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#1 Geoff_B

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:36 PM

Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/476828/win-7-dell-inspiron-1545-wont-get-past-repair-screen/ Hamluis.

 

 

I have a similar problem. My Dell Inspiron 1545, with Windows 7, during the boot up process, all I ever get is the option to either start normally or launch repair! Using F8 I can get various options, Start Normally, Safe Mode, Start from last known good configuration etc. Using these options (or the ones I understand) always brings me back to "start normally or launch repair". I have also tried CRTL+F11 at the Dell logo but nothing happens - apart from returning to "start normally etc. Where to now? If I can get a command prompt (and how to I do that), what command line would I type in to obtain the recovery/repair functions?

 

The computer was bought secondhand from ebay and did not come with any disks.

 

Geoff


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:37 AM

Hi Geoff_B

 

Please start a new topic. If you can remember any particular reason to this happen mention it also in the new topic. (hardware or software addition, sudden shutdown etc)  



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 02:28 PM

Ok, my apologies Anshad Edavana.

 

Just thought it ran along with similar problems already expressed by other posters about their Dell Inspiron 1545.

 

It is not my computer (belongs to a friend and she asked me for my help) and she did not recall any "unusual" event prior to this failure to boot correctly into Windows. I have let the computer carry out a self diagnostic hardware test that showed no hardware problems. The hard drive was removed (then placed into a cradle) connected it to my desktop system and I copied off all data from Documents, Pictures etc for her. Now I need a way to repair or restore from the hard drive.



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 06:46 PM

Windows 7 repair disc is the first port of call... failing that, the system image discs that may have been created when the computer was first set up, will solve this in a flash.



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 11:24 PM

Windows 7 repair disc is the first port of call... failing that, the system image discs that may have been created when the computer was first set up, will solve this in a flash.

 

Thank you for your interest but - "The computer was bought secondhand from ebay and did not come with any disks."



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 11:32 PM

Hi

 

Before attempting any software repairs, make sure the hardware parts are in good shape. This can be done by running built in diagnostics. Follow the below steps.

 

1 ) When powering on the laptop keep pressing F12 until you see a boot options menu.

 

2 ) Select "Diagnostics" from the menu and press enter to start. Now it will begin a short test and report if any problems it found. If no problem are found it will ask your permission to run an extended test which thoroughly test your RAM, HDD and CPU.

 

If the hardware in good shape, we can begin the OS repair steps. 



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:19 AM

 

Windows 7 repair disc is the first port of call... failing that, the system image discs that may have been created when the computer was first set up, will solve this in a flash.

 

Thank you for your interest but - "The computer was bought secondhand from ebay and did not come with any disks."

 

Sure, Windows repair discs are standard though, not computer customized generally. here's a link where you can download them.

 

https://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/

 

feel free to diagnose your hardware first though... no harm done. But the symptoms sound like a broken OS.


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:14 AM

Hi

 

Here is the user manual of Inspiration 1545 - ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/esuprt_inspiron_laptop/inspiron-1545_setup%20guide_en-us.pdf

 

Refer page 45 of the guide to know how to restore the system to factory condition. Instructions in the manual are for Vista but the same applies to Win 7. Your HDD should contain a "Recovery" partition to restore the  factory image. 

 

 

Dell Factory Image Restore
 
1. Turn on the computer. 
 
2. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> 
several times to access the  Advanced 
Boot Options Window.
 
3. Select Repair Your Computer.
The System Recovery Options window appears.
 
4. Select a keyboard layout and click Next.
 
5. To access the recovery options, log on as a 
local user. To access the command prompt, 
type administrator in the User name
field, then click OK.

 

 

6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore. The Dell 
Factory Image Restore welcome screen 
appears.
NOTE: Depending upon your configuration, 
you may need to select Dell Factory Tools, 
then Dell Factory Image Restore.
 
7. Click Next. The Confirm Data Deletion
screen appears. 
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with 
Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
 
8. Click the check box to confirm that you want 
to continue reformatting the hard drive and 
restoring the system software to the factory 
condition, then click Next.
 
The restore process begins and may take 
five or more minutes to complete. A message 
appears when the operating system and 
factory-installed applications have been 
restored to factory condition. 
 
9. Click Finish to reboot the system


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 05:36 AM

Hi

 

Before attempting any software repairs, make sure the hardware parts are in good shape. This can be done by running built in diagnostics. Follow the below steps.

 

1 ) When powering on the laptop keep pressing F12 until you see a boot options menu.

 

2 ) Select "Diagnostics" from the menu and press enter to start. Now it will begin a short test and report if any problems it found. If no problem are found it will ask your permission to run an extended test which thoroughly test your RAM, HDD and CPU.

 

If the hardware in good shape, we can begin the OS repair steps. 

 

I have run the built in diagnostic. No hardware problems.

 

Thank also for the link to the User Manual. Have downloaded.



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 05:37 AM

 

 

Windows 7 repair disc is the first port of call... failing that, the system image discs that may have been created when the computer was first set up, will solve this in a flash.

 

Thank you for your interest but - "The computer was bought secondhand from ebay and did not come with any disks."

 

Sure, Windows repair discs are standard though, not computer customized generally. here's a link where you can download them.

 

https://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/

 

feel free to diagnose your hardware first though... no harm done. But the symptoms sound like a broken OS.

 

 

Thank you for the link for a system repair disk.



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 05:42 AM

Being night time here in Australia, I will take all the advice given and set about repairing/restoring the computer, tomorrow, after a good nights rest. Will let you all know when successful  :thumbup2:



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 06:12 AM

Peace:
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:02 PM

 

Hi

 

Here is the user manual of Inspiration 1545 - ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/esuprt_inspiron_laptop/inspiron-1545_setup%20guide_en-us.pdf

 

Refer page 45 of the guide to know how to restore the system to factory condition. Instructions in the manual are for Vista but the same applies to Win 7. Your HDD should contain a "Recovery" partition to restore the  factory image. 

 

 

Dell Factory Image Restore
 
1. Turn on the computer. 
 
2. When the Dell logo appears, press <F8> 
several times to access the  Advanced 
Boot Options Window.
 
3. Select Repair Your Computer.
The System Recovery Options window appears.
 
4. Select a keyboard layout and click Next.
 
5. To access the recovery options, log on as a 
local user. To access the command prompt, 
type administrator in the User name
field, then click OK.

 

 

6. Click Dell Factory Image Restore. The Dell 
Factory Image Restore welcome screen 
appears.
NOTE: Depending upon your configuration, 
you may need to select Dell Factory Tools, 
then Dell Factory Image Restore.
 
7. Click Next. The Confirm Data Deletion
screen appears. 
NOTICE: If you do not want to proceed with 
Factory Image Restore, click Cancel.
 
8. Click the check box to confirm that you want 
to continue reformatting the hard drive and 
restoring the system software to the factory 
condition, then click Next.
 
The restore process begins and may take 
five or more minutes to complete. A message 
appears when the operating system and 
factory-installed applications have been 
restored to factory condition. 
 
9. Click Finish to reboot the system

 

 

Unfortunately, when I select Advanced Boot Options | Repair Your Computer it brings me straight back to "start normally or launch repair". :smash:



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:33 PM

I think I need to download a system repair disc from neosmart.  Any comments anyone?



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Posted 24 May 2013 - 11:06 PM

:bananas:  Computer working again after using Neosmart system repair disk.

 

Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments.






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