When I attempt to turn on my laptop, it begins the first loading part and then the screen goes to a black screen. In the top left, there is a little underscore that is there for a split second as if to type. I cannot do anything else past this point. This is a picture of the screen.
It's a Dell Inspiron 14z-N411z, uses windows 7. Yes, I can hear the fan running when I turn it on.
Im not sure how old it is, maybe 2 years
I don't know how to boot in safe mode with networking, I'm not too good with computers.
To boot in safe mode, just after pressing the power button, keep taping F8. The procedure should lead you to a dark screen with some options, one being safe mode with networking. With your arrow up and down keys, select it and press the famous enter key.