A friend gave me a Dell Vostro 2510, he replaced. He said it didn't work, he thought it was a hard drive failure or motherboard fried, but he replaced it and gave it to me with the words, If you can fix it, it's yours...
I have spent hours reading forums, at Dell and Microsoft, and trying to recall the old DOS commands I learned years ago, etc... I have the factory disc's that came with the machine. When I try to re-install or repair the Vista Business OS 32 bit, it gets as far as "Load Drivers - insert disc" and then it just stalls there. The progress bar bar keeps "moving" but the machine just stays there at that window and does nothing. I finally stumbled onto the command prompt from there. When I move up in directories, I get to "X" drive. When I run a dir on that, it lists a dir that looks like a Windows OS directory but here I can't seem to do much. I can see 2 drives I think "root" directories ".." and "..." (am not at the machine right now, but as I recall, in every DOS system structure there are two directories listed as "." or "..") etc..? Then a dir for Windows. In Windows there is what looks like all the files you would expect to find. I haven't itemized the list yet... I asked him later and he finally confessed that he did a reinstall, screwed it up, he reformatted the disc, installed the OS in one partition, seems he used it for awhile then he said it "told me it was full... and I couldn't get it to reinstall or work anymore." More or less his words. I can't seem to find any partitions on the drive, or any other data.. Could this be a Master Boot Record failure??
This is where I sit now. I can't seem to make a System Boot or Repair or anything disc from it. How can I reformat, partition, or whatever I need to do to reinstall the Windows Vista Business 32 bit OS from the original factory disc's? Once I get it up and running, I may upgrade to 7 Home Premium 64 bit like my 2 HP's or leave it. I don't know of the advantages that I would get keeping the Business Vista but will look into that later. First, to get it working!!
I have a variety of tools on a USB stick, I know how to find others and download them if you ask me to, or any of the ones here... I do have somewhat of a "beginner's Intermediate" to "Intermediate" understanding of computers. Due to health I had to give up my Hobbies and such for the last 10 years or so, but it does come back as I use it and am reminded of things by others. I have and am, doing a major repair job on my HP Pavillion 6815, and am working from/using a new HP G62 now. All these systems have dual core, 3GB ram specs, and the Dell is probably 2?? years old.
Much gratefulness in advance
Edited by mike0921, 25 February 2011 - 04:45 PM.