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Computer Still Down (Bad PBR)

When this computer was originally bought it didn't come with a startup disk or a recovery disk. At this point I really don't know what to do anymore. I tried all that I could within the power of not having the xp disk. Are there any other fixes that someone could suggest. I really need to get this thing back working. I just purchased 750 or a TB drive and I would like to actually use it in my Dimension 4700 but I don't know what will happen. I got my plate, looking for food for thought served with a few chips. I'll have just a bytes...... just froze one day had to hold power button to turn off now it won't go past the windows power up screen won't load to main startup where tool bar and everything else is i have all the disc's that came with it but no manual all i can get to now is the screens that come up when f1 and f12 buttons are pushed but when i get to those screens i am lost as to what to do and when i try to put driver disc or windows disc in tray the light comes on for a second then nothing can anyone help thanks

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The reason why you didnt receive any back up discs because your computer has a recovery partition. To access it,restart your pc,tap ctrl+f11, select "restore".It will format your hard drive and will load factory imag that has your windows and dell apps..if that didnt work,you can request back up disc here, support.dell.com/xpscd

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Hello,

You problem how to boot your computer in installation disc. you can do this by pressing F12 you can directly got to bios set, try to find out " F2 or Delete or maybe F12" your directed to bios setup.

in bios setup look for priority boot or boot sequence something like that. and then select the "CD ROM" first to boot. and then save and exit the setting. Or refer to your manual for the bios configuration. Manual can be search here:
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=DIM_PNT_P4_8250&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=

Installing windows is here: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1435

may this help,

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They will not send you a back up disk dell no longer manufactures thoes i asked.

If yoiu have a Windows P Operating System CD: Insert the CD then when you are able press F2. Now with the arrow keys go to Boot Sequence and hit ENTER. Now you have to use the + and - keys. You want IDE CD-ROM Device on the top. And The Hard Drive can be anyhere but the top. Please make sre you have a check on both the IDE CDROM Device and Hard Drive. To check them hit the SPACE BAR when you are highlighted over them. Now after you do that hit ESC then ESC again and hit ENTER on Save and Exit settings. After it saves and should go to windows loding screen hols the power button to shut off. Now turn back on but begin tapping F12 right after you hit the power button. Now you want to scrool down to IDE CD-ROM Device and Hit ENTER. When you hit ENTER you will be delayed 2 sec then a tiny message wil pop up saying "Press any key to boot from CD". You have to quickly hit ENTER or SPACE BAR because that only stays for a couple seconds. Now the Boot Process will start. Now on the bottom of the screen you will see words like "Press F6 to Repair". DON'T!. Wait till you get a screen with a couple bullet points and alot of words then hit ENTER. Now i believe it takes you to a "Partition Page". On this partition page you should see "Partitioned Space" and more words ten "Un-Partitoned space". If you don't see "Un-Partitioned space" Don't worry. Now scrool down to the Partitoned Space and highlight it with arrow keys then hit "D"then a new screen wil come up saying are you sure hit the letter "L". Now please remember all of your options are always at the bottom of the screen. it will say things like L=Delete or stuff. After ou delete the Partition it will either just take you back to the Partition Page or tell you to press ENTER=Continue or something. If thats the ase hit enter. Now if you DON'T have a pre-set Un-Partitioned space press the Letter "C". Then from what i remember it creates a new one automaticly. If not please read the options at the bottom. It is pretty staright forward. Aftr you create an Un Partitioned space highlight over that with the Arrow Keys then hit "ENTER"=Install. After you do tht Windows XP CD does the rest. After the Formatting is done it will start to "Copy Files". After that is done the computer will automaticly shut down and in some cases you will get a Black Screen with options just hit "Start Windows Normally". Now it will load a Windows Blue screen saying Installing Windows then after thats done it will say Finalizing Instaltion or something. Soon is where you enter your Account name and other accounts. You don't have to enter accounts. You will also set the time and other stuff. Then it will finish and ur done. When you are able to get to your desktop it will do some other loading then ur done.

Please Note: You just Deleted everything on your Hard Drive. You will loose everything.

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  • Colton Gilbert Jan 03, 2009

    To request a Windows Operating System CD please go to

    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/g... Here you need to enter the 7 Alpha-Numeric code off the tag on your computer. here you can chat with a live agent or call 1-800-624-9896 and once you get an agent tell them i need a new Windows XP Operating System CD for my ell Dimension 8250. If they ak why say why.

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bad pbr means tht the sectors on the hard drive are bad.....u can try running tests on the hard drive by going to the f12 menu & thn contact dell tech support if u get any error msg........else u can get a win xp disc & reinstall the os

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