, cannot believe my computer's life has been restored. It has been sitting in the basement "dead" for a few years now. Whoaaaa, I'm super excited.
I have a dell inspiron M5040 that also keeps rebooting. I have ran the diagnostics and it says everything passes. It will not let me do the f8 to recover. I have tried EVERYTHING I can possibly think of but still just loads the dell logo, cursor at top left corner and reboots. Nothing is working.
I have not used this laptop in 5 years. I have an ACER that has a broken hard drive and screen. But I do currently use my two desktop computers for work. I would like to use my laptop to travel with as well, however, since I can not remember the password I set 5 years ago, I cannot get past this screen. When I boot my screen this is the page I get. I press F2, F8 and F12 with still no hope. Help Please.
Hello- I hope this messages finds you doing well. My name is Brittany, I own a Dell Inspiron 1545 and am having MAJOR problems with it lately. I've been on the dell support forums religiously attempting to figure out how to fix my laptop and noticed you've helped a substantial number of people with various problems, but I still cannot get mine to work. I was hoping you could friend me, and help me fix mine? Then we can start a forum to help others with this odd problem. Thank you so much in advance and please have a glorious day.