Hello to all,
I got an Inspiron 1501 from my sister who got herself a better computer. Now, I want to restore the PC to factory settings and wipe out the HD completely because I am getting all kinds of annoying errors, the computer is pretty slow, and I really just want a fresh start. The problem is that I did not get the Recovery disks that come with the laptop initially. She said that there were none in the box. The laptop is only two years old and I have tried to use the separate partition for recovery but to no avail. I have read a few posts saying that when the "Blue Dell bar at the top" shows up to press CTRL + F11 and it should bring me to a menu for restoring/resintalling purposes. The thing is...I do not get said bar at the top of my screen when I reboot the PC, thus I cannot acces that menu. The screen goes black then goes to the main Dell logo, with the F2 and F12 set-up etc, but I never see the blue bar at the top. I pressed the CTRL + F11 command there and nothing worked.
I also read about pressing the F8 key, which would bring me to and "Advanced Booting Menu" and thus giving me the option to restore. Now, this key DOES work BUT when I select the option to "Repair My System" nothing happens and the computer continues to start up and eventually goes to the desktop. According to the support notes, the computer should access the built-in repair utility that asks me what I want to do and/or if I want to Format the HD. I never get to that screen. ANY help or support is greatly appreciated. I do not know what else to try. Thanks much in advance.
PS: I am also getting a werid message for the battery when the PC starts. IT says: "The battery cannot be identified. This system will be unable to charge this battery." I checked the battery and it's the one the laptop came with. Any thoughts? Thanks again!
The restore under Vista is invoked with F8 before Windows loads. Choose Repair My Computer and then restore.
You've either a faulty battery or, if there's no other indictation of trouble with the battery, a faulty mainboard.
Hi, thanks for your reply. I tried the F8 thing and it does not work. It brings me to the Advanced Booting Menu, I see the option for restoring but when I select it and press Enter the computer just loads Vista and nothing happens. It does not get to the next page so I can start the restoring. :(
Check your local craigslist.Dell restore dvds are usually in large supply there.Winxp also works on the 1501.
Hi I am having the same problem, however I am unable to get into the advanced boot menu I am pressing f8 at the right time, however it will not go to the menu. Any suggestions?
Here are the steps I took:
I just followed the instructions here:
Article ID: 336966
"Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings"
Okay as for the battery, it is dying. I got my replacement for my inspiron 1501 from www.batteries.com and have been satisfied ever since. still working like a charm.As for the rest, I just read this:"
You can request backup dvds of your oem software below. However it will only be for the original owner. So you will need your Sisters information and you will have to send it to her.
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