Recently pick up Dell Inspiron 8100 with the problem during startup will not boot to software but goes directly to C prompt. Tired putting in the CD Win98 still would not boot to. Used the CD Spotmau to boot up and recover. Spotmau would boot but states all files missing can't recover. Would a bad hard drive cause this type of problem?
You may need to try installing windows xp. I had a gateway that had a brand new hard drive and wouldn't take 98, but installed xp flawlessly. Look at the computer and see if it says designed for Windows XP
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You can try reinstall your operating system or insert installation dvd into optical drive and choose repair your computer after select click on startup repair and the vista automatically repair startup..
The first thing I would do is pull the hard drive from the sick Inspiron. Now get yourself an IDE/SATA to USB adapter from a computer retailer or on Ebay, they cost about 20 bucks. Attach the HDD from the Inspiron to the adapter and attach the usb side of the cable to a good computer. The computer will now read this drive as an external and allow to access any and all files. Just make sure that before you remove the HDD from the Inspiron, you remove any passwords on the computer that might limit your access to files. Also on the good computer go to control panel > Folder Options. Click on the boxes to allow viewing of system files etc. just for a little while, during the files copy. Make a folder on your desktop and name it whatever you want. Now go through the HDD from the Inspiron and copy any and all files to that folder. When you have finished, attach your new external. Now just copy the files from the folder on the desktop to the new external drive and there you go. These adapters are the only true way to be able to pull this off. Good luck
Dell 8100 is a tower and you can replace it with any video card and get better performance with a replacement.
PN typically means Part Number so that is probably correct. Also, if you call Dell support, if you give them the pc serial number, they should be able to tell you the part number of the video card. If it is out of warranty, just explain to them you just need the part number
I have done this before and gotten the info I needed.
i think you did not choose proper boot sequence from the bios.
plz choose another which indicate that your cd rom.
another way is that you when boot the pc press f9 key many time then it will ask you for boot device.
under the laptop xp home sticker. have u backed up personal files ? pics docs music ?
turn pc on .repeatedly tap F12 then put xp cd in it. then choose cdrom. then it will boot to a blue screen. loading stuff on bottom 2 minutes.then 2 options repair console or install windows. choose second. then F8 i agree to licensing terms and then drive is listed.. at that point u can delete and create partition then it will ask to format i do quick. then rest is easy.
what brand pc. if its dell on the main beginign powerup screen press repeatedly f12 then choose ide cdrom. with xp cd in drive allready. make sure u have the xp key for that version usualy on side of pc if its brand.