Laptop continuously reboots

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July 1, 2010 at 22:21:37
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.6 GHz / 3325 MB
I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 with a 120GB HDD which is about 3 1/2 years old. I recently bought a new 320GB HDD (Western Digital...same as the original one) and cloned my original HDD. Everything ran smoothly when I swapped the original for the new one but after I did a "restore to factory settings", it just reboots continuously. The error message I got after running the diagnostics is "memtest.exe file is missing or corrupt". I made a recovery disk Vista Recovery disk and tried booting from it but the same thing happens....continuous rebooting. Anyone with any idea how to solve this problem? Many thanks

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July 2, 2010 at 08:00:37
Sounds like you have the wrong settings in your BIOS. Why did you chose to reset back to factory settings? Was there a problem that caused you to do this?

I would try going into your BIOS and check your Hard Drive settings to make sure they are AUTO DETECT. If that does not work then try a Repair Install of Windows.

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July 3, 2010 at 09:46:14
Many thanks ace omega, the BIOS auto detects the new HDD. I
didn't have any problems before, I just wanted a clean new HDD,
the only thing I can think of is 2 sectors of the original HDD are
corrupt so I had to "ignore" them during the cloning. My laptop
didn't come with a windows installation disk so I can't do a
Repair Install of Windows. I guess I have to call Dell and see if
they'll send me one.

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