Posted 12 July 2009 - 11:02 AM
i have a dell inspiron model 2650. it takes a ridiculously long time to load, then tends to freeze whenever it wants. it's an old laptop, but i would like to get it in working condition again. it used to run fine and with an upgrade in RAM, would be acceptable as an extra pc. i want to re-install windows xp and start from scratch. ( i don't believe in registry repair software which i had suggested to me). also system restore was no help. i went into set-up to change the start-up and have the cd-rom go 1st, but when i put the original OS disk (i've tried the re_install disk that came with it, and the driver disk) in the drive, it either spins and does nothing, or it reads the disk, then just freezes, or crashes. i thought about using an external cd-rom(dvd) drive, but the laptop doesn't recognize the USB drives now either. any ideas on how to re-install things on it?
Pentium 4 1.7/1.2 GHz
128 RAM (512 MB RAM max. will upgrade RAM if rest works)
Windows XP home edition service pk2
BIOS version A05
Toshiba DVD_ROM SD_c2612_(S
pt2 i also tried going to dells website to download their diagnostics software. when i did it said i needed windows.net when i download that, it cannot complete installing it. so no luck on diagnostics, any and all help appreciated