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Dell latitude c610 not booting. It says boot sector missing. It had a XP operating system on it. When I try to reinstall XP, it acts like it is loading, then ....blue screen crash.

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  • Raphael Josiah Oct 05, 2009

    OK. I will have to get that. I will tell you if that works. I thought the hard drive crashed or memory problem.


  • Raphael Josiah Oct 06, 2009

    Hello. I actually cant find any option to reset the bios in the bios menu on this laptop. I can manually do it on a pc motherboard but I dont know how on a laptop.


  • Raphael Josiah Oct 08, 2009

    How do I send you the pic? email?


  • Raphael Josiah Oct 08, 2009

    I have to retake the pic. It is 2 big 4 upload, but now it is saaying thet it cannot find  the hard drive. In the bios however it shows the hard drive present.


  • Raphael Josiah Oct 09, 2009

    Thank you for your suggestions. It seems that the hard drive is gone.

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Hello redraph.

Firstly , verify that you hdd is working correctly. To do this , power up your computer and enter the bios by pressing delete , F12 or another key that should be displayed on the first screen when booting up.

Depending on your bios , you should get a screen that looks like this : Dell latitude c610 not booting. - 378b3ee.gif

Enter the standard cmos setup or equivalent and you should see your hdd listed here. If it is not listed here , there is probably a problem with the hdd. If you have experience in this , open the case and check you power and data cables both at the hdd and the motherboard. Do remember to disconnect the power before doing so.

If your hdd is detected and displayed normally , this is not the problem. Go back to the main BIOS page and do a factory/failsafe bios reset. Try reinstalling XP. If the crash screen still comes up and you have a camera , please take a picture of this and report back to me what is displayed in the crash.

The next step will involve removing the part that is crashing the system. Some of the most common parts are faulty RAM and PCI Modems , but more information should be displayed during a crash to be able to determine the responsible part.

Another typical problem is a defective installation disc. Please get back to me with the steps provided and I will guide you further if needed.

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Stephan

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Since you have the XP install disc, you can do a repair of the boot sector. You need to enter the Recovery Console.

To run the Recovery Console from CD boot with the Windows XP CD and select "R" at the Welcome Screen

A black screen will come out and then choose your Windows installation. If password is set, type it. If not, leave it blank.

Under C:\Windows, type fixboot. Wait for the utility to do its work and then after it is done, restart the computer.

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    If it is being detected by the bios then it can be a good sign. Try turning off your Dell latitude and take out the harddisk and put it back again; then power on.

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At the Command Prompt type the following (where "X" is your CD-Rom drive letter) allowing the files to overwrite the old files

COPY X:\i386\NTLDR C:
COPY X:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:

To repair a damaged Boot Sector at the command prompt type FIXBOOT and press Enter. Then answer "Y".

Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

  • NinaE Oct 05, 2009

    Sorry for all the extraneous info.

    Boot with the XP CD that came with your computer and enter the Recovery
    Console.



    At the Command Prompt type the following (where "X" is your CD-Rom
    drive letter) allowing the files to overwrite the old files



    COPY X:\i386\NTLDR C:

    COPY X:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:



    To repair a damaged Boot Sector at the command prompt type FIXBOOT and press
    Enter. Then, answer "Y".

    Hope this helps.



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