I have a dell running xp pro. It was running fine and then one day it just would not boot. It appears to try to boot off "a " drive which does not exist. My other dell which works appears to boot from "c" drive. The computer will not acknowledge "F2" of "F12" which would let me select boot path. The computer trys to start and then just shuts down in approx, 8 seconds.
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Re: dell 610initial start up problem
You are unable to enter bios....to select drive c...try to remove the hard drive and install it in the other machine that you have....or just boot your notebook without the Hard disk and see if it makes any difference.....
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It sounds like it could be 1 of 2 issues either the memory or your hard drive may be failing.
Please do the following:
Turn on the computer. When the DELL logo appears, press
immediately. If you wait too long and the Microsoft Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows
desktop. Then shut down your computer and try again.
When the boot device list appears, highlight Diagnostics and press .
Please choose the express test and post the results.
The laptop won’t POST after removing the memory? Sounds like the memory module (s) need to be reseated again. Removing memory will not reset the laptop. If you want to install a clean Windows XP load, you need to boot from the Windows CD and format the hard drive. Fell free to contact me if you need futher assistance. Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please rate this solution. Thank You.