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Blue Screen of Death

Posted on 2009-03-30
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my dell laptop  is displaying the blue screen of Death...
a friend aid to use a windows CD and boot from it.. and run chkdsk... i did and it worked...
however i was right back in the same situation on the next boot up..

what can i do.?
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by:mystics7
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Can you give any details of the message that's displayed
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might try getting a RAM check boot CD as this is the most common hardware cause of BSoD, check here, http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp
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by:jcarbo
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Hit F8 right before windows loads and select the option that disables automatic rebooting
copy what exact message its displaying and post it here
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by:themantheycallbrian
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when you run chkdsk make sure you add the /r to restore any damaged files and /f to fix any errors.  chkdsk on its on will run successfully but will not fix anything really
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if its a fairly new dell also, there is sometimes a buily in utility partition that will allow you to run diagnostics on the hardware at the post screen.  you can also try pressing ctrl - alt - d and this will run a quick diagnostic on hard drive but this is not as thorough as the utility found on the diagnostic partition.  if these are not available, the dell diagnostics are available from their website and can be run from cd/dvd
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by:intelogent
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turns out the drive itself was defective....btw.. the diagnostic did run on this dell.
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