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Dell Inspiron 1521 Error Code 2000-0146

My computer turns on but does not go past the booting page. I ran a diagnostic test and got the error code: 2000-0146. What does this mean?

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It means "DST Log contains previous error(s)."
Dell Support says “If the diagnostic test reports one of the above errors, refer to Dell Troubleshooting Wizard: "Hard Drive Fails the Diagnostics" Wizard ID: 324398”

Posted on Dec 05, 2009

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    Bill Schilz Dec 12, 2009

    You asked "what does this mean?" and I tell you. So you reward me with 2 thumbs up? Why didn't you say you wanted me to come to your house and fix the darned thing?

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    Bill Schilz Dec 30, 2009

    Sorry David... when I logged in, it had it rated as 2 thumbs up.

  • kalyan Nov 30, 2011

    I had a same problem after my laptop fell down. Can you tell me, whether i can recover my data atleast from the hard drive. If so, some pointers plz.

  • Bill Schilz
    Bill Schilz Nov 30, 2011

    If your harddrive was not running when it fell, the chances are good it wasn't damaged and should be very simple to recover the data. Remove it from the laptop and connect it via an external enclosure purchased online or at most computer stores. Just tell them whether you have a SATA or IDE drive and they will give you the right enclosure which you can connect with a USB port. Once connected, it will appear as a drive in Explorer. Simply copy the files to the new computer.

    If the harddrive was damaged in the fall, data recovery can be very expensive ($800+) so unless the data is critical, it probably is not worth the effort. Sites such as can perform data recovery.



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