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Dell Inspiron 1200 Running XP Won't Boot Up


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#1 EducatedGuess

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 12:14 AM

I have an older Dell Inspiron 1200 running on XP.  Today I did a hard boot and it won't restart.  It goes to the black and white screen with the options for Safe Mode, Last Known Config, and Start Windows Normally.  I tried all of the choices and it goes around and around and returns to the same screen endlessly.

 

I noticed that there is a BRIEF flash of the blue screen for checking the disc but it then goes back to the endless restarts.  

 

Do I need to go into BIOS and reboot from disc?

 

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#2 EducatedGuess

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 01:20 AM

Answering my own question...

 

After posting above, I did a little research through Google and came upon the link below from this website.  I cannot start in SAFE MODE or any other mode, and I was able to get the error message: Unmountable Boot Volume.  Here's the link:

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/454775/computer-wont-boot-up-not-even-in-safe-mode/

 

I don't have any important files I will lose, since I back up everything, but just in terms of time I would prefer a recovery versus an entire reformat.  Is this possible, or does it sound like I have a bad hard drive?

 

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 11:04 AM

Unmountable boot volume errors in XP can generally be resolved by running the chkdsk /r command from the XP recovery console (or suitable substitute).

 

ARCDC How To - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic380303.html

 

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