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Some Dell™ Portable Systems That Shipped After October 31, 2005 May Display a Flashing Cursor on a Black Screen
This issue only occurs on Dell portable systems that shipped after Oct. 31, 2005, and have the following configuration:
* The CompuTrace BIOS feature is supported and has been set to Activate.
* A system account has been created, and the laptop is registered with Absolute Software.
* The Altiris Backup and Restore application for local client has been installed.
Affected systems manifest the following symptoms:
* When the system is powered on, it does not complete the boot process, and the only indication that a problem has occurred is a black screen with a flashing cursor in the upper left corner of the display.
* The system cannot boot from any media as long as the hard drive is attached. The only way to boot to other media is to remove the hard drive from the system.
Altiris Backup and Recovery software uses an atypical mechanism to hide a partition within the system volume. This mechanism involves hiding valid data relating to the Altiris Backup and Recovery software in marked blocks that the operating system is designed to ignore. The installation process for Altiris also leaves table entries that store directory information for NTFS. These entries are formatted differently than those normally observed on an NTFS-formatted partition. These changes were not anticipated, and we are not aware of any other product that uses the file system in such a manner.
The Dell portable systems that may be affected by this issue are as follows:
* Dell™ Inspiron™ 1501
* Dell Inspiron 6000
* Dell Inspiron 9300
* Dell Inspiron 9400/E1705
* Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505
* Dell Inspiron 630m
* Dell Inspiron 640m/E1405
* Dell XPS™ M1210
* Dell XPS M1710
* Dell XPS M2010
* Dell XPS M140
* Dell XPS M170
* Dell XPS Gen 2
* Dell Precision™ Mobile Workstation M20
* Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M40
* Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M50
* Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M60
* Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M65
* Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M70
* Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M90
... bios flash seems to be solution!
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