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No disk to retore XP

Got Blue Screen twice with Bad_Pool_Caller so tried to go to Symantec Restore Partition. Got PBR message. I have no installation disks so I can't restore the PC. From what I read the PBR message means the restore partition is corrupted. It starts restoring then says cannot complete. Question is can I get a disk from someone and will it correct the PBR problem if not I have another hard drive in the PC I can install to.

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Usually Dell will install the restore files on a hidden partition called D: when the computer comes from cold start press F12 multiple times there should be a black boot screen allowing you to select from a menu...

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I have a inspiron i1011-26600bk and its telling me a message that says Loading PBR for descriptor 2...done. What should I do?


"Loading PBR for descriptor 2 ... failed" would be the exact error message if the MBR is unable to load the partition boot record for the second partition. There may be more, but here are three possible causes:
1) the partition table is corrupted so that the descriptor points to the wrong place (i.e., says the partition is one place when it's really somewhere else);

2) the partition table descriptor points to the right place, but the boot record there is corrupted or has been erased;
3) The hard disk is failing and having trouble reading the sector with the boot record.

To check (1), visit www.goodells.net/dellrestore/fixes.htm and download the dsrfix utility. In short, if dsrfix reports a clean bill of health, then (1) isn't the problem.

To check (3), run hard disk diagnostic tests. Press F12 when the machine is starting and see if the bios boot menu offers you a hard disk diagnostic test that you can run. Or even better, if you know the brand of the hard disk, most manufacturers should have a free diagnostic utility you can download to test the hard disk.

If it's not (1) or (3), then use Ctrl+F11 to run the Dell restore utility to recreate the Windows partition.

Mar 12, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I have a message that says ..loading PBR for descriptor 2...done, when i turn my laptop on and thats as far as my laptop will go. It is a insprion 5160


PBR is the partition boot record and holds information regarding how to boot.
Dell systems use three partitions on the Hard disk - descriptor 1 is the Dell Utility partition, 2 is the XP partition, and 3 is the Dell Restore partition.

The error you are getting is due to a corrupt boot record.

Try this:
1- Start up the computer and click F12 to give you the boot-up options.
2- Insert Windows Installation/Recovery CD into CDROM, choose CDROM boot option and click enter.
3- Let the installation process continue until it prompts you "Press R to repair". . .this should then take you into the DOS mode.
4- Type in FIXBOOT and when prompted, press "Y" to start creating the new boot partition. If everything goes right, you should get a message saying the partition was corrupted and a new one was created successfully.
5- Remove the CD and reboot your system, everything SHOULD be ok now.

N.B: Dont try a FIXMBR or you'll loose you hidden dell partitions, meaning if you haven't backed it up onto DVD, you cant go back to the original factory settings if you ever need to.

Feb 28, 2011 | Dell Computers & Internet

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Start up gets to "Loading PBR for descriptor 2... done"


I suspect that the viruses had infected some of the files that windows needed to boot up. The moment you ran the Mcafee, the scanning might have deleted or quarantined those files. That is the reason you're having this Loading PBR message because it is now trying to boot from the network and not from the hard drive. You will need to repair windows using the CDs that came with the computer (the Operating system CD/DVD) and run CHKDSK /R at the screen where it says 'repair your computer using the command prompt". If this does not work, chances are, you may need to reinstall windows and everything and that all information in your hard drive will be wiped out.

Jan 03, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I am trying to restore the original software on my computer and I have the discs. When I put the first disc in ''Symantec Ghost'' error comes up and it won't do anything. Any help what to do?


You need to format your drive first. Back up all your documents and then follow the instructions belowl.
nsert the bootable Windows XP installation disc and restart your computer. When you see the message “Press any key to boot from the CD,” press a key to do so.
A blue screen will show up, and the setup program will now load all the required files. This can take a while, so don’t panic; be patient. Press the enter key when you see a message “Press Enter to set up Windows XP.
Now your screen will show all the partitions available on your hard disk. Select the partition where you wish to install Windows XP. Press the D key, and then press the L key to confirm the deletion. Repeat the process for all the partitions that you wish to format/delete.
Now you’ll see “Un-partitioned Space” in place of the list of the partitions. Select this box, and press C key to create a new partition. Now, select the size for the new partition. You’ll now go to the screen that will read something like this: “C: Partition 1.” Select the partition and press the enter key; on the next screen, select the file system to be used to format the drive. You may choose either NTFS or FAT32 file system. Formatting will now begin.
You may need to wait for some minutes as it takes time to format the hard drive. The time required to format the hard drive depends on the processor speed and the size of the hard drive. Once the format procedure is complete, a new screen will show up that will guide you through the installation of Windows XP.
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Everex restore cd wont boot


Is your Boot ROM set to allow booting from CD?
Have you tried to boot from another bootable CD, like the Window install disk, a game, a linux install disk, etc? If you can, your drive is at least operable. Check that you don't have the option of retoring from a partition (usually hidden, but seen by the restore program). At that point I would contact Everex for a new CD restore disk (get your proof of purchase and serial info out).

For future reference, please always backup your restore partition as outlined in your user guide, using HIGH QUALITY MEDIA, and do it TWICE! CDs sooner or later ALWAYS fail.

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Hi, i need to resore my laptop to its original state, but do not have the packardbell support on my laptop. How else can i restore? Thanks Sean


If the system restore point was not created, unfortunately this content is unable to help you any further.

Aug 18, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Loading PBR for descriptor 2...done


Boot to the Diagnistics FN+POWER at boot, run hard drive diagnostics. The PBR Descriptor 2 message is part of the normal boot process (directing the boot loader to Primary Boot Recond 2, the C: Drive) but usually flashes on an off so fast most people never notice it. Since the boot process is not going past the re-direct it is indicative of a bad hdd (Since the re-image process crashed)
Most likely you are looking at a hard drive replacement.
Regardless you are going to need an XP CD (you'll have to reinstall windows or run recovery console at a minimum)

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System Restore


The system came with a hidden partition on the hard drive that can restore the system to factory default. If this does not work it means the partition has been damaged and you will ned to get the recovery CDs. Please note that you will lose all data unless you back it up first.

This is the process:

1 Turn on the computer.
2 When the Dell splash screen appears during the computer startup process, press and hold <Ctrl> and then press <F11>. Then, release both keys at the same time.
3 In the Dell PC Restore by Symantec window, click Restore. Alternatively, press <Tab> to highlight Restore, and then press <Enter>.
4 When a warning message appears stating that all data will be lost, click Confirm, or press <Tab> to highlight Confirm and then press <Enter>.

The Progress window will appear. Once the restore process starts, Dell PC Restore by Symantec usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes to finish. When the restore process is complete, the following message will appear: The system recovery process was successful.

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Inspiron 1300 will not boot up


"Bad PBR" means the partition boot record the MBR is trying to load has an invalid sector signature.

Right before that message, you should see something like "Loading PBR for descriptor 2". That will tell you which PBR the MBR is having a problem with--descriptor '1' is the Dell Utility partition, '2' is the XP partition, and '3' is the Dell Restore partition.

First, make sure that all connections are secure.

If no luck and it uses Windows XP, then press the F8 key during startup, select Safe mode from the menu using the arrow keys, and press Enter.
If it starts in Safe mode, then do a clean boot to find the cause:
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;310353

If it does not start in Safe mode, then restart, press the F8 key during startup, and select 'Last Known Good Configuration'.

If still no luck, then press the F2 key during startup to get into Setup(try the Del key if F2 does not work), and make sure the CD drive is configured to boot ahead of the HD.
Then, insert the Windows(or Recovery) CD, restart, and follow the steps shown here to access the Recovery Console, and do a FIXBOOT(writes a new partition table to the HD)-> http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/

If that does not fix things, then do a FIXMBR(repairs the HD's Master Boot Record) using the same above procedure for a FIXBOOT, except substitute FIXMBR.

If still no luck, then you may have to do a repair install as described in the above link(Follow the steps for having an OEM version of XP).

If no good, then do a fresh install of XP(You will lose all data, restore points, and updates).

If there are problems doing that, then either the HD or RAM may be bad.

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Yvon,

It sounds as if your restore partition has become corrupted. You vcan Contact Dell and order a restore disk

As far as trying to Install from Install CD goes. Well Win XP does NOT recognize SATA drives natively. You have to install the sata drivers to get them to appear. You can download them from the link below.
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&ServiceTag=&SystemID=XPS/DIMENSION%20400/9150&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=
If you have a floppy drive, this is easy just copy to a floppy. Then during the install WinXP says something to the effect of "Press F6 to install 3rd party or RAID drivers" hit <F6> and direct it to the drivers on the floppy.

You should now be able to complete your WinXP install.
If you don't have a floppy drive post back here and we'll try to see if we can get the drivers in there another way.

Thanks
Dave

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