|" "Do you always have video while booting until Windows is supposed to load ??|
If you don't, if the ram is working fine, your graphics adapter or your mboard is damaged." "
" well, not when the windows is supposed to load but just soon as the _ stops flickering. just after that there are some information regarding the computer supposed to come up, but they don't."
That's as clear as mud.
Do you always have video while booting until Windows is supposed to load ??
What flickering ?
A blinking cursor on a black screen isn't flickering.
" yes there were only 14 lines displayed with some black space below it.
I know they are supposed to be allot more then 14."
That's also as clear as mud.
Do you see other lines scroll by quickly before you see just the 14 lines ?
" "type: chkdsk /r C: , press Enter.
type: fixboot , press Enter
type: fixmbr, press Enter
type: exit to close the Recovery Console and reboot the computer.
Let it try to boot normally.""
" that did not do anything and no errors came up in CheckDisk."
Okay, then running those things did not help.
They often don't.
" "You can do the Repair installation procedure (use the second Repair choice in Setup) linked to at the end of Response 5, which is more likely to get Windows working fine again, without you losing the data already on C," "
" I did try to repair it, and the repair went trough with out a hazle,
but when it wanted to restart at it's time where it's supposed to do, the screen came black again like before, and starting it in safe mode just stopped at the same file isapnp.sys "
Okay, then running the Repair installation procedure did not help. Sometimes it doesn't but it's worth trying.
That not helping indicates your Windows installation is badly screwed up.
" I did not run a RAM test but just switched the ram out with a working one, it came from a working laptop with the same specifications. and everything is the same as before.
(I changed it before trying to repair the windows) "
It's a good thing you changed the ram back to what had worked fine previously, because ram that works properly in one computer won't necessarily work properly in another one, unless the mboard is identical.
99% of the time, there's nothing wrong with ram that worked fine previously, although it may have a poor connection in it's slot(s).
The fact that you got all the way through the Repair installation procedure indicates there's nothing wrong with it or it's connection, but it was foolish of you to have not run bootable ram diagnostics .
The Hirem CD may have one or more of those.
"I check my HDD with 2 tools from Hiren's boot cd.
WD disk checker and Seagate HDD checker, neither of them found any errors on the HDD."
""Toshiba has no diagnostics program""
" Actually it's a Dell ;-) "
Dell does not make hard drives.
Dell, and most other brand name builders, does/do not make most of the components in their computers, including they don't make the motherboards - they're supplied to them by other manufacturers - the mboard merely has the brand name's bios version.
However, it's often difficult to find out who actually made some laptop components.
Toshiba does make hard drives .
The brand of a hard drive in a brand name computer can be any brand, depending on which manufacturer or supplier had the best price at the time the brand name computer was made. Toshiba hard drives can certainly be in Dell laptop computers, and in other brands of computers.
"...ask's for the "Dell utilities and driver disk" which I don't have, sadly. "
Dell computers that have XP on them that I've fiddled with usually come with at least an XP re-installation CD, and may also come with a "Dell utilities and driver disk" or similar.
(HP and Compaq computers with XP on them often come with the XP re-installation CD and a "Application and Driver Recovery" disk or similar. )
You can't download the complete contents of that "Dell utilities and driver disk " CD or similar from the Dell site - it's specific to your model or to a small group of Dell models. It's only available as one of the CDs in a Recovery CD set.
If your Dell model is not more than about 5 years old, you can often order the proper Recovery disk set from the brand name's web site. If you can get that, it's usually much cheaper than even an official regular Microsoft OEM XP Home CD.
If it / they are no longer available from Dell, there are a small number of sites on the web that have collected the original Recovery CD sets, and offer them for a similar cheap price.
Your only choice now is to install Windows from scratch from an OEM XP CD, or if you have the Recovery disk(s) that came with your exact model, use those.
If you were thinking of getting a larger hard drive, now is the time to get one. Your laptop uses an IDE hard drive. If the laptop was made after about 2002, the bios supports any size of hard drive, despite the fact it appears your model never originally came with a hard drive larger than 120gb.
If you have data on the drive you don't want to lose....
- you do not need to be concerned about anything you can easily download from the web again, or anything you have the installation disks and possibly the installation key or code for, although you may want to copy just the personal data from those installations (e.g. files newer than the newest ones in the original software - often all the files or most of them that were originally installed have the same date.)
- you can buy an inexpensive laptop ide (2.5") to desktop ide (3.5") data/power adapter and connect your hard drive to a desktop computer that has an IDE header internally.
- or - for a bit more money (~ $30 and up) , you could buy an external hard drive enclosure for 2.5" IDE drives, and connect it to any computer via a USB connection, or to a firewire or eSATA connection if the computer and the external enclosure have the port for that. E.g. I recommend Vantec ones.
The latop hard drive is set to master by default, when no jumpers are installed on . To set it to cable select, or to slave, you need to install a tiny jumper on a certain two pins, and the drive usually does not have the jumper or come with one. If the drive is connected via an adapter to an IDE data cable on a desktop computer, if there is another drive on the same data cable, it's easiest to disconnect the data cable connector to other drive if you don't need it to use the operating system, or to set the other drive to slave.
If you have only an XP re-installation CD that came with the computer, or only a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD (it must be one of those in order for the Product Key on the Microsoft label to work with it - be accepted by Setup, otherwise you need the Product Key that came with the CD)....
The Dell XP re-installation CDs I've examined have contents identical to that on a regular Microsoft OEM CD, that has or doesn't have the same SP updates included, except that there are three OEMBIOS.xx_ files that are the same size or nearly the same size that are very different internally. So, it's almost the same.
Similar CDs for HP and Compaq computers I've examined have the same situation. I recently re-installed XP on a HP dv5000 series laptop, Setup automatically used a Product Key different from the one on the label, I don't if that applies to the Dell CDs, but otherwise the XP re-installation CD does not install drivers that are not built into the contents of a regular OEM XP CD.
Whatever XP CD you use, you DO NOT have to make just one partition on the hard drive.
Setup defaults to making only one partition on a hard drive.
The problem with that is if you ever need to re-load Windows from scratch, you lose everything on the partition Windows was installed on, and when you have only partition on the hard drive, that's everything on the drive - unless you copy the data you don't want to lose to elsewhere BEFORE you install Windows from scratch (most people don't bother, and lose all their data) .
If you're installing XP from a regular CD, it's recommended you make at least TWO partitions on the drive.
How to make more than one partition on a hard drive, when you're installing Windows on a blank hard drive, or when you are deleting the existing partition(s) on a hard drive before you run Setup .....
See Response 3:
XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.
Load the main chipset drivers first.
Then you go to the Dell web site and get the specific drivers for your system, and optionally, the Dell programs you want to install, listed in the software downloads for your specific model.
If the XP CD does not have drivers built in for the network adapter you're using to access the internet, Setup will not be able to Activate Windows near the end of Setup over the internet.
In that case, you can either phone Microsoft, or you need to get at least the network adapter drivers you need on another computer, install them on your computer. If the adapter is built in, get those from the Dell site in the downloads for your model.
If you're using a wireless adapter, if you have the CD for it, install the drivers using the installation program on that; if you don't have the CD, download the proper installation file. Then you need to set the settings for the wireless adapter so that it can connect wirelessly to whatever it connects to. E.g. if you connect to a wireless router, you need to use the same code or password as in the settings for the wireless connection on the router. If you don't have another computer connected to the same router, you must use a network cable between the laptop and the router in order to access the router's configuration.
In either case, DO NOT install the software for the network adapter when New Hardware pops up - CANCEL that, and let the desktop load fully, then run the proper installation program.
If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included.....
See Response 6
"If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch...."