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#1 wilbarman1

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 09:18 AM

I HAVE AN INSPIRON 6400 LAPTOP NOT VERY OLD----WHEN POWER IS SWITCHED ON IT SAYS WINDOWS FAILED TO START.I GET A SCREEN TO LAUNCH STARTUP REPAIR WHICH RUNS AND THEN SAYS CANNOT FIX THIS PROBLEM.
THE COMPUTER DISPLAY IS FINE----WILL COME ON WHEN MEDIA DIRECT IS PRESSED BUT WINDOWS WILL NOT START UP. IT STILL WONT START IN ANY OF THE SAFE MODE OPTIONS EITHER.
ANY IDEAS ANYONE?

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 09:48 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

Please try to refrain from using all capital letters in posts, as that can be construed as shouting at the reader. :thumbsup:

The problem that you may be having is your hard drive in this laptop is either failing, or your CMOS battery has died and is no longer keeping the BIOS settings needed for normal boot up.

Did you by any chance still have the disks that came with this laptop?

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:00 AM

Thanks for the advice----I do not have any disks for this----please explain what the CMOS battery is.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:11 AM

A CMOS battery is what saves your computers settings after it is powered off and disconnected from its power supply.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6121561_replace-cm...ell-laptop.html

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:49 PM

Vista version of Windows?

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