When I boot the machine it very frequently stops on the blue BIOS screen, with the progress bar about three-quarters of the way along (always in the same place). I switch off and on again, and eventually, on the second, third or fourth try, all is well. I have the latest BIOS (2.4.0) and am running XP.
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If the CNTL+F11 keystroke is not available at boot (Blue bar at top of screen immediately after Dell Splash Screen) then you cannot run PC Restore on that system and will need to reinstall Windows Manually.by booting to the WIndows XP CD
You could try uninstalling the Display Adapter driver from Device Manager while in Safe mode then see if you can reboot normally. The drivers may reinstall automatically and it might blue screen again. If prompted to install drivers when restarting you could cancel and attempt to find better drivers, but it may be a failing video adapter.
ya u would have to reinstall it all formatt it iuse your xp or vista i love vista better then xp just update it boot into your cd u could try bootuing into safe mode f8 see whats starting up in msconfig maby a bug stopping it