The laptop fails to load XP files after the Kernell Debugger) at first stages of OS installation. loading windows 98 returns a problem of drivers requesting to start in safe mode, when it first reboots during installation. tring to load vista, it hangs immediately after loading the files. loading WIN 2000 returns a blue screen at first rebooting during installation saying the BIOS is not fully ACPI compliant. I am sick of the laptop its all i have. How can I start this laptop in text mode
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Re: OS load failure.
The bluescreen saying about the ACPI, I had the same problem at work with a older computer. Next time you get the bluescreen read everything it says.
It tells you to press a button, I'm not sure thats why I'm telling you to read the bluescreen (windows 2000 or xp) it was f5 or f8.
You press f5 or f8 I think it was f5 since f6 is to load custom drivers.
So you press f5 when it asks you to press f6 This disables the ACPI subsystem in the setup and you should be able to install windows 2000 without any more problems. If its not f5 read the bluescreen thats where I got it!
Good luck, keep me posted and tell me if theres anything else.
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First, be sure you have your genuine copy of Windows XP
-if not, you can contact Dell and ask them a copy of it
1)insert the XP disc on the drive then turn off the computer
2)Turn on again the computer and once you press the power button, keep on tapping on F12
3)You should be seeing the Boot Options. Select CD/DVD and keep on tapping on ENTER once you see the message: "press any key to boot from CD/DVD"
4)if you have done it succesfully, you should see a loading bar that says, Setup is loading files.
5)wait for it to load and Just follow the steps on this link:
First, I want to know if you sees the Dell logo after turning on the laptop? If yes then this is no boot issue.
1. Immediately run the PSA. Make sure laptop is off. Press and hold down the Fn key, while holding down Fn key press the power button at the same time just once. Once the Dell screen loaded you can now let go of the Fn key. Check if the PSA will run short test for the LCD, RAM and HDD. When full color displays on the screen just press Y. PSA will continue. Just take note of any error code will appear on the screen such as 0141, 0142 and 0146 these are HDD failure errors which means HDD needs replacement. If the test says no errors found then proceed to step 2;
2. Try restarting the laptop once you see dell logo then keep tapping F8. Select last known good configuration. Press enter key. Just wait and check if laptop will load Windows. If not then, restart laptop keep tapping F8 try to select safe mode check if it will load Windows. If not then prepare the Windows OS disc the one came with your laptop.
3. While laptop is on insert the Windows OS disc. Restart the computer. On the Dell screen keep tapping on F12 to show boot menu. In the boot menu select CD/DVD ROM Drive. Press enter then keep tapping on space bar until it will say Windows loading files, please wait.
4. In the User Interface it will show you some options to select. Once the Install screen comes up look on the lower part select Repair Your Computer. If will ask you to do Startup Repair, please do start up repair. If fails try the System Restore. If fails then step 5;
5. If you have important files in your HDD then back up your files first. After backing up of files you can now install the Windows OS. Here is the process in installing the Windows OS. Insert the Windows OS disc, restart the laptop, keep tapping F12 on Dell screen, on boot menu select CD/DVD ROM Drive.Install the Windows OS. Just complete the installation.After the installation install the laptop drivers.
put in the windows 2000 or xp disk
98 is not supported by microsoft , youll have many problems online
but you need to format the hard drive , 20 gb is good
with the windows xp cd boot from it
you will see just one letter drive if more delete them and format just one drive, you can use the quick format , so the windows xp files will go on after that, but youll have 30 day trial
hi, when you install the new os there are usually two options
1) to install a new os formating the partition ( which distroys all data on the partition)
2) install the os on existing partition without formating the parttion, i think you are choosing this option in order to avoid the above written error in this option choose use the directory other then already present like if earlier directory was c:\windows put in c:\windows_new_date
so that it don't have to rewrite the files in the same directory and the files are loaded onto a new directory and when it will be installed it will give you the option to select the installtion you want to boot from.
Maybe its a software problem, have you tried putting in a bootable XP installation CD? After the bios boot and it asks you to boot to CD, press R for repair, it will try to repair your OS, and if it is an OS problem ,then it will boot once again... If not you can try formatting your HDD and reinstalling windows...
If you can try a different hard drive. And make sure the format of the hard drive that's installed doesn't freeze or doesn't complete. Those are just the first things that popped into my mind, I'm sure other's will have more suggestions. Good luck.
oh no!! there's a possibility that it has a virus contiained on your hard drive. If you have rescue disk( comes with a floppy drive), insert it before booting up your computer. Run setup of your rescue disk then follow instructions of the certain program on how to virus scan your PC on DOS setup.
You have a corrupt OS, assuming you have XP, you should do a repair installation. Don't worry, none of your files or settings or installed programs will be deleted. You may have to reinstall some old device drivers though.
* Insert the XP CD and boot to it
* When you see " To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER", go ahead and press ENTER
* You will now see an option to repair Windows by pressing "R". Do not select this option - it will only take you to the Recovery Console which is not what we want to do. Instead, choose to continue the installation
* When you see the license agreement, press F8 to agree
* On the next screen make sure your current XP installation is selected and then press "R" to repair XP
* At this point XP will begin to install on top of itself, replacing damaged, missing or altered system files. Follow the instructions on the remaining screens to complete the Repair Install. It will look very much like a normal (new) OS installation.
If all goes well your repaired XP installation will remain intact, keeping your personalized settings and installed programs as they originally were.