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Default my dell mini wont start up - 01-19-2010, 10:30 PM

My dell mini 9 now wont start up at all. It freezes and when I try to start it in safe mode it just shows a screen full of data but doesn't start.
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Default 01-20-2010, 05:00 PM

Which OS do you have installed? What shows on the screen?


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Default windows xp - 01-22-2010, 07:37 PM

after i start up the screen just goes to 'windows starting up' with the cursor frozen in the centre of the screen... other times it just freezes on a blank screen... as i mentioned earlier safe mode doesn't work...

i'm lost... thanks for your help...

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Which OS do you have installed? What shows on the screen?
i've been told by dell that i might need a new hard drive, but am hoping that this isn't the case...
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Cool 01-22-2010, 09:44 PM

you wanna try to reload windows, create a setup windows USB stick and try to boot to that and reload windows...if that doesnt work its probably your HD, but make sure that the USB stick is bootable by trying it in another system first, if the stick boots in the other system and doesnt in the Mini, your hard drive is shot....

PS. dont forget to boot into the BIOS by hitting F12,F2, 0 whatever it is on your system and make sure that you are booting from Legacy USB..


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Default 01-23-2010, 01:10 AM

Can anyone suggest how I could create a windows setup usb. I have been hit with the dreaded blue screen and I am hoping that a reinstallation of the OS will fix it and I dont have to send my mini back to dell for a new HDD.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Default 01-23-2010, 01:21 AM

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Can anyone suggest how I could create a windows setup usb. I have been hit with the dreaded blue screen and I am hoping that a reinstallation of the OS will fix it and I dont have to send my mini back to dell for a new HDD.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
One possibility is WinToFlash:

WinToFlash - Install Windows from usb - Home page

I'm sure there are other ways as well.
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Question Why not... - 01-23-2010, 09:11 PM

Instead of going through all of the hassle of creating a bootable flash drive, why not try the built-in Dell restore function?

<ctrl>+F11 when you see the Dell logo on boot. It should take you to the PC restore. If it doesn't, yes, your drive is probably bad. You may need to try it a couple of times.
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Default 01-23-2010, 09:22 PM

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Instead of going through all of the hassle of creating a bootable flash drive, why not try the built-in Dell restore function?

<ctrl>+F11 when you see the Dell logo on boot. It should take you to the PC restore. If it doesn't, yes, your drive is probably bad. You may need to try it a couple of times.
Mini 9s don't have restore partitions.

If you need to get data off of it and have another computer available, I would suggest making a "live" Ubuntu USB memory stick. You can boot off of it, and assuming the SSD is still readable you may be able to copy data to the stick to preserve it.

Otherwise, you need to either get an external USB CD-ROM to boot the Windows XP CD to do a repair install, or do the same with a bootable USB memory stick.


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