i got a major virus, and eventually decided that i need to reinstall windows vista completely.
ive booted from the reinstallation dvd that came with the laptop, deleted the partition, formated, 'installed now'. it goes through all the phases until the last 'completing installation' stage, when it always sticks and does nothing.
the laptop is completely unusable as it is. and im pretty sure the dvd isnt for complete reinstallation anyway.
so i'm in a complete mess now and desperately need help
Did you try the recovery partition? Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings
Restart your computer and press F2. Enter the BIOS. Look for boot sequence. Make it...
HDD Hard drive
USB removable devices
Save changes and exit.
You can then try the disk. The procedire is...
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hi. thanks for the reply...
ive done the boot sequence thing before,
just checked - it now reads cd/dvd drive...internal hdd...usb storage devide...diskette drive...onboard nic
i think i might need a dss driver or something, but though i can download it onto my desktop, and save it to a USB, how to i get it to run on my laptop if the bloomin thing wont work?
Download the driver, using Internet Explorer and download the driver in your browser.
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no you dont understand, my desktop is fine,. my laptop wont even run windows, so i cant get internet explorer or anything like that
Download the drivers to the desktop, then put them on a flash drive or disk and then install them on the laptop, or...
Use the drivers disk that came with the computer.
there was no specific drivers disk that came with thte laptop. just this reinstallation one that goges through all the stages until the last one, then fails. i cant load up the drivers from the usb because windows wont start and i dunno how to do it through bios
Sound like you installation went wrong. First try running the Dell Diagnostics and see if you get any error messages. Run the full diagnostics.
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got an error code 4400:011A
Msg: SCSI_0-000_DISK_GENERIC_MULTICARD target not ready. seems like i have a hardware problem? but how do i fix?