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Computer will not boot up shows msg "loading PBR for descriptor 2...done" and hangs up there

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The problem is the bios "basic input and output systems" there must be a server IRQ conflict or some other form of HALT the best thing you can do is open up the computer and short out the cmos jumper if you do not know what I am talking about your going to need a tech to do it locally. Once this is shorted you turn on the computer "it will not boot" then turn it back off and move the jumper back this will set the bios at "factory defualts". the only way to disgnose this is by doing that. if then it does not boot you going to need to replace the mother board at that time because the bios on these Dell's are not really what I call user servicable.

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Posted on Apr 27, 2010

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