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Will not boot completely

When I turn on the computer it begins to boot but stops at

Loadng PBR for descriptor 2...done.

I have tried to re-boot numerous times but it sticks here every time

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Hold fn key and hit power to turn it on . that will do diagnostics. if it says DST failed its drive self test failed.
if its software issue dsrfix.zip should fix it as long as partitions didnt get removed. goodells.net has this info

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Hi dalenaftzger, windows can not load your primary partition. One of your partition is damaged. Dell
Hi dalenaftzger, windows can not load your primary partition. One of your partitions is damaged. Dell systems have more than one partition on their hard disk drives. Two partitions are hidden. Try this;
Start up the computer and press F12 key to give you the boot-up options.
Insert Windows Installation/Recovery CD into your CD-ROM. Choose CD-ROM boot option & press enter.
Let the installation process continue until it prompts you to, Press R to repair. This should then take you into the DOS mode. Type in FIXBOOT & when prompted, press "Y" to start creating the new boot partition. If everything goes right, you should get a message saying the partition was corrupted and a new one was created successfully. Remove the CD & reboot your system.

Play it safe if your system boots windows. Check windows for any updates. Run a full system virus scan. Run windows check disk & windows defrag.
Just in case the drive is starting to go. If you have a CD/DVD writer start backing up your personal data. The most common folder to back up are:
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Desktop
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Favorites
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Local Settings\Identities
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\My Documents
Data from any program you may have installed.

Armed with the above folders backed up to CD/DVD, you'll loose very little if you have to replace the hard disk drive.

Good luck dalenaftzger!
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