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Dell boot problem

by hexter / March 28, 2005 1:57 AM PST

I posted this in the computer help forum and was told to maybe try this forum because it may be an XP problem. I have a Dell 4300 desktop with a problem. I am running XP Home. I just moved and before I started everything up I wanted to run the new beta spyware software from Microsoft. I downloaded it fine and ran it. After it ran I went to restart it and from there the problem started. When I turn it on now, it gets to the XP screen and goes into a seperate screen that says "checking file system on c: The type of the file system is fat32. It also says if I want to bypass this check hit any key. If I do hit another key it just sets there and does nothing. If I let it countdown it stops at 6 seconds and still does nothing. Is there anything I can do to take care of this problem. I also tried to go into safe mode but the screen just stays black and nothing happens. Thanks for any help.

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First, find your XP CD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2005 2:05 AM PST
In reply to: Dell boot problem

It has a repair option that may help.

What? You write in the other post " I do not have a reboot disk. I have moved and it has been lost. " Sadly, you need the OS CD to affect repairs.

Bob

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Dell boot problem
by Henry44 / March 28, 2005 9:44 AM PST
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the way Dell coducts piracy it unbelilevable.
This would be not only the problem you could encounter wtih Dell computers.
What i did is booted with ME windows boot disc.
4th obtions on FDISK shows two partions
one "uknown" = dell created fat partion for it's own use. and another which is your parttion.
remove the dell's one and if you do not have partion magic 8.. remove also your own.
turn off PC , start again install new partition, make it active, turn off pC start again, then format the disc normal way... install into your PC whatever you fency...no more problems, i promisse!!!!!!!

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Giving up
by hexter / March 29, 2005 1:01 AM PST
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I tried everything with no success. Maybe I will try and put in a new hard drive. I have the the XP disk that came with the computer. With what I read I will have to reinstall XP when I install the new hard drive. Thanks for all the help.

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Do not be surprised if
by tcantrelln / March 29, 2005 1:16 AM PST
In reply to: Giving up

Your Dell CD is of as much use as a scratched coaster- I no longer accept Dells for repair / resurrection if all the EU has is a Dell CD or the hidden repair partition....

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