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When you first boot go into the bios by pressing F2 and change to boot sequence to boot off of the cd-rom. Your going to need the Dell Password override cd. Find that and stick it in the drive. Boot up the system and as soon as it says press any key to continue, press any key and it should boot up into a dell windows restore screen and it will ask you if you want to restore the laptop, choose yes and go thru the prompts and it should allow you to restore the laptop to factory defaults.

If you have problems let me know and we can try another way.

Posted on May 08, 2009


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-try to do a system restore on the computer
-restart the computer and while the computer is booting up; keep on tapping the F8 key to get the one-time boot menu, select repair my computer, then on the keyboard layout just hit next, enter your UN and PW, then select system restore on the options provided
-if system restore fails; run diags on the computer; to run diags, while the computer is off, press and hold the Fn key and press power at the same time
-If you get an error message; contact manufacturer for a possible hardware fault.

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Reset to factory settings

If the system has the original Dell image, then just after the Dell Bios splash screen should be a black screen with w blue bar at the top with at the top.

At that screen press CTRL + F11 to initiate the PC Restore program.

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Trying to restore Dell Inspiron 1501 to factory settings.

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Try the Vista startup repair option by pressing F8 before windows loads. If this doesn't work you can attempt to restore the factory image from the same menu (you will loose all data).

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