Dell Mini 10 running Windows XP. I put a flash drive into the USB and my computer froze so I forced it off. Since then, it takes upwards of 15 minutes to start up and opening folders takes around 10 minutes. I'm trying to back up my data (very slowly) in case I need to reformat the hard drive, but do I have any other options? I only ask because I am out of the country for two more months so will be unable to access my external hard drive until then.
Also, my wireless is no longer showing up and the Control Panel screen freezes. That is more of a secondary problem, just the cherry on top of this wonderful problem.
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Re: dell mini forced shut down, now runs slowly
Go to start - accessories - system tools - system restore - choose a date when it was working fine, preferably the earliest date. then wait for it to shut down and restart. you will not lose any saved files or folders, you will only lose programs installed after the date you choose.
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The D drive is your recovery partition, allows you to install fresh windows to factory setting, unless you have it on your USB drive I would not recommend this, once windows has been lost it wll render your computer completely useless.
for dell laptops forgotten password you have to contact dell technical support center with your service tag number,serial number and information proving your are the rightful owner.a master password will be generated from your service tag number to unlock your administrative password.all the same you can get a professional technician to change your bios chip to solve the problem.
Force off by pressing the power button for 10 seconds or more. Boot into safe mode, type msconfig in the run line, disable everything that starts. Restart normally, re-enable each program untill you find the one giving trouble.
Use the image from Ophcrack to load onto the USB: http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/download.php Choose the XP LIVE CD Option
1. Download the YUMI exe to your desktop
2.. Save the LIVE CD of Ophcrack to your desktop.
3. Plug in the usb stick you want to use (make sure it is at least 500MB. 1GB if possible)
4. Run the YUMI EXE and follow the instructions. Make sure to choose the USB Drive Letter ("D:" E:" etc)
5. Choose the Ophcrack ISO for the image.
6. Install to USB
7. Click Finished and exit the program and close any other open programs.
8. Restart the computer. Leave USB plugged in.
9. As soon as the computer restarts, tap the F10 button to enter the BIOS Menu.
10. Scroll to the Boot / Advanced Menu and change the boot order to USB first, HDD second.
11. Save and exit BIOS. Computer will restart.
12. Once booted up the computer will bypass the HDD and boot into the USB
13. elect Ophcrack from the list and hit Enter.
14. Follow the on-screen instructions to have Ophcrack force the password.
(If you're using Linux then use the Linux LIVE CD Image instead of XP)
Here is what will be the easiest for you, believe me.
1. Obtain an ACTIVATED copy of Windows XP SP3
2. Have a Flash Drive with all the drivers on it for your Dell model already downloaded and in their own folder. You can do that from Dell Support, accessing the correct drivers download page using the Service Tag# from the bottom of the laptop.
3. Borrow an external USB connecting CD drive from someone.
4. Use the external drive, CD and Flash Drive to re-install Windows.
The only other way is to download XP from the Net. I cannot appropriately assist you in the particulars of that on this site.
off and reboot your computer. When you see the Windows flash screen,
depress "CTRL" and "F11". Be sure to press them simultaneously and
release them simultaneously.
Select "Restore" in the "Dell PC to
restore by Symantec" window and press "Enter".
select "Confirm" when the message shows that you wiill lose all data if
you continue. This will begin the restore process. It usually takes
about 10 minutes or so. When it's done, you should receive a message
that states the system recovery process was successful.
"Finish" to complete the process and restart your system.
Restore a Dell System Running Windows Vista
and restart your computer. Keep pressing "F8" until you see the
"Advanced Boot Options" menu. You must depress the keys before the
Windows Logo screen appears. If you wait until after the screen appears
and then press "F8", it's too late and you'll have to reboot the system
and try again.
Navigate to the "Repair your computer" option
the appropriate language and click "Next".
Sign onto the system
as an administrator. Without administrative privileges, you will be
unable to perform the system restore.
Select "Dell Factory Image
Restore" and click "Next".
Place a check in the check box next to
the text that says "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore System
Software to factory condition" and click "Next".
to complete the process. This will reboot your computer.
With pc turned off plug the USB drive into new PC and boot it up. Now on new pc it should auto detect and install the USB drive. Now goto Computer and you will see your USB drive there. Open that up now its as easy as copying anything you like and pasting to whever you want to keep it on new pc