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Re: incomplete booting,
I suggest you set your computer to boot from cd and repair windows installation insert cd reboot computer when asked press a key to boot from cd wait until all drivers etc are loaded a screen will come up asking you what you want to do. Press R key and follow instructions to repair your installation of windows
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Are you using a desktop or laptop. Is OS already installed on the system? Start your computer and press F2 key while booting and before the logo appears. Check for the boot menu, and see whether your first boot device is your hard disk of the system or not. If not then do that and in case of desktop if you have more than two hard drive just check whether the first boot device is your that hard drive on which the OS is installed or not. I guess, it will resolve the problem. For further assistance, you can avail our technical support by visiting our website: http://www.vtechsquad.com.
you have to format your hard drive using a third party disc to erase
everything on your hard drive During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key
to enter setup Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll
to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press
escape then press f10 to save to cmos restart note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an
operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to
load another operating system note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change
the first boot device to your hard drive The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP:
The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:
IDE0 means Pri master
IDE1 means Pri slave
IDE2 means Sec master
IDE3 means Sec slave
or if you are using a USB insert your usb drive click start right click on my computer select open you should see your USB
drive right click then select format another way is to control panel
administrive tools,computer management disk management right click on your
drive select format hope this helps
Pressing F2 is the shortcut key to enter in cmos setup or bios settings where you can setup interrupt request and the direct memory access and also changing system date and time. While the F12 key is a shortcut key where you can select a boot device which are the hard disk drive if it's loaded with the operating system like windows xp or windows 7 etc., and if you are going to install or reformat your computer select the cd/dvd room drive to be the boot device. Supposedly the computer will load after the F2 or F12 appears on your screen if you have the functional operating system. But if your computer still restarting and always appearing on your screen the said F2 and F12 keys that means it is required to be reformat your computer. But before that you try to tapping F8 key while turning on your computer and select safe mode and press enter, after loading and still restarting that is the time to format your computer but you must back up your data or files that you saved on your computer. Call a computer technician or IT that know how to back up and can format your computer. Have a nice day.
Most likely, your hard drive died. Enter the system BIOS to see what it is detecting (or not) for your hard drive(s). If the hard drive is not being detected as I suspect, you could just replace it and reinstall all of your software.
Check the connectors running to your hard disk to make sure they are firmly connected. Also check the data cable to the motherboard. Reboot the computer and enter BIOS. Check that your hard drive is being detected properly. If it is not, the drive is shot and needs to be replaced.
When the laptop freezes up on you does the keyboard or anywhere on the top cover feel very hot if so check to see if the fan is even blowing, if it is blowing then its possible there is dirt on the heatsink fan that is blocking the air flow and thats causing the overheating. You would need to take apart the laptop to get to the cpu heatsink to remove all the dirt.
if the fan isn't running at all then you would need to get a new fan.
If the fan is running and there is no dirt or debris near the heatsink then that means the motherboard is not reglulating the voltage properly and the motherboard needs to get replaced.
if nothing is feeling very warm or hot to the touch and the system is locking up then the hard drive may have bad sectors and the hard drive would need to be replaced.
When trying to boot from a CD on a Dell system you should put the CD in the CD-ROM tray and reboot the computer. When the initial Dell splash screen appears, you should press F12 (not F2 for BIOS) for a boot menu. In that menu you want to choose the CD-ROM drive. If you have made changes in BIOS you may want to undo them and try this way instead.
There are a number of keys used to access the system BIOS at startup. F2 is probably the most common, but I see you've already tried that. I've also seen the ESC and DEL keys used, so try those. If that doesn't work, start working your way across the F1-F12 keys.
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One possible work around Provided you have access to another PC and feel comfortable with taking your hard drive out of your PC and putting it back in
1. buy a USB external hard drive enclosure and install your hard drive into it 2. connect this USB hard drive to another PC 3. create some free space by deleting some files (see Safe files to delete below for details) 4. reinstall hard drive back into your PC and try to boot normally
Safe files to delete 1. temporary files - on Win XP these are normally in "C:\WINDOWS\Temp"
2. temporary internet files - on Win XP these are normally in "C:\Documents and Settings\[Your Username]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files" 3. other temporary files - on Win XP these are normally in "C:\Documents and Settings\[Your Username]\Local Settings\Temp" Note that if you have more than one user account on the PC, then each user could have files that are safe to delete in the folders mentioned in number 2 and 3