Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:50 AM
I wanted a new laptop but I can't afford one right now, so, I figured the next best thing to a new computer was to just wipe the hard drive clean and reload the software that came with it and bingo, just like it was fresh out of the box 4 years ago. Unfortunately, I'm not a computer expert and I must have missed an important step somewhere along the line. I have a 4-year old Dell laptop that was running really slow and was just loaded with too many programs, etc. And, I think it was infected with someone because Outlook kept crashing and loosing my data.
Here's what I did after I backed up my documents and pictures:
1. Downloaded Disk Kill, burned the CD and ran it (probably my first mistake) : )
2. Popped in my Reinstallation DVD with the OS on it that came with the computer. So far everything is running smoothly.
I had the desktop back everything fine and looking good except the display and fonts looked kinda off and blurry.
3. This is where I think I goofed. I popped in the "Drivers and Utilities" reinstallation DVD and loaded it to the same
partition of the disk where I had just installed the OS. Was I suppose to create a separate partition for the drivers?
Before I cleaned the HD, it looked like this:
* Primary Unknown (2)
* Dell Restore (2)
Now I just have a large "C" hard drive (100,000) with a small unallocated of about 14,000.
I seem to recall that there were 3 different partitions: Fat 16, Fat 32, and NTFS. Now I think I
only have NTFS.
What happens when I boot up the computer now is I see the blue Windows XP page and then instead
of going to my desktop like before, it goes to a black screen that says:
"PXE-E61 Media Test Failure"
"PXE- MOF Exiting Broadcom PXE Rom"
I've tried to reboot in SAFE MODE a few times by tapping the F8 key at start-up and even that doesn't work.
I sure hope someone can help me as I'm all out of ideas and don't know what I did wrong. And,
a computer shop in town will probably charge me what a new laptop would have cost. Yes, I probably bit
off more than I could chew but after reading posts about how easy it was to refresh your computer I figured
I could do it, mistake number 2...
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions as I'm not sure what to do now.