I have a Dell laptop computer which I have purchased at a flea market!
The computer started to boot up and then it will not finish booting. I chatted with a computer repairer and she said something about a loop being stuck. The computer had been shut down while it was booting that is when the problem started. How can I fix the problem without taking it to a repair person. I am on a very limited income so I don't have money to pay someone. I checked the D600 pc notebook because I cannot find the correct item listed on your list
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Re: hard drive is stuck
Since the laptop would be relatively new to you and you don't have any files yet, perhaps your best bet would be to do a clean fresh re-install of the operating system. As it is, it can not be used might as well delete completely the contents and start anew. Should you have the original CDs (recovery) that would facilitate a lot of things, if none, you can borrow any OEM Windows installer that would match what ever version of Windows the laptop is running. It would normally be indicated underneath in a sticker. The Window key/serial number would also be listed there. Thereafter, it is a matter of going to the the Dell website for support/driver and download/install appropriate drivers. Should the laptop be not capable of network connections, you can use a flashdrive in another/2nd PC and copy/paste to your laptop. I would suggest your priority should be the networking drivers so that you can then hook up to the Internet and do the rest with the laptop.
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if you have the cd for win 7 , go to the bios and change the boot sequence from hard drive to 1st cd
insert the cd
shut down then start again from there
the computer will select the cd unit and load the program from there onto the hard drive
when you have finished downloading all drivers from their relevant manufacturers web pages
close down and on opening get back to bios and change the boot sequence from cd back to hard drive as first option
Do you hear the hard drive spinning? If so, reboot unit and press F10 or F12 for Boot menu. In the boot menu you should see Hard drive or C/: as a selection, if not, the drive has stop working. I hope that helps.
This error code represents a failed hard drive. It will need to be replaced. You can order a hard drive from the Dell Spare Parts Department by calling 1-877-717-3355 in the US. You can also go to you local computer shop to purchase a hard drive.
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To determine if your hard drive is bad or good, run the Dell diagnostics. Here is a link for the owner's manual of your model: ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/esuprt_xps_laptop/xps-m1210_owner%27s%20manual_en-us.pdf
press F12 at boot time and select to boot the Diagnostics, in there let it run through the diagnostics and see if you get any error codes.
If this is clean then try booting windows into safe mode by pressing F8 as the computer boots up, then select to boot into Safe mode with command prompt and at the command prompt type chkdsk /r let it finish and try booting your system again.
also make sure you are booting the CD by pressing the F12 key at bootup and select the CD/DVD drive as the boot source. You may be inserting a non bootable CD and it just attempts to load the hard disk after. You can tell if this is happening if the CD light is not flickering but the hard disk light is. hard disk light looks like a cylinder on most laptops.
As the computer starts, press <F8> on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.
Press the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press <Enter>.
Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.
Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.
Click Dell Factory Image Restore.
In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.
Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.
Click Next. The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.
When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.
The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.
Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec NOTE: Dell PC Restore is available only on computers purchased in certain regions. Use Dell PC Restore by Symantec only as the last method to restore your operating system. PC Restore restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you purchased the computer. Any programs or files added since you received your computer—including data files—are permanently deleted from the hard drive. Data files include documents, spreadsheets, e-mail messages, digital photos, music files, and so on. If possible, back up all data before using PC Restore. NOTICE: Using PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes any applications or drivers installed after you received your computer. If possible, back up the data before using PC Restore. To use PC Restore: 1 Turn on the computer. During the boot process, a blue bar with www.dell.com appears at the top of the screen. 2 Immediately upon seeing the blue bar, press <Ctrl><F11>. If you do not press <Ctrl><F11> in time, let the computer finish restarting, and then restart the computer again. NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with PC Restore, click Reboot in the following step. 3 On the next screen that appears, click Restore. 4 On the next screen, click Confirm. The restore process takes approximately 6–10 minutes to complete. 5 When prompted, click Finish to reboot the computer. NOTE: Do not manually shut down the computer. Click Finish and let the computer completely reboot.
their is to way to find a problem 1st remove hard disk (HDD) then try to boot the unit with out Hard Drive if this same the problem open the back case and find the memory then make a clean all pin connectors but use only a paper eraser to clean a memory..so good luck and have a nice day...^_^
1. purchase a 2.5" usb enclosure. 2. remove your hard drive and install in the enclosure. 3. plug the enclosure into a working computer and copy or move your important files onto working computer. 4a. reinstall the laptop hard drive and try a repair installation by booting from the XP cd. (if you are running xp) 4b. reinstall the laptop hard drive and try booting to Last Known Good Configuration. Press either the F5 or F8 key while rebooting to get to the menu. 4c. purchase a new hard drive and reinstall the OS using the reinstallation cd's