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try to boot in "Last good known configuration settings" by restarting your pc and then press F8 before windows appear and then select the boot option i mention above. if this not work since you said that it can't boot to safe mode, your other option is to repair the windows or else reformat it. when you repair the windows you must have windows xp home edition cd installer, you load it to your cd/dvd rom and then restart your pc and press F2 or DEL button before windows appear in order to go to setup bios settings. in bios settings, you choose boot order setup and setup first priority to cd/dvd and press F10 by saving the changes and then press any key when you see the prompt so that it can boot up to windows xp home cd installer and then follow screen instruction that you arrive to windows repair option.
Your computer gonna be reformatted like it was when it was new. you get a new installed computer. all programs that you have installed gonna be gone. your computer gonna be as new.
if you run restore remember to save your data to a external media as usb disk or networkdevice because all information you have on your computer gonna get lost.
Also you need to reinstall all programs like office, firefox skype or other program you want installed.
The advantages with restore is that you computer becomes as it was when you bought it = faster then today.. remember to install all windows updates before you begins to install any other programs.
Hope I maid it clear for you what happends :)
Assuming you don't mean the BIOS...
It suffices usually to reinstall Windows or whichever OS you intend to use. You let the installation program format the partition (watchout you loose all data which was on that partition)
go to support.dell.com and download the modem driver to an external media (cd, thumb drive, etc.).
then right click 'my computer' and go to properties then device manager. you should be able to go to the modem and update the driver from a specific location and then point it to the external media you have downloaded the driver to.
since the keyboard and dvd are on different controllers it may be the motherboard but then I have seen weird things when memory goes bad. I would download memtest on another computer and burn it to cd and run it from bootup and test the memory first. If not the memory then motherboard is a likely answer
My Laptop Inspiron 2200 With Windows XP only boot with the C drive when I remove the CD-DVD-CD drive. Otherwise ,I am asked to go to Bios to reconfigure the booting order.
The CD-dvd can not be pick-up by Plug and Play .
As a result I can only use the Laptop without the CD-DVD
When I reconnect the DVD it will not boot.
I have inspected every single pin in the DVD and from the Motherboard I can not see any damages