Dell Vostro 1510 not booting windows.

Lenovo / 20157
July 16, 2014 at 20:25:01
Specs: Windows 7, Core i5 3rd Gen 2.501 Ghz / 4GB
My friend has a Dell Vostro 1510 i recently formatted it to install windows 7 but when trying to boot from DVD/USB laptop stucks at the screen with white cursor blinking.

I get "Press any key to boot from DVD/CD"
than after doing so the above problem appears.

I checked the DVD and USB and both of them are booting other laptops but not in Vostro 1510.
the strange thing is, the laptop boots all distros of Linux but windwos.

I tried Windows XP,Windows 7 & windows 8.1 but all of them are stuck at black screen and blinking cursor.

Mine while i installed ubuntu in laptop and its working with no problem but my friend is not at all familiar with linux UI.

I have no idea why all the version of windows are having this problem, maybe bad BIOS?

Thanks!!

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#1
July 16, 2014 at 23:17:35
Nicely explained manthan.

As you seem to know your way around comps, I would one way or another remove all the partitions without using Linux.

Then format to NTFS.


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#2
July 18, 2014 at 10:35:04
What is the point of deleting all the partitions?

Why be born again when you can just grow up?


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#3
July 18, 2014 at 13:51:40
He wouldn't be able to delete the partitions anyway. He can't boot to the windows cd/dvd. That is his problem. That is a requirement to delete, create a partition and format the drive. Did your friend use a windows cd/dvd to boot from to format the drive? If yes it successfully booted from the cd/dvd at that time. Sounds like an issue that came up after the formating was done. Strange that it boots to a linux disk. The only difference is that if I remember correct the "Press any key to boot from DVD/CD" doesn't appear for my linux mint disk. It doesn't require any other input from me to boot to it. I"ll check on that just to see if my memory of it was correct. If wrong, I'll post back.

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#4
July 18, 2014 at 14:06:02
This appears to be an issue/problem not unknown. Likely occurs as Linux uses ext4 (and maybe even 3 in earlier incarnations)?

My first instinct was to suggest booting an Ubuntu DVD and then deleting all partitions; then reformatting as ntfs... Although I've not had to try it; not having been in your predicament... Which led me to this link (#9 especially) where "they" discuss various approaches to resolving it...

http://tinyurl.com/o45hrvu

And this link ("very" dated info) also offers resolutions that likely will apply well too?

http://tinyurl.com/n9cbvqq

And this ("very" current) from the Ubuntu site itself also provides a solution..

http://tinyurl.com/o53ssxz

Edited per trvlr to correct typo.
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#5
July 18, 2014 at 14:24:06
"He wouldn't be able to delete the partitions anyway"
As the OP knows a bit about comps, take the drive out & slave it to another Windows comp & Delete all the partitions.

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#6
July 18, 2014 at 14:33:11
"What is the point of deleting all the partitions?"
Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.
http://forums.spybot.info/showthrea...
http://forums.whatthetech.com/index...
http://blog.eset.com/2011/10/18/tdl...

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#7
July 19, 2014 at 09:53:50
He wouldn't be able to delete the partitions anyway. He can't boot to the windows cd/dvd. That is his problem. That is a requirement to delete, create a partition and format the drive.

Formatting all the Drives or deleting all the partitions can also be done using Gparted which i can boot into ( As i can boot linux ).

Did your friend use a windows cd/dvd to boot from to format the drive? If yes it successfully booted from the cd/dvd at that time. Sounds like an issue that came up after the formating was done. Strange that it boots to a linux disk.

At first time when i booted from DVD, laptop booted right and i deleted the C: to make it clean install of windows 7 & after trying to install windows in newly created C: the installation gave an error " There are missing file which are required to install windows " but know the DVD is all readable and all files are there because i used it before 2 days ago.

The only difference is that if I remember correct the "Press any key to boot from DVD/CD" doesn't appear for my linux mint disk. It doesn't require any other input from me to boot to it. I"ll check on that just to see if my memory of it was correct. If wrong, I'll post back.

If linux gives the "Press any key to boot from DVD/CD" is not important right now ( it boots straight into it)

My first instinct was to suggest booting an Ubuntu DVD and then deleting all partitions; then reformatting as ntfs

I cannot format/delete any drives as they contains very important data and i have my hands empty to have it backup.

Interesting links though, i have never had such thing happen before, i will like reading about them and fixing it without getting the data lost, but before doing so i will like to ask if my MBR is really infected as sometimes it boots from DVD ( once in 10 times ) but when it comes up at installation screen it says " files are missing as i said above" or the "CD/DVD drivers are missing" other times the screen just stays black after responding to " Press any key to boot for CD/DVD"

Thanks!

Why be born again when you can just grow up?

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#8
July 19, 2014 at 12:22:33
Booting with any OS disk (that will actually boot the system and install itself into RAM only at least - i.e. a Linux variant) - ought to allow you access and copy all those important files etc. to external storage.

A Kaspersky antii-virus rescue disk might be worth to run; as that can and will find a lot so "stuff" that utilities running from within an actual booted up OS can't find (or delete even if they do find them).

http://support.kaspersky.co.uk/viru... (It's a freebie.)

Again, like many other similar disks it's built on Linux base...


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#9
July 19, 2014 at 15:46:08
"I cannot format/delete any drives as they contains very important data and i have my hands empty to have it backup"
That can be done whilst it is slaved to another comp.

In situations like this, if unable to get a result from the Linux based suggestions, as I mentioned earlier, do it via Windows.


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#10
August 2, 2014 at 00:42:19
Lets do the Kaspersky thing.

Why be born again when you can just grow up?


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#11
August 4, 2014 at 10:51:56
If you have important files on the drive, why did you format it?

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#12
August 4, 2014 at 10:56:35
If you have important files on the drive, why did you format it? Also, just so you know, Dell has only Vista and XP drivers available for this laptop.

Did you install Linux after formatting the C drive?


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