My Dell Inspiron 700 laptop with Windows XP suddenly will not boot up. I have tried a Boot CD which has worked in the past but that is not working either. The DVD drive turns on for short time but it is not reading the disk.
I can hear the fan going so I know it is getting power. I have read that I should try booting in Safe Mode but I am not even getting past the BIOS.
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a Dell Inspiron to the factory settings allows the user to restore the
Dell Inspiron to the original operating condition as if it was just
taken out of the box. Dell system includes a restore utility called 'Dell Symantec System Restore' to reset or restore your Dell system to factory setting.
Did you do an upgrade or new install? Did you check the system requirements first to see if you could upgrade to Vista? This could all play a part in why it does not boot up. I suggest you reinstall windows XP again.
go into bios by pressing F2 - change the boot order so the cd / dvd drive is the first bootable device and use the installation / recovery disc you got with it and boot from the cd and re install or install windows xp.
If you do not have the cd then you either need to find it or contact dell and see if they have another one with a key ( which may be chargeable )
Remove the hard drive, then see if you can boot to the XP CD. If you can, then the Hard DIsk Drive has most likely failed. Reseat the HDD and try booting to CD again. If problem comes back, try a new hard drive.
My Laptop Inspiron 2200 With Windows XP only boot with the C drive when I remove the CD-DVD-CD drive. Otherwise ,I am asked to go to Bios to reconfigure the booting order.
The CD-dvd can not be pick-up by Plug and Play .
As a result I can only use the Laptop without the CD-DVD
When I reconnect the DVD it will not boot.
I have inspected every single pin in the DVD and from the Motherboard I can not see any damages
Try connecting it to an external monitor.
When you do, as soon as you press the power button to turn on the laptop, close the laptop lid - as this forces the laptop to display on an external monitor.
If this works, then it means the laptop screen is bad.
If it doesn't, the most likely cause would be that the laptop video card went bad.
For a while, some older Dell laptops with high-end nVidia graphics cards tended to die suddenly.
Do you have any CD’s that came with your laptop? If so, look for one that has “Diagnostics and utilities” listed under the “Contents”. To boot from that CD disk, power on your laptop and tap the <F12> key to bring you to the “One time boot menu”. Insert the CD and then select CD/DVD drive and hit <Enter> key. You can also boot from the Windows reinstallation disk. If the computer boots from either CD, then your Operating System is corrupted and needs to be reloaded. Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please show your appreciation by rating your experience.