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.
try to check memory by booting offline from a boot cd like hiren boot cd which contains a lot of great tools for maintenance , use testing tools and choose one of the RAM checking tools. if it gives you no errors on RAM Blocks, then try to boot from it again and choose mini windows xp, it will load a live light version of windows xp, play with it and check if your pc freeze or not . if YES then the problem could be in you laptop's CPU or in the cooling system and fans (Doesn't work well) , if NO i suggest to re-install windows OS (the fastest way) or try to restore your system to a previous date before the problem appears (restore point) .
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