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Dell inspiron 1800 wont boot porperly Answered

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 ?

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Yerboogieman

10 years ago

i hate dell, they're BIO's suck so, throw it out the window. tell him to get a new one, NOT A DELL.

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littlechef37xACIDITYx

Reply 10 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......

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maker12xACIDITYx

Reply 10 years ago

yeah i reuse them or use them a organ donors (i am like kiteman + killerjackalope)=me!

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YerboogiemanxACIDITYx

Reply 10 years ago

take mine, i'll leave it out front, it needs a new hard drive

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xACIDITYxYerboogieman

Reply 10 years ago

What a coincidence! I can buy a new hard drive! Perfect match.

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NachoMahma

10 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.

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littlechef37NachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

It wont even go into bios..... when i meant the loading bar I meant the dell bios loading bar..

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NachoMahmalittlechef37

Reply 10 years ago

. 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.

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littlechef37NachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

I might just tell him his computer isnt going to work and to NEVER BUY DELL

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xACIDITYx

10 years ago

Start all over? Completely reinstall windows? Fedora 9? Ubuntu? ?

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xACIDITYxlittlechef37

Reply 10 years ago

Install Ubuntu to it! If he doesn't like it, then try to install windows.

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littlechef37xACIDITYx

Reply 10 years ago

I think im going to install linux on his computer but its something wrong with his bios

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maker12

10 years ago

use linux !