|I have a 3 yr old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop that recently gave me problems with freezing. I reinstalled Windows Vista using the disk provided somewhat successfully (reinstall disk and drivers, no updates). After doing so, I ran the diagnostic test on the disk (memory check, etc). Now when I attempt to boot windows, I get the "disk read error" message. I attempted to run the Vista reinstall disk, and I get the black screen of death right after the "windows is loading files" completes. Based on what I've searched on the web, I assume it has something to do with the master boot record, but all the recommended fixes involve the Recovery Environment that is run from the reinstall disk, which I can't run. Any ideas?|
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