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Have used dell dimension 2400 hard drive died replaced it now it only goes to boot device menu or black screen with blinking cursor

I don't have original start up disc with os. Can I use windows vista, or try to find a replacement copy.

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You will a full blown version of whatever software you want to install. Also try using the F8 key during bootup. See if the computer will boot up into Safe Mode. You should be able to made System restore disks from there if it will get that far.

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SOURCE: System cannot boot

huh that is odd, you might want to try f8ing the start up and running "Last know good configuration that worked" or you could try booting it in safe mode. You also might try reformating the drive you installed the updates too. Another thing that can cuase it is your RAM you might try booting with only one stick of RAM in. Try thoughs and let me know what you found out

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SOURCE: Dell Dimension C521 w/Vista will not boot OS.

There is no way around this you need to get your OS from Dell and reload.

Sorry.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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SOURCE: Dell Dimension 8300 - Can't Boot from XP Disk

When in doubt do without, that is remove the new hard drive cable and power, remove the DVD drive and try loading booting the XP from just this CD device. Enter the BIOS and check if the system sees the device. If it's not found in the BIOS then you'll never boot anything. Address it as the Primary device on the cable (I don't use CS) and see if the BIOS sees it.
If you get CD device seen in the BIOS then try to boot the CD in it. If it boots then power off and connect up your 40gb drive (optioned as Primary) on the other cable. Now power on as check the BIOS for the drive and the DVD device. If both are seen then boot the cd and try to load XP. After it's up and running install the other CD device as a Slave on one of the cables.

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SOURCE: My Dell Dimension 4600 needs to be reformatted.

Before you go ahead and try reformatting the system , Please disconnect everything from the system (Except Mouse, Keyboard and screen)
and then try to use the disc to reformat the system. and if it still hangs up or freezes up that clearly seems to be a hard drive failure.

Hope this help.
Cheers!!!!

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Having Trouble Reinstalling XP on my Dell Dimension 3000

Is the "New" HD in the system presently? If not install it. Boot from the original XP Restore disk (CD/DVD). When you get Windows going (from CD) go to COMPUTER and format your C: drive. Once this is done go ahead and run the Restore from the original XP disk. All other files (the **** you mentioned) will be gone, once and for all.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009

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