I have a Inspiron 15R N5110. Windows starts, then goes to login. After login a black screen with no icons or task bar. The only interaction that will take place is Control-Alt-Delete and the ensuing screen options. So I choose Task Manager to try and restart explorer.exe. But Task Manger screen never displays.
I am running Windows 7. I have tried the following:
chkdsk / r
Malware check - did find some, nothing serious, but it still does not come on.
Runs fine in safe mode.
Did notice their is a 2016 driver update for the Intel 3000 display adapter. Cannot get it to load new driver in safe mode.
Thanks for your assistance.
Your hard drive has failed. Back up what you need NOW. You'll need a new, 2.5" SATA drive and your backup OS recovery media.
Unfortunately, this model requires a complete tear-down to change the drive -- the drive is attached to the underside of the mainboard, which has to come out of the system to replace the drive.