Just to be clear: where in the startup sequence does the black screen occur and delay?
- The instant you turn it on?
- A second or 2 after you turn it on but before the "Starting Windows" screen would normally come on?
- Or after the "Starting Windows" screen.
Do the fans in the laptop run louder while this is occurring?
Is anything other than the HDD light blinking?
Is the HDD light blinking?