Question about Dell Inspiron 3800 Celeron 500MHZ Processor (CPU) - 569KW
I bought this laptop on ebay and when I turned it on, it said "No boot sector on hard drive" and then says press F1 for retry or F2 for setup. The problem is i know nothing about computers, so im hoping somone can walk me through the process
FIXBOOT writes the "boot sector" to the specified partition.
FIXMBR repairs or replaces the master boot record of the disk.
You will also want to ensure that your partition is active, because Ghost will not make a partition active unless you do a sector-by-sector backup and complete restore.
Here's what to do...
Boot from the XP / 2000 CDROM and allow the setup to begin. Once the beginning files are copied, you will be asked to Install Windows or use the Recovery Console. Please choose "r" here, to run the recovery console.
You will now type in the following commands when the prompt appears:
* This will repair any obvious file system damage, which could complicate things.
* This will run the XP disk partition utility. We will be checking to see if your partition looks OK. If you see your partition, and the information diskpart provides appears correct, then that's a good thing. :)
Press [ESC] to exit Diskpart, when everything looks peachy.
* We'll write a new boot sector, so the computer knows how to boot the computer
* We'll write a new boot record, so the computer knows how to boot Windows
You should be taken care of. If it still does not work, you may need to delete your partition(s) using diskpart, then recreate the partition(s) (using diskpart, again).
Posted on Feb 23, 2009
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