Logging on to Windows Vista

Dell INSPIRON 1501
December 19, 2009 at 17:00:05
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi, I am having trouble logging onto Windows Vista, I enter my password and it comes up with the logo and 'welcome' but just seems to stick. I have tried restarting but the same thing happens. I ran a diagnostic test and it shows the hard drive as failed but I don't know what this means. Can I fix this? Is this why it will not log on?
I also get a black screen with a warning message when I first turn on the computer saying that the battery cannot be identified and it gives me two options, is this another problem or could it be related?
Please excuse me if I sound like an idiot here but I do not know alot about computers and I have tried several trouble shooting pages but can't seem to find the answers so I hope you can help me. Many Thanks

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#1
December 20, 2009 at 05:38:12
Hard drive failure is very common with laptop computers. If you look at the hard drive light on the computer when trying to start Windows, you will probably see it is constantly on. This is because there are bad sectors on the disk that cant be read.
You can fix it yourself with a new hard drive but you will have to reload the operating system. Do you have the restoration discs? If not a call to Dell would be the next step.
If the computer runs from the battery, I would ignore this message for now, but it could be that it is not making good contact, try removing it then putting it back.

Computers... designed to entertain,help with work but most of all to frustrate you!


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#2
December 20, 2009 at 05:45:29
Also you may find this useful if you decide to do this yourself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg_E...
You could also take this oppertunity to replace the drive with a higher capacity drive.

Computers... designed to entertain,help with work but most of all to frustrate you!


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#3
December 20, 2009 at 23:55:27
Hi there, thank you so much for your help. I will try that. Thank you again x

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