boot code : Y
disk-id : N
partition table : N
write MBR sector now : Y
You will now see: MBR sector restored successfully
that's it my friend, you have done it.
Now remove the floppy disk, reboot your PC, and when you see the blue Dell logo at boot up, just keep the Control key pressed down and once a second tap the F11 key.
The restore page will now open up.
Congratulations, and good luck.
From John in Louisville, Colorado
I am a PC Consultant, and happy to help people in trouble.
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To test F11 functionality after you finish all above procedures, you must turn OFF your PC and re-boot cold. If you just restart your PC, the F11 function will most likely NOT WORK.To all users who do NOT have a floppy drive, you will need an iso file to make a CD boot disk.You can download the Windows 98 SE boot iso file from here:
then use your CD burning software to burn this iso file on a CD.You must also burn the files that are in the "dsrfix.zip" to a CD so you can be able to use them after you boot up with the new Windows 98 boot CD.
Added on Nov. 16, 2006 **** for users who do not have floppy drive ****
I have created an ISO file that includes the Windows 98 boot files, PLUS a folder "dsrfix"that includes all the files listed above. Just burn this ISO to a CD, and boot your PC with it. Dell PCs now allows you to boot from CD drive at boot time (when you see Dell logo) by clicking on F12 key, and choose the option to boot from CD.
Download this ISO file from here: http://www.filecrunch.com/file/45o
After booting, notice the CD drive letter, for example you may see that it is "D" drive. Type:
D: then type: cd dsrfix to be in this directory (folder) to do above mentioned operations.
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Thank you Denny.
I do appreciate your kind compliment.
I think it did not work because you were not in a true DOS environment.
Regarding those users who don't have floppy drives, you can buy a USB external floppy drive from Dell, it is only about $25, you can buy it here:
USB External Floppy Drive
Or do the following:
Run the "boot98se.exe" file to create the floppy boot disk.
Copy all the files from this boot disk to a new folder which you would call DosBoot.
Create an additional folder within DosBoot and call it DSRFIX, and copy the four files from "dsrfix.zip" into this folder.
Now burn all the files in the "DosBoot" directory on a CDR. Make sure you burn what is inside this directory only. Do not burn if you see DosBoot folder on the CD.
You want to burn ONLY all the boot files only, and the DSRFIX folder.
Make sure your PC Bios is setup properly to allow cd bootup.
Put this newly burned CD in your CD drive and reboot.
After booting, change to the DSRFIX folder on this same CD.
To change, type:
A:\ cd dsrfix (even though you are reading a CD the drive letter will be "A" because of the boot files)
Now follow my previous instructions to update your MBR.
Message Edited by JohnUSA on 07-06-2005 11:59 PM
Message Edited by JohnUSA on 07-07-2005 12:06 AM
Thanks a lot for taking the time to respond to that. That's pretty much what I did the first time, except I didn't put the MBR fix tools in a seperate folder. I tried doing exactly what you said and got the same result- it says it's doing something, then nothing happens. I also tried simply creating a nero boot disk with only the MBR fix tools, same result. Apparently, no matter what you put in that 98 boot disk, it only loads the files that originally are packaged with it to the RAMDrive. Sure, the MBR fix files are still accessible, but you can't run them from A- instead, you have to run them from D, the CD-ROM drive. Any ideas now? I'm afraid an external floppy drive would have these same sort of errors because it's external, so I'm reluctant to spend $25.
Thanks for the accolades, JohnUSA.
For others interested, what John has outlined is a manual method of restoring Dell's MBR if it has been lost due to reinstallation of XP. Note I've updated my dsrfix.com utility so it can do John's step #2 automatically, if desired.
Dsrfix will also check and fix a few other factors that can similarly upset the Dell PC Restore process. For example, a failed PC Restore attempt may leave the partition table messed up, but dsrfix should be able to fix it. Also, repartitioning your hard disk with something like Partition Magic can cause PC Restore to fail, but dsrfix can also repair that.
"Apparently, no matter what you put in that 98 boot disk, it only loads the files that originally are packaged with it to the RAMDrive. Sure, the MBR fix files are still accessible, but you can't run them from A- instead, you have to run them from D, the CD-ROM drive."
Did you switch to the D: prompt? Are both dsrfix.com and dellmbr.bin visible in the D:\ directory? If so, you should be able to switch to the D:\> prompt and run dsrfix from there without getting the "cannot read dellmbr.bin" message.
Please post back and let me know if you need more help.
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all I can do is say thank you. i was at my wits end. but, from the time i read the thread, made my disks, and followed your simple instructions....i was back in business in under 1/2 hour.