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Inspiron 1300 will not boot up

When I turn it on it says "Loading PBR for descriptor 2.
Then says a disk read error occurred press ctrl+alt+del to restart.
The disk most likely does not have an OS on it any more.
It was exposed to a very powerful magnetic field.
Is my HD toast, will a new HD solve this problem?

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  • tomangley Nov 25, 2008

    Thanks for the ideas. However my XP system is no longer installed there is nothing on the drive. It says loading PBR For Descriptor 2. After that mesage it say to reboot with the 3 finger salute and freezes there and I can not do anything but the salute. I tried f8 and nothing happened. I can't get into bios to change boot sequence it requires a password and I don't have it. I bought it used and was not given it I called DELL and they wouldn't give me a password. If I install a new hard drive will I be able to reinstall XP even though I can't change to boot from cd?

  • tomangley Nov 25, 2008

    Ok I have one last question and problem.

    Problem: I can not get past the password from the previous owner or the DELL password. I tried all suggestions in previous input.

    Question: Before I by a new hard drive and install it. Will it boot up at least to some form of DOS so I can run the CD drive? Or will it boot from the CD driva after it attempts to boot from the HDD?

    As I said I could not get past BIOS password and could not change BIOS to boot from CD Drive. The boot order is HSS then CD drive.
    Will it try the HDD first then go to the CD Drive?

    Thanks for helping me with my problems all feedback is appreciated.


  • tomangley Nov 28, 2008

    Thanks for all your help Problem solved.

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"Bad PBR" means the partition boot record the MBR is trying to load has an invalid sector signature.

Right before that message, you should see something like "Loading PBR for descriptor 2". That will tell you which PBR the MBR is having a problem with--descriptor '1' is the Dell Utility partition, '2' is the XP partition, and '3' is the Dell Restore partition.

First, make sure that all connections are secure.

If no luck and it uses Windows XP, then press the F8 key during startup, select Safe mode from the menu using the arrow keys, and press Enter.
If it starts in Safe mode, then do a clean boot to find the cause:
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;310353

If it does not start in Safe mode, then restart, press the F8 key during startup, and select 'Last Known Good Configuration'.

If still no luck, then press the F2 key during startup to get into Setup(try the Del key if F2 does not work), and make sure the CD drive is configured to boot ahead of the HD.
Then, insert the Windows(or Recovery) CD, restart, and follow the steps shown here to access the Recovery Console, and do a FIXBOOT(writes a new partition table to the HD)-> http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/

If that does not fix things, then do a FIXMBR(repairs the HD's Master Boot Record) using the same above procedure for a FIXBOOT, except substitute FIXMBR.

If still no luck, then you may have to do a repair install as described in the above link(Follow the steps for having an OEM version of XP).

If no good, then do a fresh install of XP(You will lose all data, restore points, and updates).

If there are problems doing that, then either the HD or RAM may be bad.

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Hiiiiiiiiii ther
how r u ???
1st the magnitic field toast ur HDD so new HDD sure will solve the problem
but 1st u must make sure that the HDD is toasted
try to use under DOS HDD editing soft wear {like acronics for ex.} and see if that read the HDD
if not than try to boot from CD and try to make a low leve format
if this didn't work i guess ur HDD is tosted sorry
and about the password to the bios
to rest a bios password ther is some methoed to do so

1 useing something called back door bios password {so u can try those r Award backdoor BIOS password for dell -- dell, eight spaces,01322222, 589589, 589721, 595595, 598598 , ALFAROME, ALLY, ALLy, aLLY, aLLy, aPAf, award, AWARD PW, AWARD SW, AWARD?SW, AWARD_PW, AWARD_SW, AWKWARD, awkward, BIOSTAR, CONCAT, CONDO, Condo, condo, d8on, djonet, HLT, J256, J262, j262, j322, j332, J64, KDD, LKWPETER, Lkwpeter, PINT, pint, SER, SKY_FOX, SYXZ, syxz, TTPTHA, ZAAAADA, ZAAADA, ZBAAACA, and ZJAAADC.} what you see listed may not be the actual backdoor BIOS password, this BIOS password may simply have the same checksum as the real backdoor BIOS password
2 resetting the bios password useing softwear {so u can use this softwear CmosPwd -- http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/CmosPwd }

3 resetting the bios password useing hardwear { and that's simply by takeing off the motherbored battery for some time up to 30 mins }
and if u need any further assistance email me
u take care and have fun
salammmmmm {bye in arabic }
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Posted on Nov 25, 2008

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    ayman farag Nov 26, 2008

    hiii ther

    how r u ??

    1st ur problem

    u say u did all the 3 method i told u and nothing solved :D

    i guess u jst tryed the back door password

    but the hardwear fix must solve it :D



    2nd ur Q

    and yes it will boot up 1st from the HDD but cos it's empty than it will go to the 2nd boot on the list in bios

    and i guess is it the defult it will be the CD

    so don't worry



    and if u need any further assistance email me
    u take care and have fun
    salammmmmm {bye in arabic }
    p.s rate me thanks

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