DELL Inspiron 530 - Loading PBR for descriptor 2....done

When I turn on the computer it goes through its booting process without any problems. Right before Windows XP SP3 is loaded I receive the following error message: Loading PBR for descriptor 2....done. The computer does not proceed. Once I did get the menu that allows me to select the media I am going to use to boot but before I could select one of the options the computer locked.

From what I have read I can do a CHKDSK /R or:

1.         start computer and press F12 and change 1st boot to CD
2.         insert Windows CD (or Dell's restoration or reinstallation CD) and reboot
3.         says setting up Windows – takes a long time to get to a menu
4.         *** CHOOSE R for recovery console****
5.         at the c prompt, type     fixboot    and then press Enter key
6.         Says “The target partition is c: Are you sure you want to write a new bootsector to the partition of c:
7.         type in y (for yes) and press enter, Says something about boot sector is corrupt … writing new boot sector… success
8.         reboot and press F12 again. Change 1st boot to the hard drive name (SATA something) and press enter and REMOVE the Windows CD.

These steps above I just found on the Internet. I don’t know if the instructions worked but according to asbaker he/she has a two-for-two success rate. http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/new-to-community/f/3511/t/19246241.aspx

Here is one more suggestion I discovered:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_24151071.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+2+descriptor+done+load+pbr

I think the steps asbaker used will work but I thought I would ask. I consider this to be a serious situation. I don’t want to make matters worse.

Thanks!
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optomaCommented:
Firstly back up your data before doing anything!

I've never got a Dell system to boot correctly when it hangs on PBR's :(
Tried a few times with Fix commands and no luck!

Found it quicker to backup and reinstall
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Elton BrownAuthor Commented:
When I received the computer it was already in that "Loading PBR for descriptor 2....done" state. The client claims that some things were backed-up. No image backups.
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Elton BrownAuthor Commented:
Forgetting the fact that the client does not have an image or a data backup, is my plan of action (above) pointing me in the correct direction?  
Thanks!
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optomaCommented:
Have you any way of removing that drive and slave it in another machine?
From there you would be able to grab the data and check if all three partitions are accessible.

You could try what you stated above and hopefully it works!

>I'm working on a Dell at the mo with PBR2 failed at boot!
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Trilog-StudiosCommented:
well i also had a similar problem with a dell laptop from a customer.
i did that what the the dell support told me (after trying the same thing before ;) )
didnt work ..

i booted up into a live-OS backed upp the whole data and installed the GAG-bootloader ( http://gag.sourceforge.net/ ) set partiotion 2 to start win and volla it worked.

if all that doesnt work i'd recover the whole system ( after backing up data)

hope this helps
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nobusCommented:
check if this helps :  http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/dellmbr.htm
you may have ram or disk problems, so i would suggest running the diag !
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Elton BrownAuthor Commented:
The solution I found worked like a charm!

From what I have read I can do a CHKDSK /R or:

1.         start computer and press F12 and change 1st boot to CD
2.         insert Windows CD (or Dell's restoration or reinstallation CD) and reboot
3.         says setting up Windows – takes a long time to get to a menu
4.         *** CHOOSE R for recovery console****
5.         at the c prompt, type     fixboot    and then press Enter key
6.         Says “The target partition is c: Are you sure you want to write a new bootsector to the partition of c:
7.         type in y (for yes) and press enter, Says something about boot sector is corrupt … writing new boot sector… success
8.         reboot and press F12 again. Change 1st boot to the hard drive name (SATA something) and press enter and REMOVE the Windows CD.

These steps above I just found on the Internet. I don’t know if the instructions worked but according to asbaker he/she has a two-for-two success rate. http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/new-to-community/f/3511/t/19246241.aspx

Cheers!
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Elton BrownAuthor Commented:
Ops!
Steps 1 - 8 worked great! I didn't do a CHKDSK /R.
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optomaCommented:
Good going!
My success rate is lower! :(
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