The system stays stuck on this message. I have run a complete diagnostic on all sub-systems related to the booting of the unit. All tests passed.I have the same problem. out of the blue my system won't boot up, and displays loading pbr 2 ...done A disk read error occurred.
what do i do to fix it, lots of activity on this Dell issue on Google, i am obviously not alone.
question 2, why doesn't f%$#ing Dell have any firm answers on this? Their site is useless on this issue, despite the fact that it seems to be a common problem.
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Re: On boot up screen reads "Loading PBR 2...done"
Try repairing your windows installation with the windows setup cd. report back how it goes.
Insert the cd into the drive, start from cd when asked, follow the on screen instructions to install windows, when asked you can repair the windows installation, not repair console, repair console will come first, the repair install comes later in the setup.
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PBR is the partition boot record and holds information regarding how to boot.
Dell systems use three partitions on the Hard disk - descriptor 1 is the Dell Utility partition, 2 is the XP partition, and 3 is the Dell Restore partition.
The error you are getting is due to a corrupt boot record.
Try this: 1- Start up the computer and click F12 to give you the boot-up options. 2- Insert Windows Installation/Recovery CD into CDROM, choose CDROM boot option and click enter. 3- Let the installation process continue until it prompts you "Press R to repair". . .this should then take you into the DOS mode. 4- Type in FIXBOOT and 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. 5- Remove the CD and reboot your system, everything SHOULD be ok now.
N.B: Dont try a FIXMBR or you'll loose you hidden dell partitions, meaning if you haven't backed it up onto DVD, you cant go back to the original factory settings if you ever need to.
Start the PC and run diagnostics (Fn + Power) then run the hard drive diagnostics. If this fails then chances are the Hard Drive has errors which probably means you would be lucky to get your file back Im afraid.
That's a very nice and brilliant idea to have an intact data you must have a back up data. So my recommendation please repair or it is advisable to re-install your operating system to ensure your operating system will be 100% operational. Make sure you have your installer in operating system and your laptop drivers.
Boot to the Diagnistics FN+POWER at boot, run hard drive diagnostics. The PBR Descriptor 2 message is part of the normal boot process (directing the boot loader to Primary Boot Recond 2, the C: Drive) but usually flashes on an off so fast most people never notice it. Since the boot process is not going past the re-direct it is indicative of a bad hdd (Since the re-image process crashed)
Most likely you are looking at a hard drive replacement.
Regardless you are going to need an XP CD (you'll have to reinstall windows or run recovery console at a minimum)
As the notebook is starting you see the Dell 'Splash' screen. Press F2 to go into the BIOS setup. Check to make sure two things: first that your cd/dvd and hard drive are being recognized and identified, second that your boot order has the cd/dvd first and internal hard drive second. Your machine may be trying to do a USB device boot or network boot when these options are not available. Next try pressing F8 immediately after the splash screen disappears to try to get into Safe Mode. If it still fails to boot, I would try booting using a Windows XP installation disk and then going into the repair console to check if the hard drive is damaged or corrupted.
Try "Safe Mode" (holding F8 key on boot and selecting "Save Mode"), then run diagnostics and an up to date (virus definitions) Anti-Virus full scan. If Safe Mode is not accessible then you may want to consider a format and clean install by booting to your Windows (?) CD.