when ctrl f11 fails

By grantman61 ·
My 14 yr old daughters Dell Inspiron 1501 will not boot. Even in safe mode it goes to "BSOD". I have tried CTRL + F11, but it doesn't do anything. I don't care about the data on it (luckily she has a very good back up of all files on my PC), but I would like to get it going again until sometime this summer when it can be replaced.

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Well assuming that this is just the OS corrupt

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to when ctrl f11 fails

You can reload the system by contacting Dell and ordering a Recovery Set.

But because the CTRL-F11 is not working that makes things sound a bit more difficult. It sounds as if the HDD is failing or maybe the M'Board.

You need to open the Bottom of the case under the rectangular Cover and see who made the HDD. Then download the HDD makers Testing Utility and Test the HDD. This is done from either a Boot Disc or the Ultimate Boot CD which has most of the HDD makers testing Utilities on it. It is available free here

Burn this download to CD and pop i into the Daughters NB and start it. If the system goes straight to the BSOD you'll need to enter the BIOS and set the Boot Order to Optical Drive before HDD and save the changes as you exit the BIOS.

Then when the Ultimate Boot CD Opens select the option to Test the HDD and then when the next window opens select your HDD makers testing Utility and test the HDD. If your HDD Makers isn't listed you can use the Seagate/Seatools test.

I think you'll find that the HDD is failing and this is the real problem here.

Ideally every NB in use should have a Cool Pad under it to stop gunk getting sucked into the NB and prevent it overheating. I personally only use the Antec model shown here

But really any will do that sits under the NB. I believe that things like this sell on E Bay for around the $20.00 mark.

Also you should look into a better Backup System here as relying on your computer as the Backup will leave you just as vunerable in the event of a HDD failure. You can buy a External HDD for around $100.00 and backup all your Data to, where as to recover data off a dead HDD is going to cost you in excess of $56,000.00 so it's far cheaper to not need to recover the Data. With any External Drive though you need to Safely Remove it before unplugging it and never use it when it is not required as they are not meant to be used 100% of the time. They are only ever designed for short term use so copy your Data to the Drive and read it back if you need to but for the rest of the time you should have the external drive packed away.


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