Originally Posted by smithgn
When I go to start up my computer, it gets to the Dell screen, then the screen goes black, then it beeps (as it would when I would normally start it) and it restarts itself. It'll do this continually, if I let it. .
Open the case up locate the hard drive cable it will look like a ide ribbon cable or thin black red sata cable.
You can google that on google images to see what it looks like.
Next I want you to unplug the cable to the hard drive.
Once done hit the power button, see if the dell start loops like it did before.
If not it maybe a error with your hard drive.
what main os do you have also can you provide the computer model number ?
You should be able to locate a white strip or serial number on the side or back of the dell machine.
Now if your machine does loop like before note how many times the machine beeps.
It could be a memory problem or their maybe a hardware preventing the dell from booting all the way up.
I haven't run across that problem since I stop using xp and vista 3 years ago.