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#1 sharpie

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:54 PM

someone gave me a dell inspiron 8600 with win xp. this thing takes 20 minutes to boot up, it wont connect to the internet with an ethernet cable or its wireless card even though it recognizes that there are wireless connections nearbye its really slow and it wont let me install any programs. i went and downloaded spybot and saved it to a flash drive using one of my other computers and i was able to get it on the laptop, but when i try to open it it says "Error sending request the server name or address could not be resolved."

Does anyone know how i can fix this beast?

Thank you for your time.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:24 PM

now when i plug in my flash drive it says power surge on hub port andit wont boot from a disk.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:25 PM

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 01:00 AM

Very simple answer
Format and reload.

Then you are guaranteed a pristine installation of Windows.
You never know what the person before you did and it is a perfectly good system
Probably infected with viruses and malware would be my bet.
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 03:51 AM

tried those suggestions, but i still cant boot from a cd.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 12:28 PM

Maybe CD Drive need to replace, but you could create a bootable USB Flash Drive that contains WinXP Installation.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 05:44 PM

tried those suggestions, but i still cant boot from a cd.



Have you tried pressing F12 when the Dell logo appears at turn on to get to the Boot Menu if that doesn't work try F2 when the Dell logo appears and set the boot order, Much less common is pressing the Del key for the bios options if F2 does not work.

It is old enough that if the CD drive is bad a local computer repair shop may sell you one cheap.

[attachment=114112:Dell_Inspiron_8600_15.4_cd_drive.jpg]

This drive is very common on older Dell laptops and SX280 desktops and even Optiplex 745 SFF desktops. Easy to take out. One screw on the bottom and press that button that is shown sticking out. drive installed it isn't sticking out and it gets pressed to release the drive and the drive just pulls out at that point.

You can also get a second battery that fits into the drive bay replacing the cdrom and giving longer battery life and last time I looked those were cheap on the internet.

Edited by rotor123, 15 December 2011 - 05:45 PM.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 06:14 PM

Exactly what cd are you trying to boot from?
Maybe the cd itself isnt bootable.
All genuine Windows XP cd's are.

Will the cd drive ready any disc from inside of Windows?

You could spend days cleaning up the system but a clean install is the best way to go imo.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:33 AM

One other possibility is that you have a CD-Rom drive and are trying to boot from a DVD disc.

XP Came on CDs whereas Vista and Windows 7 are on DVDs.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 03:00 PM

Hello sharpie,

Have you tried this:


Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec

1) Turn on the computer. During the boot process, a blue bar with www.dell.com appears at the top of the screen.

2) Immediately upon seeing the blue bar, press <Ctrl><F11>. If you do not press <Ctrl><F11> in time, let the computer finish restarting, and then restart the computer again.
(NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with PC Restore, click Reboot in the following step).

3) On the next screen that appears, click Restore.

4) On the next screen, click Confirm. The restore process takes approximately 6–10 minutes to complete.

5) When prompted, click Finish to reboot the computer.
NOTE: Do not manually shut down the computer. Click Finish and let the computer completely reboot.

6) When prompted, click Yes.

The computer restarts. Because the computer is restored to its original operating state, the screens that appear, such as the End User License Agreement, are the same ones that appeared the first time the computer was turned on.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 07:52 PM

Maybe CD Drive need to replace, but you could create a bootable USB Flash Drive that contains WinXP Installation.

i dont think its the cd drive because i was able to boot a linux live cd. where would i get the usb flash drive that contains the windows xp installation?

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:36 PM

You cant.
It is something that you make with a genuine XP cd

Exactly what CD were you booting to in order to install XP?
What does it say on the label?

I asked that once before. Please answer
The more information you can give us the better everyone will be able to assist you.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:38 PM

i was able to load xp pro on the laptop. comes in a blue pack. it was one of the ones in my collection.

Edited by sharpie, 19 December 2011 - 06:39 PM.


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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:55 PM

GLad you got it working!
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Posted 22 December 2011 - 12:42 PM

so now it has a fresh install of win xp, but the ethernet port still isn't working properly. i tested the cable on a diff. computer and it worked fine so i know its not that. also i've seemed to have lost my wireless connection. i can't even find the symbol after i reinstalled win xp.




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