Dell inspiron Failing

chas045August 20, 2013

I have an old Dell inspiron8200 laptop with WinXp sp3. I don't have startup disks etc. because I got its hard drive and original unit used and set up by my computer tech. (edit: Actually, I just found a Reinstallation CD of M\Windows xp Pro SP3) that an acquaintance gave me last year!) I actually replaced the original unit with a second 8200 from ebay and put the old drive in it. The newer unit's drive was locked, and I didn't know how to unlock it but it did run until it reached the unlock password prompt. I have been using this newer unit for ~ a year.

~ ten days ago, I got a Failure to load windows message. It said perhaps due to bad shutdown or power failure etc. It gives the dos command options to try Safe mode, Windows normally etc. I tried various permutations and finally after perhaps 10-15 tries, I got windows to load. I suspected that success had to do with removing and resetting a cd/dvd drive. I didn't have problems until today when I got a repeat problem. The problem is always the same. I get a Windows startup display and four passes of the square dots showing booting activity, and then the warning screen. When I originally finally got it to load, I observed that the next pending loading action would have been with the wide blue bar running across the lower portion of the screen.

Does anyone have an idea of what I might do to fix this myself? Obviously, I can take it to the tech if I can't handle it on my own. I mentioned the other locked drive because I thought it might be useful somehow. (well: with the reinstallation cd, I guess things will be easier. But I don't actually know how to use it so your advise is still needed. The acquaintance gave me two reinstallation disks: an xp and an unneeded Vista. They are in a jacket from microsoft that might be for one of these that has a code of some sort. The jacket also mentions the os Certificate of Authenticity and that remends me that I have two 8200s. Will it matter which COA I use? Actually, I suspect my tech may have used some industrial 10 pac or something to load the original 8200 if that is an issue).

This post was edited by chas045 on Tue, Aug 20, 13 at 16:53

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If this laptop were a patient in the hospital, there would be a discrete little sign up saying DNR (Do Not Resuscitate).

If you can afford to buy another, do so. If you can't, try to save up until you can. Such an old machine is honestly not worth 5 minutes of anyone's time or $2 in gas to do anything with.

If you'd like a chuckle, the link below will lead you to a 2002 review of this model. Yes, 11 1/2 years ago. It's described as weighing 7.6 pounds (!), having a "nice size" hard drive of 40 GB, and a 56K modem. All this for only $3,000. An optional wifi card was available for another $149.

Here is a link that might be useful: Review of Inspiron 8200

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 9:06PM
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If this laptop were a patient in the hospital, there would be a discrete little sign up saying DNR (Do Not Resuscitate).
Ha ha, I love it.

I agree, spending money on either is a total waste. However if you wish to play around that is different.

Look at both machines to see if the 25 digit COA is readable. If so you can use any XP CD to reinstall Windows but DO NOT use the COA that comes with the CD, use the one on the computer itself because that is tied to the motherboard. This is totally legal. Obviously you could use the COA from the CD but that would be a waste of a licence, or it might be dedicated to another computer already.

Before doing this I strongly suggest you get the drivers from Dell for the motherboard, LAN, sound etcetera

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 6:02AM
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Yes; old and a little slow when working; but does the job fine. That's why I want to see if I can fix it. Once I realized that I had the reinstall disk, however, I see that I don't know if it is possible in my situation to use it. I don't have the programs either. If I can reinstall WinXP, does that clear the other programs, or are they still loaded??

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 9:03AM
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When you reinstall Windows everything not backed up is lost including installed programs. Remember most programs do have an equivalent free program you could use.

You would need to back up any data you want saved to an external drive, CD, DVD or thumb drive.Not forgetting your email addresses.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 10:15AM
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