Posted 05 February 2009 - 03:29 PM
Dell 2550 with XP Home SP3.
Worked fine until power outage. Now it will boot past splash screen, but gives error message offering several options: SAFE, SAFE with COMMAND, LAST WORKING...etc. None actually loads WINDOWS. The best option is SAFE with COMMAND, but that only loads dozens of .sys files and then stalls.
Can read BIOS, changed boot sequence to boot from CD
CD player works, and when XP INSTALL disc runs, I get "WINDOWS SETUP", and at the bottom of the bluescreen, I see dozens of WINDOWS files loading, but this too locks up and nothing happens.
Stumbled upon a DELL diagnostic option and ran all the tests( took about an hour) and I got one error message:
Error Code 3B00:0788
Bootstrap checksum: expected 009Fh
Since I have no idea what that means, I am hoping someone here does.