Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook ?

Can't get past black screen and mouse

\015 Have tried reinstalling vista, but inspiron 1525 doesn't seem to pick up the cd after initially sounding promising. I am stuck with the mouse, fully moveable against a black backdrop; the only screen so come up after 'start windows normally' screen.\015\012\015\012Any ideas?\015

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Power off your computer, then power on hitting F12, del or whichever key it states to go into setup. From the setup menu, select change boot order or boot menu. Set the CD ROM to the first boot device. Save changes. Restart. Your computer should boot to cd starting the installation.
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