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Dell inspiron 8100 notebook

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?

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  • floyd randolph Feb 25, 2009

    That problelm has been resolved and repaired. thank you! But most recentl problem has not.

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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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    Scrooboo Feb 26, 2009

    Have you checked to make sure that all of the pins on the hard drive are intact and not bent or broken, I had a similar problem with a desktop and found a bent pin that was ocasionally making contact. If that isnt the problem then there may be a problem with the read head or the recording medium its self. You can get a 40 gig laptop for about 40$(which is a bunch in this economy) as a last resort, i would just makesure that the cmos battery is good and bios boot section are correct and if that doesn't work you may want to try a replacement of the hard drive if a format and reinstallation of the os dont fix the problem. Good Luck!

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