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Hi - I have a Dell Inspiron, about 1.5 years old, that wont boot. Everything i've tried is not working. Heres what happens - start up, shows vista logo on the screen, then shows cursor for about 5 seconds, then reboots itself into this loop. I've ran a startup repair, that says that it found and fixed files, but still reboots itself, as if it did nothing. Wont boot into safe mode - I've removed all memory chips, nothing. I even used Acronis, created an image, used a new hard drive and loaded the image onto the new drive, thinking it may be the hard drive, but it still does the same thing. Is there anything else i can try?
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by:IanTh
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does the computer boot with say a cd diag disk or memtest86
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by:hodgem
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I can boot it to the Dell diagnostic which has a memory tester, and all hardware is coming up passing. I can also boot to a Vista disc, but none of the repairs work without having to wipe the whole thing.
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by:10023
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When you click f8 on boot up and choose the following from  the [advanced boot options menu] [disable automatic start on system failure] and report error message to EE.
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here you go -
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ded9 earned 2000 total points
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Can you upload the .dmp file located in windows folder. Upload the mini dump. To get the minidump boot in winre. launch notepad browse to windows folder and trnsfer the data to usb drive.


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by:nobus
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disable or disconnect aal peripherals and devices not needed for booting : extra disk, cd drives, ..from bios : lan,sound, ...etc..then try again
i suggest anyway to run ram and disk tests, to be sure about the basics; and uploading the dmp file helps too :
best download ubcd  ;    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/      
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by:Rahul Gupta
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This issue may occur if the Security Accounts Manager file (SAM) is corrupted or missing.

This solutions is for WINDOWS XP. Hope it works for Vista too.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316751
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