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#1 BNDAZ

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 05:14 PM

Just ran a repair install on a Dell Vostro 1500.

Everything went as expected, but the system is asking me to enter a password for the new account name i created, i hadn't entered a password so i just hit enter and am meet with the following:

The system cannot log you in due to the following error:
The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted

please try again or contact your system administrator.

Ive tried safe mode, and log in in to admin account same result.
I ran a windows password recovery disk i have and it shows the account password as being empty...

What might be happening here?

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#2 Baltboy

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 08:14 AM

What the error means is that it is looking for a domain controller for a domain specified. Apparently you arent ona domain setup so expand the log in box using advanced. If a domain is listed in the lowest box change it to local logon to access the computer. Oncw you are in then go to the computer name and make sure the computer is set for a workgroup and not a domain.
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Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:41 PM

I dont see where or how i can expand the log in box "using advanced".

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then if i type in any or no password i get this:

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Edited by BNDAZ, 26 May 2011 - 04:35 PM.


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Posted 27 May 2011 - 08:07 AM

You are probably using the welcome screen to log in??? If so you need to hit ctrl-alt-delete several times. This should take you to the old style or domain style log in. There you should have the ability to do what was in my last post.
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Posted 27 May 2011 - 01:58 PM

ctrl alt del gets me to this:
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actually it has three choices Ok Cancel Options, if i click on Options i get the screen you see above.
No choice for "advanced"

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 02:07 PM

What proceedure did you use to do the repair install?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 02:23 PM

i changed boot order in BIOS to boot from CD
inserted the disk and rebooted
choose the installation i wanted to repair
hit R and let it go
when it was done i ended up where i am at now.

i think i am just going to try a complete reinstall.

Edited by BNDAZ, 27 May 2011 - 02:27 PM.


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Posted 27 May 2011 - 02:28 PM

Might be the easiest thing to do.
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 02:37 PM

yes, going to do that, have to DL the drivers, ill post back when im done, make take a day or two, not a huge priority at the moment.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:54 AM

Sorry I options was the button I was talking about. Usually when you click on that it should show a third box below password which is where you could select the domain or local logon.
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