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Repair with CDROM drive

Need to repair a friend's Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop OS, WinXP Home Edition SP2. Internal CDROM drive not working.
Appears to boot normally, but when logon screen or desktop should appear I only get a functioning mouse pointer. Ctrl-Alt-Del not functional.
Am able to start in Safe mode and CD drive is visible but not working (when Explore-ing drive it asks to have CD inserted).
External (USB) CD drive available but cannot boot from external drive.
Am able to link to my desktop and copy files (about 14 System32 dlls that I believe are corrupt), but cannot overwrite five of the dlls in Windows/System32 because they 'are in use', I presume but Windows Safe mode.
My friend may get me his installation CD, but if I cannot boot from a CD, how can I "Repair' the OS?

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In reply to: Repair with CDROM drive

Laptop CDROM drives have been spotted for as little as 7 bucks. You must ask yourself if this is worth that much. Check and and get a new drive.

Any other method has resulted in far too much pain.


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In reply to: Repair with CDROM drive

If it were a Mac you could do it, but PCs don't have this ability.

Best thing to do, would be to have your friend just buy a new DVD-ROM drive. It'll cost anywhere from 20-40USD most places, and it will make everyone's life easier.

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