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The pc starts and the Dell logo comes up but no windows boot

The pc starts and the Dell logo comes up on the screen followed by the green bar along the bottom and then the screen goes black and eventually the dell logo comes back on again and it never boots into windows.

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  • Fraser Louden Jul 12, 2010

    The error code I get when running diagnostics is Error code 0142 and hard drive 0 self test unsuccessful status 79
    The hard drive serial is WD-WXEY08TE4844

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Press the Fn Key and the power button see if the diags will run. You may have a hard drive problem or an issue with the operating system

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

  • IQUIT Jul 13, 2010

    142 is hdd failure, time to replace the hard drive

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Repair start up


i found this very good guide: 1. If your operating system is XP, CTRL and F11 key simultaneously when you see the dell logo after turning on the Laptop and follow the screen instructions.

* Power the computer on.
* When the Dell screen appears press and hold the CTRL and F11 key simultaneously on the keyboard, then release them both at the same time.
The Dell PC Restore by Symantec window appears.
* Click the Restore button or press the key to highlight Restore and press the key.
A caution message appears advising that all data will be lost.
* Click the Confirm button or press the key to highlight Confirm and press the key.
The Progress window appears. Once the process is begun, Dell PC Restore usually takes only 8 to 10 minutes to complete.
When the restore is complete, the message The system recovery process was successful appears.
* Click the Finish button or press the key to highlight Finish and press the key.
The computer will restart.

2. If your operating system is VISTA / Win 7, tap F8 key when you see the dell logo. It will take you to advanced boot menu options under which you will see Repair your Computer, Select that option and enter your password if it asked, then you will be seeing list of options like system restore, command promt, etc., In that the last option says Dell PC restore or some thing like that. Select that option and follow the screens .. Thats it.

* Start the computer.
* As the computer starts, press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
* Press the (Down Arrow) to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press Enter.
* Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
* Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
* Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
* In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
* Click to select the check box for Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition.
* Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
* When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.

3. If in both case, the Factory default didn't work, then your laptop's factory image defaults partition have vanished (i.e. Corrupted / Deleted). So you have to do Operating System re installation with the Operating System CD / DVD shipped along with laptop. Follow the below link to install windows XP Pro on your own.

Feb 01, 2014 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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Reboot to factory settings for Dell


Try This:

If your operating system is XP, press the CTRL and F11 keys simultaneously when you see the Dell logo after turning on the laptop, and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Put the computer on.
  • When the Dell screen appears, press and hold the CTRL and F11 key simultaneously on the keyboard, then release them both at the same time. The Dell PC Restore by Symantec window appears.
  • Click the Restore button or press the key to highlight Restore and press the key.


A caution message appears, advising that all data will be lost.
  • Click the Confirm button, or press the key to highlight Confirm and press the key.


The Progress window appears. Once the process has begun, Dell PC the restore usually takes only 8 to 10 minutes to complete. When the restore is complete, the message 'The system recovery process was successful' appears.
  • Click the Finish button or press the key to highlight Finish and press the key.


The computer will restart.
For Vista or Win 7
If your operating system is VISTA / Win 7, press the F8 key when you see the Dell logo. It will take you to the advanced boot menu options, which include 'Repair your Computer'. Select that option and enter your password if asked, then you will see a list of options like 'system restore' and 'command prompt'. The last option says 'Dell PC restore', or something along those lines. Select that option and follow the instructions on the screen.
If in both cases, the Factory default doesn't work, then your laptop's factory image defaults partition has vanished (i.e., been corrupted / deleted). In this case you will have to reinstall the operating system with the CD or DVD shipped along with the laptop. Follow the link below to install windows XP Pro on your own.
  • Start the computer.
  • As the computer starts, press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
  • Press the down arrow to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, then press Enter.
  • Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
  • Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
  • Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
  • In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
  • Click to select the check box for Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition.
  • Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
  • When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.


In both cases, if the factory default does not work, then your laptop's factory image defaults partition has vanished (i.e. been corrupted / deleted). In this case you will have to reinstall the operating system with the CD or DVD shipped along with the laptop. Follow the below link to install windows XP Pro on your own.

Good Luck!

Aug 20, 2012 | Dell Inspiron B120 Notebook

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I am trying to change booting sequeance from BIOS for reinstal windows to CD Rom. but system in not getting start from ROM.


In order to change the boot sequence on a Dell computer you have to press the F12 key right after the computer starts and BEFORE the Windows logo appears.
You can also choose F2, if you have to get into the BIOS.

On some machines you just have to hold down the respective key, on others you have to tap it repeatedly. Just try it out.
When you see the Windows logo, let the computer complete the start-up, reboot and try again.

Once it is booting from CD/DVD, follow the instructions on the screen ("Press any key to boot from CD...")

If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.

Dec 07, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC Desktop

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Starting problem


Immediately after seeing the Dell logo, keep tapping the 'F8' key,
until you see a "menu" (white text over a black background)
giving "startup" options for Windows XP.

Select "Safe Mode" and see if you can start in that mode.
Then, use "System Restore" to go "back" in time, to the most-recent checkpoint (date/time) where your computer _DID_ work.

Restore to that point, and restart.

Jul 17, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 1525 Notebook

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It starts with Dell Scrn followed by Windows Logo, then it stops


Should not be with the hardware This seems to be a problem with windows.Try starting on safemode. Otherwise you may have to reinstall Windows.


Regards

Aug 11, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Won't start completely


You have a virus I hope you have your data backed up. Reformat your hard drive(I assume you have a boot disk)

Dec 25, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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WINSOWS CRASHING


Ok, lets try something different,
Do you have the cds that came with your Dell. If not call up tech support on 1-800-624-9896 and request for them

Otherwise do the following steps
1. Power on the system
2.Tap on the F12 key slowly five times on the Dell logo screen
3. Select diagnostics
4.If everything passes then its good news , otherwise the faulty component is causing the crash

Part 2
1. Restart the system and again Tap on F12
2.Insert the windows xp cd
3. Select the option boot from cdrom and hit enter
4. Hit enter again when you see the message,"Press any key to boot from cd"
5.Windows starts to load
6.It will come to screen that would give you three options
a. to setup windows hit enter
b. to repair press R
c to exit exc.
7. Hit enter
8. Hit F8 on the next screen
9 On this screen it would again give you an option of repairing windows press R
10. Follow the wizard and the windows shoul start

Part 3.

If the above step fails to then the only option left is to backup your information on the system and wipe it clean .Thats a complete reset

Part 4
Restart the systen
On the Dell logo screen , hold down the CTRL key and tap on the F11 key 7 times slowly
You would see a Restore button.
Click restore and Confirm
FOllow the wizard
Caution all your information would be lost in this procedure


Thanks
Proton

Jul 17, 2008 | Dell Inspiron 8600 Notebook

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