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Blue screen and restarting the dell c400 laptop

My laptop is not booting and restarting in the middle. I wanted to reinstall computer, but it dose not have a CD or floppy drive. Is there a way to boot the computer from a usb flash drive. Please reply me some body soon, because my exam will be start with in 2-3 weeks. I wanted to do some practicals.

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Re: blue screen and restarting the dell c400 laptop

Hook ur pc with other one using the network ports

share the other cd rom

start ur computer hit delete/F2 to enter setup

select boot priority or first boot device = network

exit saving changes


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Blue screen when boots up how do i restore computer to factory settings


Start your Latitude and maybe a blue bar will appear at the top of the screen like: Inmediately you see this, try to press F11 to begin the restore utility. Or simply keep pressing this key just after you switch on the laptop.

I hope this helps. Thanks

Feb 14, 2011 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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I have tried reinstalling Windows onto 8 of these laptops I've got using a proprietary Dell CD-Rom (not USB). Each one of them will not allow this, and boots into the existing operating system inspite of...

Put the HD in an other computer , start the instal process and let the installation program copy all files to HD. Just when computer is to restart you turn off the computer and put the HD in the C400 and continue the installation from there . When you got one computer going , clone the HD.
Try also to repartion and reformat (hard) the HD.

Feb 05, 2011 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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I would like to bring my dell latitude c400 back to the same state as I got it

To return it to the original configuration, use the system restore disk that should have come with the computer. It's red or maybe gray--any color but blue. The blue disks are for drivers and supplemental stuff.
Just put the restore disk in and boot from it and then follow the directions.
If you didn't get a disk from Dell, you can order one.

Oct 04, 2010 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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Dell c400 install Operating system and software

To reinstall Windows XP, perform all the steps in the following sections in the order in which they are listed.
The reinstallation process can take 1 to 2 hours to complete. After you reinstall the operating system, you must also reinstall the device drivers, virus protection program, and other software.
Booting From the Operating System CD Save and close any open files and exit any open programs.
Insert the Operating System CD. Click Exit if Install Windows XP message appears.
Restart the computer.
Press <F12> immediately after the DELL™ logo appears.
If the operating system logo appears, wait until you see the Windows desktop, and then shut down the computer and try again. Press the arrow keys to select CD-ROM, and press <Enter>.
When the Press any key to boot from CD message appears, press any key.
Windows XP Setup
When the Windows XP Setup screen appears, press <Enter> to select To set up Windows now.
Read the information on the Microsoft Windows Licensing Agreement screen, and press <F8> to accept the license agreement.
If your computer already has Windows XP installed and you want to recover your current Windows XP data, type r to select the repair option, and remove the CD.
If you want to install a new copy of Windows XP, press <Esc> to select that option.
Press <Enter> to select the highlighted partition (recommended), and follow the instructions on the screen.
When the Regional and Language Options screen appears, select the settings for your location and clickNext.
Enter your name and organization (optional) in the Personalize Your Software screen, and click Next.
At the Computer Name and Administrator Password window, enter a name for your computer (or accept the one provided) and a password, and click Next.
If the Modem Dialing Information screen appears, enter the requested information and click Next.
Enter the date, time, and time zone in the Date and Time Settings window, and click Next.
If the Networking Settings screen appears, click Typical and click Next.
If you are reinstalling Windows XP Professional and you are prompted to provide further information regarding your network configuration, enter your selections. If you are unsure of your settings, accept the default selections.
When the Welcome to Microsoft screen appears, click Next.
When the How will this computer connect to the Internet? message appears, click Skip.
When the Ready to register with Microsoft? screen appears, select No, not at this time and click Next.
When the Who will use this computer? screen appears, you can enter up to five users.
Click Next.
Click Finish to complete the setup, and remove the CD.
Reinstall the appropriate drivers with the Drivers and Utilities CD.
Reinstall your virus protection software.
Reinstall your programs.

Sep 23, 2010 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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How to install windwosXP pro with an external USB cd-rw? since the original windows on the HD was damaged and can not boot any more.

1. You need to connect the USB optical drive to the laptop.
2. Restart the laptop at the Dell logo screen press the F12 key a couple of times
3. You would see the one time boot menu.using the down arrow is select USB
4. Insert the windows xp cd in the optical drive
5. Press the space bar when you see the message "Press any key to boot from the cd"
6. Follow the screen prompts after the same.

In case you need more help on how to reinstall the OS . Please revert back


Feb 06, 2010 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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Not booting from extrenal cd rom

Hi there.
Go into the bios of the computer, this is usually F2 on start up, go to boot options/priority and set the first boot device to USB, (make sure the external drive is connected). Save the changes and exit the bios, the computer will restart and boot from the external.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!!

Mar 05, 2009 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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Network Boot

i have dell c400 laptop, its to much simple to install xp
first you just take out hdd from laptop
plug in tht hdd in desktop pc by external usb box
now u just start windows 98 setup in it
when it started first format ur drive then install it
when windows 98 setup files copies to 100%. machine need to restart
u just plug out the hdd and plug in back to laptop
now the setup will remain start in ur laptop and when the installation complete u just upgrade ur windows from 98 to xp by intalling xp from external drive on OPERATING SYSTEM OF 98 WINDOWS
ITS TO MUCH SIMPLE just try once

Jan 29, 2009 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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Dell C400 will not boot using LCD screen when cold

I have seen this problem before, after booting to the external monitor go into the display settings and try setting the resolution to 1024 X 768 and the color settng to 16 bit or preferably 32 bit. If you can do this, then shut down the laptop remove the external monitor and try booting on the LCD display. BPCS

Nov 17, 2007 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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Dell latitude C400 will not boot from hard drive.

Hi, This sounds like a dead hard drive. Still, you may want to try: 1. Enter your CMOS/BIOS and verify that your laptop can detect the hard drive. Further check if it is configured to boot first from the HD; 2. Slip in your XP or Recovery CD and boot from that. It may be that the boot section/files of your HD got messed up. When prompted, instruct the CD to repair; 3. Remove your laptop's HD and connect it to a 2nd PC as an external/removable drive using a 2.5 enclusore with USB attachment. Thereafter proceed to diagnose, check and hopefully recover your important files; 4. If confirmed of a defective HD, replace and reinstall your OS. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turned up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

Sep 29, 2007 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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DELL Latitude C400

Go to the Dell website and download the XP video and display drivers:-

Feb 22, 2007 | Dell Latitude C400 Notebook

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