I have a Dell Vostro 200 that is just giving me fits! It started out looking like a bad HD since chkdsk failed and it still fails in read only mode after doing a chkdsk /r /f. The box is running XP pro.
I bought a new drive, imaged the old and put the image on the new drive. Well, you guessed it, same problem. So I decided that the file structure is just beyond repair I need a clean install of windows.
Popped in the XP CD and I get stuck at “Setup is inspecting your computer’s hardware configuration…
I have done the following:
1: Tried another CD
2: Flashed the BIOS to the latest rev
3: Removed both disks (old and new) and tried booting from the Windows CD
4: Swapped the CD drive
5: Ran the Dell hardware diags – Clean.
Nothing seems to help. I can’t boot from BartPE (not a surprise) and I can’t boot Ubuntu (surprise) from a CD either. Arrgh!
Oh btw, I can boot from either HD just fine. Things are just very slow.
I saw the same thing with the chkdsk on a Dell Dimension a month ago but was able to re-install windows on that box. It was a different network.