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Dell 710M Problem


Recently when I powered up my Dell laptop, a black screen came on and the message "Loading PBR Descriptor 2...Done." came up. I tried to F11 the thing on the next start up, and its telling me to back up fiels, and "SMART failure predicted on Hard Disk 0" - i dont have any files i need to save, can you help me restore to factory settings?

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  • mod220 Jul 02, 2008

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

  • mod220 Jul 03, 2008

    Thanks, Map. Unfortunately after a recent move, I no longer have any of the discs. I do have a second computer, could I download the info and burn onto a disc then load?


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There are 47 drivers available, which ones do i need? thanks for all your hlep


Posted on Jul 07, 2008

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Hi mod22, click on this link for the latest driver software for the Inspiron 710M notebook.
You most likely received restore CD & windows CD with the dell. If you didn't than the download site above will be a must for drivers.
The error message SMART = Self-Monitoring, Analysis & Reporting Technology. It is not the same thing as drive testing. It’s actually a part of the drive electronics & it tests its self. There is a 50/50% chance after turning off SMART in the bios you're drive will continue to function.
We do not want to wipe you're drive because there are other partitions that dell has in place.
This partition is needed to restore you're drive & OS.
Try this.
1- Start up the computer & press F8 or F12 every two seconds to give you windows boot-up options.
2- Insert Windows Installation / Recovery CD into cd-rom drive, high light the cd-rom drive & press enter.
3- Let the installation process continue until it prompts you to "Press R to repair". . This should then take you into the DOS mode.
4- Type in FIXBOOT & when prompted, press "Y" to start creating the new boot partition. If everything goes right, you should get a message saying the partition was corrupted and a new one was created successfully.
5- Remove the CD and reboot your system, everything should be ok now.

If not than put you're Windows CD or recovery CD into the cd-rom drive. Again press the F8 or F12 key every two seconds at boot up until the windows boot device window loads. Choose the cd-rom drive. If you are using the recovery cd follow the prompts on you're screen. (Best choice).
If you're using the windows CD choose to format the C:\ & install windows fresh. Last option. If you know or can find the name & model of the hard disk drive, you can go to their web site & download tools & utilities software. There will be software for you to make a bootable CD that can test & fix the hard disk drive. The object of doing this is to keep the drive running rather than going through this again or buying a new hard drive. The Mfg's software will also let you know if the drive is going. (Chances are the software will repair the drive).

Good Luck!
If you have a problem with anything above just let me know & I'll try to clear up any issues.


Posted on Jul 03, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Jul 03, 2008

    Sure mod220!

    Burning the drivers to a CD will work. Before you create the CD download each driver into its own folder. Name each folder so you know what driver is inside. Than uncompress each driver within its folder. Sounds a little tougher than it is but the advantage is every driver will already be uncompressed allowing you to install directly from the CD.

    Again good luck mod220!


  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Jul 07, 2008

    Hi MOD220, only you can tell what drivers you need for you're system. When you open the CD/DVD +. There are 18 downloads. When you enter the bios the CD/DVD's model should be listed. Only download the proper firmware for the correct cd/DVD. This device can wait untill windows is installed.

    It will still function. You do not need the bios download. There is only one audio driver. You do not need any applications in order to install windows. (Remember you can alway come back & get the correct driver software). You do not need the diagnostics software or the modem software yet. Durring windows install, windows will find most devices & install its software. Wheat it does not find correctly is what you download & install.

    The video you can download. The chipset download. Input device drivers you download. Network (9), you sould dowload all unless you know which one you'll need. Still have the manual? Everything should be mentioned in there. (Hopefully)!

    That is all you need. After windows is installed be sure to update it. Windows will find hardware devices & updates for the system.

    Hope this answers you're question.



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