My daughter's laptop starts only to the Dell opening screen. The opening screen just has Press F2 for Setup and F12 to enter the MultiBoot selection menu. If I select F2, the machine displays Entering Setup. . . and that's is as far as it gets. If I switch off and try the F12 option it starts to enter BootMenu but similarly it will not get any further.
If I try booting with the WinXp recovery disk the DVD player lights flash but it only gets to the Dell screen again. I have also tried to boot with a UBCD4WIN boot disk and with a Knoppix disk with the same result.