I want to start clean and reinstall using the Insignia Restore DVD. When I boot up with it, nothing opens. So After
opening the DVD icon, there are a bunch of folders of Drives, but no "System Recovery screen.
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Re: Getting the Restore DVD to install
Sounds like you want to start a fresh install from your CD/DVD?
as soon as you turn on the computer, hit the del key to get into the BIOS (or pay attention during POST as it'll tell you what key to push)
Once in there, you'll want to goto the "boot options" tab and set the CD/DVD-ROM to start up first and then the hard drive.
Press Esc and save, as it starts up, it should say "hit any key to install windows" and then it's just a matter of following instructions to finish.
If all you are trying to do is a system restore, you can goto:
Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore
and then restore it to a earlier time.
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It should be able to boot from the DVD or CD rom drives before checking the hard drive by default, but somebody could have changed bios settings which could cause it to not work. The factory (OEM) restore disk is DVD media, so you would need to use the DVD drive.
F2 during bootup to enter BIOS and check your boot sequence to make sure that the DVD drive comes before the hard drive. Also, the card reader on D400's tend to fail and no longer work, so it may be a good idea to dissable that from the boot sequence. The card reader can usually be found as a USB device in the boot sequence menu.
Factory restore requires the OEM restore DVD disk.
First boot the PC and press F2 during boot to enter BIOS. Change BIOS settings to factory default, to make sure the boot device sequence and all other settings are as they should be. Then insert the Restore DVD into the DVD-rom drive and save & exit BIOS settings. It should then reboot and load from the restore disk.
Go into the BIOS (press F2 during boot) , change the boot order - put the cd first and save the change, put the restore disk in the dvd, reboot, wait for the disk to launch and follow the instructions on the screen.
First check to see if your PC has a built in factory restore, or system recovery, usually available using CTRL & F12, F10, etc. Check your manual, if you don't then,
OK try this, Startup PC, press F8 at instant of turn on... choose Safe Mode. when you are asked if you want safe desktop or system restore choose restore, when you get to the restore menu, choose a date BEFORE you had problems there may only be one or two to choose from. just follow the instructions and you should be back to working with all that behind you.
If that doesn't work, boot up on your Windows DVD and do a "Repair Install", If thats doesn't work do a format and a reinstall.
The missing file is most likely due to corruption of the file.
This can occur when sectors on your hard drive go back. SO any attempt to reinstall the file would merely install it at its present location on the hard drive.
The cheapest and easiest route to fix this issue would be as you have already stated. Purchase the recovery DVD from insignia they generally run about $10
When you do a recovery install or clean install. During the install process the hard drive is checked for bad sectors and they are marked so as not to install anything on those sectors.
Manufactures of hard drives always include more space on hard drives then they actually show when you buy them because they know that they will have bad sectors
Here's what I would do. Download and burn any Linux disk. Install Linux and delete all partitions while doing so. After that, initiate the Windows XP installation and see if that works.
This will take care of two things:
If you can install Linux, then the hard drive is good and the partition that was previously on there will be deleted (I suspect the partition is locked which can be caused by a virus or the software used to scrub hard drive).
Check your CDs for Windows (for scratches) or it could be your actual CD drive is out (laser) which would make the installation fail. If the CDrom cannot read the disk, it locks up like that during installation...even if it read before.
You need to enter the bios when the computer turns on and configure the boot priority to boot from wherever you need it to for the Restore DVD. Then Save your changes and exit, now it should boot from the Restore DVD.
To enter BIOS it should tell you what button to press as the computer POST's, if not Google it, or try all the function keys.
If the boot priority in the BIOS setup screen is set to thr CD it
will open the cd door every time you boot looking for the BOOT cd.
It will not accept anything else, at that point except a boot cd since it hasn't found the operating system (windows) yet.
By "blue laptop" you mean "blue screen" DO a "Windows restore" or reinstall windows from the reinstall cd or Harddrive partision containing the restore files.