Help Save My Computer!


Regular Member
Dec 19, 2008
Hey guys, I need help badly.

I cant get my laptop to work. I start it up and I can see the BIOS & everything start but the OS(WIN 7) never starts after that.

Compounding the problem is the fact that I have a T.V. monitor hooked up to the computer & a long time ago, it started messing up in a way that made it impossible to see a display on the laptop screen. It would only display on the T.v. (Intell didnt make update for the graphics card in the laptop for Win 7, so I think this is why that was.)

I can see the BIOS/Dell screen come up for a split second on the laptop & then goes blank. I have tried F2 & F12 & I cant get anything to come up. I have tried as much as I can think of. And the T.V. monitor seems to be making the problem worse.

It sounds like it is trying to start the OS when I push ctr+ALT+Delete but it never starts up.

I pressed Cntrl+F8 once and it gave me a blinking cursor at the top left of the T.V. Display. But I was unable to do anything with it. This is the closest to getting anything at ALL to display all day.

I really need the leads off the HD at LEAST!

It is a Dell Inspiron 6000 running Windows 7. (probably a huge mistake ruuning win 7 on there).
if the hard drive isn't toast you'll be able to get data off it one way or another..
IF you cannot get into the BIOS menu, then you have some serious problems.

hit the 'pause' button when the bios screen pops up, see what key gets you into the bios menu
Try downloading a recent version of Ubuntu (simple, free, no hassles...), boot off your CD / USB device and see if it boots... If the HD isn't totally fried (that I doubt..) you'll be likely able to have a networked linux PC able to access remote locations to backup the contents.
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