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Hi - I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 running Vista Home Premium and won't boot up properly.
It started by just refusing to boot and giving a message saying BOOTMNR missing.
I downloaded the recovery .iso and now it boots up to the desktop - but with no icons except the Recycle Bin.
There are no programmes on the Start menu - even all the basic Vista ones - completely blank!
What I have noticed is that it doesn't blink the HD light at all during booting. Nor can I load any progs on it because Explorer isn't there.
However, if I press F2 at startup and look at devices it shows the HD. I have another HD and it correctly sees that too (different size).
It looks like the comp sees the HD but Windows doesn't.
I tried loading XP from CD but it says no hard drive is present.
XP CD probably cannot see the hard drive due its being a sata drive you would need to load the sata drivers from a floppy at the F6 prompt during install.
If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.
1/ Start your PC
2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again
3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key
4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear
5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter
6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button
7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK
8/ The recovery options should now appear
* Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
* System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
* Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
* Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
* Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window
9/ Click on the Option you require and follow the onscreen prompts
Sorry chaps - the .iso I referred to is a CD disc image that gives the repair/rebuild functions you refer to. I've done all that and got it to the desktop - but there's no 'Windows' behind it (meaning that it's loaded either from memory and/or from the image).
The real problem is that the C drive seems to be invisible. Motherboard failure; controller corrupted; lost driver?
As I said - at no time does the comp blink the C drive light - even during boot up.
If c drive ded then I wouldn't epect you to get as far as a desktop.
* Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window
Ran chkdsk/f and it reported completed successfully. Trouble is it also said No of drives=0 !!
I took the drive out and put it on a disc reader on another laptop. I can see the drive and its contents - so it is readable. I can even see the Repair.exe file. Trouble is the Dell can't.
Is there any other way I can connect the C drive to the comp? If I can then perhaps I can run the Repair prog.
Check BIOS that drives are enabled NAd IDE and SATA controllers are enabled.
You can run the repair on the drive if you have i attached to anothermachine But the drive letter will be different.
Bios says drives are AHCI (default)
I tried changing boot sequence to USB storage device and put the drive on the USB port - but it didn't work (possibly the USB isn't powered up or, because Vista isn't really running, it can't run the drive).
Now, is there any way I can copy the complete repair image onto a CD using another comp and then run that via the CD drive?
I'm a bit out of my depth now so instructions should be simple.
Also just ran the diagnostics - it's thrown up an error message 2000-0142. HD1 self test unsuccessful. Staus 74.
Any help to you?
You cannot boot into vista from a USB drive (not without a lot of work anyway :0()
"2000-0142. HD1 self test unsuccessful. Staus 74."
The drive is failing badly, you need to replace it. With the drive as slave or in a USB caddy attached to another machine, backup all your data before it fails completely.
If you can borrow a VISTA DVD you can install vista on your new drive using the serial number on your machine.
I have an XP Pro CD complete with Serial number - but if I put the new drive in and boot from the XP CD it says 'no C drive present'. I expect a Vista CD will do the same.
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