I had a Dell XPS 15 notebook with GForce GT540M graphics card running windows 7 professional 64bit. When I power on the notebook, it won't kick off the Dell start up screen but instead had a loud hissing noise made by the fan and a black screen. I had to power on and off the computer for at least 10 times before the Dell start up screen kicks in but then when it starts windows, the screen turns black again this time without the fan noise. I had to power it off and on again till it goes to the normal windows "launch start up repair or start windows normally" screen and then press starts windows normally before windows can start properly. I had gone to the Dell website and update all my BIOS and drivers all over again as well as downloading Gforce latest drivers for GM540M graphics card but the situation is the same. I think it's the graphics card driver that had some conflict with the latest update of windows. Everything works fine prior to some windows update but as the windows update keep pilling on, it ended up like this. I also can't put my notebook to sleep or hibernation.
i see. i had similar problem before mainly happens cause of problem in ram memory and windows error that happens to vital files that initiate the start up can be fixed with these way if nothing else has been damaged .
reformat windows with newer one or the same windows make sure your windows disc is original legit with activation code not a copy ( a copy tend to have issues or missing some files that's necessary to he system) format the windows and see if it works well. if yes then it was just a windows problem if not working probably will need a new ram memory installed to fix it.
I had the same issue with my drivers after moving to 10. I had to MB manufacturer website in order to get the latest and greatest, in order to place the WIN10Driver on top of that. Just sayin! Post back with results, Akka!