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Will not boot

Dell inspiron 530s not booting. Powers on and then stops at the initial Dell screen. Cannot access any of the "F" keys. There are dotted 2 lines on the screen across the top also.

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  • hughesth May 12, 2009

    The computer is 1 1/2 old. The problem started after comcast installed a new cable modem. The computer also will not boot up with a disc either. Tried resetting BIOS with jumper with no luck either.

  • hughesth May 12, 2009

    When connecting to another computer as a slave drive, does it have to be the same OS? The trouble computer is Vista and my other is XP.

  • hughesth May 13, 2009

    Reconnecting HD cable to motherboard did not work.
    The 2 different PC's have different connections to the HD. I am unable to set the problem HD as the slave to the other. Also, there is nothing connected to the trouble PC other than the Monitor.



  • hughesth May 15, 2009

    Was able to switch HD to another PC. The HD seems to start up normally in that PC but does not start up in the original PC.

  • hughesth May 15, 2009

    Switched to a known functioning power supply with the same result. Is the replacement of the motherboardthe only option if the BIOS is not functioning?

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010


    • how long you used? any new install (soft or hardware)?

  • OMPRAKASH JAIN
    OMPRAKASH JAIN Dec 12, 2013

    PC is in use for three years

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    Dell inspiron 530s.
    My screen has become wavy for last two months. there are actually waves on the screen in vertical direction like a water wave. even the text is not clear and the wavyness increases from left to right direction of the screeen.the wave (in a much magnifies form) exists even at the boot up of the system. even the dell sign is wavy.

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Insert your bootable OS software disc in the CD/DVD drive and boot from the ROM. Run checkdisk and then try to repair the OS from the original OS disc, it should give you a chance to start the PC after that continue as per instructions on the screen...................sodeep

Posted on May 11, 2009

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  • Sudeep Chatterjee
    Sudeep Chatterjee May 12, 2009

    The NTDLR file has got corrupted in the OS. Try removing your HDD, connect it to working PC as a slave drive. First do scandisk/checkdisk for bad sectors or physical damage. Do not attemptto boot from your HDD. If the drive displays its contents. Try to install the OS in that PC using your HDD by repairing it, i.e. your OS on your HDD. Now try booting your PC in turn using yours and the one belonging to the other PC. Also change bootsequece as ROM the first boot device so that you may retain the drivers meant for your PC's MB. Do post the result as a comment!..............sodeep

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    Sudeep Chatterjee May 13, 2009

    None at all. Since you are not trying to boot up using your OS but that of the XP. Now you can transfer all files/folders/data to your XP m/c's hard drive and format it completely without partitioning it. Now one by one, first connect your HDD and if The PC with a recovery CD, run that and try to go back to the time when it was working properly. However if you still cant emter BIOS, now use The other PC's HDD,and attempt BIOS access. Go through each setting carefully or set it to fail-safe or default factory settings.

    The dots that are coming on the display because the PC is attempting POST(Power On Self Test) and obviously its getting stuck at some stage. It also is a symptom of one of the devices has malfunctioned. 99% its because of the Keyboard or mose. Remove the PS2 connetors and check for any bent pins. Checking each key of the keyboard is almost impossible so simply switch the keyboard of the other PC(running on XP) & mouse too. Disconnect every extra hardware added in the CPU. Just the HDD, MB, ROM, Keyboard & mouse and any sound or graphics card, etc. Now start-up and if required by using the orinalnal OS installation disc. If successful, simply choose the repair option when it comed up on the screen. Do post a comment stating the results and any further query.........sodeep


  • Sudeep Chatterjee
    Sudeep Chatterjee May 14, 2009

    Switch the Monitors only. Next connect your CPU(including the HDD) t the working PC and do normal start up. Next option, if none of the above worked, Then simply clean all the contact points, leaving the process unit alone except for blowing away the dust too. Even clean the power input socket of the HDD. CHANGE the data cable of the HDD. Then try start up if the monitor is OK from the first tested OK. Next see if there are any bent pins in their PS2 Jacks, or simply use the other's PC Mouse & Keyboard..Please post the result as a comment...........sodeep


  • Sudeep Chatterjee
    Sudeep Chatterjee May 14, 2009

    Remove all non essential hardware try well know methods like bootable OS of the same version. Finally just do one last step: change the SMPS of the same rating with a working one!!!...sodeep

  • Sudeep Chatterjee
    Sudeep Chatterjee May 14, 2009

    As an afterthought simply exchange only the CPU's, keeping everything as is!
    Thus after all these permutations have been done(since one PC supports a SATA & the other is PATA/ATA, so removing he HDD is not practical. Please do let us know the result by posting it is comment..........................................................sodeep

  • Sudeep Chatterjee
    Sudeep Chatterjee May 15, 2009

    Now I very sure that the power supply is the one that's malfunctioned. However before you buy a new SMPS(power supply inside the CPU) ensure that your keyboard & mouse are working properly by using it on any different PC. You had also mentioned that your set is less than 2 yrs old, so the SMPS may still be under waranty, which is 2-3 yrs for that piece of equipment(like iball-3 yrs). Simply change the SMPS wit one of the same rating[the side label shows total wattage and eachsub voltage like 12V, 5.5V & 3.3V and its tolerence values]. This does not come into the picture if they replace it(SMPS). Do post the result, becuse this should work..................sodeep

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Sounds to me like you lost your operating system. if you have a windows disc try putting it in the disc drive and restart the computer, it should boot into the disc and from there you can either try to repair the current windows os or do a clean reinstall of windows.

Posted on May 11, 2009

  • sinistr1 May 15, 2009

    your BIOS is shot. if you lose your BIOS the motherboard is no good and the computet will not boot. since the harddrive boots normally on another computet but not the origional one, you have no BIOS on the origional. without being able to boot from a cd drive you really have no way to re flash your BIOS, im guessing that you need a new motherboard.

  • sinistr1 May 15, 2009

    well if you are able to boot into a cd drive with the harddrive on the origional motherboard you can re flash your BIOS that way, but if it will not boot into cd drive or flash drive then as far as i know, there is no way to re flash your BIOS, i would do some pricing on motherboards if you wanna salvage that pc. intel makes some starting at 65 bucks i think, but they dont have many options, you can get them anywhere from 65 to 400 bucks. i would recommend GIGABYTE brand, they are pretty versitile and quality motherboards if you want options to tweak and modify your pc settings, some bramds dont offer the ability to do such things. it just depends on your needs and wants.

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Ok, now you can not boot any disk from CD also can not press any F key acording your describe. but you can into bios setting.
you need do follow:
1) try to change the boot sequence at bios setting, then power on boot your comcast disk to do uninstall or what you what
2) if do not recovery your PC, boot your original system disk to repair your OS system
3) you may reference other solution but be care for to do back up your HD data before reinstall OS!!!
hope to help you fix it

Posted on May 12, 2009

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  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 12, 2009

    to avoid HD data lost you need

    1) take out HD and use a USB HD adapter back up all important data to other PC

    2) then do OS repair or reinstall because your OS files damaged.

    any help please take a rating, thanks

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 12, 2009

    one more consider:

    before you repair or install OS, you need open destop right side cover and replug the HD data cable between HD and motherboard, it is possibly relate to OS boot trouble.

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 12, 2009

    vista can support xp HD from USBadapter to read all document.

    but can not recognize a xp HD as slave mode. so you need fine a usb adapter to backup important data.

    I wrote before like you to try replug your destop HD cable, maybe resolve this issue.

    hope you fix it.

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 13, 2009

    frankzjm say: is this help you? please rating me thanks.

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    Frank Zhang May 14, 2009

    yes,differentHD interface--- IDE or SATA, so you need first thing do backup document, then do OS renew. keep in touch for any question.

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 15, 2009

    is there no other trouble your destop because the new one, you only backup you important documents then do OS backup using your recovery disk( if no) or reinstall OS and driver, for any difficult deal ask me any time.

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 15, 2009

    the motherboard can not detect your some devices like HDD, KB etc. I should make sure :

    1) the IO controler (chip onboard) does not work well, it cause DC power supply wave or less quuality or disconnection pins,

    2) bios data lost by some reason. uausally technician do update

    the micro code.

    you have to change a motherboard after change power box.

    any question post please

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