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My Dell dimension e521 keeps crashing. Dell confidence test of HD presents errors of 4400 011B, medium error (0-0000)in three message blocks so far (25% completed). I also get messages of Device Initialization Failure 4600:0009. SmBios structure 52 has illegal length. OS: Win 7 Home Premium. The computer runs for a short while then goes to a black screen that asks me to boot from my external DVD, which then runs diagnostics. I am trying to determine whether to replace the hard drive, reinstall the OS or replace the computer. Thanks for any advice or wisdom.
..have you used the System Restore to go back a few weeks or months? This will clear up everything. There has to be a restore point somewhere in the c: drive
Posted on Mar 21, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Dell GX270 Maxtor 7Y250M0
If you are getting bad block reports on your hard drive, it means that your hard drive media has suffered some degradation. It could very well be that some system files are being affected by this, thus continually triggering the problem. You may not like the suggestion I have, but it looks to me like the most solid solution (saving you hours and hours of troubleshooting).
Backup all files from your hard drive, save all of your browser shortcuts to backup files, then perform another Windows XP installation with a low level format of the hard drive. I know a PC specialist with many years of experience that says hard drives develop faulty areas over time and that every 5 years or so, it's just best to back up data from the hard drive and perform a low level format. This resets the device completely. If there are any faulty areas on the disk, they are skipped over--to the operating system, the drive will be perfectly fine.
This is not a guaranteed solution, but it sounds to me like it will eliminate a lot of possible culprits for you. Good luck.
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
SOURCE: Computer will not boot.
Form the info you provided, you have a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) disk array. RAID 0 (striped disks) distributes data across several disks in a way that gives improved speed and full capacity, but all data on all disks will be lost if any one disk fails. Apparently Diagnostics has determined that “Drive 2” is defective. You will have to replace the defective hard drive and reload the Windows operating system.
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Posted on Nov 21, 2008
SOURCE: Dell dimension E310 crash
There is a problem with the hardware of the system, In case you have another system to go online , go to the following link
This would help pin point the problem. What I think is the problem on your system is misaligned memory modules , try reseating them one by one and power on to check change in those front LEDs
Posted on May 02, 2008
It sounds like you've had a fatal error - you can reboot the PC back to factory setting - this is called a hard reset - but before you do that - unplug you tower and clean it out (dust & dirt) - once you're done with that - restart you computer and press &hold down the "Ctrl" and "F11" button at the same time - this will let you reset the PC to the original factory configuration.
Posted on May 03, 2009
SOURCE: dell dimension L800CXE
It seems that the installation CD that you have is not a bootable CD.. must be old one.
Please down load the boot disk for windows from http://www.bootdisk.com or follow the Microsoft article link given below:
Do not be intimidated by the article, although it looks big but there is very little that you need to do, rest of it is general instructions like where can you order a new CD from etc...
Simple solution is to borrow Bootable Windows XP installation disk and install it using the serial Key that has been given to you.
Please let me know if that helps and please rate the solution if it helped you.. it will not cost you anything but will make a difference for me :)
All the best and kindly let me know in case you need any further assistance.
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
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