Question about Dell XPS Computers & Internet
I recently wiped the system clean and did a fresh install of XP Home Edition. I was recently having some Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) problems so that is why I did the clean install. Everything seemed much better but I got a few more BSODs. Usually it rebooted just fine but this morning it just stopped booting up with the CPU fan spinning very loudly. Does anyone have any ideas as to where to start trouble shooting or has this 6 year old machine just seen its last day.
A loud CPU fan will also equate with overheating and imminent failure. Can you reliably access your system BIOS? Can you run a memory test there? If so your CPU is functional (and your memory which is also subject to overheating and BSOD under XP. If those are good your prime suspect is your HDD. If you can afford it, now would be a good time to replace your system.
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ALL these systems suffered from defective capacitors caused
by bad manufacturing at the component factory. I have put here a pic or two for
you to see what defective caps look like. Call Dell and ask them. I some case a
while back they were doing a free motherboard replacement. The problem causes a
whole raft of errors to occur from blue screens to "thermal event
error" and the only thing that fixes it is to have the motherboard
replaced. Hope this helps you
Kind regards from London
Posted on Aug 25, 2009
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The reason it wont boot from your other hard drive is because windows is expecting some different hardware on *********** bored, gets stumped and falls down.
On your computer there should be a license sticker. This will be rectangular with a green pattern on it. It will have your product key for what ever version of XP you are licensed for. You can place the drive which matches your version in your computer. Then, in order to get that install running on the new board, you will need an OEM copy of the appropriate windows disk. you may have received one with your HP, or talk to your geek friends who may have one.
to repair the load, boot off the cd. You will come to a window where you can press R (dont press R) for recovery console, F3 to quit, and Enter to continue. Then you will see a license. Press F8 to accept it. Then you will see a thingy that says "serching for previous versions of microsoft windows". Then it will show you the partions on the drive. select the OS one, usually marked "C". And there should be an option to press R for repair. Now you can press R. It will ask you for a product key. That is the one on the license on the side of the computer, also known as a COA (Certificate of Authenticicty). It will ask you for some other things too, like user names etc. Then you get to go hunt for drivers on the HP website. Lots of fun.
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
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