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My Dell Inspiron 531 will not boot. It runs on Windows Vista Home Premium 31 bit. I have attempted to reload the operating system DVD I received with the system but during this process it asks to load the drivers but when I insert the drivers and utilities DVD I received with the system, the response is "does not recognize drivers" so I cannot complete the reloading of the operating system. I don't know if the operating system on the computer is corrupt or the hard drive is the problem and would appreciate any assistance as I am at the end of my rope on this problem. Any suggestions or info on problems Dell has had with the situation would be appreciated.

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If you mean the computer is emitting a series of "beeps", then I would try reseating the memory modules. If that doesn't work, try using only one memory module at a time to determine if one might be defective.

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Download the six winxp install floppies,,from bootdisk.com and install that way.
Your PC was not meant for XP it was meant for Millenium at most.
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Sounds like you need a driver disk for your motherboard, this usually will load and install the devices you are referring to. This may not have been included with a pre-loaded computer. Search on the Dell website or get the make and model of your motherboard and search on a computer with internet access for the appropriate drivers. This may solve your problem but if it doesn't then we can go from there. Sometimes these come on a floppy but with newer systems they are on a disc.

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Okay, so it seems you installed Microsoft Windows XP Home on a what was Media Center Edition installation, and the ethernet is no longer worker.
Please refer to dell.com's support section, enter your model, and download drivers that you need.
To find drivers you need, Go to start --> control panel and then go to (under classic view) system --> the hardware section, open up device manager, and then look for ones with a yellow big question mark, and get those drivers from dell's website. Burn these drivers to a CD on another computer, or use a USB flash drive if that does work.
Good luck.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

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