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Stop 8E errors can be hardware related:
Check your MOBO for bad capacitors: http://www.thenakedpc.com/dan/Bulgi...
Try pressing F12 at the DELL LOGO at boot up to get Boot Options. Select Diagnostics (I think there's only Hard drive Diagnostics on there) to test hard drive. If the on board (on your motherboard) diagnostics are Dell Full diagnostics (and not just HDD Diags , well run all of those as well.
If the Dell HDD Diagnostics doesn't find any issues, you can boot to the (or download Diags from their site to create a bootable Diagnostics CD) DELL Drivers & utilities CD to run Dell Diagnostics to test your hardware.
You also could test your HDD with the free manufacturers hard drive utility available from the hard drive manufacturers website to make bootable floppies or CDs to thoroughly test your hard drive surface area, mechanics and electronics:
- Seagate/Maxtor (Maxtor acquired by Seagate): Seatools.
- Western Digital: DataLifeguard.
- Fujitsu: Fujitsu Drive Test (FJDT).
- Hitachi/IBM: Hitachi Drive Fitness (HDFT).
- Samsung: (HUTIL).
- Toshiba (Fujitsu, Samsung or Hitachi utilities may work).
Just another stupid saying...