Question about Dell Latitude C640 Notebook
I have a dell laptop model vostro 1500 which is in a problem.my laptop is running vth windows vista home basic the os windows vista was corrupted and i am unable to get the windows normally so i had decided to format my laptop can any one suggests me the process of formatting or reinstallation
Posted on Apr 18, 2008
Hi, Based on your post/description: 1. can't boot nor install from HD; 2. can't boot nor install from CD; and 3. you prefer not to boot nor install from USB as suggested by ALewis. A possible way is to physically remove your HD from the laptop, connect it to a 2.5 hdd enclosure with USB, hook it up to a 2nd PC and do the partition, format and make it bootable. Thereafter you have to copy the Windows installation files to it. Reinstall to your Dell and if no other issues should boot straight out. Please note that you might have to format it FAT32. Though I must point out that using a bootable flashdrive (with the installation files) in the USB (as per ALewis post) is less effort and time. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things are or should you need additional information. Good luck and kind regards.
Posted on Aug 28, 2007
If you hit "delete" at start up (immediately before or after the beep)the computer will take you into BIOS. It could be a different key for your computer but it will tell you at start up. In BIOS, on the "boot" settings page there will be a "device order" list. Most computers from the last few years will have an option for "removable" device or "USB" device etc. YOU MUST PUT THAT DEVICE FIRST ON THE BOOT ORDER! I originally assumed that you already tried this, but the function is so standard that I have to point it out. OTHER OPTIONS -try an upgrade installation -copy the install cd to a booting hard drive partition (advanced) -pull out the hard drive and install windows on it in a separate computer. If you truly can't boot from an external device, than putting a new CD drive in seems like the most painless option... though I know thats not what you want! If it just a cd drive you need they come for about $10 nowadays. Food for thought anyway!
Posted on Aug 27, 2007
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