My mini recently decided to refuse to defrag properly as there was insuffient memory available.
I have xp o/s 8gb model. roughly 13 months old.
after freeing up the required 20% it told me i nedded the utility still would not run.
I decided to reinstall xp, however, using the dell disk supplied it offered me an upgrade option which would save my files and settings,
I thought Great!! just what i need.
Upon finishing the install the computer informed me that before i could continue i would have to validate on line, it would not let me log in til this had
My mini then refused to do anything else, i tried many restarts but to no avail.
In the end by deliberatly crashing my mini i got in to safe mode with administrator rights, all other options were not available until validation.
I determined from the device manager that all my adapters were disabled, i re enabled them plugged in an ethernet cable and found that, yes....
in safe mode no internet connx is possible, so i restarted thinking it would connect automatically and validate. no.......................
Any ideas people?
i wish this was the only problem, after several more restarts and a new reinstall (complete this time) i was still stuck on validation.
Now the system refuses to find windows at all. i can boot up into dianostics, the mini tells me it cannot read some bad sectors
i have a thought that maybe i can reformat the entire drive back to factory settings, Is this possible, what tools would i need?
mini does still boot from usb and ext cd/dvd i have used one tool to boot from flash stick to look at the hard drive. the small partition 39 mb containing
i assume the dianostics is available but beyond that the hard disk seems impentrable.
i tried one last time to reinstall XP executive but this know fails as it tells me i cannot install on the partition or delete the partition or make a new partition.
Sorry to waffle on for so long
just wanted to cover all the bases.
Any help or pointers would be greatfully received. i have read many of the posts on here for mini 9100 so am hesitant to use the cover i have available and return
the mini to dell. also if this happens again outside my cover i would most certainly be back to square one.
Would much rather learn now, thanks again
Have read the above posts, if i get a larger ssd
can i put it straight in, and can i get rid of xp and go straight for a Win 7 install?
would the win 7 be a special copy for ther mini, or is it just reliant on my getting the right drivers?