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Re: please help going out my head with this problem
Dell machines store information about the recovery partition in the boot record of the computer. If your computer was reformatted earlier or the original boot record was replaced this would happen.
What you can do right now is insert the dell recovery cd in the drive and restart the computer. it will ask you on the screen to press any key to boot from cd press any key and the reinstallation formatting options would appear on the screen.
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Removed your power cable and drain power without any power. restart and keep on hitting f12 to get to the boot menu choose ODD then put the OS CD then press enter until its say press any key. If it did not work your other option is reboot and hit f1 or f2 to change the boot sequence on boot option. Restart pc then hit f2 go to boot option and choose DVD/CD to be your first boot option then press f10 restart and it should load automatically.
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Hi Good Day,
First you have to choose the operating system you suitable for you and ask the your nearest computer technician if it is compatible to your system specification.
Second you have to boot it from CD... There are to options in going to boot setup:
1. go to CMOS setup by pressing the F2 key or delete key the select the tab key, look for the first boot, choose CD/DVD rom. After it save your settings the proceed booting from your CD. start reformat.
2. Press F12 or sometimes F9 it is depend in your system bios. choose boot from cd. start reformat.
If you dont know how...this is the last thing you should be doing
assuming that you realize formatting you had disk will result in a laptop without an OS (ie windows) just an error saying "invalid system disk"
go to dos by typing CMD into the run command
select disk 0 [enter]
select partition 1 [enter]
When you say you tried booting from the install disk, what do you mean? Do you ever see anything but the Dell image? When you try to start up, press f12 for boot options and choose the diagnostics option and run it.
step 1 - First insert the windows xp cd in your cd drive.
step 2 - Then start your computer and keep pressing F12 key on your keyboard.
step 3 - After pressing F12 key,it will show you some options to select from where you want to boot from.
step 4 - Select 'Boot from CD drive/USB cd drive'
step 5 - Now it will try to boot from your bootable windows xp cd which you have inserted in th CD drive.
step 6 - After reading the CD it will prompt you to 'Press any key to boot from CD drive'
step 7 - At this moment press any key.Remeber you will have to press any key while this prompt appears.otherwise it will boot from your Hard disk drive.
step 8 - After pressing any key it will start windows xp setup.
Your laptop hard drive is probably damaged from the fall. The reason why diagnostic test after memory fails is that it’s trying to load from the “Diagnostic Partition” which is located on your hard disk drive. You could try to remove and reseat the hard disk drive and see if that works, otherwise you’ll have to take the drive to a local computer repair shop to see if they can retrieve any data. Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please show your appreciation by rating your experience. Thank You.