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Q: Dell computer not booting

I have a dell computer running XP professional. A few days ago it died completely, my daughter said a few weeks before that it was acting funny. Like pop ups were occurring and web pages were redirecting.

A new power supply fixed the dying part of the problem. It booted fine after installing the new power supply but lots of little error pop ups were occurring. Tried to do liveupdate of symantec and it said it couldn't reach the server. Then tried going to the updates.microsoft site, symantec, and macafee sites .... they all were blocked saying the browser could not get to them.

Then I let "microsoft security essentials" install. It said there were several malware/spyware/trojan horses on the machine. After reboot it know goes through BIOS just fine but then goes to a blank screen. Doesn't look like it even is booting into the OS .....

I don't know what to do at this point ....If I don't here from some body in the next day on this forum I am going to go ahead and just wipe the drive and install XP professional again.

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Whenever I boot my machine, it brings up the Dell screen and hangs for a very long time, 1 minute or more, then it boots up apparently normally. However, when it does boot, sometimes my cd-burner is not detected, and is not available in my computer- windows explorer., or listed in the device manager. Equally at times, my second hard drive does not make it into the mix after the os loads. What could be causing this problem?
 

A:Dell 1.1 ghz, hangs on dell screen 1 minute at booting, cd rom not dtctd at times?

How are your drives hooked up? (what's on which IDE channel).
 

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Laptop model number : Dell inspiron 1525

OS : Windows XP media center

Problem : When i open this laptop it always open in dell media direct. i tried to exit it from there it just shut down my computer after exiting.

I tried it on internet, i tried both buttons on panel. one is for media direct and other one for regular starting up.

i have tried reseating the cmos battery but did't help.

PLease help what else i can try ..

A:dell inspiron booting in dell media direct, cant go to windows .. please help ??

Take a look at the threads below.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f108...ey-468421.html

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...ct-276783.html

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Hi!
I've a DELL INSPIRON ONE 2020 All-In-One PC (purchased on 15th April, 2013). I installed the Insider's Build of Windows 10 x64 about 2 months ago. I wasn't satisfied with it's performance, so I decided to reinstall Windows 8 in it (which came preinstalled as OEM when I purchased the PC). But unfortunately (for me), the DELL BACKUP AND RECOVERY software which I discretely installed in it failed to apply the factory image with error somewhat stating, "DBAR failed to apply the image". Also, the Dell Backup and Recovery is not even available in the Bootup Recovery mode and not even if I press F8 or other function keys. I googled and found methods to apply the image using ImageX tool in boot mode. I put the hotfix KB2525084 (actually the ImageX tool) in my Pendrive and in the recovery mode, I used Command Prompt and typed the follwing command:
j:\imagex /apply f:\DELL\Image\PART0001\EFI.wim 1 c:\
where j:\ is my pendrive ; f:\ was the partition with .wim image in it ; c:\ was the OS path to be recovered.
It completed in just 4 seconds! But other websites stated that it would take around 15-20 minutes to complete applying the image. I understood that something is fishy, and I was right! The PC didn't boot again. Also the apllied image showed just somewhat 250mb of data, but my hard disk (named PBR Image) was of around 9gb in size. The swm files in it (2 in nos.) were around 4gb each. I looked another forum and that stated to format the C:\ drive. I... Read more

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I'm looking at my neighbours PC as they've switched it on today, only to find out that it will no boot. I have switched it off and turned it back on, this led to me getting an error due to failing to past TMR2 Checkpoint as well as a prompt to contact Dell Technical Support.
Someone suggested that I should try removing or replacing the CMOS battery, which I have, this seems to have got me past the error screen, however, the system now hangs on the Dell Screen with vertical bars running down the monitor.
Any suggestions? 
So far,  I have;
1. Replaced the CMOS battery
2. Checked that the components are all seated correctly.
Thanks

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I have a Dell Dimension 4100 with Windows 98. I took out the hard drive and put in a different one. Then the computer sat for awhile while I was busy with other things. Now going back to it, I cannot get it to boot past the Entering Setup part. It just hangs there. I have a Win 98 boot disk and the Win 98 cd I was going to load, but the computer will not get past this point with or without any disk or cd in. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

A:Dell Dimension, not booting up

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Have a Dell Inspiron 5305. Today it wouldn't boot to Vista. It goes to the Dell screen but that's it. I can't get to the Boot menu because it than takes me to a screen that says ' Diskette drive 0 seek failure F1 to continue (than takes me to a black screen with a small line flashing in upper left corner) or F2 to go to set up menu. I've tried to put the Vista reinstallation CD in but it won't run. A few months back I had a similar problem due to a virus but was able to use the CD to fix it. Any ideas/advice?

A:Dell not booting to Vista

can you get into the bios? if so is your HDD listed or no? and you can from there change your boot order so you can boot from the CD/DVD first.

also check all your cables to see if one did not just come loose.

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I have a Dell 1525 lap top that was working perfectly fine yesterday.
Today when I switch it on it gets stuck at the Microsoft Corporation screen and stays there. I have tried pressing F8 and trying to start in safe mode but whatever you do you end up back stuck at the Microsoft Corporation screen.

Its driving me mad - Please tell me how to fix it!!!
 

A:Help with Dell 1525 not booting

What OS?
Boot with the OS disk and try a repair.
 

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my Dell n5010 does not boot up. you can hear it trying and then the computer will isssue a seven beeps error code. what little research I have been able to manage says a motherboard issue. The computer has also been giving (when it was running ) a bad battery error message that I should replace the battery. I would like to recover the files and/or get the computer up and running again. reading up onthis issue could he cost prohibitive but with help I am willing to try. any info on motherboard purchasing would he helpful thanks.
 

A:Dell n 5010 not booting up

If the hard drive is ok get a usb sata/ide connector and you should be able to salvage whats valuable to you.those are about 30 dollars or so.motherboards can be expensive to replace depending on the brand and model of computer. any good reputable computer repair place can advise you on the cost and if its worth it. until the board is replaced dont worry about the battery for now.unfortunately getting to the hard drive on that model inspiron i think it involves taking the keyboard out which can be an easy job or not depending on your skills.
 

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Can someone help me. I have a Dell Inspiron 1525. About 2 years old. I use it just for basic stuff. My battery does not work and I am in the process of ordering a new one. So for now, I use it plugged in. It has been working fine until 3 days ago when it said something about a corrupted file on the C drive ( I think). I tried a system restore but it wouldn't do it until it did a chcksc. I did that and then the system restore and it was fine. Everything was fine. I tured it off regularly last night and when I turned it on today it will not boot up to windows. I turn it on, it goes to a black screen (which it often does telling me to press F1 to continue, which i press and it normally works). Today, I went to do that, and it starts loading up but only gets to the black screen where it says "windows corporation" and stays on that. Now, when I turn it on...

The black screen (that occurs when I turn it on) says: The Ac power adapter wattage and type cannot be derermined. The battery my not charge. The system will adjust the performance to match the power available. Please connect a dell 65W AC adapter or greater for best system performance. To resolve this issue, try to reseat the power adapter. WARNING: the battery cannont be identified, this system will be unable to charge this battery. Strike the F3 key if you dont want the power warning messages again. Strike the F1 key to continue. F2 to run setup utility and F5 to run onboard diagnostics.

I did the onboard ... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron Booting Help

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During a restart or cold boot, my Dimension 4100 pauses during the initial BIOS POST. The screen displays some BIOS information along with a list of my system devices. The last message at the bottom of the screen, says to hit the Delete key to continue. The Delete key takes me to the Windows XP screen and from that point on, everything appears normal.

Background Information: Around the same time, I discovered I was unable to do a System Restore. I would get a message from Windows saying ?Restoration Incomplete ? no changes have been made to your computer? and instructing me to choose another restore point, restart system and restore. After many failed attempts, I located some help tips on this site and eventually I was able to perform a successful System Restore in Safe Mode.

While the System Restore issue seems resolved, I wonder if the two problems are at all related. In any event, I would like to get things working properly and have Windows come up automatically without a Delete Key intervention.

Any suggestions?

A:Problem Booting To Xp Pro From Dell Pc

Not to familiar with that Dell model, I have a 4500, but are there diagnostic lights located in the back of the computer and if so post the color sequence of the lights from a cold boot.

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My dell inspiron 530 keeps freezing up when I turn it on, and it won't go anywhere past the screen that reads Dell in blue, says www.dell.com underneath that, says Vista in the bottom right, and says F2= Setup and F12= Boot Menu. It won't respond to any keyboard commands such as F12, F8, or F2. I've tried messing around with the drives and such, but still no luck, I'm sure my video is connected correctly, but still it freeze's at that same mene every time, and that menu loads instantly, usually it takes a few seconds to load. If anyone could help me, that would be great, I would like to have my computer working again soon please. Thanks.
 

A:Dell Inspiron 530 not booting

Hi JAXZ,

Welcome to the community.

The system freezing at startup could be due to software or hardware malfunction. To rule out any hardware failure, please run the diagnostics on the system. To run the diagnostics, please perform the following steps:

1. Restart the system and start tapping F12 at Dell logo. (Please do not hold it down, tap it multiple times when Dell logo is still up on the screen)
2. Once in the Advanced Boot Options Menu, please select the option that says Diagnostics.
3. Let the diagnostics complete and note down any errors that you receive.

In case any hardware component is failing, the tests will indicate the same. If the hardware passes, then we can work on the software part.

Kindly revert with the findings. Glad to help.

Thanks & Regards

Dell_Gaurav_S
Dell Social Media Responder
http://en.community.dell.com
http://www.facebook.com/Dell
https://twitter.com/DellCares
 

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I have a dell gx150, when I try to turn the power on the power lamp is yellow and blinking, but the pc never powers up. Any ideas?

A:problem booting dell gx150

Found a similar post here:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f210...ll-188381.html

Maybe it will help.

BG

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Hi
I have a Dell OptiPlex GX240 that had Windows 2000 installed. It does not boot anymore and I was wanting to install Windows XP. I tell the computer to boot from IDE CD-ROM and I have the XP CD inserted but the computer says there is no bootable CD inserted. Why is this?

Thanks

A:Dell OptiPlex GX240 not booting CD

CAn anyone help with this?

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I have  Dell Inspiron 3647, last night after a power cut my PC is not booting up anymore. It shows a blue screen and shut downs. I'm using windows 8.
Thanks!

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Hi all, hope someone out there can help me with this problem.

Last year my girlfriend gave me her old Dell inspiron e1505 laptop to fix. I had my buddy test it and we figured the motherboard was the problem. After a few months (and motherboards....eg: wrong one, sent back original for repair....) I got the correct motherboard from eBay...refurbished from Dell, put it together and it's still not firing up. I get the battery light on and when I hit the power button the other three lights light for a second and then they go out and nothing happens. I don't hear any signs of life either.

Of course, needless to say I could buy another laptop but thats not the point. I need to figure out what's wrong with this one.....its about not letting it win.

Oh, and also my girlfriend came up behind me to console me (an attempt to keep me from crying) and I shot a static arc from somewhere on the computer (after it already wasn't booting up)....doesn't look like there was any damage and it's still behaving the same way with the three lights. I don't think this caused any damage.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks....

Jon
 

A:Dell Inspiron e1505 not booting up

I also have a E1505 and I always get a blinking dot for about 2 minutes before windows loads. any suggestions?
 

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Hi Everyone,

I have a rather old Dell Inspiron 1525. It's Toshiba 160gb hard drive died 9 months ago unexpectedly and suddenly running win 7 professional with 4gb of RAM. Fortunately I had all the data on an external drive. So I bought a 2.5inch WD scorpio blue 500GB 5400rpm SATA and reinstalled the win 7 professional using an external DVD reader-writer (Freecom) with no problems. I had no problem until last week when the system suddenly stopped working again. I attached the same Freecom with the win 7 DVD, and thinking it may need a repair. The DVD asks me to select language, then takes me to a window with two options. In the empty box/table, where it says OS, it does not show any OS. I can go to the next window which has several options. none of them work. and that is as far as it goes. ran a diagnostic. It gives error 2000-0146. I looked it up and it appears to mean the hard is dead again. I installed another 500gb SATA internal drive. when I re-attched the freecom with win 7 DVD, it now gives a black screen, saying that it cannot locate the boot data, despite the win DVD. Does the DVD have the boot sequence? Is it worth trying to make a bootable USB and try? or the fact that it has killed two hards in such a short time means, something is not ok with system and just get another one?

Unfortunately I have some data that have not been backed up. I put the old one in a Diggiflex caddy and attached it to another laptop via USB. it makes no unwell noise, and appears to ... Read more

A:Dell on win 7 not booting + data recovery

Hi sh3063,

The 'error code' 2000-0146 may occur either due to 'software corruption' or due to a 'bad hard drive'. Basic diagnostics (Pre-Boot System Assessment) does not test the 'hard drive' if this error is indicated. I recommend you to run the DST-Short / Long test for more accurate diagnosis. DST-Short (or DST-Long) from '32bit Dell Diagnostics' may help us to determine if the previous error has been corrected.

You may also run the 'hardware diagnostics' again and continue testing even after you reach the 2000-0146 error message.

To run the diagnostics, please follow the steps listed below:
- Power off the notebook > Power it back on > At Dell Splash screen, repeatedly tap 'F12 key' > Use arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight 'Diagnostics' > Tap 'Enter'
- Alternatively, you may hold down the <function key> and power on the system (then release the key) > This will initiate the diagnostics automatically

You may get prompted with the following options:
- Select 'Test System'
- Select 'Custom Test'
- Drill down to the hard drive in question, select 'SMART Short Self Test'
- Click 'Run Tests'

Please refer to the following web article for detailed information on '32 bit Dell Diagnostics utility': How to Run the Dell 32-bit Diagnostics Utility
- Capture the error(s), if any and share results

You may also want to check the available 'Bootable devices'. Restart the notebook and repeatedly tap 'F12' key at 'Dell Splash Screen'. Try... Read more

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I have a Dell Dimension 4300 (slim box) brought in Jan 2001. Has XP Home SP3.

It recently froze at the desktop so I had to un-plug the PC to re-boot. The power switch lights up but no image on the monitor. I changed the monitor and same response. To power off, I have to press the power switch for about 10 seconds.

This is my secondary PC so any suggestions to resolve or should I just salvage the fairly new 300gb SATA HD and junk the pc?

TIA for any support you can offer.
 

A:Dell 4300 booting problem

Are you sure it's not your PSU failing?
 

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My desktop is not booting and I keep getting this error msg.

Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [USBml.

Any suggestions?

I managed to get the pc booting once after this message by removing keyboard and mouse (both usb) but now that makes no difference either.

Thanks for your help.

Heli
Dell Dimension 4600
 

A:Windows XP not booting - Dell error msg

Cant you type in the exact message in quotes..
 

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Hi guys,
I've got a Dell Dimension 5150 and recently installed Windows updates a few days ago. When I restarted the computer, a blue error screen appears after the XP loading page. I tried running it in safe mode, safe mode with networking and the last known good config but the error codes still appear as follows:
Normal mode & last known good configuration: 0x000000FC
Safe Mode: 0x0000007E
Safe Mode with Networking: 0x00000050
I've been told there may be a driver problem. I rang microsoft and the technician I spoke to said that if I could get a Windows XP cd, he would be able to guide me through a few steps where I wouldn't have to reformat the PC and I wouldn't lose my documents. My question is would it be possible to do that? If so, I may purchase a Windows XP disc, and also is it better to purchase the XP disc rather than the Dell Operating System CD?
Any help would be much appreciated, thanks guys.
 

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I have had this computer for almost 3 years now and have had no problems with the hardware before. I went to start my laptop earlier this week and it keeps loading without coming to my screen where I enter my password to go onto my desktop. It returns to an error message after trying to load with no success. The message says:

Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
Insert windows installation disk and restart.

Then it asks me to choose a mode: Safe mode, etc.

What's wrong with it and why am I getting this message?

Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanks!
 

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I have a dell inspiron that all of a sudden won't boot up.I had previously shut down in the normal way but now when I turn it on the fans start-stop-start-stop-start again and I can here one beep. After that -nothing.There is nothing on the monitor at all and no amount of pressing F12 etc helps. i have removed and re-inserted the memory modules and even tried another hard drive .
Any help greatly appreciated but I am guessing that maybe I have a motherboard problem.
thanks in advance
 

A:Problems with dell inspiron not booting

If it anything to do with the fans it's probably because they are clogged up with dust. I suggest you clean them out. I also suggest that you check all the cables are plugged in where they should be. Also check if the motherboard capacitors have bulged or are leaking.
 

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Several times I have had trouble upon initial boot. What happens: Goes thru Dell blk screen with BIOS versionA02 listed under the load bar, then hear a "bebeep" and it goes to a black DOS screen with the message "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for set-up utility". F1 just repeats the line. If I hit Ctrl-Alt-delete it "usually" restarts and boots fine.

But 3 times so far it hasn't. Once I fixed it by going into set-up and changing to "fast boot sequence". Next time it hung up, I switched "fast boot" off and it worked. Today none of the above worked, but when I disabled initial boot drive A: in set-up, it booted.

I have no idea why any of these things worked, I was just desparately trying anything. And I have no clue what is wrong with my PC. Any suggestions on how to fix the boot problems will be greatly appreciated!!

Specs: Dell 8100, P4, 1.3MHz, 512 MB RAM, Win XP Home v2002 (just installed SP2, this prob. happened prior and after install). Has been stable PC until now, bought new in 2001.

Thanks!!!! ~jana
 

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Hello everyone,

Recently I built a pc and installed a Hard disk from a dell pc onto it. The HD had windows xp already on it.

But when the computer begins to boot up, a blue error screen appears saying
''If this is the first time you’ve seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows update you might need.

If problem continues, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software....''

Also I can see dell try to load something before the win xp boot screen appears.

Any suggestions will be appreciated
 

A:Dell stops windows from booting up

dell jumpers them to cs, change to master and see if that helps.

no guarantee that a hd with os wil work when changged to another machine.
it doesn't see the hardware it's used to seeing.
 

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Hi folks,

I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 lappy that will not boot into Windows XP.
The error message I get is:

hal.dll is missing or corrupt, replace or re-install file
<windows Root>/system32/hal.dll

This is where it all ends. If I go into DOS and look at the contents of C: everytime i try to go into a directory,e.g: cd windows - I get an Access Denied message.
I need to save the data on this drive so I cannot just re-install the OS over the top with the Dell disks.
Any ideas how I can get either into the sys32 folder or how i can copy the contents to another drive? (I did buy an IDE to 2.5HDD cable but the connection is different from the Dell HDD!)

Many thanks for any help!!!

A:Hal.dll error on booting Dell Laptop

CLICK HERE to download a new copy of HAL.DLL

Extract the .dll file from the ZIP, then put it on a floppy, boot Windows into Safe Mode Command Prompt and copy the file back to the c:\windows\system32\ folder.

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hi!
i went into dell startup options [F12] and ran diags.
it thows up following error :
Error code :  2000-0145
Validation : 45371
Msg: Hard-drive 0 -S/N 5VEKQY27 ,self test did not complete.

[ In Bios HD is detected correctly].
What am i supposed to do now?

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Several times I have had trouble upon initial boot. What happens: Goes thru Dell blk screen with BIOS versionA02 listed under the load bar, then hear a "bebeep" and it goes to a black DOS screen with the message "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for set-up utility". F1 just repeats the line. If I hit Ctrl-Alt-delete it "usually" restarts and boots fine.

But 3 times so far it hasn't. Once I fixed it by going into set-up and changing to "fast boot sequence". Next time it hung up, I switched "fast boot" off and it worked. Today none of the above worked, but when I disabled initial boot drive A: in set-up, it booted.

I have no idea why any of these things worked, I was just desparately trying anything. And I have no clue what is wrong with my PC. Any suggestions on how to fix the boot problems will be greatly appreciated!!

Specs: Dell 8100, P4, 1.3MHz, 512 MB RAM, Win XP Home v2002 (just installed SP2, this prob. happened prior and after install). Has been stable PC until now, bought new in 2001.

Thanks!!!! ~jana
 

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Hello people,first time visitor to the forum so hope you don,t mind me asking for some advice?
When booting up my dell latitude D600 laptop the following message appears " we apologise for the inconvenience but windows did not start successfully. This may be due to a hardware or software change.I am then given a list of options i.e. start windows normally,last configueration, safe mode etc but no mattter which one is chosen it tries to re-boot then goes back to the same screen.Basically I am going round in circles and do not know what is wrong.
Any help/information/advice would be evry much appreciated.
 

A:Dell laptop booting up problems

Welcome to TSG!

Just to be sure, you've tried booting into Safe Mode and it was unsuccessful? If that is the case, do you have a Recovery CD or Operating System CD that came with the computer?
 

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Hi! After trying for a long time to install the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition with Service Pack 2, I finally got the installation to complete successfully. I was able to do this by "slipstreaming" the AHCI drivers into the XP installation directory and using nLite and burn the ISO to a CD. The installation completed fine with no issues. But now when I try to boot the computer for the first time I am getting the dreaded BSOD message quickly flash and then the computer restarts:
"A problem has been detect and Windows has been shut down to prevent damageto your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen,restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installedhard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard driveto make sure it is properly configured and terminate.Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and thenrestart your computer
Technical information:
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF8975528, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"
Attempting to boot the computer in safe mode gives the same message as well as starting Windows with Last Known Good Configuration. The BIOS settings I am using are Legacy as opposed to UEFI and it does not boot with SATA mode set to either RAID or AHCI. Is there anyone who has been successful in getting XP to run on a Dell XPS 8700 desktop that might be able to help me out? I looked ... Read more

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I did a System Restore after cleaning some Temp files from my hard drive. Apparently I removed something that shouldn't have been removed. The System Restore took an unusually long time to complete. I left it while I ate dinner and when I came back it apparently had completed the restore, rebooted, and was at the USER selection page. When I selected my name and clicked on it, I got the following message:
HEADING = Explorer.EXE - Unable to locate component.
Body = This application failed to start because BROWSEUI.dll was not found. Reinstalling the application may fix this.

I did a back-up before doing the System Restore, but my back-up file is on a USB hard drive which is now not accessible because the system won't let me boot, even to the point of getting the systems tray and Start button accessible.

I am running WindowsXP on a Dell Dimension 8400. The OS was factory loaded. The computer loads normally up to the point where you select the user to sign on. Once the selection is made, the above message appears, and nothing else is accessible. The START button and the task bar either are not being loaded, or are not accessible with either the mouse or the keyboard. Wallpaper (background) is normal, after it is timed in. Apparently the Operating System is still relatively intact.

If I put the DELL-supplied installation disk in the hard drive tray and reboot, will it give me the option to select the action I want to take, (like it does with a WindowsXP disk) or will... Read more

A:Booting from factory (DELL) disk

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I am new and this is my first post.

My neice's Dell Inspiron 1505 does not boot up.

I remember it happened before and we hit a certain key a bunch of times after starting it fixed problem although we lost all data.

We are looking to do this again but forget which key worked.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

A:Dell Inspiron 1505 not booting up

Not sure could be F8 you're talking about for Safe Mode
Or F2 or DEL or even F6 Basically too many options, depending upon the specific issue

There's lots of info here, you can even download your free manual: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic100658.html
 

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Hi,
My D531 has failed to boot. I tried doing the flash light diagnostic boot (Fn+Power) and get the following result :
Right light (Down arrow) is stable.
Left & middle lights (9 and A) are flashing.
Dell support said that its a video card issue and that I would need to replace this. Since its integrated, it means replacing the motherboard. My computer isn't under warranty anymore (4 years old) and I'm wondering if I have any alternatives.

Ideas?

Thanks =)
 

A:Dell Latitude D531 not booting

"and I'm wondering if I have any alternatives" Yes, you can buy a new laptop... The motherboard can be replaced for around $200-$250
 

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Hi guys!!!!
I have a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop & when it boots up it goes to the windows screen with the bar going from left to right, then it comes up with the blue screen saying" The image kernel32.dll is possibly corrupt. The header checksum does not match the computed checksum".
Then that's it, i turn it off & all happens again.
I've tried to change the boot to CDrom to re-install windows but keeps coming up with this!
Any ideas please.... thanks in advance.

A:Dell Vostro 1510 not booting up

You can try to copy kernel32.dll from the ...\system32\dllcache directory to ...\system32 from the Recovery Console.

If this does not help try to copy kernel32.dll from e.g. a Service Pack CD or something to the ...\system32 directory.

Can you boot into safe mode?

You either changed the boot options in the BIOS...or you didn't...if you changed them and could not boot from the optical drive...let us know. There is no reason for that error message to show when booting from an optical drive.

Louis

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I have DELL A2010 (aka DELL One) running Windows Vista Ultimate. I have the following issue. When I power on PC the fan starts to work but PC is not booting up. There is not error messages on the screen and there is no light above the power button. I have to wait 5-10 min for fan to work, then turn the PC down by holding the power button, wait 10-20 sec then turn the power again and at that point the PC would boot without any issues. Once it is started I can shut it down and start again without any issues. But if I let it stay shut down for 2-3 hrs it will start again in the "fan mode".
I noticed that colder it is in the room the longer I have to wait for PC to run in the "fan mode" before I can start it up. In the summer when I had 72-74 F in the room I could wait only 1-2 min in the "fan mode". But now when I have 68 F in the room I have to wait at least 5 min. When I wait less before powering PC down it will start again in the "fan mode".
I updated bios but it did not help. I have feeling that this is a hardware defect but wondering if anybody else had similar issue with Dell A2010, any other Dell system or any PC in general.
Thanks.

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Hi, I've got a XPS M1530, Vista SP1, and I have recently experienced some problems.

This morning, the screen would remain black while the laptop made the usual start up sounds and then did nothing. The power button remained lit.
After some googling, I had found a solution: heating the gpu. (I found the info in a thread on this forum.


So I opened up my laptop, but I was not able to remove the heat sink ( a screw that just wouldn't open) so I determined, through pictures, where the gpu was and heated the area of the heat sink under which the gpu lies with a hair dryer. I did this till the area above the gpu was too hot to touch.

Afterwards, I started my laptop up and I didn't have the black screen, it just booted up as usual. However, before I got past the dell screen it crashed. I assumed it was overheating but after waiting some time, I booted up again and got past the dell screen and had a boot up screen asking me to do a diagnostic and recovery thingie because there might be a software or hardware failure.

It proceeded to do this but after some time during the test, it crashed again. After booting it immediately back up, it crashed before I got past the Dell screen. After waiting a long time, I tried again and this time it got further through the diagnostic test but eventually crashed again.
Now, when I try , the load bar on the dell screen goes extremely slowly and the laptop crashes before it gets past that stage (it crashes slowly if I didn... Read more

A:Dell XPS M1530 crash on booting up

heated the area of the heat sink under which the gpu lies with a hair dryer. I did this till the area above the gpu was too hot to touch.Click to expand...

Where did you get the advise to do this You should have come here first for some honest advise.

Heat is not a good thing for any electronic device. What you have done may have finished off a processor that was already half baked. I doubt if there is a way to recover from this other than replacing the GPU.

When you quote the GPU are you sure you are not confusing this with CPU. As far as I can see from your sytems manual, on the Dell site, the gahics card has no heat sink so you probably cooked your CPU. The heat sink is there for just one reason, to get rid of heat.
 

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Hello, I'm having this problem with a friends computer not working. He told me his laptop had a virus so I said I would look at it but his computer is not booting up to the desktop at all in fact it's booting in loops. It will get to the part where it says windows is loading and then start to reboot. He told me last time he was on browsing something popped up saying FBI and then his system crashed and has had this loop booting occur.

The laptop is Dell inspiron though i don't know the model number running windows 7. I have tried all of the following to no avail: trying Last good known configuration, Windows startup repair, safe mode, safe mode with networking, loaded the default configurations on the Bios, running the start diagnostics tests, The system wont boot but every once and while it will get the BSOD(blue screen of death) and hang then reboot. Also after running the diagnostics test the 2nd time it says it couldn't find the hard drive so I hope its not blown. Hopefully its just his registry keys that are corrupted because he isn't trying to buy a new hard drive and lose his applications or data. Thank you in advance and sorry for the long post.

A:Dell Laptop booting in loops

Greetings and Welcome to The Forums!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your malware problems.I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.NOTE: At the t... Read more

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hi,

a friend of mine has dell inspiron 6000 notebook and everything has been working fine until recently it somehow got thrown on the floor.

it worked normally for a bit after that, but then after shutting down and doing a cold boot, the laptop turns on (the lights in front blink and are green) but the screen remains black (like a monitor switched on but not plugged).

ive tried reseating the hard disk but still to no avail. no driver updates or new hardware/software were installed.

after several hundred tries of switching on the notebook, it works, but sometimes it just switches off again.

i called mister dell and he said that it probably is a motherboard issue, and it would cost approx. a bomb to fix and take a look at it.

any help would be awesome!
: )
 

A:Solved: dell booting problems!

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I am not very familiar with computers so bear with me.

I bought a used Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop that is not supposed to be working. The person I bought it from stated that it's supposed to have Windows 98, a 6.4 GB hard drive, and 192 MB of memory, and the description was that when turned on, the screen shows the Windows 98 startup logo, then does not go any further from there.

Upon receiving the laptop, however, when I turn it on it only displays the Dell logo at first, then goes into this set up where it is a black screen with the following information:




PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
Copyright 1985-1998 Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
All Rights Reserved

DELL Inspiron 7000 C400LT BIOS Rev A15 (040A)

CPU = Celeron 400 MHz
0640K System RAM Passed
0191M Extended RAM PAssed
0128K Cache RAM Passed
System BIOS shadowed
Video BIOS shadowed
UMB upper limit segment address: EB90
Mouse initialized
Fixed Disk 0: FUJITSU MHH2064AT
DVD-ROM: TORiSAN DVD-ROM DRD-U424

Press <F2> to enter SETUP


*From here on it just stays on that screen. Nothing happens even if I press F2. What could be the problem and any ideas how to fix this?
 

A:Dell Inspiron 7000 not booting up

Here's an update.

I've been playing around on this laptop and when I ejected the DVD drive (I inserted a Dell Recovery CD for a Latitude CPi), it proceeded to add the following lines to the screen mentioned above:

Warning
0210: Stuck Key 23

Then it proceeded to display the Windows 98 logo (as described by the person I bought it from), accompanied by a fast, non-stop beeping sound. after about 5 minutes of this, it started displaying a black screen again with stuff that's too fast for me to read, then it's asking for me to select an option as to what mode I want it to start on. "Safe mode" is highlighted but the keyboard does not seem to be responding, and I could not go any further. Any thoughts?
 

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I have a Dell Dimension 4300 (slim box) brought in Jan 2001. Has XP Home SP3.

It recently froze at the desktop so I had to un-plug the PC to re-boot. The power switch lights up but no image on the monitor. I changed the monitor and same response. To power off, I have to press the power switch for about 10 seconds.

This is my secondary PC so any suggestions to resolve or should I just salvage the fairly new 300gb SATA HD and junk the pc?

TIA for any support you can offer.

A:Dell 4300 booting problem

You can try clearing the CMOS and booting, remove and reseat the ram sticks. but past that I would not get too involved, it may have lost a power supply a lot of the time that also does more damage.

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Hi everyone.
While I would very much like to emulate the incredible first post of acrobat, I'm afraid I'm starting from a much more limited knowledge base.
Hopefully I'll be able to flesh out the details further down the line.
The problem.
I've been given from a friend a Dell inspiron 2500. It's about 6/7 years old, and has been used without any great demands over that time with few if any problems.
She was in the middle of answering emails when the screen froze completely. Eventually giving up any possibility of regaining control, she turned off at the mains( always run on a mains adaptor). Turning back on, there was no response - no start up screen, completely dead.
Since then it has remained untouched, till she passed it over to me.
When I turned it on, the power and battery leds lit, the latter indicating that the battery was charging, which subsequently did charge up ok.
The fans start, run for a few seconds then stop.
I think I can hear the hdd start briefly, but no hdd (?)led comes on.
If there is a cd in the player, it will run.
I've taken the hdd out and checked it in another machine, and it's ok.
I've taken the ram out and checked that ditto, ok, then reseated it - no change.

I stripped the m/c, and checked the voltage of the cmos battery in situ with a dvm, and that reads 3.3volts.

I have now acquired her Dell disks, only CDS, and one is labelled Operating System Reinstallation cd, but may or may not be a &... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 2500 not booting up

computers that old can have all kinds of issues.

1. check the main battery and test the powerpack with a known good one. (not the one you are using)
2. check your ram with memtest 86+ for at least 7 passes

if it is still flakey, you may have capacitors that have gone bad on the mainboard if you do not have issues with the above. It may not be worth spending $ on such an old computer.
 

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I have a Dell PC that is not booting into windows and you can't even see the Bios screen. It is just a black screen on boot. I tried another hard drive in the computer, but the same result happened. Tried the H.D from the faulty computer in another PC and it wouldn't boot up either. Unsure of what to do or what could be the problem. Any suggestions? Thanks.

A:Dell PC not booting, black screen

What are the system particulars? Desktop, laptop, manufactuerer, model...

If there are any beeps when you power up (or zero beeps), describe them as best you can:

Zero beeps
One short
One short, one long
Two shorts
.
.
.

Since you know how to unhook the HDD, if it is not plugged in at all and you power up, do you hear or see anything encouraging or complaints from the system?

Does your monitor power indicator look normal?

What do you think happened to the system since the last time it booted properly? New RAM, video card, devices, - anything that plugs in, etc.

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Hi,
I have DELL dimension 8400. The language on it is Norwegian. I want to change to English Win XP but at the boot sequence the CR-rom is marked (NOT PRESENT) even though the CD is attached amd working alright in the old windows. Because the CD is not present the machine can't boot from the cd-rom. I tried to install the new win XP from the old one that is norwegian but it stops after loading the files and it's about to start the installation. MESSAGE--to prevent damage to my PC. Using a new harddisk is not helping because the PC can't start from the CR-rom
The question is how do I make my CD-rom to be present so that I can either use a new harddisk or format the old one. Thanks.

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I have a dell inspiron 2500 which is not booting up. I would like to know whats best to do to get it working again.

It does not make any strange beeping during POST but freezes during booting up and does not go any further than detecting the hard drive and freezes.

Would there be any specific faullt that I should know about these laptops before buying spare parts

A:dell insiprion 2500 not booting up

Have you tried booting into Safe Mode? . . Tap F8 repeatedly from the time you press the power button.

Can you try booting from a CD?

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Hi All!

I'm currently trying to get a Dell Inspiron 1505 Laptop working.

The problem is as follows.

The machine detects the hard drive, and begins to boot up into Windows Vista, however, just goes blank and does nothing

I tried using startup recovery, left it for 3 hours, still nothing

I've tried reinstalling using the Dell OS installation disc, which starts, says "please wait" and stays that way.

Has anyone got any ideas? I don't really want to jump straight into thinking the Hard Drive is knackered, I was thinking maybe the boot sector was being problematic???

I have run the ultimate boot CD and attempted to do a Hard Drive health check, however that just says "please wait" and does nothing

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions they would be most appreciated

Regards

Chris
 

A:Solved: Dell Laptop Not Booting

OK, the answer to this was as follows:

I used the ultimatebootcd to format the drive (windows CD/DVD would not do it)

Used XP to then format in NTFS format, then installed Vista from there
 

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My friends inspiron 1100 crashed while she was working on it, and has now started to refuse to boot up. The power light comes on, and stays lit for a few seconds, then it shuts off. Nothing ever comes onscreen, and its plugged into the outlet. Any ideas as to how to fix it, or what happened?

- Nate
 

A:Dell Inspiron 1100 not booting up

If you can, try the parts such as memory and cpu in another known-good box.
This way you can rule out certain parts, leading you to the source of the problem eventualy.
 

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Hey guys

First time poster here,but I have used this site many times to find solutions to problems I have.
Ok my Dell Inspiron 530 desktop refuses to boot for me. I switch it on and it does the usual beep once but my screen just remains black. I cant even get to the dell screen(post I think)

I tried taking out the ram and putting it back in as well as the hds. My g15 keyboard turns on as normal and when I try to hold f8 nothing happens.

Any solutions would be great

Thanks guys
 

A:Solved: Dell inspiron 530 not booting

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Previous owner is in jail. Police impounded all his computers. This is just one of many.
Auctioned off, after the 30 day wait. I solved password problem. But now it is refusing to up load windows cause it feels that one or two of the hard drives may have a problem.
(virus) did a Diagnostic and two of the hard drives not supported.
I have to disconnect them but not sure which ones.
Looks like I am going to take it to someone.

:::"A PROBLEM DETECTED AND WINDOWS HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN.
CHECK FOR VIRUSES.? REMOVE ANY NEWLY INSTALLED DRIVES OR HARD DRIVE CONTROLLERS. CHECK HARD DRIVE TO SEE IF IT PROPERLY CONFIGURED. RUN DISK CHECK, FOR CORRUPTION AND RESTART."::::::

I do have the original disk for vista. Just found all the software, drivers and passwords.
Can I boot up from disc?
I am afraid I am over my head on this thing.

I've always had a Mac comp, and this is my first PC.
At the time this was a top of the line comp and must of cost this guy at least 3gs.

I need a Geek
 

A:8400 dell not booting up windows

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About a year ago, my motherboard fried, and I just recently replaced it with a new one.
Since my brother has the same laptop as I do, we have at least 3 power cords.
I thought my power cord was the problem, so I switched to using his.
It would power my laptop, and charge my battery, but the computer will not turn on.
When I press the power button, the LED lights will turn on for about 3 seconds, then turn off.
I'm not sure what's happening. D: Help?!
 

A:Dell Inspiron 6000 Booting.

try contacting Dell http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/chat/hardware_chat?c=us&l=en&s=gen
 

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I've had intermittent issues on booting up my old Dell PC which has 2 PATA internal disks The older drive is used as a back-up drive for booting, should a system error/corruption occur on the main drive
During POST I sometimes get an error message that one of the drives cannot be seen, confirmed by CMOS. The usual time the fault arises is when I'm normally booted in Windows, when I suddenly hear a small pop telling me a drive has switched off. At that point my PC freezes, and needs rebooting and the POST error shows up. Sometines everything has been working fine, I shutdown the PC and the next day it won't boot up. Usually wiggling the ribbon cables or reconnecting the power supply molexes solves it, until a few hours/days/weeks later the problem recurs. The 'faulty' drive can be ether one and sometimes neither drive is seen in CMOS.
After some months of respite the problem recurred today only this time no amount of wiggling ribbon cables and checking connectors made any difference. After scratching my head for a while I decided to connect the drives to the secondary IDE controller. So far they've always been on the primary one. To my surprise the BIOS detected both normally and shown in CMOS on that channel. I retried a boot and the PC booted normally and I'm able to boot on either drive as previously.
Anyone have any ideas about this intermittent booting fault?

Many thnx.

A:Booting up error on old Dell Dimension

mo6een00
I've had intermittent issues on booting up my old Dell PC which has 2 PATA internal disks The older drive is used as a back-up drive for booting, should a system error/corruption occur on the main drive
During POST I sometimes get an error message that one of the drives cannot be seen, confirmed by CMOS. The usual time the fault arises is when I'm normally booted in Windows, when I suddenly hear a small pop telling me a drive has switched off. At that point my PC freezes, and needs rebooting and the POST error shows up. Sometines everything has been working fine, I shutdown the PC and the next day it won't boot up. Usually wiggling the ribbon cables or reconnecting the power supply molexes solves it, until a few hours/days/weeks later the problem recurs. The 'faulty' drive can be ether one and sometimes neither drive is seen in CMOS.
After some months of respite the problem recurred today only this time no amount of wiggling ribbon cables and checking connectors made any difference. After scratching my head for a while I decided to connect the drives to the secondary IDE controller. So far they've always been on the primary one. To my surprise the BIOS detected both normally and shown in CMOS on that channel. I retried a boot and the PC booted normally and I'm able to boot on either drive as previously.
Anyone have any ideas about this intermittent booting fault?

Many thnx.
mo6een00
Could be a failed primary IDE controller.
Dell manufac... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop that won't boot. I get an amber light when i hit the power button and the fans run loudly, but no signal to the monitor and no beeps. I'm no expert with this but I'm not against popping the whole thing open and trying to fix it. Thanks.

A:Dell Inspiron 530 loud fan, but not booting

jerseyduggan
I have a Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop that won't boot. I get an amber light when i hit the power button and the fans run loudly, but no signal to the monitor and no beeps. I'm no expert with this but I'm not against popping the whole thing open and trying to fix it. Thanks.
jerseyduggan
Assuming that you have the Inspiron 530 Mini Tower and not the 530s Slimline version.Is the power button LED, a Steady Amber, or a Blinking Amber?
Does the power supply fan run?Has any changes been made to the 530 recently? Is there a discrete graphics card installed, or are you using the integrated graphics?
The Inspiron 530 MT Troubleshooter and Diagnostic Codes are here:
http://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_inspiron_desktop/inspiron-530_owner%27s%20manual_en-us.pdf
If the power supply is working correctly, then having no 'Beep's could suggest a motherboard issue
Bev.

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Hello,

I am working on a Dell E150 that won't boot up from the hard drive. The computer also won't boot up from any CD I place in the the drive. I've tried with the Dell Windows CD and it get's as far as the "Windows is starting" message. I've tried the Ultimate Boot CD, Ubuntu CD, and Knoppix CD. I can't boot into any of them. These CDs work in other computers just fine.

I've tried replacing the cd-rom drive, the power supply, video card, and removed all other non-essential parts connected to the motherboard (like the USB connectors and a modem card). It's not a hard drive problem because I've put in a hard drive that I know works and I still get nothing. I've reset the BIOS settings as well as well as played around with disabling onboard functions of the motherboard. I've replaced the RAM with sticks I know are good.

At this point I am suspecting a faulty motherboard or CPU. Any suggestions?

A:Dell E150 Booting Up Issues

I guess that I'd like the details of what "won't boot" means.

No screens, no error messages, no signs of life?

The boot options support booting from the CD/DVD/optical drive you have the disk in?

Can you get into Safe Mode?

Does the BIOS accurately reflect the hardware installed?

No indication that either the motherboard or CPU work? If answer is yes, then how did you change BIOS settings?

Try changing the CMOS battery? Costs less than $5 and solves some problems that seem bizarre.

Louis

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Hey People, I have a problem that has happened to my Dell Laptop.
1st all of i bought it in the summer of 2011, so its very recent. What happened was tht i woke up one morning n my windows 7 wasnt loading, then i started in safe mode with networking, n i tried to burn a Windows 8 edition. anyways to cut a long story short i managed to get it working. In the mean while i had my My External HD n i was trying to copy files to it, but it was damaged somehow just like my Dell Laptop.
Then i downloaded PTDD Parition doctor to fix my External HD, n it did somethings to it but in the end it failed n i tried to do a Bootfix on it n it did but still failed n it asked me to restart to apply the changes to it.
I did restart n since then it doesn't want to Boot from the Main HD, it tries to boot from anything else other than my main HD such DVD-Rom, Internet n it also thinks thts my Damaged External is my main HD, which is not.
In the BIOS, in the main screen, it shows that the main HD is my External Drive, which is not but when u can go the Boot Tab, it shows the Hard Drive Option n u can set it to Boot from it n i choose it but still it doesnt want to boot from it n Boots from the External.
I think Ptdd did something to the Booting configuration n changed it somehow n now i cant access the laptop's main HD. i also tried to re-install windows 7 or 8 n still the setup or the repairing wont see the Main HD. So, now what can be done to reverse this damage or change of settings... Read more

A:Dell Laptop Not Booting fm Main HD

What happens if you disconnect the external HDD and then switch the laptop on ?
 

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Alright, I have to admit I have no idea about the hardware for computers but god I'm completely boggled. There have been threads about this issue I'm having before, but I've struggled to understand them and I'd like some simpler explanations, if at all possible.

I have a desktop that is a Dell Inspiron 530 from 2008. It runs Windows Vista. Tonight, I attempted to turn this thing on--I hadn't in about a week, although it was working perfectly the last time I used it, it failed to turn on.
The tower turned on, I heard the fans going, but then I got a beep code. Four short, consecutive beeps. Pause. Four short beeps. Pause. on and on and on! I looked up what it meant and it said a cache error, but I honestly don't know what this means or how to go about fixing it.

In addition to the beep code, the monitor stayed blank. No lights, splash screen, dell or microsoft logo. it stayed on standby, its light stayed yellow and not green like it normally is when the computer goes on, and it stayed completely black. I'm boggled. Help?

(I've tried running diagnostics but I have no idea how to, since the screen won't show up. No amount of hitting F12 or F8 will work.)
 

A:Solved: Dell Inspiron 530 not booting up

Check all your connections. Remove and replace the RAM sticks to be sure they are well-seated. Make sure all cards are firmly in their slots.
 

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Hi there,
My dell latitude e6230 is not booting. The power and CAP button light up and they go off 14 seconds after pressing power button. The screen is completely blank and I cannot hear any response from CPU fan and internal mechanical hard drive. Would be good if someone here can help to advise the status of my laptop. Thank you very much!!!
Wilson

A:My dell latitude e6230 is not booting

Basic troubleshooting:  disconnect all external devices, unplug the system and remove or disconnect the main battery.  Hold the power button for 30 seconds, remove the base cover and remove and reinstall both memory modules.  Try powering up on AC only (no battery).  If it will, but won't with the battery connected, replace the battery with a new one.  If it still won't boot up, replace the mainboard.

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PC Config: DELL 4600 Desktop, P4, running Windows XP Home, 80 GB Western Digital HD

Scenario: PC was functioning fine until a recent attempt to install iTunes 11.1 (which required a sytem reboot after install). While rebooting a black screen came up with the following message:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: windows\system32\config\system. You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original set up CDROM.

Repair attempts (a software attempt and a hardware attempt):
1. I tried installing the original WINDOWS XP CD ROM and follow the steps to repair the system file. I tried to follow the steps but could not get the repair function to work for me (likely some user error).

2. I tried removing the hard drive and puting it into an external drive enclosure (I have another PC running Windows XP). When I powered up the external drive enclosure through a USB port on the functioning computer (using a "My Computer" window) the drive did spin up and was recognized as an external device. I tried to access the drive but it only gave me an error message: Device not ready.

Questions:
If the hard drive is spinning and was working fine before the iTunes software install, why can't I view the drive contents when using the external device enclosure (I confirmed the external enclosure was working correctly) ?
Can anyone offer step by step instructions for repairing a corrupt system file using the original Win... Read more

A:Dell 4600 not booting Windows XP help

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My teenage daughter has a Dell Optiplex GX1 450L Pentium 3 PC running Windows 98.

She's pretty good at using it to play PC games, and even better at stopping the entire system from operating. In fact, over the past couple of years I think I've spent more time fixing the thing than she has spent using it!

Problem is, this time I can't seem to get it working again, and I wonder if anyone reading this post can please give me some advice.

When I power up the base unit, there is some hard drive activity culminating in a momentary glimpse of the Dell bios screen, followed by a totally blank screen with a flashing cursor, or dash. Nothing I enter by means of the keyboard has any effect at all.

If I enter a windows startup floppy into the a: drive, there's just a momentary flash of the green floppy drive led and then nothing.

If I put a windows 98 operating system disk into the d: drive, it spins up (but doesn't sound fast enough to me) and then the thing just slows down and stops again.

The screen remains blank with just the same flashing cursor.

I have, rightly or wrongly, tried resetting the bios.

After bios reset the machine boots into a screen asking for me to reset the system time and date. I have carried out the setting of time and date, afterwhich I have selected the option to continue with boot up. Problem is, all I get is the same flashing cursor on an otherwise blank screen. N.B. Whilst in bios I noted that the hard drive is apparently list... Read more

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Hi,

Have Dell Studio 1558 (model PP39L). Was working fine for last 2 years. Had replaced battery 3 months back. Everything was fine and one fine morning it stopped working. Pressing power button doesnt do anything.

When plugging the charger, white light flashes for 3-4 seconds and then disappear.

Really not sure what to do. I have tried taking out battery and booting. I have tried pressing the power button for 30 seconds.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Vinit
 

A:Dell Studio not charging and booting

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Dear Sir / Madam,
When I power on Dell Inspiron 14R N4010, Dell Inspiron logo appears, progress bar stops in the 75% and long beep sound is coming.
I tried pressing F8 accurately several times, when the computer loads, but it is not working.
Even the boot option is given as F12, but pressing F12 not working.
I also tried pressing F8 separately and along with Function key. Similarly for F12.
Nothing works out.
When I tried pressing Esc key, the BIOS information appears. F2 for Setup appears. Pressing F2, just hangs by displaying "Entering Setup...."
Please kindly suggest what can I do? Looks like some malicious software cleaned up the whole system.
I also tried putting Windows 7 repair disk (generated from another system) into the drive, but not working. I think only after changing the boot option only it works.
Expecting your kind help in this regard.
Thanks,
Bala.

A:Dell Inspiron 14R N4010 not booting up F12 and F8 not working

Hi Bala,
Do you get any error message on screen?
Could you please let me know the series of beep code that you hear when you power on the computer.
You can drain out the residual power of computer and then try using the computer:

Power off your computer. 
Remove all the external peripherals connected to your computer.
Please remove the AC adaptor and battery of your computer. 
Press and hold the power button of your computer for 10-15 seconds to drain out the residual power.
Release the power button. 
Insert the battery in and connect the AC adaptor.
Then try powering on the computer.   


I have added you as a friend. Please accept my friend request by clicking on my name highlighted in blue and then click on “Friends” tab at the top and then click on “Request to Review” and finally click on “Accept” button.
I am sending you a private message as well. Click on “Inbox” to respond to the message and provide system’s Service Tag and contact details so I may access your system records and check for further course of action. You could also click on Start Conversation to send a private message. 
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Hopefully someone can point me toward a solution (and not reformatting the HD unless absolutely necessary) that I am having with my Dell Inspiron Laptop. When I power up the laptop, after it being turned off for an extended period of time (i.e. overnight), it will begin the boot process. I get the Windows XP Pro splash screen and then the screen goes black for about 30 seconds or so. If I then see a cursor (arrow) on the black screen I know that the laptop will finish the boot correctly. If no cursor appears after 30 seconds I know it has locked up. If it locks up, I hit the power button to restart the laptop. It will then come up with the "You did not shut down correctly" message and it lets me choose to boot in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, or Normally. If I select standard Safe Mode (the first choice), the laptop boots up into Safe Mode. I then immediately tell it to Restart and the system shuts down and then boots normally. Once the system is up correctly I can shut it down and reboot without problems (90% of the time) so long as I reboot it immediately after doing the shutdown.

This boot problem happens 8 out of 10 times I try to start up the laptop the first time. I have contacted Dell and they were about as helpful as a sharp stick in the eye (it may have been a language barrier).

I have a feeling if I just reformat the HD and re-install Win XP Pro and all my apps the problem will go away, BUT, I want to try other solutions before doing the re-forma... Read more

A:Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop Not Booting

Since this is a Windows XP machine.

How long ago do this problem start? If you think it's software related, you might want to try and reboot into safe mode.

Press the F8 key when the PC is booting up. This will get you into the Windows XP startup menu. Boot into safe mode, and start the System Restore program. Restore your OS to an earlier date. Keep restoring to earlier date past the time you last remember having any problems with the system. If the problem is indeed software related, Windows XP System Restore should take care of the problem.
 

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Hi,
I have DELL dimension 8400. The language on it is Norwegian. I want to change to English Win XP but at the boot sequence the CR-rom is marked (NOT PRESENT) even though the CD is attached amd working alright in the old windows. Because the CD is not present the machine can't boot from the cd-rom. I tried to install the new win XP from the old one that is norwegian but it stops after loading the files and it's about to start the installation. MESSAGE--to prevent damage to my PC. Using a new harddisk is not helping because the PC can't start from the CR-rom
The question is how do I make my CD-rom to be present so that I can either use a new harddisk or format the old one. Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Booting from cd-rom--dell dimension 8400

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit installed. Now after a windows update, whenever I try to boot, it goes through the Dell logo then I get a black screen with this in the top left corner "Error!_" I tried to see if it was the harddrive by using F12 to boot linux from a flash drive, but I get the exact same screen. I feel like the problem may be with the pre-boot environment but I am not sure and don't know how to fix it. Also, I have run a test through the BIOS and came up with no errors. Any help is appreciated .

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 not booting any drives.

Can you (try) boot from some bootable DVD? Same error immediately?

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I have a friend with a Dell Dimension 3100 that was working fine until last week. It is loaded with Windows XP Home Edition. This computer accesses the internet using a dial-up modem. I noticed that I wasn't getting a dial tone and in checking further the analog line leading into the computer was dead.
The computer was moved from it's original location and I looked at the back panel to check the connection. When I tried to start the computer, I got a flickering amber light. I plugged the computer into a separate wall outlet and the amber light went from flashing amber to a steady green, but the operating system won't boot and the monitor is in power save mode and will not work properly. I hooked another monitor to the cpu and when I start the Dimension 3100...on the screen it says can't detect hard drive.
I have opened the cpu and have done several tests by disconnecting all items that run into the power supply and pulling memory and video cards etc. I should mention that with the computer plugged in but not turned on the fan(s) are working. Note this was not the case when I first tried to troubleshoot the problem. I had to reset the 115v amp switch before the power supply worked. After doing several things I still get the same problem.
The BIOS screen shows the information for the pieces of this Dell Dimension 3100. I don't have a bootable disk. But I'm not really sure that it would help.
So I'm stuck. I'm thinking that it's maybe a bad power supply box and the ethernet... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Dell Dimension 3100 not booting up

can you access dos?on the screen it says can't detect hard drive.?

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Loading PBR for Descriptor 2.......done.
A disk read error occured.
Press ctrl=alt=delete to restart.

error code 0f00:0244
block 160601. uncorrectable data error or media is write protected
sata disk s/n= 5mt473dj-confidence test
error code: 0f00:1A44

What does that all mean?

A:Please help Dell comp stuck at booting scrn

and welcome to the Forum

The drive may be faiiing . . you can run the Dell Diagnostics to rule that out

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Hello,

I have a dell laptop and it has failed to boot successfully since two days ago. A couple of virus, spy ware, and ad ware scaner programs were installed, but I do not know if they were run. Next time I restarted the lap top, I was getting a disk error, and was informed I should reboot. I have tried to run a hard drive disk evaluation disk, but still nothing. But it did allow me to get to the windows XP load screen but then there was nothing past that. So I restarted, and when I restarted I am stuck at which mode I would like to run windows in since the last start up failed. When I click on any option the computer freezes.

I have a really bad feeling the hard drive has seen its last day. But I wanted to check here before I threw it out the window.

Any help or suggestions would be wonderful. I am also open to just reformting if that works. All options are a go when it comes to this laptop.

Thanks,
CPgator
Some system information:

Inspirion M140 Dell Laptop
Processor Pentium M (1.73 Ghz)
512 MB Ram (DDR2)
78 GB HDD (ATA)

Let me know if you need any other system specs.
 

A:Solved: Dell Laptop Not Booting to Windows XP

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Hi
My dell e1505 laptop, which I've had for a little over 2.5 years, won't start up. I turn it on, and it loads past the screen that says "PBR 2... Done" and then the screen with a gray loading bar at the bottom appears. The bar fills up about 1/4 of the way, then the laptop freezes.
It doesn't budge after that until I turn it off, and when I turn it back on, it does the same thing. I don't want to have to reformat, I don't even know if reformatting would help, but I'm lost at this point.
Any help would be nice. Thanks.
Nick.
 

A:Dell Inspiron e1505 won't finish booting up

Pull the hard drive out and see if the laptop boots up any further. If so, the hard drive is probably bad
 

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It lets me log in but after that the command box opens saying

' "C:Users\Robin\Documents\60a3b72a.exe"' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

and doesn't continue to the start screen. What can I enter to fix this file/access the start menu? Otherwise is there a known virus that stops the boot in this way that I can remove from the command box?

A:Problem booting my Wndows 8 Dell laptop.

Hmm...I'd guess you have a virus on your computer since it's trying to start that file during the boot process. Try booting in to safe mode to see if you can boot that way and then you can run a virus check.

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Hi Guys,
My Old Dell Latitude 630 Laptop running XP professional says "BOOTMGR" missing
I have licensed XP but no CD. Can somebody help?
Kelly Mistry
 

A:Dell Latitude 630 Laptop running XP not booting

The laptops hard drive may have gone bad. Take the laptop to a friend that understands computer repair. You really need a Windows install disk for this... and a new hard drive
 

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I have a Dell PC that is not booting into windows and you can't even see the Bios screen. It is just a black screen on boot. I tried another hard drive in the computer, but the same result happened. Tried the H.D from the faulty computer in another PC and it wouldn't boot up either. Unsure of what to do or what could be the problem. Any suggestions? Thanks.
 

A:Dell PC not booting, no bios screen present.

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Im am hoping someone can help me. My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop and for some unknown reason, it will not load windows. She is using windows7 and was given no installation disc whan she bought it.
When switched on, the laptop goes to boot up as normal and says "starting windows" then it goes to a screen which says the following
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

If windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, Startup repair can help diganose and fix the problem. If power was interrupted during startup, choose start windows normally.
(Use the arrow keys to highlight your choice).

Launch startup repair (recommended)
Start windows normally

I have tried both options and it continually loops back to this page.

I have also tried using the F12 and tried installing using all of the available options.
The only way i can get it to load is to hit F12 key, then select "onboard NIC" then press F8 and get the advanced boot options.

I have tried selecting all three safe mode options but it goes back to the loading windows loop. I select "disable driver signature enforcement" and it loads.
It says "starting windows" and goes through the normal boot up procedure.
When selecting the user names etc, the desktop will sometimes load but then the laptop crashes.
A blue screen appears and says

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A:Dell Inspiron 1545 booting up problems

Hi Andymac7. Welcome to TSF!

Do you perhaps have a small, tactical nuclear device you could attach to the computer? Just kidding.

In all seriousness, is there anything you did JUST BEFORE this started happening? Did you make any hardware or software changes to her system?

I would recommend running the Driver Verifier if you can get the system to boot up again. It sounds like you're able to but you have to jump through some hoops to do so. Read THIS POST and see if you can make it happen. Let me know how you fare.

Good day!

Mike

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My Dell Laptop was given to a technician to change the screen frame as it was broken.
 
The hard disk was removed to copy some urgently required files for office.
 
I connected the hard disk to hp laptop, copied the files, chose the Hide option of Pictures folder in hard disk inorder to hide the Pictures folder, and gave back the hard disk to the technician to fix it.
 
After fixing it, he told the Windows is corrupted. I got the laptop back to check it.
 
After booting, it goes to a black screen. I tried in safe mode also. It still goes to a black screen.
 
Startup repair runs for a while and it again goes to a black screen with cursor.
 
Kindly reply me, if you have any solution.

A:DELL Laptop after booting goes to black screen

Are you saying...that an IT point of contact...gave you back a system that isn't working properly?  Take it back to the IT department, they are responsible for any "solutions" to said property.
 
Louis

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I have a Dell xps 13 (2015 edition). I have owned it for just over a year (warranty has just ran out}.  I was doing some light Internet browsing, as I always do, before bed and then shut the lid. The next day when I opened the laptop the screen did not come on, so I held the power button until it shut down, and then tried to power on. On came the power button, but nothing happened on the screen except for  slight flicker. No Dell logo. I searched online and found a comment saying 'hold D and press power on to check the monitor is okay'. Well this works perfectly, bringing up a display of different colours. However, holding fn+power key does nothing. I have searched online and tried the removing battery trick, however this has not solved the problem either. I am quite angry about this - it looks like quite a few people have had this happen just after their warranty has run out, and I am reluctant to pay to fix what blatantly appears to be a problem with Dell. I have left the laptop on to completely run down the battery and will try again later, but any help would be desperately appreciated.

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For some reason, my Dell Presicion T1500 tries to boot from attached USB storage if present. I've tried going into the BIOS and disabling booting from USB peripherals, and have also moved USB periphs to the bottom of the boot order.

This isn't a huge problem, but it's a PITA having to remove all USB storage devices every time I boot up my computer.

I've attached a copy of Device Manager showing the USB devices, and a .txt file with system info.
 

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I picked up some old Dell Optiplex 110s (P3s, 733mhz, 128 RAM) from a local govt. auction; they were used by our city library system; they had no harddrives, all came w/ CD reader and the floppy drive

I've messed around w/ these type of Dells for several years....they're fun and usually easy to work on. I fix em' up, install Linux on em' and give em' away to friends and family, BUT I've not run across this situation before..... in the BIOS, Boot order, ONLY the Floppy is shown as a boot option. No HDD or CD ROM is given as an option for booting.

I flashed the BIOS w/ downloaded update from Dell website.... changed BIOS ver. but did not reset the boot options. I just don't enough about BIOS-es to know how to change em'

I figure they were set like this to keep "the public" from messing w/ them when they were in the libraries

Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations on how this can be remedied??

Thanks in advance!!
 

A:old Dell Optiplex 110 BIOS will only allow booting from A: can't change it

make sure its plug and play bios w/ a plug and play device
 

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Hi guys,

My niece asked me to help her with her Dell laptop...it was running very slow so i said i would install Windows 8 on it for her.

so I installed it and everything seemed to go like clockwork...

once it started again i get the dell boot screen then the Windows 8 logo comes up then disappears and then NOTHING!!

the screen is working as it lights up but nothing comes on it.

could this be a "dodgy" hard drive?

A:Dell vostro 3550 booting problem

Hi, try to boot into SafeMode and remove the Nvidia driver - leave the Microsoft Basic adapter. Then boot into Windows and install the latest drivers provided from Nvidia.

Good luck,werty

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Person brought this laptop to me saying his cousin had wiped the HDD clean and it needs an OS so I reinstalled installed win7 and all works fine in windows but whenever I power on the unit, I am getting
 
"No bootable devices--Strike F1 to retry reboot, F2 for setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics
 
The boot menu is set to Internal HDD first. In the Bios Boot Sequence, something looks weird, if you can look at the first image, you will notice that the Diskette drive is selected as 1 as the top most entry:
 
http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr298/mikehende/20141204_124838_zps5ebc26ad.jpg
 
but as shown in the 2nd image when I move the Internal HDD to the top it is showing above the diskette drive?
 
http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr298/mikehende/20141204_124927_zpsd156893e.jpg
 
I don't know if the above is normal or has anything to do with this problem but only way to get the system to boot to windows involves powering on and pressing F12 to go to the Boot Menu screen, press Enter then it boots to windows, help?
Person brought this laptop to me saying his cousin had wiped the HDD clean and it needs an OS so I reinstalled installed win7 and all works fine in windows but whenever I power on the unit, I am getting
"No bootable devices--Strike F1 to retry reboot, F2 for setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics
The boot menu is set to Internal HDD first. In the Bios Boot Sequence, something looks weird, if you can look ... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 1318 booting problem

It's ok guys, I got it solved by using the spacebar to set the HDD as the no.1 boot device in the bios.

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One of my friends' laptop is being a bit temperamental. It's a relatively new Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista Home Premium (32bit) SP1 installed. Anyways, the computer turns on normally but when the OS goes to load it gets stuck at a black screen with just the mouse cursor moving around. Safe Mode doesn't work and the same thing happens if I select "Last Good Config that Worked." I've seen this problem before with updates, but my friend said it was working fine and he didn't install anything.

I popped in the Dell OS disk so I could try a repair/recovery but that was unsuccessful as well. The setup program didn't detect any problems with the OS and there were no restore points to revert back to. I have no idea what the computer is doing when it sits on the black screen. There is a little bit of HDD activity here and there but I think that's the normal behavior. Any ideas? I'm sort of at a loss here...

Thanks in advance for any help!
 

A:Dell Inspiron 1525 not booting (Vista)

If I get a Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 OEM disk can I perform a repair install without being able to boot the OS normally? I can't do anything with this computer at the moment--it just sits and does nothing. I slaved the HDD to another system and was able to read and write normally, so it's definitely a problem with Vista. Problem is I have no idea what is causing the computer to hang so I can't pull any errors and startup repair says there's no problems.
 

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I have a dell dimension 8400 that I am simply reformatting and reinstalling xp. The problem is that the cd roms aren't booting the disc. There are 2 of them. First I checked the obvious settings in the boot menu, and selected usb or onboard cd rom selection for first boot device. Next I checked the settings jumperwise. Both were set for CS, so I set the first for master, and the second for slave. The message coming up is "No boot device available. Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 to enter setup." I'm thinking of checking the ribbon cable to the cd-roms, but doubt that is what it is since the cd roms are showing up in the bios setup.
 

A:Dell Dimension 8400 cd roms not booting from disc

Try unplugging one of the drives from the ribbon cable. What USB devices are plugged in? Can you change the bios to just check CDrom as first boot device.
 

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I have Windows XP. My computer was infected with the Gaobot worm. I've reinstalled my software and McAfee antivirus, but it seems like my computer is still infected. My antivirus software states that there are no viruses found on the virus scan.

I keep getting Microsoft error messages (C:\DOCUME~1\Owner\LOCALS~1\Temp\WEBA.tmp.dir00\HelpCtr.exe.mdmp), get booted off of the internet after a few minutes of activity, and get blue screens with error messages such as:

PAGE_FAULT-IN-NONPAGED-AREA

DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

Please help! I've called Dell numerous times and they've not been able to help me.

Thank you!
 

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How do I solve a dell optiplex gx260 shutdown problem. I just realised 4 capacitors are swollen. All basic cleaning and refixing have been done but still the problem still persists.

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whenever I boot my laptop it shows that the function key F2 is on and the laptop straight way goes to Bios screen. After pressing the Esc key the bios screen goes, then the laptop boots to windows. I have formatted the c drive updated the drivers but the problem remained unsolved. I have taken out the battery and pressed the start switch for sometime to drain the static power but nothing happened. You are requested to help me out from this problem.

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My machine has one partition with Vista, one 10GB restore partition and one 47MB FAT16 partition. All are primary partitions.

I want to add an XP partition and another Vista partition. I have a Vista CD so I'm pretty sure I can get rid of the restore partition. The 47MB partition seems to be used for Dell diagnostics. Anyone what the consequences might be if a delete that one?

The assumption I'm making is that each OS needs to be installed in a primary partition.
 

A:Solved: Triple-booting on a Dell - already have 3 primary partitions

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Hey everyone.

First time poster. I've got a Dell Studio 15 with Vista with a long history of issues, but despite its problems I'd like to squeeze some more life out of it since its only a little over a year old. My latest problem, and failed attempts to fix it:
This morning my computer would boot, login, and seem to be working fine. However, anywhere from 5-15 minutes into any session, things would completely lock up. Often this happened right after clicking on the taskbar or start menu. I was able to use the computer normally in Safe Mode, and while in Safe mode made sure I had up to date backups of all my files.

My first step was going through the processes and looking for troublesome ones. Nothing raised any red flags, so I ran startup repair, memory diagnostics, and general diagnostics (startup repair multiple times), with the same problem occuring after each try.

Since I have backups of everything, I tried the full factory restore from Dell's recovery partition. Each time (3 tries) after seeming to proceed normally for some time, there would be an error box, without any text, error number, or other distinguishing information, and the restore would fail.

I tried restoring to a restore point from a few days before, but after that the computer would get stuck interminably at the Vista loading screen (black screen with green loading bar). I again restored to a point a from 9/25 and when I used my password protected account, I got an error box titled "... Read more

A:Dell Studio 15 Locking/Booting/Restoring Woes

hi if you can get back to safemode this may help http://www.stuckiniowa.com/bcmlogon...d-the-welcome-screen-and-fast-user-switching/
 

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Hey guys, this is my first post but I've been reading a lot here and you guys are usually very useful. That being said, I'm having some computer issues.

I'm running Windows Vista 32 on a Dell Inspiron 530. Intel Core Duo E4500 not overclocked or anything.

There has been no new hardware added besides 2 more gigs of ram and an internal 500gb HDD. These had been in place for a few months already so I don't think they are the issue. Well here's what happens....

It started when i was playing Oblivion, all of a sudden the screen went sort of pink. The best way i can describe it was it was pink and glitchy looking. I assumed it was the video card over heating. So i had to hard reboot by holding the power for a few seconds. When it attempts to boot Green vertical lines and red checkered boxes across the screen that flash. Then it would get to the windows loading screen and have white dotted lines. For a few times after that it would boot up about 50% of the time. During one of those successful boots i installed speedfan and everything stayed around 35-40C peaking around 50C the GPU was no higher then 80C granted it wasn't under a load at the time.

Eventually it wouldn't boot at all, i decided i would reformat and do a clean vista install. I did this and installed up to SP2 got age of emps 3 going and the same thing happened like it did with oblivion. I have a picture of that here -->( ill upload the pic in a few mins)

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A:Dell 530 Vista Trouble Booting and Random Crashes

heres the bootlog

Microsoft ® Windows ® Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
6 24 2009 18:19:14.375
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\kdcom.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\mcupdate_GenuineIntel.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\PSHED.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\BOOTVID.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CLFS.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CI.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\Wdf01000.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WDFLDR.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\acpi.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WMILIB.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\msisadrv.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\pci.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\volmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\mountmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\pciide.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\PCIIDEX.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\volmgrx.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\atapi.sys
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whenever I boot my laptop it shows that the function key F2 is on and the laptop straight way goes to Bios screen. After pressing the Esc key the bios screen goes, then the laptop boots to windows. I have formatted the c drive updated the drivers but the problem remained unsolved. I have taken out the battery and pressed the start switch for sometime to drain the static power but nothing happened. You are requested to help me out from this problem.

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My dell laptop came with a windows home basic 64bit initially.. I installed windows 8 and then further ubuntu 12.04 through windows 8 to my system.

Due to some unrecognized problem, windows 8 became highly unresponsive as it made the screen unstable as soon as it booted. Due to which i had to delete windows 8 from my system. But i made a mistake of formatting the drive windows 8 was in without uninstalling ubuntu from my system. Since then it didnt boot any other system other than the original windows. If i try installing any OS to my system, just as the installation is about to start the laptop shuts down..I am incapable to load any other OS..I have tried various versions of linux based systems.

I have re-installed windows 7 on my system; making all new partitions. Now many errors that used to occur before in my system are resolved but this problem of the OS installation remains.

Any help on the matter is most welcome..Since I am a linux user..I'd like my system to be responsive to it asap..Any ideas on how windows 8 might have effected my system boot is also welcome.

A:Problem in booting any linux based OS to my dell laptop

  
Quote: Originally Posted by technobeat


My dell laptop came with a windows home basic 64bit initially.. I installed windows 8 and then further ubuntu 12.04 through windows 8 to my system.

Due to some unrecognized problem, windows 8 became highly unresponsive as it made the screen unstable as soon as it booted. Due to which i had to delete windows 8 from my system. But i made a mistake of formatting the drive windows 8 was in without uninstalling ubuntu from my system. Since then it didnt boot any other system other than the original windows. If i try installing any OS to my system, just as the installation is about to start the laptop shuts down..I am incapable to load any other OS..I have tried various versions of linux based systems.

I have re-installed windows 7 on my system; making all new partitions. Now many errors that used to occur before in my system are resolved but this problem of the OS installation remains.

Any help on the matter is most welcome..Since I am a linux user..I'd like my system to be responsive to it asap..Any ideas on how windows 8 might have effected my system boot is also welcome.


Hi technobeat,

Welcome to Seven forums.

You should perform the diagnostics on the system to check if hardware is working correctly or not:

http://dell.to/18xQpRy

Kindly update your system specs here by following this.

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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We have 3 Dell Precision Workstation T3610 in our office. All the 3 PC's taking 5 minuted to boot if there is a network cable is connected, we have formatted with new OS, but no luck, upgrade all driver and bios and the HDD rate is 5.9.
Is there any issue of the Mother of board/NW card of this model? All other PC in our  office is working fine

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Hello, I am in dam **** with my Vostro 1310 laptop. It had water poured on it and for the past two weeks, it signals the following issues:

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Existing PXE ROM.
Operating System not found

Please, help me recover very important files buried in my laptop, and also solve this problem

Much thanks in advance.
Elish

A:Operating system not found while booting my DELL laptop

Hi and welcome to TSF please try going into the bios and set the harddrive as first boot device save and exit then try booting,you can try pressing enter when booting and see if that gets you to the bios or it might be the delete key ther is normally a message at the bottom left of the screen when you boot telling you which key or keys to use,if you miss the time in which to do it just start over

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Hi all i have a dell sc420 and my specs are pentium 4 2.8 ht and 512mb ram. The problem is that when i boot up the computer it makes a loud siren noise maybe about 4-5 times.Also during that time the cooling fan gets a lot louder for some reason. I dont know if it is the power supply or cooling fan. The monitor screen stays black and doesnt work. Any help would be nice thank you.
 

A:dell having trouble with booting up making the siren noise

Well siren noises aren't my specialty but I'll give it a shot.
Can you smell anything burning?
Do you hear/see the fans turn on? If it doesn't POST, ie. screen blank, it's either dead CPU or dead 5Volt output on the power supply (assuming the graphics card and display is/was working).
Is the siren sound coming from the speakers or some part of the PC?
Do you hear any beeps during/before/after the siren noise?
 

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Hi,
I have a Dell XPS 410 running windows xp and every time i try to turn on the computer it shows the Windows XP logo as if it is about to boot but then the screen goes blank and the power button on the monitor turns orange. Moving the mouse or typing on the keyboard both fail to yield any change. I have had this problem with several monitors I have tried plugging into this computer that work fine on every other computer.

I have been trying to figure this out forever so hopefully someone can help!

Adam
 

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I'm looking at a Dell Studio 1558 laptop (model PPP39L) which has an Intel core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed. A cold start boot takes quite a while to happen. Here are my timings:

At power on, "Starting Windows" message (without Windows flag animation) on black screen appears for 40 seconds
"Starting Windows" message with Windows flag animation on black screen appears for 10 seconds
"Welcome" message on blue screen (not BSOD) appears for about 40 seconds
Desktop starts to appear and is populated with icons after another 15-20 seconds
The Windows start sound, the chime, is heard about 20 seconds later

The sounds of the Windows start sound taking 20 seconds to be heard is due to the many startup applications, so I'm not too concerned about that. What concerns me the most is the 40 seconds from the time of power on to the time the Windows flag animation appears. By this, I mean I press the power button, the Dell logo screen appears, then the screen goes black and the "Starting Windows" message appears and sits there for 40 seconds until the Windows flag animation appears. Once the animation starts, another 10 seconds is needed before the black screen is replaced with the blue screen with the "Please wait" and then the "Welcome" messages.

Any ideas on what could be causing the "Starting Windows" message, without the animation, to be appeari... Read more

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I have a dell dimension 8400 that I am simply reformatting and installing windows xp. The problem is that the cd roms aren't booting the disc. There are 2 of them. First I checked the obvious settings in the boot menu, and selected usb or onboard cd rom selection for first boot device. Next I checked the settings jumperwise. Both were set for CS, so I set the first for master, and the second for slave. The message coming up is "No boot device available. Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 to enter setup." I'm thinking of checking the ribbon cable to the cd-roms, but doubt that is what it is since the cd roms are showing up in the bios setup.
 

A:Dell Dimension 8400 cd roms not booting from disc

do u have 2 IDE HD chanels... (= 4 hd's or cdroms)

try fliping the cd rom, and put them on the HD chanel, and put the HD on the CD chanel.
 

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