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Disk read error no recovery cd

When i start my dell c610 windows 2000 pro laptop i get a disk read error accured. i dont know how to fix it. and i dont have a cd since i bought it used please help. ps i cant get into safe mode. only f2 and f12

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  • rocker20066 Jul 17, 2008

    i have a usb drive, not a floppy disk drive though......and what's the bios

  • rocker20066 Jul 17, 2008

    i have a usb drive. not a floppy disk drive, and what's the bios???

  • yudevon Dec 04, 2008

    my dell laptop had kinda stopped reading disks, if i put a cd in, i doesnt show up in the(D:) drive, what will i do??

  • Hitesh Thappa May 11, 2010

    do u have a bootable floppy disk or usb drive which can perform a check disk on your system.



  • Hitesh Thappa May 11, 2010

    do u have a bootable floppy disk or usb drive which can perform a check disk on your system.



  • David
    David May 11, 2010

    can you get into the BIOS

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The BIOS is hard wired into the motherboard and contains all information about the hardware on M/board.usually accessed by pressing del key or f2 key you will have how to do this at the bottom of the boot up screen read all info carefully it should list what your hard drive is and how big
also if hard drive is automatically detected
if you access it set it for default loadings and try again to boot

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