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Inspiron 2600 keeps crashing, XP Home SP2 reinstalled


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#1 thatguy418

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:10 AM

For several months I've been messing with this laptop. Posted other issues on here for it too. History: Laptop given to me from someone who got it from a customer as she was tired of it crashing, he took it as a work project, then gave to me saying don't keep anything important on it as it has a crash history and he hadn't figured it out. I don't have anything on it really, use it mostly for internet in other parts of the house or when away from home. Each time it crashed they ended up reinstalling OS. Dell won't help me because I don't know original owners name so they can't register it to me now.

It will work fine and have no problems, then when I go to boot it won't all of the sudden. It has given me BSOD in pasdt months, it has given the above files as missing or corrupt at varying times. This last time it said load needed DLLs for HAL. I researched online and tried to do recovery console, not advanced enough to know what to do once in there other than run the chkdsk r & p. So last night I gave up & reinstalled OS again, letting it run during night. THis morning I awoke to the screen msg of missing or corrupt ntoskrnl.exe which is the message I get the most.

I've seen a couple things online that it could be related to bad memory or bad video card. I upgraded memory in January, got it off ebay. Crashed a couple days later. When I got it back up & working I went online and tested memory, report was fine. A few times I've taken "new" memory out and stuck old one back in but no difference at boot attempt.

Can't log on to windows at all, not in safe mode or any other. Can get to BIOS and that is about it except I can hit F8 & access the screen it gives. I'm not well versed in terminology, no trainng in IT, just a end user. If it is my video card, can those even be replaced in a laptop?

Forever Grateful,

Thisguy418

P. S.
Here are links to other posts from prior problems, possibly related to current if interested: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/182983/laptop-wwin-xp-only-allows-me-to-go-to-run-computer-2/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/199556/windows-splash-to-black-screen-now-blue-screen/

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#2 OldGrumpyBastard

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:31 AM

Read this article:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/138692/xp-boot-fixes/

It may lead you to probable causes and solutions to your problem...
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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:43 AM

Thanks Grumpy. It seems to suggest that it is likely video driver related. I do recall updating all my drivers between crashes, it seems the computer said the currently installed video driver was the best choice or no updated one was available. Something to that effect. Since I am unable to get to safe mode now I can't even do what is suggested.

Are video cards replaceable in laptops?? A guy at Tiger Direct told me they were not.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 10:00 AM

As far as I know, motherboards for laptops have "onboard" video and sound...

You may be able to use the recovery console described in the link that I provided to run CHKDSK /R and other utilities that may help replace missing or corrupt files. You may even try running a Hard Drive diagnostic tool (usually found from the Hard Drive Manufacturers website) to rule something like that out.
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