dell inspiron 1501 wont boot
Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:20 PM
Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:56 PM
When you boot to the Advanced Boot Options (where you can select Safe Mode), choose "Last Known Good Configuration" and see if it will boot normally.
Posted 03 February 2009 - 10:28 PM
As your machine is a brand name computer like Dell, HP, etc...please provide us with the make and model number.
Do you have your XP installation cd?
Posted 03 February 2009 - 10:32 PM
The Dell disk should contain Recovery Console. Boot to that disk and do the following:
At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press R to start Recovery Console. Choose the installation to be repaired by number (usually 1) and press "Enter".
When you are asked for the Administrator password, leave it blank and press "Enter".
At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r and press "Enter". (Note the space before /r) The disk check operation will start.
This will be a very thorough check of the hard drive and the file system...be patient and let it complete. It may appear to hang or even back up a few times...this is normal. 60 to 90 minutes is not unusual for this check...it may take longer in some cases.
Once the check completes and you are back at the command prompt, type exit and press "Enter". Let your computer attempt to boot normally to Windows.
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