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Manual reinstall Vista OS


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#1 SamsW

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 01:52 PM

I'm trying to reinstall Vista OS on Dell XPS M1530.  I have all the disks.  I printed the reinstallation instructions from Dell; I've wiped the partitions, designated new partitions.  When inserting the Vista 32 bit OS disk, the screen says "hit any key to begin...". I do that and nothing seems to happen.  The optical drive stops; only the fan remains running.  I leave it alone for a couple hours but nothing seems to happen.  What am I missing?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 02:16 PM

Hello, and Welcome

 

The disk may be bad. Try this. Tap F12 at boot with the disk in the optical drive. A boot menu should appear. Select the Optical Drive and see if the disk boots.



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Posted 26 December 2014 - 02:28 PM

I tried the F12, boot from CD/DVD Drive. That's when I get the "Strike any key to begin..." message. I also changed the BIOS to first boot from CD/DVD Drive. When I hit any key, nothing seems to happen. How long should I wait?

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 02:36 PM

It should be immediate. You can order install disks from Dell for a nominal cost, I think it's $20. Did you wipe all partitions including the Dell Recovery Partition? If the link does not work, you can call Customer Service.



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Posted 26 December 2014 - 02:49 PM

Thank you!

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 04:56 PM

Hello.

 

Not sure if you will be back to see this or not but my guess is the Master Boot Record on your drive is borked.  There are many reasons that can cause this to happen.  If you can boot to your install disk and get to a windows DOS prompt.  Try this.

 

Fdisk /MBR

 

Then run chkdsk /f

 

Then run Fdisk /MBR again

 

Sometimes this isn't enough and the boot record is totally messed up.  In this case you can try and get a copy of gwscan and use the utility to ' write zeros to drive '

 

Since you are trying to do a clean install and have deleted the partitions already you wont be surprised that none of your files are still on the drive.

 

Good Luck hope this helps






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