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Blue Screen of death.

Since this early afternoon, any time I start up my Dell Inspiron 1501 I get the blue screen of death with the error message "Unmountable Boot Volume." Using a different computer I've googled this and have come across a number of pages with a nice step by step to fix it. Like repairing installation of Win XP, but unfortunately, I am unable to load past the blue screen. I restart and try to start in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Set Mode with Command Prompt, Last Known good connection, and standard mode, all end at the blue screen of death. I've reset the BIOS defaults, but still nothing is working.

I have no idea how to get beyond the blue screen to load with the Win XP disc.

I've followed the advice on the site, with how to have the pc boot the cd first but it is not working. do you have any advice?

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You might try removing the Hard Drive from the machin and slaving it on your other machine. Then running a chkdsk in the command prompt or norton disk utilities. If either fails, backup your data on other machin and reinstall.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Blue screen of death

Taken from Microsoft themselves ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555302 )

SYMPTOMS
When booting up to Win XP you may get a error that reads "Unmountable Boot

CAUSE
1.The file system is damaged and cannot be mounted.

2.You use a standard 40-wire connector cable to connect the UDMA drive to the controller instead of the required 80-wire, 40-pin cable.

3.The basic input/output system (BIOS) settings are configured to force the faster UDMA modes.

RESOLUTION
If it be the connector cable problem then replace the 40-wire cable with an 80-wire UDMA cable.

If it's a BIOS settings problem then load the 'Fail-Safe' default settings, and then reactivate the most frequently used options such as USB Support.

If it's a damaged file system case then:-
1.Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

2.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

3.If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console.

4.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

5.At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER.

6.At the command prompt, type exit , and then press ENTER to restart your computer.

This takes a bit longer, but the system should boot back into Windows.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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