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  • I am trying to reinstall Vista Basic on a Dell Inspiron 1545 that originally had Vista Basic on it.  The hard drive has been completely reformatted and I am attempting the reinstall with the Dell OEM disc.  However, after windows "completes" installation, I am given the black screen with only the mouse cursor.  I can force a restart, but upon doing so I am stuck at the windows loading screen.  Windows startup repair does not work and the computer is not able to boot in safe mode.  Can anyone help?
    Saturday, August 14, 2010 7:20 PM

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  • Problem has been solved.  Hard drive must be switched to ATA in BIOS before installation
    Sunday, August 15, 2010 7:50 AM

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  • Problem has been solved.  Hard drive must be switched to ATA in BIOS before installation
    Sunday, August 15, 2010 7:50 AM
  • Thanks for posting. This worked for me even though I changed the hard drive to ATA in the Bios after the vista install.
    Sunday, May 1, 2011 2:32 PM