Won't boot

Dell Inspiron 1526 laptop (amd athlon 64...
August 28, 2009 at 10:15:08
Specs: Windows Vista
My dell inspiron 1526 is having trouble booting. The hard drive doesn't always light up, but the num lock lights up. After about 13 tries I can finally get it to start. At one point I had a bad memory message. I have replaced the memory and upgraded the bios. I get error message 0046 as well, but I can't find information anywhere about what that message means other than a possible bad hard drive. When I scan it--it shows as healthy. I can't even get to the Dell forums.

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#1
August 28, 2009 at 12:40:44
"When I scan it--it shows as healthy". How are you scanning the hard drive?

Can you boot to a bootable disk on the first try?


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#2
August 29, 2009 at 05:07:33
I have been looking for information about creating a boot disk--but all I can find on the Windows Vista help is that the boot disk is on the hard drive--or to use the windows recovery cd which I don't remember getting with my laptop. Also--new wrinkle--my dvd just stopped working. It spins, but doesn't do anything but make noise when a cd or dvd is put into it (I have tried a few of both.) Do you think that creating a bootable file on a usb drive (I have the option to boot from usb) might work? RIght now, I just try to keep my laptop on all of the time.

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#3
August 29, 2009 at 07:26:53
How about answering my question?

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#4
August 29, 2009 at 15:16:47
Sorry, I answered your question about the boot disk, but not the scanning one. I used scan disk, as well as by going to the hard drive, properties and scan disk there which started a scan when I restarted my laptop. Each time it has showed as healthy. Restarting it works just fine--I think because the hard drive is already running. I downloaded a program to check the temperature and the highest temp I see is around 73-although it usually stays at around 60 for both processors. Thanks for the followup. Do you have any ideas? Any thoughts would be very helpful.

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#5
August 29, 2009 at 17:21:54
Scandisk doesn't test the hard drive like a utility from the manufacturer would. That said, I don't think that is your problem anyway.

You should test the memory using a utility designed to do that.

Memtest86 is one you can use. Get memtest at the link below. Burn a disk following the instructions and then boot to that disk to run the program. It may take some time to run a full test. You will need an unzipper utility.

http://www.memtest.org/


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#6
August 29, 2009 at 20:09:39
I had replaced the memory, but I will try that in case the memory is faulty.

Thank you ver much!


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