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Dell inspiron 1800 wont boot porperly

AHH this is like the 5th time my friend asked me too fix his WINDOWS computer... windows users just don't get it.... But anyways when the machine shows its startup screen, the loading bar fills and it goes to a gray screen asking for a password. he says he hasn't set a password. I am positive I cant blame this on windows though. I am not on dells side either though. Anybody got any ideas ?

i hate dell, they're BIO's suck so, throw it out the window. tell him to get a new one, NOT A DELL.
And give me the old one.
littlechef37 (author)  xACIDITYx6 years ago
it woudnt be worth the shipping..... the keyboard all fallen apart he has to use a usb mouse....... it would make a nice clock though......
yeah i reuse them or use them a organ donors (i am like kiteman + killerjackalope)=me!
take mine, i'll leave it out front, it needs a new hard drive
What a coincidence! I can buy a new hard drive! Perfect match.
littlechef37 (author)  Yerboogieman6 years ago
AGREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kool
NachoMahma6 years ago
. Resetting the BIOS _may_ fix it. See your mobo manual (it should be on Dell's web site, if you've lost it) for directions. Usually there is a jumper that has to be moved, then a reboot, then move the jumper back to its' original position. Sometimes removing the battery for a few hours will do it.
littlechef37 (author)  NachoMahma6 years ago
It wont even go into bios..... when i meant the loading bar I meant the dell bios loading bar..
. IIRC, all moving the jumper around does is kill the power to battery-backed memory (BIOS settings - including password, RTC, &c). You don't have to do anything to the BIOS settings for it to work, so it doesn't matter (at this point) if you can get into the setup.
littlechef37 (author)  NachoMahma6 years ago
I might just tell him his computer isnt going to work and to NEVER BUY DELL
xACIDITYx6 years ago
Start all over? Completely reinstall windows? Fedora 9? Ubuntu? ?
littlechef37 (author)  xACIDITYx6 years ago
I reinstalled windows on his computer twice
Install Ubuntu to it! If he doesn't like it, then try to install windows.
littlechef37 (author)  xACIDITYx6 years ago
I think im going to install linux on his computer but its something wrong with his bios
maker126 years ago

use linux !