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Dell laptop not working

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  • Iberon Jul 06, 2008

    I have a dell inspiron 1501, with windows vista home premium. I have had my laptop for around a year and a half, and within the last few months my lap top has been randomly freezing, then, a blue screen flashes for a second, and finally it crashes. It will then restart saying "operating system not found". This problem is becoming a lot more frequent (and irritating) and i would be forever grateful f anyone who can give me a solution. I am not very good with technical talk, so please if you respond to this, use simple terms i can understand!! Thanks :D

  • jerodvel May 06, 2009

    Operating System not found, if the partition became corrputed you will get mbr missing or became corrputed. Not on the Inspiron 1501, just said on a blank screen operating system not found. Recovery tool on Vista, said it was recover to and earlier point and was succesfull, but when you restart it comes back to same message. BIOS shows and detects the hard drive, any operating system shows the partion and file format. Formated the hard drive, same problem. Install new hard drive same, Dell's diagnostics run several times, hard drive passes. Dell support is useless since they're repeating the same procedures as me. Any clues? Could it be the motherboard? Any help will be much apprieciated. Dell Inspiron 1501-1GB Ram-Hitachi 80 GB HD, Gforce video. Thanks.



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If your dell comes with a recovery disk set stick the disk in the drive and go through the steps. If it doesn't go to the store and grab a copy of Windows, or if your like me screw windows get a copy of linux ubuntu or opensuse 11 for free and install it on the system. The problem is file have either been deleted or corrupted in the operating system and it can no longer be booted. BUT BUT BUT try this before anything above.

Grab a windows cd or if you got vista, grab a vista dvd and go into the recover console after booting into it and click repair. Most likly your bootloader has been wiped clean. So you need to re install the bootloader. Google "windows vista reinstall bootloader".

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