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Dell Inspiron 5000, Slow Start, 3 F, Stuck Key message , Desktop flashes PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by spence_27408, May 10, 2005.

  1. spence_27408

    spence_27408 Guest

    My computer is about 5 years old but has had hard drive updated,
    memory expanded and is running on XP Pro and has been doing fine for
    many months. Then last week it stated acting up and now it takes
    about 3 minutes to start with a stuck key 3 F message then when it
    finally comes up screen flashes when you try to click on an icon and
    then system locks up!

    Please advise as I am tired of my technician telling he has no clue.


    spence_27408, May 10, 2005
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  2. spence_27408

    groups Guest


    Can you access your Bios Setup? Modern BIOS save a "log" of problems. I
    suggest you to check for your hard drive configuration, maybe is wrong.
    If you can activate SMART mode for your hard drive, I suggest you to do
    it and check if you get an error message about your hard drive.
    Apparently there is something wrong at boot, seems to be your hard

    Good luck,

    Interdesigner Software Development


    ICQ # 61133529
    groups, May 11, 2005
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    jakdedert Guest

    The stuck key message sounds like a clue...some machines won't boot properly
    if a key is pressed and held. Has your tech checked for one?

    jakdedert, May 11, 2005
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