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I have a dell 8500 lattop that will not boot up

Machine keeps looping to xp screen will not go any futher. i to reformat just get letters scrolling. can you help? or do i need a new harddrive?

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    Calvinrueb87 May 11, 2010

    please clarify what you mean by " i to reformat just get letters scrolling" Did you try to reformat the drive? and how? if not, try pressing F8 while before you see the windows XP screen and select safe mode. Then check the event logs.

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It really doesn't sound like you've had one decent answer here. This is more then likely a software issue. Unfortunately without the restore media you're limited in what you can try to do to resolve this issue.

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The video doesn't show what you describe. The video shows that Windows is loading. Try booting in safe mode. Here's how:

Power up the machine. When the Dell logo appears, start tapping the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears amd choose "Windows Safe Mode." Once windows starts, backup your data just in case. Then try to determine what it was you did last that may have caused the problem. Then try to start normally.

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You first need to ensure that the you have the drivers on the cd's or check if they are avaible on dell's website..

Then you will need a Windows XP CD.. Just put the windows xp formatting cd in cd-drive and restart computer...
When it should say "press any key to continue." (or similar) just press a random key on the keyboard..
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