My Mother's dimension 2400 had a bug and my sister in-law decided to "fix" it. Well she failed and I was called. I tried the "control+ f11" combo to invoke the restore partition, only to realize that by using the generic XP Install disk she had wiped away the Dell Master Boot record on the hard drive making the Restore function unavailable.
Is there any way to restore the MBR to what it was? A Dell download, perhaps?. If not, What manual steps do I need to run the restore utilityty on the hidden partition?
Once you have altered the MBR the factory restore function for all intent and purpose is done for. there is somewhere in the board a lenghty way to try an rebuild it but you need a working system to do that.
What you need to do now is a clean install using the reinstall disk.
Not sure how messed up it is but you could try are repair reinstall first and keep your fingers crossed it works.
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Thank yuo for the reply!
The Dell MBR only directs the computer to the hidden partition and runs the image restore utility. There has to be a way to manual run the restore utility from a dos prompt. I realize you would have to unhide the partition, but it has to be possible.
If any one is interested, I found the answer.
Thanks to: http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/recover.htm
Manually Restoring the Ghost Image (DSR-DOS)
Do not use c:\bat\recover.bat. This is a script file to run recover.exe without
user intervention while within the DSR environment. Since you are not letting DSR
go through it's normal system pre-checks, it is unwise to let recover.exe run without
The restored Windows partition will startup the next time the computer is booted.
Search google for Dell Dsrfix burn the iso to a cd then boot to it and type dsrfix to check, and dsrfix /f to repair. This is much simpler than the above fix. Sorry for the simple answer, it has been a while since I did it.