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hi all,
i am fixing a laptop for a friend it is a dell inspirion 2650

specs:
1.6ghz intel pentium 4 M
512mb ram
32mb nvidia geforce 2 go graphics
40gb hdd

the problem is during the first part of xp setup where you format your hdd ect
when it begins copying files it get to about 11-13% then gets a bsod but with no error code :eek:

i just cant get windows xp sp2 to install on this damn thing!!!!!! :sigh:

thanks in advance!
 

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Re: BSOD when trying to install windows xp on a dell inspirion 2650 laptop

Find the correct hard drive diagnostic tool and run a test on the drive. Sounds like the drive is failing.

A link to HDD Diagnostic tools can be found in my signature.

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Re: BSOD when trying to install windows xp on a dell inspirion 2650 laptop

right i managed to get xp installed onto the dell but when xp booted up for the first time i was greeted with.................... A BSOD!

the guy im fixing this laptop for wants it back and says that i have to buy a new hdd if it needs one when i didnt break it!?!!?!!?!!!!!!

plz help me i cant afford to fork out £40+ for a drive i didnt break
 

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Re: BSOD when trying to install windows xp on a dell inspirion 2650 laptop

Test the hard drive. You don't know if the drive is failing or not.

When do you receive the BSOD? What's the error code on the BSOD?
 

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Re: BSOD when trying to install windows xp on a dell inspirion 2650 laptop

it doesnt give me an error atall?!??!?!?!?!! which is odd! im going to run a hdd test and then im going to see if it will install ubuntu linux
 

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Re: BSOD when trying to install windows xp on a dell inspirion 2650 laptop

cause its a dell laptop and an old one at that (plz note it dont belong 2 me i wouldnt own such a rubbish laptop) it has one 256mb ram stick actually soldered onto the motherboard and under a little hatch at the bottom it has another removeable 256mb ddr sodimm if i remove this sodimm tho it turns on all the lights flash but screen neverr turns on i definatly kno that its not telling me it has no ram inserted because...

their is one 256mb sodimm under a hatch thats REMOVEABLE
and theirs one 256mb sodimm under the keyboard that is soldered to the motherboard and UNREMOVEABLE


thanks for ya help!
 

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Re: BSOD when trying to install windows xp on a dell inspirion 2650 laptop

i have already ran a hdd test....
it passed!?!?!?!

the bsod sometimes has an error code and sometimes doesnt and the laptop reboots before i can get the code

but i did get something like this from one of them

IRQ less or more equal

thats from memory so its probably not the exact message
 

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Re: BSOD when trying to install windows xp on a dell inspirion 2650 laptop

turn off the auto reboot
control panel /system/advanced/startup and recovery settings
then untick the auto reboot box
post any bsod error messages the computer freezes on in full
 

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Re: BSOD when trying to install windows xp on a dell inspirion 2650 laptop

thanks for all your help,
the laptop has now been returned
i found the problem - i opened the laptop to the point where i could see the cpu fan i turned the laptop on and noticed the fan no longer worked so i connected a spare 120mm fan to my pc and aimed it at the laptop cooler
suprize suprize it installed windows the cooler inside the laptop was replaced with another off ebay for £10! so all is fixed thanks for all your help!
 
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