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- Can't reformat Dell from CD
- Dave Smith
April 17, 2008, 3:28 am
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his son and is just a mass of viruses and adware so he just wants to
start over. I have the factory recovery CD and when I boot from it,
it goes through all the usual "Setup is loading files" steps until
just after the "Setup is starting Windows" message. Then it goes to a
BSOD. The Technical Info is:
PCI.SYS - Address F853E0BF Base at F8537000
I've googled these and not gotten anything that seems relevant to this
situation. The machine will boot and run OK, the OS is just really
messed up and gives a lot of popups.
Tried the factory CD in both CD drives.
Tried a commercial XP Pro CD.
Replaced the SATA HDD with an old but good IDE HDD.
Updated the BIOS. Actually, the BIOS version I got from Dell was the
same as the one on the machine, but I flashed it anyway.
Checked to make sure the Dell CD is the right one for the machine.
I don't know where else to go with this. I'd sure appreciate any
suggestions someone might have.
Thanks very much.
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